Friday, September 30, 2005

Enough words. More actions.

As a followup to the previous, check out this diary by RenaRF that is an emotional rebuttal to Sen. Obama's call for comity. Just a small sample:

Ask yourself this: why is it that the vast majority of progressives who frequent Daily Kos are able to sum up the Republican party's platform in six words? Strong Military. Lower Taxes. Family Values. Yet this pool of often brilliant thinkers can't do the same for our own party. It's not because we don't agree with a platform that has been put forward - it's that the Democratic message itself is contrary and lacks unity. Don't ask us to rally around the party if you can't provide us with the words we need to issue the cry. You can't have the support if you're not willing to do the work required to put it in place.

Right now the most difficult question Democratic activists have to answer is, "What does the Democratic party stand for." We all have our own elevator pitch (or at least we should have). But generally these pitches are developed through personal intropsection or in concert with smaller communities such as meetups and blogs. But what is the elevator pitch of the Democratic party?

And why isn't the Democratic establishment pushing that elevator pitch each and every single day of the week?

What makes Democratic activism hard today, and I doubt Rena could disagree with this, is that the rank-n-file words are repeatedly contradicted by the subsequent actions of our leadership.

Senator Obama please understand, the leadership doesn't support the message by repeating the message (and let me re-iterate that you are one of the best repeaters of that message). They support it by actually trying to make it a reality.

It's not your job to create peace in the Senate. It's not your job to elevate the dialog. It's your job to actually turn the message into real-world programs that we as activists can point to and say, "See, this is what you will get if you vote for us. What we are saying isn't just words. It means something!"

This is what I find so frustrating. Not just that our leaders don't turn the message into reality. But that they then have the gall to turn around and get upset when we point out the obvious fact that they are failing to do just that!

Senator Obama, don't tell us not to criticize you.

Give us reason not to criticize you.

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