"November 3rd Theses" to be placed upon DNC front door 11/15

Discussion in 'Politics & Current Events' started by Mel Brennan, Nov 12, 2004.

  1. Mel Brennan


    Paris Saint Germain
    United States
    Apr 8, 2002
    Paris Saint Germain FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    From Adam Werbach, executive director of Common Assets:

    ...We worked hard. We got out the vote. And we still lost by four million

    Yes it was close. Yes, we didn't have the best candidate. Yes, the
    campaign made serious tactical errors.

    But the bottom line is this: the Democratic Party is today in the hands
    of people who have failed to articulate a moral-intellectual vision for
    America and the world, and you can't win the confidence of the
    electorate without a vision.

    I feel complicit in these failures. I have spent the last 15 years of my
    life trying to organize the public towards social and environmental
    change. It's not working.

    It's time for a bit of healthy debate.

    To that end, I will be going to the Democratic National Committee
    Headquarters on Monday, November 15 to paste the November 3rd theses
    (below) on the front door. I'm hoping to find a few other people who
    will stand with me on that cold morning.

    I'll be there at 7:30 AM. The DNC is located at 430 S Capitol St, SE in
    Washington, DC.

    The 2004 presidential election was lost not by John Kerry over the last several months but by the Democratic Party over the last several decades. Democrats have lost control of all three branches of government for the foreseeable future. We are now a minority party.

    When the Senate Democratic leader is defeated while spending $16 million attempting to get the majority of 500,000 votes, the problem is not a lack of funding or effort.

    The failure of the Democratic Party to connect with America's desire for fulfillment is political death.

    Democrats are now history's spectators, Republicans its actors.

    The obsession with denouncing the radical conservative project as a "lie" has become a useful substitute for vision.

    Renovating Democratic politics is not a question of moving to the right or talking more about religion. It is about creating a framework that once again communicates to the core needs of the American people.

    America is not now, and never was, simply "the economy, stupid." What the American people want is a deeper sense of personal meaning, a national mission, and passion in times of fear.

    Returning the Democratic Party to majority status will require a political realignment no less sweeping than that which was accomplished by conservatives over the last 40 years.

    Only the breath of a serious and new moral-intellectual vision will be sufficient to resuscitate the Democratic Party.

    Democratic candidates will continue to lose as long as they treat Americans as rational actors who vote their "self-interest" after weighing competing offers for health care, jobs, and security.

    Conservatives have spent the last 40 years getting clear about the values they represent. They have even developed a "family values" brand to represent a framework that coheres traditional prejudices around prayer in school, gun rights, restricting abortion, and restricting gay rights.

    By contrast, liberal or "progressive" groups and Democrats have spent the same period of time defining themselves against conservative values, even "morality" in general.

    If resources continue to flow to the same leaders who have failed to construct a new vision and have thus left the Democratic Party in ruins then we can expect more of the same. And worse.

    Those who resist the process to create a new vision will be left behind.

    Candidates who intend to win should no longer hire consultants who repeatedly lose. Those who counsel caution when dealing with the indifferent, the disaffected, and the undecided do not understand American history. Consultants who advise their clients against offering a clear and compelling vision in fear that it will be attacked should find themselves without a home in the Democratic Party. The sooner they retire, the better.

    Unconnected at a values level, the Democratic Party's laundry list of policy proposals is a confusing and alienating hodgepodge of special interests bound together by a vague sense that "we're all on the same side." Such a conflation demands no critical self-examination of the interest groups whose turf, and very identities, are treated as inviolable by Party chieftains.

    The progressive vision must be a direct challenge to fundamentalism in all of its forms: political, religious and economic. It must match fundamentalism's power without replicating its authoritarianism. It must appeal to the values of liberty, equality, community, justice, unconditional love, shared prosperity, and ecological restoration, among many others.

    Democrats serious about returning to majority status must:
    -Retire any leader who believes that we are currently on a winning path that simply needs more money and effort.
    -Define and articulate a coherent set of values of our base, and be willing to lose those allies who do not share these values.
    -Fight battles, win or lose, that define and advance our values and expand our political base.

    In despair and defeat lie the seeds of triumph and victory. In that loss lies the opportunity to define a new progressive politics for the new century.
  2. 1953 4-2-4

    1953 4-2-4 Red Card

    Jan 11, 2004
    Bunch o' drama queens.
  3. Ian McCracken

    Ian McCracken Member

    May 28, 1999
    SS Lazio Roma
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    And liberals wonder why they lose. Always wringing their hands and waxing poetically about their fate in life. Get to the fricking point. Here's my November 3rd Thesis: "Extremist Liberals are Douchebags and Americans, by and large, don't want to associate with Douchebags".
  4. McTide

    McTide New Member

    Jan 19, 2004
    Pine Level Alabama
    Could not have said it better. Summed up the election in the spirit of us in the Red States.
  5. Bob Morocco

    Bob Morocco Member+

    Aug 11, 2003
    Billings, MT
    Thus the 10 foot radius of emptiness that surounds you.
  6. christopher d

    christopher d New Member

    Jun 11, 2002
    Weehawken, NJ
    I thought the piece in question was about the Democratic Party. What does that have to do with "extremist liberals"?
  7. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    It's a fascist thingy..!
  8. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    And there are 59,054,086.00 more just like you.
  9. Pauncho

    Pauncho Member+

    Mar 2, 1999
    Bexley, Ohio
    Columbus Crew
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    United States
    In the aftermath of an election which the Democrats are so bitterly disappointed to lose because they so deeply dislike Dubbyah and because they tried so hard, it is easy to descend into despair. And dangerous and pointless. If you give into the people whose counsel is that you have to become the Republicans, version 2, to win, you ensure you lose because you lose your identity.

    The Republicans have a much better PR staff. They have crafted much more effective, harder-hitting and catchier themes for 40 years. Lots and lots of people have bought into the idea that social justice, or even just defending the middle class, is class warfare and uselessly throwing money at other people's problems, while morals is who you sleep with. The Republicans spinmeisters should really be congratulating themselves for this outstanding victory of propaganda over truth. IMHO the Democrats need to start working on articulating what they're for, and not just what they're against, to turn that around.
  10. eneste

    eneste Member

    Mar 24, 2000
    Pittsburgh, PA
    These days anyone to the left of Arlen Spector is an "extremist liberal".
  11. Pauncho

    Pauncho Member+

    Mar 2, 1999
    Bexley, Ohio
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    To hear the anti-abortionists holler about his becoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, it appears they think Arlen Specter is an extremist liberal, too.
  12. Ian McCracken

    Ian McCracken Member

    May 28, 1999
    SS Lazio Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    Specter is not an extremist liberal, but he is an extreme moron.

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