Archive for March 2nd, 2006

Party Over Principle

“Skinner”, one of the moderators behind Democratic Underground, posted in the last few days a short screed laying down the law at DU regarding the upcoming election cycle. One thing really jumped out at me, though:

We expect DU members to support Democratic candidates in general elections. If you want to work for the defeat of any Democratic candidate in a general election, please do so on someone else’s website.

They’re putting party over principles here. If another blatant Democrat in name only comes along and kisses up to the Preznit, a la former Saint Paul Mayor Randy Kelly, he or she should, I think, be campaigned against.

If the folks at DU can hope to sway moderate republicans away from their party lines – and they do – it seems most foolhardy to basically pretend there are no rightward-leaning, nominally democrat candidates who’ve gone over to the other side and need to be defeated.

I mean, why are republicans allowed to be dismayed by the antics of Shrub, or Der Gropenfuhrer von California, yet dems are supposed to blindly support their party members? It just seems disingenious to me.

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Kick the Witch When He’s Dead

It’s stuff like this that just makes one want to scream. The government won’t allow a memorial plaque for a Wiccan soldier to bear a pentagram; crosses are okay, Stars of David are okay, and they’ve even got some sort of special symbol for – get this – athiests that’s approved… but the pagans and Wiccans and witches and warlocks in uniform are out of luck if they get their tickets punched.

He got an Air Medal and a Bronze Star (oh the irony) for his actions in Afghanistan, but Patrick Stewart can’t get a star on his bronze plaque.

So much for freedom of religion and veteran’s rights, eh?

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