A country is doomed when its opposition is so corrupt that it cannot be trusted to oppose. Let me name some names.
Let's start with Jane Hamsher. She's been called out to run for office by some of her zombies. But let me tell you some, though by no means more than an tiny fraction, of truth about Jane Hamsher. She's sold the left out over and over again. Back in the early days of the Obama administration, many of her own writers wanted to oppose Obama, sensing, or in some cases have positive knowledge, that Obama was a marketing campaign wrapped around a messiah complex. She stopped it. Got people taken out.
Then she went into opposition, to collect the donation stream that keeps her afloat. Suddenly, in the abstract, unattached to anything, she looked like she was principled. But that lasts only as long as her interest does. Given a chance to have the mandate taken out of the health care bill, her young and stupid hatchet man Jon Walker is on the case, doing what is good for Jane and himself. Instead of taking the moment to say "single payor, nothing more, nothing less," which would be the principled thing to do, she goes for getting the mandate with universal issue. Let me connect the dots for you. It is no secret that Jane Hamsher is a cancer survivor. She needs universal issue, out of all the things in the bill. Jon Walker is young, he would benefit by not paying the mandate. So does Jane, because FDL could not afford to pay the mandate, and making her own people eat the penalty would be one hypocrisy too far out of her legion of hypocrisies.
So they break and run for what is good for them, and try and warp the rules of logic to get there. Power is the only thing they need to do this. Power that thousands of little people, as deluded by her as they were by Obama, and in the same way, gave her, and give her. Power her writers give her.
Read the essay. It's interesting. I like and agree with the section above. I like other points but don't agree.
But that's not how we approach the world, sorry.
We agree 100% that the liars misled the people. We agree they need to be named. We go further and argue they need to take accountability for their own actions or they shouldn't be allowed back into the big tent.
But I just don't feel that it is as bad as the essay paints.
Maybe it is and I'm just not willing to admit to reality?
But I look around and see so many truth tellers.
Take C.I. For every lie Jane H. told, C.I. told 50 truths.
And it does matter and it does make a difference.
The real truth tellers have an impact. And all the attacks on them in real time only go to their strength. By that I mean, C.I. walked through fire without crying, let alone selling out.
And she didn't do it once, she did it repeatedly.
She's still doing it.
And there are others who do it as well.
And each of those people, they're like butterfly wings, leaving all this stuff out there that some may not even recognize but creating the world and improving on it, bit by bit.
It's a long haul and I think we're doing okay.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"