I'm starting to really get worried about Obama-damage to the left. I am angry but accept that much of what he says sails over heads unchecked.
What bothers me is efforts by my own group, people on the left, which are uninformed and ignorant. At a post by Chicago Dyke at Corrente, many people weigh in and only Vast Left seems to get that talk of repealing the filibuster is both a distraction and an attempt to minimize the failure of elected Dems to do anything. But what's really troubling is all the talk of "majority rule" which can easily be "mob rule" and reveals how uninformed and ignorant so many people are. We are not Greece. We could have had direct democracy, that's not what was wanted. We have a republic instead. We have that for many reasons and this may be a Platonic noble lie but the reason most often given is to protect the rights of the minority.
How can we even have a worthwhile discussion if we're not even aware of the basics?
I have no idea.
But everytime I turn around these days, I end up surfing into some left or 'left' site calling for censorship, calling for the Constitution to be ignored (if not overturned), and I just don't get it.
I thought we valued the Constitution. I thought we stood for basic principals. Now we just want mob rule and apparently don't grasp that the mob can flip and may very well after the mid-terms.
Michael Ratner (CCR and Law and Disorder) writes at his blog about meeting John Lennon -- wh would have turned 70 on Saturday -- and I won't grab those details here in the hopes that you'll read his blog post but I will note the conclusion:
I never met John again, but I did travel to Iceland for John’s birthday memorial in 2006 where on behalf of the Center for Constitutional Rights I received the LennonOno Grant for Peace from Yoko Ono. I gave a short acceptance speech focusing on the excesses of the so-called war on terror:
These are dark and difficult times. War, torture, detention without trial and gross human rights violations sadly characterize much of our present circumstances . . .. We have seen a return to the spying tactics of a generation ago, when John Lennon was hounded by the U.S. government for advocating peace.
(I wish I could say that things have changed: they have not.)
We concluded our visit by taking a small boat to an island where the Imagine Peace Tower was to be built. Yoko walked in circle where the tower was to stand and then our group and fifty or so Icelandic school children sang “Imagine.” There was not a dry eye.In political news, the DCCC will no longer be backing US House Rep. Roy Herron. Possibly in response, Jake Sherman (Politico) reports:
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"