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Red Meat

Here’s the thing. When they (you know, “they”) talk about throwing a bit of red meat to the base, in YHB’s case the Democratic base, generally it seems to be a very small bit of meat indeed, and has a texture suspiciously like tofu. So. For anyone who wants to know, here’s what I call a steak:

The Democratic Party for more than half a century has stood for a simple idea: that the federal government must use its power to protect people who need protection. The Republican Party has stood for a simple idea as well: that nobody really needs the protection of the federal government.

Democrats, you see, believe that there really are mine owners who will squeeze the last dollar out of a mine, even if safety standards are neglected, even if mine workers die. Republicans evidently do not think that sort of thing happens, or perhaps they don’t care.

Democrats believe that there are mortgage brokers and bankers who will squeeze the last dollar out of a mortgage market, even if it brings the economy onto the verge of collapse, even if it throws people out on the street and into bankruptcy court. Republicans evidently do not think that sort of thing happens, or perhaps they don’t care.

Democrats believe that there are agribusiness executives who will squeeze the last dollar out of their spinach fields, even if it means that they are cutting with contaminated blades, even if it means that they sell us poisonous food. Republicans evidently do not think that sort of thing happens, or perhaps they don’t care.

Democrats believe that there are toymakers—toymakers!—who will squeeze the last dollar out of your children, even if it means that there’s no control over the safety of their products, even if it means that children will get sick and die. Republicans evidently do not think that sort of thing happens, or perhaps they don’t care.

Democrats believe that there are energy company executives who will squeeze the last dollar out of their oil wells and coal plants, even if it means the oceans rise by twenty feet, even if it means that hundreds of millions of people become refugees. Republicans evidently do not think that sort of thing happens, or perhaps they don’t care.

Democrats believe that there are people who will try to squeeze a stone rather than let taxes be raised by a penny, even if it means that there’s no money to repair bridges, even if it means that people will die when those bridges collapse. Republicans evidently do not think that sort of thing happens, or perhaps they don’t care.

Democrats believe there are people even in our law enforcement agencies, even in the White House, who if there’s no oversight and no accountability, will wiretap their political enemies, arrest peaceful protesters and let innocent people languish in prisons. Republicans evidently do not think that sort of thing happens, or perhaps they don’t care.

Democrats believe that there are politicians who will try to steal elections, intimidate voters, and refuse to count your vote. Republicans evidently do not think that sort of thing happens, or perhaps they don’t care.

Democrats believe that George W. Bush lied to the American people, put thousands of our young men and women at risk, squandered hundreds of billions out of our national treasury, and directly sparked the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. Republicans evidently do not think that happened, or perhaps they don’t care.

That’s why I am a Democrat. I believe that those things happened, that they are happening, and that unless Democrats act like Democrats, they will be allowed to happen again and again and again. I am running for office to be a Democrat and if you want to prevent people from being killed in our mines, in our wars—by our toys!—then you should be a Democrat, too.

I’m not saying that it would make sense for a candidate (for President, for Senator, for anything) to actually give that speech. I’m saying that you like “social security, education and the environment” isn’t red meat. It’s a fucking salad. And I like salad, and all. But I can tell which is which.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,
-Vardibidian.

Comments

That speech would get my vote. And I'm a swing voter. Whee! Swings!


Swinging that way just means you're part of the base.

Thanks,
-V.


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