Is what politics is under the surface.
‘The Left’ is ostensibly for Liberty, Equality and Justice at all costs, but implemented responsibly.
‘The Right’ is for…well I am not really sure what The Right is for anymore. When I was growing up politically, they were for strong defense, fiscal responsibility, and mainly, it seemed to me, the necessity of deferring to the authority of the Government and the Church above individual liberty. Conformity. Citizens setting aside some (most?) individual liberties for the good of the state. Somewhere in there was some stuff about the government staying out of your lives, at least when it came to guns…but not when it came to the bedroom or your uterus.
The Center was where these differing ideals are supposed to meet. A responsibly moderate place where the concerns of the good of the State were balanced with the good of the People.
That may be all wrong, but those were/are my impressions. I think that has all changed, or is about to.
I am NOT wrong about the Battle of Ideas. It is the very purpose of politics.
I just don’t know what the Ideas are anymore. Wait, maybe I do. I think maybe in this election the Battle of Ideas is much simpler than we think. There was a coup in this country. A deception at the very least. America got conned. They bought the okeydoke of a Far Right closet dictator “Uniter not Divider.” A wolf in sheep’s clothing. A man who pretended to be something he wasn’t. The worst (in concert with Cheney) example of the Right’s innate tendency towards totalitarianism and fascism.
Then there was a terrorist attack that got turned into a Global War on Terror. An excuse…and nothing more than an excuse…to indulge every excess of the Right Wing. From the Government having more rights than the individual to imprisoning and torturing innocent people without as much as a trial. In just six short years of the Right Wing’s total control of the Government, vastly aided by an incredible propaganda effort (including their own TV network) that fooled most of the people at least some of the time, America slid nearly all the way to the bottom of the slippery slope of all of the Right Wing’s worst fantasies come true. In perhaps the stupidest decision the American voter has ever made, the con job lasted through the 2004 election. I don’t think America can ever live that down. This was the greatest victory for the right ever. When asked what they believed, the Government run by the RW Authoritarians or their lying eyes, the American voter bought the okeydoke again.
By 2006, enough people had come out of the haze of purposely imposed fear, jingoism and propaganda to elect a Democratic Congress. As much as we despise the missed opportunities to turn things around by these spineless cowards who continually choose capitulation over courage, one thing must be admitted. They slowed the slide towards fascism. Iow, they could have been worse. That is the highest praise I can muster.
Though there are many issues to debate and many things we would like to see happen, and that we…as The Left…MUST continue to fight for this election has only one real idea. Stopping the slide into Right Wing Fascism.
Yes I do want fries and a coke and health care and the Constitution with that. But I am starving. I’ll take whatever scraps of freedom, equality and justice I can get. I will fill my belly with them and continue to struggle to build the world I know we are capable of building.
I want that world; I will still put my heart and soul into getting there. But after centuries of struggling up the hill, we were pushed far back down that slippery slope. Far from the mountaintop. All I ask now is that we stop sliding backwards. Anything else is a bonus.