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  •  Do these people really prefer right-wing (9+ / 0-)

    governance?

    I've lived through Carter, Clinton, and now Obama. It is always the same: They aren't perfect so let's punish them by withholding support. It hasn't resulted in more progressive government yet.

    •  Yes, they do... (9+ / 0-)

      Naderites prefer right wing government, so they can complain without actually having to DO anything.

      DARTH SPECTER: I am altering the deal! Pray I don't alter it any further!
      LANDO REID: This deal keeps getting worse all the time!

      by LordMike on Tue Aug 17, 2010 at 09:11:30 AM PDT

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      •  Let's face it: opposition is fun (1+ / 0-)
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        Being in a political movement when you're out of power can be exhilarating. Sure, there's anger about the state of things, but when so many people are feeling the same righteous indignation, there's some perverse enthusiasm. Everyone on "your side" can criticize the incumbents and there's very little disagreement, since you all agree the status quo isn't tenable.

        And campaigns are fun. Because everyone can simply put their hopes and project their own personal desires onto a candidate. Everything seems possible, because it's all in the future and all hypothetical.

        Then you win power. And then the coalition frays. Because people forget that "change" means different things to different people. And suddenly big problems -- even ones that aren't our fault -- become our responsibility, and derail other items on the agenda.

        It's the same old story. And it affects both the right and the left. But personally, I wonder if it hurts the left more. It's easy to dislike the status quo, as all liberals/progressives do. It's another thing to agree on what needs to change.

        If liberals need to learn one thing it's to accept that change is a long, hard slog. Neither the halycon days of the New Deal or Great Society were anywhere near as exciting as people make them out to be. And the changes they enacted took the better part of three decades. People here want instant gratification, and seem incapable of accepting that, yes, politicians screw up, but ultimately every political race comes down to two choices.

        (And yes, that's even true in multiparty countries, where you can vote for whoever you like, but then have to accept that it can usually only come down to one of two coalitions, where compromises will have to be made and changes kept limited.)

    •  They also prefer rectal-cranial inversion (1+ / 0-)
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      given their pathetic lack of judgment.

      "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

      by trashablanca on Tue Aug 17, 2010 at 09:24:44 AM PDT

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