Alert reader casimir points out why certain precincts of the Democratic Party need a swift and brutal purge, Because when Bivalve Democrats (no head, no spine, bottom feeder) like Representative Collin Peterson are pushed to stand up for their party and its principles, they will unhesitatingly fling people like me straight under the bus while sucking the Great Satan's Both Sider Cock right down to the root.
From the Minneapolis Post:
...In the debate, this ignited a discussion about the intensity of the candidates’ partisanship. Westrom blamed Democrats for a host of problems: Obamacare was “passed by Democratic leadership,” and the Keystone pipeline is “still not built, because of President Obama’s administration.” Peterson highlighted studies that show him among the most moderate House lawmakers, but Westrom said if that was the case, he wouldn't have backed Pelosi, whose “agenda does not match the District 7 agenda. When you have leaders like that so far to the side, to the left, it’s hard to get things done.”But Peterson said it’s a matter of working with the members send to Congress with you, and that Democrats aren’t alone in sending partisans to Washington.“You can find people on your side of the aisle in Washington who are just as out of the mainstream as people on my side,” he said. “You’ve got the Tea Party folks on one side, and the liberal Democrats on the other, and that’s part of why we have the gridlock in Washington.”
As long as our public discourse remains hostage to the lie that the daunting problems facing this country can only be solved by ritually denouncing people like me so as to better curry the favor of nonexistent "Independents" and the denizens of the posher exurbs of Sisterfuck, Arkansas, we are quite thoroughly fucked.
BTW, minutes ago, the undisputed king of this brand of corrosive bullshit -- the New York Time's inexplicably unfireable Mr. David Brooks -- pinched off another steaming loaf of untreated Both Siderism. Which, lets face it, it pretty much the only column David Brooks writes anymore.
It seems that something called political "partyism" is a teddible, teddible blight upon the land.
...The problem is that hyper-moralization destroys politics. Most of the time, politics is a battle between competing interests or an attempt to balance partial truths. But in this fervent state, it turns into a Manichaean struggle of light and darkness. To compromise is to betray your very identity. When schools, community groups and workplaces get defined by political membership, when speakers get disinvited from campus because they are beyond the pale, then every community gets dumber because they can’t reap the benefits of diverging viewpoints and competing thought.
This mentality also ruins human interaction. There is a tremendous variety of human beings within each political party. To judge human beings on political labels is to deny and ignore what is most important about them. It is to profoundly devalue them. That is the core sin of prejudice, whether it is racism or partyism.
Predictably the Conservative Mr. Brooks goes for the entire length of this column denouncing "partyism" without actually identifying any specific political party or any specific overarching, ratfucking strategy that one of our two major political parties may have been up to for, say, the last 30 years which may have caused things to get so teddibly, teddibly bad. This is because Mr. Brooks is an arrant coward.
A very well-paid arrant coward.
Normally I would spend a lot of time and viscera carefully taking Mr. Brooks' words apart molecule by molecule, but I'm short on minutes and sleep and viscera right now, so I will just note the following:
- Mr. Brooks sure as shit never gave one tiny damn about "partyism" back when the Bush Administration was in high cotton and Butcher's Bill Kristol was paying Mr. Brooks' mortgage. In fact, framing every fucking issue as a "Manichean struggle" between noble Republicans and "stupid", "crazy" Liberals and Democrats who are so "brainless [and] self-destructive" perhaps because they "suckled on the 'Marx-Engels Reader'" was Mr. Brooks' entire stock-in-trade. See, there was gold in pistol-pistol whipping hippies back in the Good Old Days of George Bush and Operation Endless Clusterfuck. Solid, six-figure salary and amazing perks gold. And so -- surprise! -- not very long ago, David Brooks was one of the most ardent and relentless hippie pistol-whippers in all the land. Then all the policies David Brooks advocated so avidly back then turned to shit, at which time the Elite Media Money quickly and awkwardly shifted being a Bush Boosterism machine to being a "Well, uh, y'know, really, um, everybody is pretty much equally to blame" And so -- surprise! -- David Brooks quickly and awkwardly became the most ardent and relentless Both Siderist in all the land!
- By this time tomorrow Mr, Brooks's column will have been read by more people than my blog will reach in three years. Also on Twitter there will there will be upwards of 100 tweets and who-knows-how-manyretweets and "favorites" lauding the Mr. Brooks sensibility and sagacity on this "important" subject,