Since the 2012 election I have been engaged with the scintillating analysis Rachel Maddow made on that evening, after Romney’s crushing defeat, after the staggering repudiation of Republican candidates and ideals, with the inherent challenge and call-out in her wise words.
If you would like to see the essential parts, they are available here, in a 16:05 video.
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For me the crucial bit begins at 13:58. Fair use does not permit posting the complete presentation, but below is an excerpt that I loved.
(FYI: The complete transcript is posted at nbc news. Search on this phrase to go straight to the crux.
“MADDOW: Ohio really did go to President Obama last night.”)
She said it was a big night for Democrats, obviously, but that it could also be a great night for the entire country, because of our two-party system.
the idea is supposed to be that the two sides, both come up with ways to confront and fix the real problems facing our country. They both propose possible solutions to our real problems. And we debate between those possible solutions.
And by the process of debate, we pick the best idea.
Maddow craves a quality debate about real ideas to make things better. That has not been the specialty of Republicans in recent years. They have specialized in wedge issues, in divisiveness, manipulation, polarization, obstruction, cheating, lying … it is a long list. But by and large they have completely abdicated their responsibility to offer alternative solutions to real-world problems, focusing instead on crime, abortion, attacks on gay rights and just about all minorities/out-groups, cultivation (and reinforcement!) of hatreds. Can anyone in attendance tonight think of any real solutions they have presented or suggested on any real problem, in the past 12 years, let’s say? I cannot. Everything is dedicated to election, not serving the public.
So Rachel called them out. To grow up. To stand up and fulfill the role they are supposed to.
So, tonight I have written a blueprint for reform for the Republican Party, to help them help our nation forward.
To begin with, show some openness to diversity. Our nation was founded on it. It has always been a melting pot, and it still is. The electorate is changing. It is not a bad thing. It is a natural thing, an inevitable thing. A beautiful thing! We need it, all of us. It helps us grow. It makes us better human beings.
Focus on what is best for the country, not what is most expedient for winning elections. If something is good for the country, vote for it. Even if a Democrat proposed it. You owe it to those who voted for you. You owe it to yourselves.
Hmm. Well, no chance of THAT happening, let’s try another tack.
Offer things the people want, don’t stir up voters against things, don’t divide, don’t play on wedge issues, on polarization.
Speak with your actions, with your deeds, not with empty rhetoric.And most of all make sure the two are consistent.
::sigh:: No, that isn’t happening, either. Well, how about …
Let your policies and principles be fairly evaluated in the free market of ideas, and if you don’t like the response, change THAT, not your marketing plan. Accept that government is necessary. It would be necessary if every Democrat disappeared from the planet, and nothing you could do or say could ever change that.
Nope. There’s no way they’ll bite on that. Forget it.
Support our children. Support their health care. Support their education (this is absolutely a national security issue, even! Our country is falling behind the rest of the world!) Support our veterans. Support them AFTER their service has concluded. Support their health care. They have earned it. Support women. They are the mothers of our country, past, present and future. They make sacrifices for us on every level. They work as hard as anyone you have ever seen for our benefit and our welfare. They have earned it, and they earn it anew all the time. Support our workers. They are the engine behind our entire country. They have earned it, they deserve it. Support our citizens. Support their rights. Support their right to participate in our elections, to vote. Support their right to marriage, to be different. They deserve it. All of our citizens do.
Sorry, you guys, in my hopefulness I sometimes forget who we’re dealing with.
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