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Monday, June 27, 2005

One Of These Things Is Not Like the Other 

Wingnut alert!By way of Sadly, No!, I ran into this weird screed by Edward Daley from Alan Keyes' RenewAmerica.us (where you can still, even at this late date, "click to hear Terri (that would be Terri Schiavo, of course) laughing!"), entitled "10 things I'd do if I were the Commander-In-Chief." It consists mostly of the sort of crazy-assed wingnut rantings one might expect - you know, establish an imperial presidency (#3), declare war on Mexico (#5), lock up Rush Limbaugh's lawyers (#6), declare war on Iran (#8), return to the glory days of the 12th century (#10), that kind of thing.

But then there's this (emphasis supplied):
The fourth thing I'd do is demand that Congress immediately devote the majority of its time, during the next full sessions of the Senate and the House, to extensive debate on the issues of reducing healthcare costs to all American citizens, and the reformation of our failing Social Security system.

Leave aside, for a moment, the subtle anti-immigrant implications of the phrase "all American citizens," and the pitiful Chicken Little-like handwringing about "our failing Social Security system," and you'll find a potent progressive issue upon which Democrats might want to seize. You see, even wingnuts are starting to worry in a very personal way about health care costs - a liberal issue if ever there was one, because the conservatives have nothing new to offer - and are beginning to demand solutions.

Hillary (and her new best buddy, Newt Gingrich) is well-positioned to exploit this issue, of course, but other progressives ought to take note - this is an issue you can own, and you can win with it. All the conservatives have is their usual fetish, "the market" - but it's the market that got us into this mess. Government will have to step in, if anything is to change, and it is progressives who have the (dare I say it?) political capital to set the agenda. If the Democrats have any will to win left in them at all, they will jump on this like a duck on a junebug.

After all - throw in a little pigs' blood and a couple of ill-considered wars, and you might even get Edward Daley on your side.

 

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