18 September 2008
Democrats start looking for excuses
The Democrat excuse machine seems to be gearing itself up to explain away yet another defeat. The excuses are not exactly new, but I am sure that they give comfort to those who give them out. The latest to be trotted out is that it is all the fault of Fox News and the right wing talk radio shows.
Here's the thing that most leftists find hard to understand: people choose their own television channels, radio stations and newspapers according to their particular tastes. Nobody holds a gun to their heads and forces anyone to watch Fox News. They do it because they want to. Furthermore, if those outlets didn't exist, there is no evidence to suggest that people would suddenly switch to the network news and start reading the Washington Post. What the right does is give the people what they want to read, hear and see and which confirms their already existing social values. What the left gives them is a sermon about the evils of the world.
What's the solution? Stop preaching and stop trying to change people's basic core beliefs, because it just won't work. In the American context that means leaving abortion and gun control to the states and concentrating on the mercantile economic policies that people in the so-called Republican heartland will vote for if given the chance.
The Democrats have a slight advantage over the Republicans with their economic polices, anyway. However that is being cancelled out by the GOP's conservative social agenda. If the Democrats could only bring themselves to drop the social planks from their platform, then they should find that they can move further to the strong union, pro-industrial position that used to win them election after election.
It is probably too late for this year, but 2012 is only four years away and those changes need to be made if the Democratic Party is to take back the White House.