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By davidswanson - Posted on 18 March 2010
I like what Zeese and Flowers had to say, but what's the difference between Mohkiber's actions and that of a Teabagger? If I were on the fence and wanted to learn more about single payer and the limitations of the current health care bill, I can tell you that I'd be really turned off by someone calling somebody else "a corporate shill." In my experience, putdowns are not effective tactics in winning people over to one's side and also not effective in advancing the overall goal. I can't imagine Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or Ghandi making the same kinds of comments that they disagree with. Neither should we.
Democracy itself has been completely negated by corporate fascism....imperial fascism. Just read Stephen Lendman's accounts of Congress's criminality and support of fascist foreign policies in Afghanistan.......massive criminality and corruption, legitimizing fascist laws, Patriot laws, and breaking international treaties, MASSIVELY.
Go to Common Dreams and Michael Moore is being interviewed near the corrupt Congress, and says explicitly that the whole of Congress is bought off by corporate thugs, and their class politicians. Here is the link and video:
... but name-calling and using derogatory language about people you're upset with doesn't do any campaign any service. Not to mention, it makes us look shrill, reactionary, and just as crazy as Teabaggers.
I'm all for single-payer but resorting to that kind of behavior doesn't win potential allies to our side, nor does it help with working with the adversary. I think many of us have learned that by experience.
Failure to look at the fundamental problems does make us appeasers of tea baggers. Failure to act makes the Weimar, Obama, class appeasing regime enable the right wing fascists.
Our failure to call a spade, a spade is typically liberal class capitulation.
IMO, it's not liberal class capitulation. It's more like acting like responsible adults no matter how much with disagree with someone.
Mokhiber wasn't "name calling" a corrupt system. He was name calling Howard Dean. Speaking from experience, that doesn't help one's cause. As progressives I think we should take the high road and not resort to petulant tactics/characterizations that I expect from people like teabaggers. Ghandi and MLK Jr. wouldn't call their adversaries "corporate shills." Neither should we. We can disagree without being disrespectful.
What suggestions do you have to offer "perfect1?"
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