Thursday, October 13, 2005

Our Contract with America

I was watching the Daily Show the other night, and Al Gore was on. John Stewart asked him something along the lines of -- so, what are the Democrats going to stand for, ect. And Al Gore said, "We're working on it, it's going to be a positive vision," or some vague crap. And I was like, "Why does this sound familiar?" And then I realized, Howard Dean had been on the Daily Show a few months ago, and had said the exact same thing.

While I appreciate y'all being on point and consistent and all, saying, "We're still working on it" is not very inspiring. In fact, it makes me cringe. Get your shit together people, we've only got 13 months.

We've got to think big and really shoot for the sky here.

For instance, how about:

* universal healthcare
* real worker's rights on the job
* a solid education plan

And come up with some really catchy, glossy names like "A Right to Work". Then we can turn around all of that right-to-work state BS.

See Al and Howard. I spent like 30 seconds on that platform. You guys have a bunch of high-paid political consultants. Please tell me you can come up with SOMETHING. PLEASE?!?


Anonymous b! said...

I saw somewhere mention to a recent article by Al Gore titled (loosely) 'the way things would be if I had won the election' Um, hello!? he 'did' flippin' win the election!! not promising...

10/15/2005 7:26 PM  
Blogger kstrna said...

Of course to do what you want the Dems have to stop being the other corporate party/business unionism party and become a true labor party. But given where the Democrats have moved rightward on the Taft-Hartley in the last 50 years, doubt that is going to happen.

10/16/2005 9:53 AM  
Blogger mcplunk said...

sad, but true. at least we seem to be putting some pressure on the CAFTA 15 to shape up.

10/29/2005 8:10 PM  
Blogger kstrna said...

Not really sad, just have to push the creation of a progressive third party alternative & get progressives to vote for it. Early 20th century, Socialists were able to get at least 2.78% of the vote. Nader almost got 2.7% in 2000. Many of the New Deal proposals were a response to the Progressives/Socialists coalition candidate, LaFollette, getting 17% of the vote in 1924 and even drawing in 13 electoral votes. Of course it works for the right as well. In 1968, Wallace under the American Independent banner got 13.6% of the vote which lead to the Southern Strategy by Republicans to pick up those Dixiecrats. Nixon in the next election, trounced McGovern. That group of white, fundamentalist Christians is willing to walk away from the Republicans on principle which gives them a great deal of power over the Republican party. Many on the left are no longer willing to do that with the Democrats. Power is based on fear and the Left is running scared.

10/31/2005 10:34 AM  

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