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Reform or Revolution?
amnesiascope has a stirring call for leftists to put faith in the Democratic Party behind them, to stop, "settling for -- and fighting for -- a dime's worth of difference." I remember similar arguments from four years ago, when Nader was running as the Green Party's candidate for President. The situation is quite different now, obviously. And I'm sure amnesiascope would not want to be reduced to tilter at windmills, the way Green Party supporters were in 2000. Reading this argument for renewed radicalism, though, I felt torn. Here's what I wrote:
I'm not sure how I feel about your very eloquent call to arms here. Part of me agrees. But another part -- perhaps the same part that had you out volunteering yesterday? -- of me, the part that is a parent and a teacher and someone who cares about actually existing people existing right now all over the globe, that part of me would take a balance of two parties in the short term. I suppose you still can't have Bernstein and Luxemburg at the same time. Nevertheless, I feel like we need to think and act on different levels at the same time, even if our actions and thought at one level seem to contradict our actions and thought at another. I think it's important to recognize that the perception of contradiction sometimes comes with the conflation of things that should not be conflated, the collapsing of one level onto another. Will I vote Democratic in two years, in four years? Probably. Will I really be working and hoping for something a lot better than the Democratic Party? Absolutely.
I may reconsider this position as the particulate matter settles into the inner recesses of my political lungs. But it will do for now.

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tpratt From: tpratt Date: November 4th, 2004 06:13 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I don't know who the amnesiascope folks are, and call me a crank suffering from a bad post-election hangover for saying this, but to say that protecting Roe v. Wade is akin to a "dime's worth of difference" is ignorant and fucking stupid.
amnesiascope From: amnesiascope Date: November 4th, 2004 06:56 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
No, what's fucking ignorant and stupid is allowing ourselves to be blackmailed by the Dems/DLC with Roe v. Wade. They'll jettison it when it's no longer useful to them, and as long as they know they can count on our votes because the Repugs are even worse, they'll suffer no significant repercussions when they do jettison it. Just as they jettisoned their support for gay marriage and welfare and universal healthcare, among others.
tpratt From: tpratt Date: November 4th, 2004 07:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Can't fault you for not having faith in the lesser of two evils, I suppose. Don't you think that the time to have jettisoned Roe v. Wade would have been when Kerry was going against the wishes of his church and getting taken to task for doing so? Especially considering that many people faulted Kerry and/or liked Bush better on "moral" (ha) stances and justified their votes on such matters. Actually, now that I think of it, I'm drawing a blank. Paranoid assumptions aside, just which Dem-appointed justices voted to overturn Roe v. Wade? Yeah, it's but one issue, but then again, up to this point anyway, it's the one issue over which both parties differ.
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