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A thought-provoking article by David Brooks on populism. Can we say that any ideology in any sphere based on creating an enemy is in this motivation deeply flawed?

..populism is popular with the ruling class. Ever since I started covering politics, the Democratic ruling class has been driven by one fantasy: that voters will get so furious at people with M.B.A.’s that they will hand power to people with Ph.D.’s. The Republican ruling class has been driven by the fantasy that voters will get so furious at people with Ph.D.’s that they will hand power to people with M.B.A.’s. Members of the ruling class love populism because they think it will help their section of the elite gain power.

So it’s easy to see the seductiveness of populism. Nonetheless, it nearly always fails. The history of populism, going back to William Jennings Bryan, is generally a history of defeat.

That’s because voters aren’t as stupid as the populists imagine. Voters are capable of holding two ideas in their heads at one time: First, that the rich and the powerful do rig the game in their own favor; and second, that simply bashing the rich and the powerful will still not solve the country’s problems.

via Op-Ed Columnist – The Populist Addiction – NYTimes.com.

One of my friends and I have had some good-natured sparring over Democrat vs Republican.
He and I enjoy the back and forth, so please take this in the satirical manner it was intended. We don’t actually think the other party believes this, and it’s total hyperbole. But it is funny, and shows the extremes of each party. Enjoy.
The list I received

I’m way  too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are
all I need  to protect me from murderers and thieves.

I’m voting Democrat because I love the fact that I can now marry whatever I
want. I’ve decided to marry my horse.

I’m voting Democrat because I believe oil companies’ profits of 4% on a
gallon  of gas are obscene but the government taxing the same gallon of
gas at 15%  isn’t.

I’m voting Democrat because I believe the government will do a better
job of  spending the money I earn than I would.

I’m voting Democrat because freedom of speech is fine as long as nobody
is  offended by it.

I’m voting Democrat because when we pull out of Iraq I trust  that the
bad guys will stop what they’re doing because they now think we’re  good people.

I’m voting Democrat because I believe that people who can’t tell us
if it will rain on  Friday CAN tell us that the polar ice caps  will melt
away in ten years if I don’t start driving a  Prius.

I’m  voting Democrat because I’m not concerned about the slaughter of
millions of  abortion babies so long as we keep all death row inmates  alive.

I’m  voting Democrat because I believe that business should not be
allowed to make  profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest
away to the  government for redistribution as THEY see fit.

I’m voting Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the
Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would NEVER get
their agendas past the voters.

I’m voting Democrat because my head is so firmly planted up my ass it’s
unlikely that I’ll ever have another point of  view.

The list I composed

  • I’m voting Republican because the sky is falling, Obama is the Antichrist, and there is a terrorist under every rock
  • I’m voting Republican because we are a party of diversity: if by diverse you mean having 3.5 black people and 8 hispanics
  • I’m voting Republican because if I keep telling myself “Iraq had a connection to the people who attacked us on 9/11″ it will make it true
  • I’m voting Republican because prosperity trickles down to poor people…it does right? I mean I don’t actually know any poor people.
  • I’m voting Republican because I want government to stay out of the way…except for legislating the cultural and moral principles I hold…and guns…but stay out of the way on other stuff
  • I’m voting Republican because I believe you can plant a democracy at the end of a gun with civilian leaders who don’t even know the difference between Sunni and Shiite.
  • I’m voting Republican because I believe we simply need to waive our irresistible democracy fairy dust over the middle east, and it will bloom like a spring garden. We don’t ACTUALLY need to waste our time understanding their culture, religion, and values.
  • I’m voting Republican because schools don’t need more money, the facilities are amazing…in the suburbs where I live
  • I’m voting Republican because I trust international corporations more than I trust government…they can’t both be corrupt can they?
  • I’m voting Republican because I forget there are a lot of pro-life people on both sides, who know that we should be just as focused on preventing unplanned pregnancy as the legal status of abortion, that the lowest abortion rates in the world are in countries where it is legal but there is good health services (http://prolifeproobama.com/), the highest in countries where it is illegal and there are not adequate services), and that being pro-life doesn’t end at birth (http://matthew25.org)

:)

A powerful take on a more holistic approach to a culture of life.


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From: “Sojourners” <SojoMail@sojo.net>
Date: October 13, 2008 9:10:35 AM MDT

Dear Brian,

Tell the Candidates:
Commit to common-ground solutions on abortion reduction. 

What is the meaning of “life”?
 
For too long abortion was seen as the only “life” issue in our culture and politics, but there is a growing conviction among Christians that poverty, disease, war, the health-care crisis, human trafficking, the death penalty, nuclear weapons, and the worldwide deaths of 30,000 children every day from preventable causes are also key life issues.
 
In these last few weeks before Election Day, will you join me in raising a new call for “life” to our presidential candidates? 

Sojourners and I have advocated for a holistic and “consistent ethic of life” approach for years, and it is good to see the broader life issues receiving more attention. However, I also believe our nation is ready for a new kind of politics and leadership on the issue of abortion.

The abortion debate has too often been used to score political points, rather than to identify what kinds of church practices and public policies could actually prevent and reduce abortions. But with a tragic 1.2 million abortions a year in the United States,* Christians must work together to stop the politics of blame and work toward common solutions.

If you believe that all human life is sacred, tell the candidates to commit to common-ground solutions on abortion reduction during this week’s debate and for the remainder of their campaigns.

While many Christians disagree on the legal questions surrounding abortion, together we can and must pursue practical steps that actually reduce abortion rates. Three-fourths of women who have an abortion say a primary reason is that they cannot afford to raise a child,* so reducing poverty and supporting low-income women is a good place for our candidates to start.

