Comments: Glancing At the News

"Bush responds to women's health official's resignation by appointing a veterinarian."

Now that is funny!

Posted by Bagley at September 26, 2005 07:24 PM

"Sometimes I miss the Democratic Party, don't you? I wonder where they are now...."

I love this line. I only wish there was more historical truth to the lament.

"We used to have this thing called the Democratic Party that was populated and inspired by social liberalism and the notion of giving social and economic "equality" a helping hand while keeping a protective eye on the rights of the individual."

Maybe I'm being stupid, but did this Democratic party ever really exist? There was a long stretch when it was on the verge of existing, and there were some very brave men and women who made it seem as if it really did exist, but did it?

Think of all the bad guys of the early 1960s. They're all Democrats aren't they? Sherrif Bull Connor. Mayor Daley. The governor of Mississippi during the Freedom Rides.

It seems to me you're engaging in a bit of nostalgia for the way things never were. Sort of like when the Christian right-wing suggests that America in the 1950s was utopia, till the feminists and the gays and the leftists and the rock musicians and the black nationalists ruined everything.

At least since FDR, part of the Democratic party has fit your description. But there has always been another part, much darker, that tainted everything else.

The problem we face, it seems to me, is making the Democratic party live up to its own best ideals, and then making America live up to its own best ideals.

Posted by Lawrence Krubner at October 8, 2005 09:18 PM