Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself

December 28, 2007

AMERICAblog is linking to a news story in which it is revealed that economic issues and health care are taking priority as the issues that matter to Americans during this election cycle. Voters are concerned that the middle class is disappearing and that America is increasingly divided between the rich and the poor.

The fact that voters are waking up to economic reality in this country is good news for Democrats, but The Scanner points out that the left could still be in trouble unless it comes up with a comprehensive and comprehensible message:

So why do I say that the new progressive movement is fucked? Because they have no ideology. They lack any semblance of a creed. Now, naturally, the progressives would vigorously dispute this. Of course we have a creed! We believe in universal healthcare, combating global warming, protecting the right to abortion… [etc., ad infinitum] But that’s not a creed, it’s a list of policies. And of course, what happens when you have only a list of policies as your lodestar is that crafty politicians come along who loudly proclaim to embrace your goals before quietly vitiating them with a lobbyist’s scalpel and reams of fine print.

I agree that the absence of ideology within the Democratic party is a serious problem, and I propose that the basis for forming a new ideological message should be socialism. That’s right: socialism.

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The First Noel

December 27, 2007

The first Noel the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
In fields as they lay, keeping their sheep,
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

I haven’t written very much about religion lately, though it may surprise some to know that religious blogging used to be my little niche in the blogging world. Still, as I read that the Salvation Army is falling short of its red kettle goals across the country – here at home as well as elsewhere – I can’t help but think that we’ve all missed the point. We spend more and more every holiday season, this year’s disappointment over a 2.8% increase in consumer spending not withstanding. Why can we increase consumer spending by 2.8% but fall short in caring for the poor?

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One Nation?

December 6, 2007

Ann Althouse informs us that Michael Newdow is back in court to challenge the “under God” clause in the pledge of allegiance, and this time he’s also taking on the “in God we trust” motto on our money. This comes just in time to ensure that substantive questions about issues like health care, entitlement reform, national security, etc., will be replaced by questions about this issue intended to create buzz and, of course, ratings.

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