So, these last few days we’ve seen virtually every major progressive blogger say that the health care bill was worth passing and that progressive members of Congress who promised to vote against it if it didn’t include a public option were right to do so. (I, of course, think that the public option as offered was crap, but that’s not the point, they made explicit promises not to vote for a bill that didn’t include one.)
The argument I have heard is that of course they never meant it, “everyone” knew they were lying, and that it is unreasonable to expect them to keep to their word.
What I take from this is that most progressive bloggers believe that we should just assume that politicians are liars and not take them at their word.
Is that really what they want to argue? That all progressive politicians, every single one, are liars who won’t keep their word?
I’m willing to agree with them, if that’s what they’re trying to say, or rather, I think they’re gutless. I think when the pressure is put on them, they fold.
And almost every “major progressive” forgives them, which is why they keep lying and keep folding, because they know they will be forgiven for being gutless liars.
That’s the behaviour most progressive bloggers, and everyone else making excuses for them, enables.
This entire generation, whether in media or power, is hopeless. A write off. Gutless, stupid and liars. They all need to go. And forgive me, that includes most of the high ranked bloggers, many of whom I consider my friends. Instead of being people who challenged power, who had the moral and intellectual integrity to speak from a place of principle, they have become apologists for the worst sort of craven sell-outs imaginable, constantly decided that if some group wins it’s ok to hurt other groups, including by taking away their rights.
The blogosphere I grew up in, is dead. And the hope that the Democrats would be enough better than the Republicans to fix America, well, that too is dead.