Thursday, January 27, 2005

Actions always trump words

Disclaimer: The following comments contain profanity and the sentiments expressed may piss off those who live in the world of happy talk.

Talk is cheap! Anyone can say they are for something, such as the current buzzword, "values". It's when we examine the actual actions that we get a better idea of what is behind the speaker's words and subsequent values.

President Bush talks alot about education, values, liberty/freedom and an ownership society that will benefit microbusiness and entrepreneur's, like me. When you examine his actions however, you see something totally different.

Take education for example. The President has grossly underfunded his NCLB initiative. When he talks of freedom, he forgets to mention the loss of civil liberties in our own country, not to mention the loss of freedom and culture that his "war on terror" has visited on innocent Iraqis. As far as an ownership society and a commitment to entrepreneurship, how can you run an entrepreneurial business when the fucking IRS sends you out threatening notices on a three year old tax return!!

The Democrats on Capitol Hill ought to be acting like an opposition party. Senators such as Joe Biden, Christopher Dodd and other sorry-ass white males, talk a good game during confirmation hearings, such as the recent Condi Rice dog-and-pony show. However, when it comes time to vote, Biden and Dodd, along with other SAWM's voted "yes" to confirm the lying, arrogant, bitch.

There are some of course, who back their words up with actions--Barbara Boxer comes to mind, as does Jim Jeffords, a registered Independent. There must be something in the water in Vermont to spawn Jeffords, Socialist Representative Bernie Sanders (he's registered also as an Independent, because Socialist scares the bejesus out of the American sheeple) and Howard Dean. Speaking of Vermont and Dr. Dean, I like his recent quote concerning his fellow Democrats and how they should be interacting with their Fascist brethren across the aisle. If the progressives had their way, Dean would be the new DNC chair, hands down.

"The Democratic Party will not win elections or build a lasting majority solely by changing its rhetoric, nor will we win by adopting the other side's positions. . . . 'Values' has lately become a code word for appeasement of the right-wing fringe. But when political calculations make us soften our opposition to bigotry or sign on to policies that add to the burden of ordinary Americans, we have abandoned our true values."

Of course, those worthless sacks of shit (mostly SAWM's), the members of the DLC, are doing all within their power to sabotage his bid to save the donkey.

For something more edifying, you can read about a Maine writer/journalist who personifies action and courage and his upcoming release of his first book. You'll find it over at the blog on my website, the place to find all things uplifting.

2 comments:

ChefDunn said...

I've said it before. In this world of taglines and one-lined quotes that are supposed to mean something, the Dems just aren't getting it done. The Dems have to figure a way to get their point across in 5 words or less. Apparrently, those in the red states can't pay attention much longer than that.

It might also help if the Dems mentioned that Jesus would never attack another human being, and that he stood for those that couldn't help themselves. Mainly, the poor and the sick (I think we have a few of those around here somewhere).

Jim said...

Chef,

You make some excellent points about learning to craft messages in ways that people can relate and identify with.

As for faith and the Dems shyness about associating themselves with Jesus, I referenced this at the end of my "Faith Reclaimation Project" post about Jim Wallis of Sojourners. He said something very similar in two seperate interviews that I heard; one on Air America and the other with Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air" program--Here's the "Fresh Air" link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4460055

The interview w/ Gross is worth listening to, because he makes points that I think are key, if we have any hope of turning back this far-right juggernaut steamrolling across the American landscape. What I like about Wallis is his ability to find common ground with those who are deeply committed Xians and those who might not be as faith-based, but still care about values and human decency.