November 5, 2003

Oh I Wish I Were in Dick Sea


The problem with going political in a blog is that there are already 343,000 other people on the internet saying what you are saying. I myself turn to Bud or Tod for rational leftist discourse, leaving them to articulate many things so I don't have to. Every time I talk about politics, I get so fucking angry that I do more harm than good.

That said, this Howard Dean Confederate Flag brouhaha has got to stop. Anyone with a brain knows that Dean wasn't being racist, or even particularly insensitive. His point is absolutely dead-on: there are a shitload of not-very-bright people in the South who need to be brought back into the Democratic Party, because the Republicans have done nothing but bait their latent racism with one hand while stealing their wallets with the other. And yes, those Southern rednecks do occasionally have a Confederate Flag on their pickup truck in one guise or another.

Personally, I think the South is the least racist place in America, but that's beside the point. The other Democrats - most notably Edwards, Lieberman and Kerry – have gone after Dean with the fervor of a starved tribe spotting their first buffalo in months. Those guys know perfectly well what Dean was saying, but are pretending to be shocked and dismayed in order to shore up their own flagging support base. It's disingenuous and disgusting. Watching the "Rock the Vote" on CNN, I became unshakably despondent watching these fuckers tear into each other – the winner of that debate was George W. Bush.

Don't they get it? Don't they understand that the only ticket that could possibly beat Bush is a Dean/Clark or Clark/Dean duo? I don't know why nobody is coming out and saying it. Dean is the only progressive smart enough to be president, and Clark is the only dude Americans will trust with Homeland Security. End of story. In the meantime, I have to watch Joe Lieberman's giant head drone on, and suffer through pictures of John Kerry holding his gun (as if that crap is fooling anybody).

There is that old cliché about how liberals, believing more in nuance and self-questioning, will always lose to conservatives in a pissing contest. That is something we're going to have to live with. But the Republicans do something Democrats don't: stick together with a singular message. Sure, that message may be fascist, draconian and terrifying, but they rally around a leader and get their boys elected. The Democrats are presently looking like the back end of the 2nd Violin section at a mediocre Junior High School. And I should know.

Posted by irw at November 5, 2003 11:37 AM
Posted by: Andy Bagwell at November 6, 2003 6:27 AM

I have been saying for years that the South is the least racist place in America. Clearly, this requires a blog unto itself.

Posted by: steph at November 6, 2003 8:41 AM

As a Yankee-bred Southerner, I believe both of you are right. It's been my sad personal experience that I have found Yankees can be more racist. I don't even fully grasp what happened with the DEAN confederate flag issue. Clearly, there are some people who display the flag as "heritage not hate" but why do so when it hurts people? Was Bo Duke trying to be hateful with his orange car? Did Dean say something about disregarding the redneck's choice of flag pride and bring them on board anyway? Was he saying we should overlook this issue because bigger issues need to be addressed? I am so confused.

Posted by: Greg at November 6, 2003 5:00 PM

This is off topic, but I just read this article:
I honestly think this raving lunatic we have in office is doing everything he can to get us all killed. I only hope that he doesn't succeed before his term limit kicks him out the door.

Back on topic - The only bright side I can see for the current Dems running for prez is that Clinton succeeded from a very similar pack - remember Clinton and the 8 dwarves (or something like that.) The current candidates are doing their best to blow it, but I don't think most of America tunes in for another 6 months, so there's still a good chance that someone may emerge and put Tex to pasture.

Ian - Any chance we can use your farm as a modern-day underground railroad for Liberals fleeing to Canada to escape political persecution? (If the FBI investigator who montitors my file is reading this - just kidding!)

Posted by: Ian at November 6, 2003 8:48 PM

Greg - meet us at the purple pasture when the chariot swings low. We will smuggle you into the motherland.

Posted by: ap at November 7, 2003 12:22 AM

couple things - I had Howard as my governor for most of the last 10 years. He's the best politician/leader I've ever seen. That said, he ain't presidential material. The flag quote was said because he already knows he has the racial minority vote (Clarence Thomas excepted) - ususal Dean, honest, but not well put.

Second thing - as a Tarheel - Dean for president means only one Dean - Smith. I'm going to have T-shirts made, really.

Posted by: Alan at November 7, 2003 7:14 AM

You know that underground railroad idea may be a bit of a bleak joke, but I have been taught, had ales with and worked with many guys 10 to 15 years older than me who moved north during Vietnam. Their contribution to our country is not often acknowledged but you would sure be welcome to add to the up-here of North America. You might need to set up a sponsourship program - as well as lessons on silent "u" utilization.

Posted by: Ian at November 7, 2003 11:08 AM

That's a good idea, neighbour!

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