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Friday, November 05, 2004

"Holy Cow, I Think He's Gonna Make it!"

posted by Jazz at 11/05/2004 03:37:00 PM


... all the way to the 18th century. And he'll take us with him. (Hat Tip to Meatloaf for stealing some lyrics from "Paradise by the Dashboard Lights" for a cheap baseball analogy.) Speaking of baseball and the 18th century, in today's LA Times, former major league orb hurler Frank Pastore has some thoughts to share with you. The title, which may be enough to send many of you scurrying to a bunker, is "Christian Conservatives Must Not Compromise." Before I can even comment, let's take a look at some of the assembled wisdom of Mr. Pastore, who left baseball to take up the right wing, talk radio alter worshipping Rush Limbaugh.

On Tuesday, this nation rejected liberalism, primarily because liberalism has been taken captive by the left. Since 1968, the left has taken millions captive, and we must help those Democrats who truly want to be free to actually break free of this evil ideology.

The left must be defeated in the realm of ideas, just as it was on Tuesday at the ballot box. The left hates the ballot box and loves its courtrooms, which is why it hopes to continue to advance its agenda through the courts. This must end.

The left bewitches with its potions and elixirs, served daily in its strongholds of academe, Hollywood and old media. It vomits upon the morals, values and traditions we hold sacred: God, family and country. As we learned Tuesday, it is clear the left holds the majority of Americans, the majority of us, in contempt.

We still believe that liberty and justice is for all.

Yes, apparently you do. Unless, of course, the members of the "all" in question happen to be gay, female, or have skin that's of too dark a shade. Is that frightening enough for you? It should be.

As hopeless as it sounds, this is a time for moderates to step up to the plate and find the power of the fulcrum on the teeter totter that divides the nation. There are a number of liberals out there who are advocating a "scorched earth" policy of resistance against the new, but slight, theocon majority. These outnumbered liberals are going to need allies to achieve any significant progress. The right wing is clearly poised to try to move a bulldozer into the political landscape and drive it so far to the right that it won't be able to shift back for a generation.

There are still member of congress, particularly in the Senate, who are of a clearly moderate bent. They are vastly outnumbered, and often forced to bend a knee to Rove and the theocon hawks. But on issues that matter, they can be called upon to stand up. They count among their numbers Olympia Snowe, Lincoln Chaffee, and Arlen Spectre, along with others. When a seriously threatening right wing move comes into play, I would urge the liberal Democrats to reach out to these moderates, and offer them their support in exchange for a critical vote.

In such ways, progress towards moderation could still be made. You may not be able to get a radically liberal judge appointed to the Supremes, but you could stop a card carrying member of Operation Rescue from donning the robes, and settle on a moderate constitutional constructionist. While some of the more regressive, homophobic states will certainly pass anti-gay amendments to their constitutions, you can call on moderates to prevent the passage of a national constitution that endorses fear, bigotry and homophobia. You may have to compromise on other issue that are distasteful to the far left in exchange for such concessions, but that is the fate of the minority party. And make no mistake, the Democrats are the minority party now in all ways that matter. This is the time for moderate Republicans to use the leverage they hold in the middle to their advantage. Failure to do so will make the theocratic dreams of Mr. Pastore a reality before we even get to the mid-term elections.

Kevin Drum points out that there are some radical right wingers that you just can't talk to.

Kevin Roderick thinks it could be a long four years.

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