Monday, August 22, 2005

Every Slayer Has A Death Wish

Hello, Kiddies! Yes, I'm a big Buffy/Angel fan (although Garm had to clue me in that Loren was atleast symbolically gay--red state filter I guess) any way there's this episode where Spike tells Buffy that "every Slayer has a death wish," that they secretly long for it. That could apply to lot of things, here's one.

I've been considering this post for a while now. I talk to Dems and Libs all the time and they're always amazed when I tell them that the Democrats ruled America for like 60 years of the 2oth-century. Why? Well, they thought that all evil flowed from the right, that Vietnam and segeration were Republican ideas. Being in power meant that dems actually had to be part of the middle and the left, but then the whole New Left in the 60s ripped everything apart. Thus cometh Bill Clinton and the gang. Political whores that, while leftist, were really about winning elections. Now, the Democrats have been handed some huge losses, and they sputter about, raving about how core American values are under attack. No, core leftist values are under attack--your the ones that took your party to Hollywood and Cuba and Europe. But then come the Republicans asking, "why are they going with Howard Dean! Did they not learn their lesson? Don't they want to win an election?" The answer is yes and no, but mostly no. Let's listen to one of their bigger hacks:

Here's a dirty little secret. The Republicans know this. Nothing scares them more than us returning to our simple answers. Here's Bill Kristol, in a famous 1993 memo I'm sure you're all familiar with: "Health care is not, in fact, just another Democratic initiative . . . the plan should not be amended; it should be erased. . . . It will revive the reputation of the . . . Democrats, as the generous protector of middle-class interests." I'd say this memo is the skeleton key to understanding modern American politics, if it didn't make me yawn. There's nothing here that's unfamiliar to historians who've read Republican secrets going back 25, 35, even 70 years. You can sum them up in 10 words: "If the Democrats succeed in redistributing economic power, we're screwed."
They have reason to fear.

You see. He's happy. There is no more fighting to straddle the middle. Now the left can be what it wants to be: radicals. Grassroot, from the street, revolutionaries. I don't want this because it is true that an ideologically consistent oppontent is much more dangerous, and, jeez, communistic democrats as a major American party--yuck! But that is the thing, they want to be radicals because they want to be the little guy! Maybe they'll come back later and win, but right now they want to be angry geniuses of social reform that shake their fists at the plastic, corporate world and talk about how dreamy "Che" was (before he was executed like a commie dog). Now they're counter-culture, now they are the cool kids. They were the ruling party, but just as Whedon teaches us, everyone that's on top wonders what it would be like to fall, to lose. Losing an election was very liberating, they wanted to let go; to go back to when conservatives were evil and liberals were good. To say out loud: Socialism! And we shall overcome! And its the gulag for you, comrade!

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