Like many personal blogs of its era, this blog is moribund, a casualty of what we might call "the Facebook effect." However, as of late 2015, two things are clear: (1) The Indie Web is a thing, and (2) the re-decentralization of the web is a thing. So who knows?
2016 2017 (!) could be the year this blog rises from its own ashes. Stay tuned!
Your positions on taxes and labor would be assets instead of liabilities if you explained them in moral terms. The minimum wage rewards work. Repealing the estate tax helps rich people get richer without risk or effort. Lax corporate oversight allows big businesses to evade taxes, deceive small investors, and raid pension funds.And Arianna Huffington, who I once wrongly wrote off as a loudmouth crackpot, points out that Democrats have to stop being spineless weenies:
Unless the Democratic Party wants to become a permanent minority party, there is no alternative but to return to the idealism, boldness and generosity of spirit that marked the presidencies of FDR and JFK and the short-lived presidential campaign of Bobby Kennedy.Note that Arianna is not suggesting a move back to the left. She’s talking about a different, positive sort of message that we did not hear coming out of John Kerry’s mouth very often. Red Staters love this country just like Blue Staters do, but Red Staters also believe that people (like Kerry) who can rattle off huge laundry lists of what’s-wrong-with-America don’t love this country, and they’re not about to send such a person to the White House. They’ll always take an idiot over someone they perceive as down on America. And this time around, they just happened to have one of history’s biggest idiots to rally behind.
Otherwise, the Republicans will continue their winning ways, convincing tens of millions of hardworking Americans to vote for them even as they cut their services and send their children off to die in an unjust war.
Democrats have a winning message. They just have to trust it enough to deliver it. This time they clearly didn’t.
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