I’m Over It
I’ve made the decision to not blog about Clinton or Obama until we have an official nominee. Like many other smaller bloggers, I’ve grown disgusted and bored with the fighting and nastiness going on between progressive bloggers who are supposed to be on the same side. We don’t all agree on the issues and that is a good thing. I love debating ideas with bloggers who disagree with me. But getting personal, getting racist, getting sexist, getting mean is a sign of lack of intelligence. The differences between Clinton and Obama are not so great that they justify the kind of hateful comments we’ve seen around the so-called progressive blogs. I stopped reading Daily Kos a long time ago, but it’s not restricted to the A-listers. Want to make an intelligent argument in favor of your candidate? Don’t rely on personally insulting their supporters. State your case and leave it at that. Even if you’re frustrated, even if you’re angry, even if you’re disgusted with the other candidate, what exactly is it that you think you’re accomplishing when you personally tear apart other bloggers who support a different candidate than you do? What you’re doing is making yourself look ignorant and defensive as well as doing the Republicans’ work for them.
I am NOT, NOT, NOT saying we always have to be nice or that we all have to get along. Far from it. I’m not that nice to begin with. I don’t have a problem with making fun of other candidates, a la fairlane’s famous Care Bear Saga. We need to debate one another to keep us all on our toes and to refine the progressive message. But that’s not going to be done by squabbling like children and being assholes to each other. Want to tear somebody a new one? Great. Save it for the Republicans who want to stay in Iraq indefinitely, who want to dish out the corporate welfare to save their buddies’ asses but want to end all federally funded aid programs for the poor, who want us all to be Christians, who want us all to worship the Imperial Presidency, who want to spy on everything we do because we all might be terrorists, who want to disenfranchise whole segments of the population, who want to control women’s bodies, who want to establish a Theocracy.
Mary Ellen at The Divine Democrat has discussed these issues in greater depth than I have, so go read her excellent post.
Anyway, I just don’t want to blog about the Democratic primary anymore. I’d rather focus on the danger from the Republicans and what congressional Democrats are and are NOT doing to help us all out this black hole of despair and destruction into which we have all been thrown.