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RNC: The bellowing of distant elephants. [Sep. 1st, 2004|09:41 am]
Okrzyki, przyjaciel!
I forced myself to listen to parts of the Republican National Convention. Particularly the Schwarzenegger and all the Bushes. I feel like all progressive type should pay attention to their message, because that's the only way that it can be countered.

First off, all the main speakers have emphasized the inclusiveness of the Republican Party. Schwarzenegger talked about how someone could support the party without agreeing with the entire program. I.e. so what if you're pro life, pro gay marriage, anti war, whatever, the tent's big enough, come on in, and enjoy all this optimistic idealism that the Republican Party espouses.

The real problem with that is that the appeal, deconstructed, is basically "vote for us, we don't mind that you don't agree with the party's stated goals, we'll keep you safe and warm even as we pursue an agenda you disagree with."

That's my problem with our Representative in the US House, Jim Leach. Sure he makes some principled stands -- voting against the Iraq war resolution, against pro-life legislation. But when the party calls upon him to vote with the caucus, he always does. He enables the assholes by not voting against them when it actually matters.

And memo to Outkast -- when the Bush daughters say that George W Bush can shake it like a polaroid picture, they need to speak up and nip that shit in the bud.