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  •  people need a reason to care (15+ / 0-)

    "It is your duty to hold the line" really isn't as good a motivational speech as you think.  In the movies, that's what they say when crushing defeat is a foregone conclusion.

    It doesn't help that we're the conservative party: holding on in grim desperation to defend the status quo against passionately ideological radicals with no fear.  When we lose, we just keep on holding on, only now to a little less.  Like a castle under siege that can only wait for the demographic cavalry to arrive and save us.  The Democratic Party really is the party of people with nowhere else to go and boy do we act like it.

    What we're missing is vision, mission, ideology, a generous helping of utopia.  Something to believe in and really fight for ... and "could be worse" doesn't count.  If all the conservatives in the country magically disappeared, what would we do?  On a bad day, I think we'd just abandon politics completely: either everything would be good enough or we just don't dare become what we fought against.  On a slightly better day, I think we'd break down into infighting.

    People need a reason to care.  They need a reason to vote, to volunteer, to protest, to run for office, etc.  The Democratic Party needs to give them a reason.  Something big and beautiful, not tweaks and band-aids.  We treat the American people like they have no interest in a gleaming awesome future - just a desire to keep plodding along going to work and paying the bills without the Republicans trying to fuck them over at every turn - and then we act confused that they're so disengaged, or not interested in anything but kitchen table issues.

    Something's wrong when the bad guys are the utopian ones.

    by Visceral on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 06:44:18 PM PST

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    •  30 years of punk/alt/etc. will do that. (0+ / 0-)

      Because, you know, otherwise you're a HIPPIE.  And who wants to be a HIPPIE, huh?  Huh?

      Part of the problem is that most liberals in the wake of the '60s have been madly running away from them.  This takes the form of two general tendencies, which I'll call JFK and PUNK.  JFK, the liberal end of the old (and present) mainstream, notices the conservative wave (which I'll call REAGAN) and tries to adapt instead of resisting.  Clinton and Obama are both part of JFK, as are most Dems.  PUNK resists, but in a hopeless, desperate, explicitly anti-utopian manner.  Charlie Chaplin told us that life could be free and beautiful; PUNK, the reaction against the '60s tendency (i.e., HIPPIES), tells us that life is a prison and ugly (as if we didn't know that already) and only dares to hope that one day the pain will stop.  No room for imaginative, utopian visions in either one--and on top of that they ratify REAGAN in the end, by discrediting HIPPIES; after all, who's more anti-HIPPIES than REAGAN?  Clinton was at the edge of HIPPIES when he was younger, but like most people of his generation "got a haircut" and wound up as part of JFK.  Others wound up as part of REAGAN.  PUNK purports to be against HIPPIES and REAGAN, but there's actually a lot of JFK in it when you scratch the surface (when you discount the hard-left and hard-right tendencies); the endless "neo-beatnik" hipster scene of the last quarter-century is prime evidence of this, and ilkely wouldn't have happened without punk (as opposed to PUNK).  PUNK is largely born out of unspoken disappointment with HIPPIES, which is why it never tried to come to an alliance with HIPPIES against REAGAN.  PUNK appears to hate HIPPIES more than it hates REAGAN, but again I think that's subconscious disappointment.

      I might've told you back then that it would come to this.  No one would've believed me, though.  

      Point is, people left of center have only themselves to blame for not offering beautiful visions of a bright future.  They've trained themselves for 30 years not to believe in them.  Establishment Dems aren't nearly the whole problem.

      The '60s were simply an attempt to get the 21st Century started early....Well, what are we waiting for? There's no deadline on a dream!

      by Panurge on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 07:57:26 PM PST

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