The Democratic America
I agree completely with this post by Digby:
A party that is described as fumbling, confused and scared is unlikely to win elections even if they endorse the wholesale round-up of hippies and the nuking of Mecca. People will listen to us if we can first convince them that we know who we are and what we believe in.
I'm of the mind to adopt "give me liberty or give me death" as my personal motto. If I have to kowtow to a bunch of childish Republican panic artists who have deluded themselves into believing that fighting radical Islam requires turning America into a police state, then it's just not worth it.
In the America that Republicans see, Americans are a bunch of weak-kneed pussies who cower under their bed waiting for Daddy Bush to come and protect them.
In the Democratic America, Americans are brave enough to suffer the harsh realities life throws at us because we know that jettisoning are deepest principles for a false sense of security is the cowards way.
You want to know the secret of Bush's success? Whenever someone suggests that his actions may be politically unsupportable he says, "fuck it" and does it anyway. And the American people, even his critics, know this about him and admire him for it.
There are Democrats who behave similarly (Dean, Feingold, Boxer, Reid, Conyers, etc.). The only reason they have not become the face of the Democratic party, the counter to Bush's "strength of character" is that the rest of the party continues to treat our hard asses like crazy uncle Joe that no one likes to talk about.
After all, if we were to stand behind these people we might get the reputation for being "soft" on military issues and that might hurt us at the polls. Better the keep them locked away and change the subject whenever they come up.
After all, we wouldn't want Democrats to get the reputation that they actually STAND for something would we?