Courtesy of Aiming Thoughts At You
I’ll be brief. Most of Delaware’s bloggers from both all parties (for Steve & Shirley) tend to be progressive. Even if they are conservatives, they tend to trend towards a progressive conservatism. Why? I think the answer is obvious. If one is going to put oneself on the internet, one is going to try his best to look good…. That is hard to do when supporting a failed policy…. Instead of on the internet, those failed policy supporters can be found behind closed doors, where there is no one challenging their failed assertions. Places like the General Assembly, leadership of the Republican party, and leadership of the Democrat party, are glaring examples….
I saw one sentence that stands out on Delaware Liberal, and forgive me if I forgot where….. Someone decried how sad it was that we had to fight within the Democratic party for progressive ideals….
And yet Tyler Nixon within the Republican party is doing just that, and most of us would agree, he has a tougher time garnering support from his red blooded party than any progressive Democrat would find among their blue blooded brethren.
I think a good moral would be that if one wants a certain agenda, one needs to fight for it….
The conservative element in both parties is playing defense this election cycle. A golden opportunity exists to overwhelm them with numbers of newly inspired politico’s and (without sounding too much like hyperbole), change the planet.
The change to which I am referring, is not one of a narrow agenda. It is far more reaching. It is based on a historical example. As happened in the forties, after we pragmatically won two massive wars simultaneously in opposite parts of the globe, we looked at problems pragmatically and sought solutions that fixed those problems. Perhaps the reality of winning battles against formidable enemies, (not Iraqis who surrender on sight), taught us that when doing things effectively, there is residual damage. It is part of the cost.
Today decisions are based on politics, not science. Problems such as too much waste, pollution, unnecessary death, are put on hold because they may offend a certain powerful person or powerful group of people…. A question that deserves asking is this simple one…….would Delaware be better if every bill in Adam’s drawer received its time on the floor? How many helpful ideas have been left to wither because Adam’s would never go for it?
So one example, how to solve our state’s waste problem, is decided not on facts… for they are too boring, but rather on who is “for”, and who is “against” such and such a proposition… Another example, this time in education, which argues that we can’t use a certain valuable and proven tool to better a child’s knowledge, because the DSEA does not support it.. Why? Because incompetent personnel might get fired…. So instead,…. now that we are forced to cut back on personnel, our incompetent teachers who have the greatest tenure, stay, and our best new talent, is laid off. (A solution based on facts, would be to test the knowledge level of all teachers and keep those who scored highest.) But alas, politics trumps fact.
Facts used to control our policy. And progressives of all parties tend to be keen on facts… I think the population at large backs them for they are considerably factually oriented as well. To me it seems the basic frustration with which citizens feel towards their own government, is that adequate solutions are simply not forthcoming. Courageous Individual citizens directly face facts in their jobs, their homes, and sometimes under doctor’s care, and wish that our government would simply do the same.
Progressives can tap into this reservoir of discontent. Old party regulars cannot. Therefore anyone willing to sell his reputation to a party line this election cycle, deserves to be dissed this November 4th.
The primary fight is where most of Delaware’s battles will be fought. I strongly feel that this cycle, Progressives have a duty to engage in an all out fight to restore sanity to our government. Every Delawarean has a Constitutional right to a state government that offers more than personalities. They deserve one that offers solutions…
It won’t come without a fight. It won’t come without action. It won’t come without some form of sacrifice…. Like a war, it may require an all-out-engagement full of practical solutions. Like this example: support progressive candidates irregardless of which party they choose to represent them…. For if we get a simple majority of decision makers, who are concerned with rectifying and undoing the wrongs perpetuated upon us by their predecessors chained to party philosophies that do not work, our lives will get better.
It will take sacrifice to make it happen. If one is unwilling to stand tall and suffer their slings and arrows, they really have no right to wring their hands and complain, now… do they?