"Just Tell Them...
I have worked 40 years to make the Women's Suffrage platform broad enough for Atheists and Agnostics to stand upon, and now if need be I will fight the next 40 to keep it Catholic enough to permit the straightest Orthodox religionist to speak or pray and count her beads upon."
Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Progressive Patriots Unite! PUMAs, Don't Back Down!!
Yesterday I wrote about what seems to me to be a mini-explosion of postings on the PUMA blogs. Today I'll talk about how the movement itself is evolving.
The PUMAsphere has been a spectacle to behold, of late. Cat fights breaking out all over. The faint of heart are defecting from our movement. I suspect that is not a bad thing. Wars of the sort we PUMAs are waging, simply cannot be won by the squeamish. Nor can our battle be seen through to victory by the short sighted.
Two essays worth reading, on the subject of PUMA-ology are:
D.K. Jamaal's "Does Progressive Mean Left Wing Partisanship?"
At this critical juncture in the PUMA movement, I suggest we ponder them both. Extensively. (Read the comments too.) Then ask ourselves.... is it really all that great to imbibe the talking point elixer of the Left while rejecting that of the Right? How are they different? Or, are they, in reality, the same poison?
Over the course of our year as PUMAs have we not been equally "infiltrated" by Obots and Redstaters? Why are some of us so afraid of the latter, that we will abandon our cause if they show up to titillate us with shiny TPMs?
Quite frankly.... I believe the Obots are more dangerous to PUMAs. Cuz they are our *friends and family* in real life. And because they comfortably spout rhetoric that many of us can't even recognize as meaningless, manipulative talking point jibberish .... due to our own years of desensitization and indoctrination.
*No one party has the corner on political truth or idiocy. If you believe that one party is always right, and another is always wrong ... you were not PUMA material to begin with.
*No one politician has all the answers. Not even Hillary. By the same token, no one politician is always wrong.... or "evil" .... or the Anti-Christ. They are just people, folks. Like you and me. Demonization of any one person, including Obama, is counterproductive to our cause. (And that goes for Palin as well.)
*Hang in there, PUMAs! If we are attracting the Wingnuts, we are making a difference. They know who we are. They know we have power.... And they want to get their grubby little hands on us. The PUMA movement has come of age! Pat yourself on the back, and...
Welcome to hardball Politics!!