May 18, 2004

ARIANNA ONLINE - Books: Fanatics & Fools - Excerpts

I've stayed away from politics for a bit, so, I suppose that now is as good a time as any to dip my toe back in the water.

Let's talk about words.

What are the so-called "neoconservatives" actually conserving? As the horribly misnamed "Healthy Forest" or "Clear Skies" initiatives demonstrate, it's clearly not the environment.

It certainly isn't the federal treasury, which, by all accounts, will make the full faith and credit of the United States roughly equivalent to a ball of lint in your empty pocket if we continue on the current fiscal policy.

Remember when Bush raised his hand during the Republican National Convention in 2000
(you know, the one where they paraded all six of the Black people deluded enough to run for office on the GOP platform (who were subsequently shocked, SHOCKED, to learn that other Blacks might think they were sellouts) on stage to prove how diverse they are?) and pledged to restore honor and dignity to the White House?

Nice one, George.

My point? The conservatives pretty much suck at conserving anything. Are we self-styled progressives any better at living up to our moniker?

Well, Arianna Huffington, who is an interesting figure on the political landscape, to say the least, is trying her best. Here, on her website, she's proposing a new progressive platform intended to push both the Democrats and the country into a new, bold direction. It's an attempt to envision a country that actually lives up to the ideals we espouse, instead of the vapid rhetoric of Bush & Co. Along with and Joe Trippi, she's hoping to push John Kerry to officially adopt this agenda.

Check it out. It could be the future.
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