Moving on

>> Friday, January 08, 2010

To be honest, it had been a while, years, really, since I'd sent MoveOn.org any money. But I was on their mailing list until today because I thought, well, y'know, it keeps me informed about where the action is, or something along those lines.

Until today. The proverbial straw that broke that poor metaphorically-abused beast's back was a bit o' junk e-mail today that included the line:

Democrats are at risk of losing their 60th Senate seat putting a right-winger in progressive champ Ted Kennedy's seat and allowing Republicans to block every piece of progressive legislation. [emphasis in original]


Uh-huh. Sure. See also.

I remember when MoveOn seemed sort of useful and noble, a netroots organization that seemed to be doing some valuable things; doing them for Democrats, sure, but still.... I was never a big Bill Clinton fan, but it was because I didn't like his moderately-conservative DLC politics, I felt that he sort of sold out gay people with "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and of course he and his wife totally messed up national health care ("Déjà vu," as they say, "all over again..."). But who was sucking Mr. Clinton's knob, and when--for me to actually care less about the Lewinsky scandal would involve some sort of narcoleptic medical condition or possibly an induced coma and enforced hibernation state like the one HAL's victims are in during the entirety of 2001 (well, except for the part of the movie when they're dead, I mean). MoveOn's support of John Kerry and Ned Lamont was respectable, too.

But at this point, I'm getting regular e-mails asking for my knee-jerk support of Democrats, and while I'm sure some of these ladies and gentlemen are progressives, I'm still not wholly sold on the Democrats' revived identity as a progressive party. President Obama, for instance, may, on occasion at least, have talked a progressive talk in 2008, but is he walking a progressive walk? I won't wholly hold it against him if he doesn't--I knew he wasn't a real progressive when I voted for him, and he's still a smart leader who takes accountability seriously, traits that would be as welcome in a conservative leader and are a strong gust of fresh, chill mountain wind after what we've been through lately. But the most progressive part of President Obama's agenda was national health, and it's not the minority party's fault that we're not looking at, yes, I'll just say it, a socialistic healthcare system like the ones we see in almost every single other industrialized nation in the world. The fact that the majority party, for better or worse, has no discipline and lacks the wherewithal to sanction and strip of power even an outright Judas who was completely rejected by his party in his own home state is the reason healthcare has turned into a Bizarro World tragicomedy in which reforming the systematic ills of the insurance industry is likely to ultimately mean "Goodbye! Us am giving insurance companies money to punish them! Me am having government benefit of paying fine! Hello!"

So I'm off the list, not that they're all that likely to care. Good riddance to bad rubbish and all that. By way of perspective, MoveOn's e-mails were already going to junk mail, I asked to be removed from their list because I don't even want to deal with them in the cesspool with the Nigerian 411 scammers and people obsessed with making my penis larger. (But then I'd have to buy new pants! Ba-dum-dump. I'll be here all week, folks, remember to tip your waitress; and now I'd like to sing you a little song about leaving that always makes me think of friends....)

Anyway, I'll always have the CD.



4 comments:

Random Michelle K Friday, January 8, 2010 at 4:18:00 PM EST  

Interestingly enough, I've disliked MoveOn for years now. I thought they had a point during the Clinton years, but after that, well, they struck me as a bunch of screechy monkeys whose bias made almost any point they made, well, worthless. (During the last election my mom spouted something to me, and when asked, said it came from MoveOn. My response was, Come ON, can't you find a REAL source?)

So I find it amusing that you--an avowed independent, hadn't ditched 'em yet. :)

Eric Friday, January 8, 2010 at 5:30:00 PM EST  

Yeah, well, we all have our lapses in judgement, and this was one of mine.... :)

Random Michelle K Friday, January 8, 2010 at 5:35:00 PM EST  

Probably a far better lapse than most of my dating history through college. ;)

John the Scientist Monday, January 11, 2010 at 12:02:00 PM EST  

This is sorta like my relationship with the Republican Party. I'm still in it for the primaries, because part of the drift to the poles we see in the two parties is because the registered Independents don't help keep the crazies out anymore.

But I don't give 'em money and I voted against one last time and for someone who represents and awful lot of things I disagree with, because the incumbent sent me a map with all the Federal funds he'd secured for this and that.

Sorry, the Feds don;t belong pumping money into a local senior center in an affluent neighborhood.

The SOB was proud of his pork.

And he lost. :D

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