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  • George Orwell

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    Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

    In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

    If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.

    But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.

    Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.

    Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie... a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.

    In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.

    All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.

    At fifty everyone has the face he deserves.

    Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.

    John Stuart Mill

    Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.

    The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.

    The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.

    Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.

    A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

    Mark Twain

    Don't let schooling interfere with your education.

    All generalizations are false, including this one.

    A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.

    Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

    Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

    The Public is merely a multiplied "me."

    Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial "we."

    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

    Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.

    Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

    Winston Churchill

    The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

    I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

    Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.

    Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.

    Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.

    However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

    In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.

    Otto Von Bismarck

    When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.

    I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.

    Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.

    Be polite; write diplomatically ;even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.

    Voltaire

    A witty saying proves nothing.

    If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.

    When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics.

    I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.

    To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.

    Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.

    It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

    The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.

    Karl Marx

    Philosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love.

    All I know is I'm not a Marxist.

    The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.

    Sunday, December 05, 2004

    Realizing what we’re up against…

    By Mike

    To be honest, I assumed that my thoughts on how the Democrats can start winning elections again would get most of its comments from any conservatives that happened to stroll on by (as they do from time to time). I figured the comments would be on the order of Craig Harmon from The Left Ain't Right (and who has now started a new blog called the Continuum: from Left to Right). I assumed that the harshest words would come from conservatives that like to believe the far left are "radicals" or even "moonbats". Apparently I was wrong.

    William Li (a friend of my brother-in-law Dave I think) has been the only one to leave comments about my thoughts about why the Democrats need to embrace the far left. He hasn't stated explicitly that he is a Democrat, but he did say "we" when referring to the Democrats. He's also made it clear that he isn't interested in the policies of the far left or the far right. From what he's written, I've concluded that he is a fiscally conservative socially liberal Democrat who would feel quite comfortable with Clinton, Lieberman, Gore, the Johns, or just about anyone from the DLC as President. William has been back to at ease at least twice so I also am assuming that he won't mind clarifying his position on there if I'm wrong.

    So at any rate, let's just say that William Li isn't much interested in debate. He's more interested in chastizing me for how "silly, siller, and silliest" my thoughts are in his opinion and how wrong and "wronger" my arguments are. His arguments are clearly compelling to him so he doesn't feel the need to elaborate. He offers only anecdotes to try and illustrate how wrong I am.

    That's fair enough, I can't claim to always be right. And to be certain, William Li's tactics and logic aren't anything new to a person who goes on a lot of different blogs and bulletin boards. Let's just say that I wasn't expecting this vile of an attack from the Democrats. William Li's argument essentially boils down to the Democrats adopt positions that help the country economically and create a rising tide and that the far left, the "lunatic fringe", should rightfully be marginalized. Furthermore, there is no shift to the right only an attempt to get power. All of this is wrapped up in a short, to the point analogies with just a hint of patronizing thrown in for good measure. Not just you're wrong and here's why statements, but more like you- are- so- unbelievably- stupidly- wrong- I- can't- believe- it- and- I'm- going- to- keep- telling- you kind of thing.

    I'm really not worried about what William Li thinks of me or my arguments, I certainly wouldn't blog about politics if it bothered me that people thought I was wrong or stupid. My point here is that it really didn't occur to me that the most virulent attacks would come from a Democrat. But the more that I think about it, maybe I should have expected it. Democrats are just as likely to buy into the idea that the far left are crazy or radicals as anyone else. The far left insists that there are more important things than our country's GDP, that in fact if we were to do certain things that would actually reduce the GDP we and the world would be much better off. That isn't fiscal conservatism, that wouldn't result in the booming Clinton-era economy that has become the milestone for any President to live up to (I even subscribed to that theory before the election), and it may even increase other countries' standing compared to the US. That is just down right stupid to William Li and the more I look into it, the more Democrats I find that seem to agree.

    William Li doesn't think the Democrats need the far left to win elections. He thinks that by wooing certain groups (farmers or IT pros specifically) that the Dems can come out on top without ever having to deal with the far left again. Everyone is entitled to their opinion of course; however, the results of the 2000 and 2004 elections would indicate otherwise.

    The Democrats are and forever will be hopelessly intertwined with those on the far left. Like it or not, no matter how much the Dems bash Nader, shun Michael Moore, embrace pro-war, pro-free trade, anti-gay agendas, or deny being a liberal the GOP will always tie them in with those on the far left. We've reached a point where people don't even have to know what the goals of the far left are to hate them. The words "Left" and "Liberal" have become equivalent to "Bad", "Terrorist", and "Evil". And what are the Democrats trying to do to prevent that? Nothing. The DLC has made a direct effort to make it clear that they would rather not have anything to do with the far left by adopting stances that are anathema to the far left. When the party that according to the popular culture is intertwined with the far left tries to distance itself from the far left by adopting the policies of the far right it only solidifies people's distrust for the far left and strengthens the case against the party. In short, by not legitimizing the far left, the Democrats are shooting themselves in the foot.

    Moreover, those on the far left are going to be more than happy to widen the divide. Oliver Willis's "Brand Democrat" campaign has already been Ad Jammed for instance and let's not forget the massive political protests against the Democrats in 2000. This year the far left fell in line in much greater numbers to vote Bush out of office but the negative campaigning required to get the Anybody But Bush crowd's vote actually drove in more votes for Bush than it did for Kerry. And now we on the far left feel as if we are pawns in this game, and maybe that's all we are. My call to the far left is to vote your consciousness from this point forward. The Dems know they can't win without our votes and if we can make them understand that they can't get our votes without adopting our policies, we will all come out on top in the future. After all, you can't win without your pawns.

    So thanks to William Li, I think I finally get it. It is now clear exactly what needs to be done to move this country back to the left and why it needs to happen. I also know that it won't happen just because I want it to or because of my lone voice and it won't happen any time soon. So I challenge William Li and any other Democrat that agrees with him to do it your way, try and get the farmer and the IT Pro vote. See how far that gets you. At a certain point, stop, look at what the country stands for, look at the state of the world and ask yourself, "is this really what I wanted?"

    posted by Mike at 12/05/2004 02:45:00 AM |

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