On "The Purity of Unicorn Farts"
I hear a lot of people say they don't read dKos much anymore for one reason or other, so there is a chance that you might miss this sterling essay. Written by one PlaneCrazy, it's a riff on an earlier piece by the ever-reliable Hunter. And how could you pass up something called The Purity of Unicorn Farts?
while we should have basic, core values that inform our actions, those values should be policy-agnostic. Yes, there will be policies out there, but we don't start out by knowing what they are.
We instead should clearly define out values, our objectives, our goals and then develop policies that fit the realities of the times that strongly support these goals. As the realities change, change policies, but always, always check those policies against your basic values, your goals for where you want this country to be in 5, 10, 15 years. Every single policy, every single program should be validated against these values. How strongly, how weakly do they support those values? If you can't justify it against those values, then seriously question if it is needed.
It's short, snappy and a super bit of framing (a word I usually try to avoid on grounds of faddishness, but hey, when it fits..?)
We (Democrats that is, or the Reality-Based Community in general) can't go on forever sitting back and "keeping our powder dry" and "letting the Republicans get people to hate them with their own efforts" and assume that the rising disapproval ratings for BushCo in general mean that people must therefore be loving us. This is bullshit, or to use the politer phrasing, "This turns out not to be the case."
When the cry goes out to every Middlesex village and farm of "Well, what's YOUR plan then, smartypants?" we have to have a better answer than "Stop fucking making things worse, for starters." That's what we've been doing, pure defensive plays, for six years now, and not even doing that all that well (c.f. way too many Dems voting for trash like the Bankruptcy Bill, the (un)Patriot(ic) Act, godawful judicial and bureaucratic nominees--all the way back to the War of Halliburton's Profits for that matter.
Some say we need a Democratic Karl Rove. An enforcer. Somebody to work the phones and walk the halls and crack whip over a staff of slaveys constantly whipping out talking points to Provide a Unified Message. One who will Use His Powers Only For Good, of course, punishing deviationism with great sadness but total ferocity. Perhaps a Rove/Cheney manimal hybrid clone or something.
Well, to that I say, "Unicornshit!" Go read Plane's piece and give it a think or two, and let's come up with a few basics like he suggests in the "values" category. Then let's see whose policy/implementation plans work to further them.