Recent research affirms that social and economic support for women and vulnerable families are effective solutions to lowering the abortion rate, including greater access to health care, poverty reduction, adoption reform, and pre- and postnatal care.**

Republicans and Democrats must learn to work together on this issue – tell the presidential candidates to lead the way, beginning at this Wednesday’s debate.  We must look forward to the day when both poverty reduction and abortion reduction are nonpartisan issues and bipartisan causes.
 
Both Senators McCain and Obama have offered themselves as agents of change, anxious to transform the culture in Washington. They could start at Wednesday night’s debate by offering a comprehensive “life” agenda and committing to work with both sides of the political aisle to dramatically reduce abortions in the United States.
 
Despite their differences over issues of choice, both the Democratic and Republican platforms open up the prospects for serious abortion reduction. And Christians could and should hold both political parties accountable for protecting human dignity and life from “womb to tomb.”
 
With the final debate Wednesday night, there is still time to ask the candidates to cross old divisions and support life and human dignity.
 
Sojourners will continue working with both Republicans and Democrats in the next Congress to push for common-ground efforts to reduce the number of abortions in the United States.
 
Will you join us? Click here to take action today.
 
In faith,
 
Jim Wallis
President, Sojourners
 
P.S. Supporting a consistent life agenda could be led by the church! We strongly urge you to send this message to your friends and family after you e-mail the candidates, especially those who might have different opinions. See if you can agree on expanding the consistency of all the “life” issues, with a real commitment to reducing the number of abortions through common-ground solutions.

*See “Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States” published by the Guttmacher Institute.

**See, for example, “Reducing Abortion in America: The Effect of Economic and Social Supports,” a new study put forward by Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. 



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I really think Obama is the best person to lead our country.

What Plouffe says below is definitely what you would expect from a campaign mgr…but I think it is true. Hillary has too much spin for my taste. Claiming he’s elitist when they’ve  made 109 million since 2000, and Obama was raised by a single mother and just got his college loans paid off.

I do like lattes though, and definitely sip them rather than gulp them
Begin forwarded message:



From: “David Plouffe, BarackObama.com” <info@barackobama.com>
Date: April 14, 2008 11:30:47 AM MDT
To: Brian Rants <brianrants@gmail.com>
Subject: Who’s out of touch?

Brian –

Make a matching donation You’ve probably heard about the latest dust-up in the Democratic race.

A few days ago, Barack spoke about the frustrations that working people in this country are feeling and said what we all know is true: that many people are bitter and angry because they believe their government isn’t listening to them.

You and I both know that the hope of changing that reality is what drives the unprecedented support for this campaign from ordinary people in every part of the country.

But our opponents have been spinning the media and peddling fake outrage around the clock. John McCain’s campaign, which will continue the George Bush economic policies that have devastated the middle class, called Barack out of touch and elitist. And Hillary Clinton, who is the candidate who said lobbyists represent real people, didn’t just echo the Republican candidate’s talking points: she actually used the very same words to pile on with more attacks.

These comments show just how out of touch Senator McCain and Senator Clinton are with the reality of what’s happening in this election.

We’ve built the broadest campaign of ordinary people in the history of presidential politics — and more people across this country have voted for Barack Obama than either one of them.

And we’ve done it the right way: our campaign is funded by everyday people giving $5 or more. That’s distinctly different from Senator McCain and Senator Clinton, who both rely on money from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs.

There’s nothing elitist about a movement of more than a million people standing up for a different kind of politics.

If you’re fed up with these kinds of tired attacks, you can do something about it right now. We’re setting a goal of 1.5 million people giving to this campaign by May 6th.

You can bring a new donor into this campaign by promising to match their donation. You choose the amount you’re willing to match, and our system will pair you with a supporter who is giving for the first time.

When you do, you’ll be able to see for yourself exactly what kind of people are joining this movement. When that supporter makes their donation, you’ll receive a note with their name and town, and (if they choose to write one) a note about who they are and why they decided to give today.

Thank you for all that you’ve done so far — you are the strength behind this movement. And right now, you can double the impact of your next donation if you make a matching gift. Will you help fight back now?

https://donate.barackobama.com/promise

Barack Obama’s own life and story are reflected in the character of this grassroots campaign. He was raised by a single mother with help from his grandparents. He has a family he loves, not long ago finished paying off his student loans, and he’s doing what he can to help change this country.

That’s what he’s done for his entire career. After graduating, he became a community organizer, working with people in Chicago who — like many people across the country right now — felt left behind by their leaders.

When you make a matching donation, you’ll be paired with someone with that same sense that it’s time for a government that is responsible to the people for a change.

Someone is waiting to hear your story, and to share theirs with you. If you can support the campaign at this crucial moment, you’ll be able to share your story about why you’re committed to this campaign.

And because this is a matching donation, your gift of $25 will be doubled by another supporter. You’ll have twice the impact and help reach our unprecedented 1.5 million-person goal. Make a matching donation now and be a part of history:

https://donate.barackobama.com/promise

The attacks from the Clinton campaign — on Barack Obama himself, and on supporters like you — can be expected to increase as her chances of winning dwindle further.

A few weeks ago, one of her top aides tried to diminish our success by referring to the places we’ve won as “boutique” states and to our supporters as the “latte-sipping crowd.”

That means 30 states and territories — twice as many as Senator Clinton has won — qualify as “boutique.” And the nearly 15 million people who have voted for us (again, more than Senator Clinton) must drink a lot of latte.

It’s clear that Senator Clinton will continue to say or do anything as her campaign gets more and more negative.

But 1.5 million donors will be an astonishing and undeniable signal that it isn’t the elites fueling this movement — it’s the American people.

That starts with you.

Thank you,

David

David Plouffe
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

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