Thursday, May 8, 2008

Resistez-vous!

"The Revolution is over! I AM the Revolution!"

--Napoleon Bonaparte


I've been following the primary wars on the prog-blogs for a while now. Much of it saddens me--I've been reading sites like Digby, Kos, and TLC since before I joined the Army. I came to these places because I felt like I had a home, a place where other people could come together and be pissed off about the right-wing sodomizing America.

But man, oh man. Seeing how the discourse has collapsed on the blogs of late, I can't help but think we've devolved into the sort of "fever swamp" environment the right accuses us of being. I hate to admit this--I hate conservative philosophy, and find anyone who embraces it to either be generally ignorant or just afflicted by moral dwarfism--so giving those bastards an inch of ground works my nerves. But what are we to expect. Loyal readers are turning on authors, eviscerating them for not being "liberal enough" or for being "Hillarybots," "Obamabots," whatever you want to call them. This is ridiculous.

Especially over at TLC. I've traded some harsh words with eriposte, been called a "right-wing concern troll (blow me)" and called "ill-informed" and "a sham." Man, did you see when Steve Soto got gutted out for stating that Hillary should step down? Or when Jeff Dinelli got both barrels for posting that letter about weight standards in his daughters' school? Christ, it's like the most trivial matters are now being used as weapons against those who speak of them. It's not why I went to TLC in the first place. It's disgusting.

Which is why I was so thrilled when SoS invited me onboard at Low and Left. Again, I'm honored to hold a place among these ranks, and I plan to make the most of it. The site was resurrected as an escape from the pie-fight, and I'm glad for it. But for the oasis that this site provides from the madness, I'm less and less convinced that such a thing is enough to heal us.

TLC and Kos are like India and Pakistan right now. Digby either has lovers or haters. The prog-blogs are turning on themselves. It's a madhouse. What's a sane progressive to do?

Simple: Don't hate. Educate.

Think of it like this: The Low and Left Revolution. I acknowledge myself as but a neophyte, still slick with the placenta of my blogging birth, but seriously, why NOT reach out to the jaded readers on all sides of the primary conflict? Shouldn't we be turning our sights on McCain? Isn't Bush still president? Isn't the Supreme Court still paneled by conservative jackoffs? Why not stand up, in the open forum, and say "No more?" Where's that pissed-off Bolshevik spirit I love so much? I want that back. Hero of Soviet Union, motherfucker. That's what I say.

To anyone outside the staff who reads this: It doesn't have to be this way. You've seen it here. Sure we argue, sure we crack jokes, but the folks who invited me here are some of the finest bloggers in the sphere. And they still remember the old fight.

I say: if you're tired of the Primary Wars, if you're tired of the bullshit and the reader-against-reader, there is an answer--JOIN US. It's time to reclaim the netroots.

Join the Low and Left Revolution.

17 comments:

iamcoyote said...

Woohoo! Sounds like a plan! I get the feeling that a lot of the people who've shown up at TLC in the last couple days aren't what they seem - I caught one of the rightwingers trying to pull shit, you can be sure there are more. Of course, they, and the talking heads want to keep it going, their ratings haven't been so high in years.

Time to reclaim the netroots is right!

Seven of Six said...

I get the feeling that a lot of the people who've shown up at TLC in the last couple days aren't what they seem...

As always coyote, spot fucking on!
And yes, if all this Democratic fighting went away, the media might have to concentrate on the Iraq occupation or bu$h criminality... evil fuckers!

I really think peter has some minions coming on talking smack.

Read an article in Wa/Po about Obama trying to unite the Dems already. Just like what Turkana talked about... good to see someone taking a leadership role.

idiosynchronic said...

I'm in. You know your movement has reached a new level of sucktitude when we freaking miss pie-fights as a level of discourse.

And, Milo? Maryscott called and wants her groove back.

That's a compliment.

iamcoyote said...

Mmm. pie. Yay Milo!

iamcoyote said...

Hey, how'm I doing with my Pollyanna bit at TLC? Think anyone's buying it? It's the only way. Have one of the noisiest, nastiest posters calling for peace. It's soooo perverse, I'm enjoying it.

Anjha said...

I noticed Coyote. You are doing a fabulous job and the tone change was immediate.

I too have to wonder how many of the most vile "I will n.e.v.e.r.!!!" are just dittoheads and right wing trolls...

(Hey. What is the difference between a "troll" and a "concern troll"?)

I wish I would have read here before posting there.

I am really sickened. Physically. I am terrified of what we can do to each other.

I am also tired of being beat up. And I was surprised as hell about Jeff Dinelli's thread and the know-it-alls ripping at him.

I love you guys. Truly. Thank you so much for being here and being the voice of reason.

I just heard that FOX News is having a shit fit because Code Pink is resorting to "witch craft". If it were not so ridiculously scary, and seriously serious, it would be hillarious.

According to Medea Benjamin, this is the only way that they can get any press.

Milo Freeman said...

Yeah, delete that. That was a bad slip on my part. A BAD slip.

iamcoyote said...

I'll see what I can do!

Anjha said...

Thanks Coyote.

WWIDWYG

heh. Made up my own. To hell with the code (that I am not privy to.)

What Would I Do Without You Guys.

iamcoyote said...

Dadburn it, I'm gonna have to delete those comments, 'cos I don't think you can edit comments. Better safe than sorry, though!

iamcoyote said...

Glad we can help each other, Anjha.

Milo, I hadda nuke the comments, I totally miss Movable Type - love the way the comments are listed and editable. What can you do? Blogger's free.

snark said...

What's all this about deleting comments?

Milo Freeman said...

Compromising our field agents.

snark said...

Gotcha.

Anonymous said...

What can you do? Blogger's free.

I can probably swing a donation to cover some costs, if blogger is insufficiently robust.

~ dj moonbat

iamcoyote said...

Into this money pit? Yer nuts. But then you're a big-time lawyer now, huh? *smirk* And yet, I see a niche in the post-post-partisan arena...

Still, I've always said I'm willing to pay for convenience, and I do love Moveable Type. Hmmm.

Seven of Six said...

Let me know the cost and I'll see what I can donate.