This will be short.
Ahem, what's happening to us? Did President Obama's remarks on Friday set this current round off? I truly hope not because the phrase 'there's no place left for us' sounds eerily and disturbingly familiar and not in a good way at all.
This will be very short because for the second danggone time, I accidentally deleted a draft. GRRRRRRRRRRR. I'm not used to this diary making stuff, especially 2 in one day, but this has to be said now.
IMO, right now the difference between us Progressives and the Tea Party is that for them, dysfunction works well because it's cohesive.
Dysfunctional Progressives is not cohesive with us and that is why we collectively fail.
While we persist in having these round robin arguments over who as a Progressive has been more hurt, the right has taken its most delusional discussions that should have stayed behind closed doors after the Civil Rights Era and moved them to the state houses and into Congress, fueled by equally delusional people and institutions with way too much time and money on their hands.
This is why Trayvon Martin is dead right now -- thanks in part to the delusional laws passed by delusional public officials who were elected by delusional citizens who are under the delusion that they speak for the majority in this country.
And we debate on Daily Kos who has the right to be more hurt.
The truth is that there are a lot of folk on here who are 'disillusioned' because they have been hurt. Not to acknowledge this would be unfair to them and to everyone else here on DK.
They are hurting and have been hurting for some time. Take away the skin color and the policies that are causing this pain is a hurt we all as Progressives can understand. That is why diaries like the one that is on the rec list now are consistently supported by the same individuals day in and day out.
I challenged the diarist on today's rec list to view this a little differently:
You are wrong because I agree with you. Just because I don't choose to take the tone that you and others do about President Obama doesn't mean that I do not take note of what's going on here. It is not white privilege to complain about government abuse. That is simply absurd.If we as Progressive don't find a way to talk to one another better than this, then we ALL will be on separate islands shouting from the distance while the Tea Party and its insanity agenda takes us over.
It is EVERYONE'S privilege to do so, just like it is everyone's privilege to acknowledge what the government gets right.
Or not. But don't hang your argument on race like this because you don't do yourself any favors by protesting in isolation, because that is where you will end up.
Marginalizing yourself out of the equation of solutions.
The problem right now in this country is that our collective sense of cynicism, indifference, anger and lack of collective focus as Progressives is why we fail. I think that being pure to your word IS A GOOD THING. It keeps us targeted.
But being pure in isolation is extremism because you don't possess the tools to be persuasive without being equally annoying to offensive. That is the real problem with your argument.
Now it is up to you how you choose to receive what I said. You can either figure out a way to help Progressives build a better, more cohesive and inclusive coalition or you can build yourself an island and shout from the distance.
This here on here on DK -- has got to stop.
UPDATE important: Oh wow. Okay. Thanks for those who have explained what the hell happened here. Apparently Markos made a comment about white privilege in one of his diaries and I'm going to find it and read it. I don't want to comment further until I've read it myself.
I will not call the diarist out by handle, but I think he would do well to update his diary to reflect that he is reacting to this because we could do without this level of community deterioration that is now going on in that diary.