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Blogging etiquette

Posted by Annie on October 1, 2007

While this blog does say across the top “For Democrats of all-ages and other like-minded folks in Harford County, Maryland,” we also enjoy the opportunity to have opposing viewpoints and political debate.  The Republican blog in Harford County does the same.  However, the political debate is not name-calling, one-line insults, or anything disrespectful.  If you have a point, please comment!  If you want to say “You are stupid,” or “Kill all illegal immigrants,” don’t bother.  Both sides seem to understand this concept of civil discourse on HarfordRepublican; check out this discussion about the death penalty.  All the comments actually have substance, which is more than I can say for a lot of the comments we’ve received in the last few days.  And they are not snarky or cutting; they sound like people who actually want to have a discussion, not just people who want to sling insults or obscentities. 

Just because it’s a blog doesn’t mean we should abandon all manners.  If you have a point and make it in a respectful way, you’re welcome to comment. 

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Our Progressive Agenda

Posted by piperj3cub on September 30, 2007

Why are we interested and involved in politics?  For me it is first and foremost a strong desire to see our country become more progressive; to recognize the inherent worth and dignity of all people in our country and the world.  This is accomplished through universal healthcare, fair wages, a fully-funded education system, and laws that protect the natural world around us and promote conservation of resources and the wildlife surrounding them.  Why am I a Democrat?  I know that the Democratic Party offers the BEST chance of moving the country towards those goals!

 

In a recent heated discussion, it was suggested that the Green Party is much more in-line with my values and beliefs, and as such I am “selling myself out” by being a dedicated member of the Democratic Party.  I could not disagree with this sentiment further.  In fact, I cannot help but feel that in America today, the presence of a third party is only a major detriment to progressive legislation.  It can be fairly argued that the obnoxious war in Iraq, the pitifully unfair tax system under which we currently labor, poor environmental laws and regulations, and the biased influence of corporations in crafting environmental, educational, and healthcare focused legislation is a result of the more “progressive” Green Party’s position in the 2000 general election.  It is abundantly clear that Al Gore would have been President had Ralph Nader not garnered 2% of the popular vote.  As a result of that election the progressive agenda has been sent back by decades.  Heck, our environmental protection was stronger under Nixon than it is now!

 

If the people of the Green Party really wanted to make a difference, if they really wanted to push forward a progressive agenda, they could do so much more effectively if they were part of the Democratic Party than they can separately!  Think about it.  If the most progressive and liberal Democrats boycott the party in favor of another, what happens to the Democratic Party as a whole?  We become more conservative.  If all of the true progressives in this country were active in the Democratic Party, our party would be considerably more in line with a truly populist agenda, and it is likely that so much of what we have been fighting for during the Bush administration’s rule would already have been achieved.  With these ‘progressives’ on our side, the left wing of the Democratic Party would have considerably more power, and the progressive agenda would be able to gain serious momentum.

 

If our governmental system was such that congress was parliamentary; if we apportioned seats by party voting percentages in the general elections, then I could see using 3rd parties to steer legislation.  But that is not the way it works in America!  We are not Britain!  So, the question is why are we in politics?  If the goal is to be a dissenter, to always have something or someone to fight against, then I can see being a member of the Green Party (or the Libertarian or other “3rd party”).  But if the goal is to effect legislation, then for crying out loud do what will get that legislation passed!  If the goal is to pass progressive legislation for the good of all Americans and world citizens, then it stands to reason that members of the Green Party must recognize their role in the Democratic Party if they came aboard!  They would steer DEMs towards our shared progressive goal.  As it stands right now, the 3rd party system, particularly with respect to the Green Party, will only continue to hurt the progressive agenda on a national level as their presence increases the likelihood of a Republican victory (something that must be avoided at all costs IMHO).  A friend once referred to the Green Party as standing for “Get Republicans Elected Every November”.  Unfortunately for us, for them, and for all that our progressive agenda would benefit, I fear that friend is correct.

 

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Stop Delegate Pat McDonough and His Anti-Immigrant Agenda!

Posted by Annie on September 20, 2007

Sunday, September 30th — 4:00 p.m. — VFW Hall at 8777 Philadelphia Road 

Republican Delegate Pat McDonough will be holding a fundraiser on September 30th to introduce his anti-immigration agenda for the 2008 session of the Maryland General Assembly.  “Speak English” is his main campaign slogan.  I don’t know about you, but my great-grandparents were immigrants to this country.  And at some point, Pat McDonough’s relatives were immigrants as well, since his name isn’t Kajika or Langundo or Opechancanough or Sitting Bull.   There will be a demonstration outside of his fundraiser beginning at 4:00 p.m.  For more information, check out the Harford County Green Party website (note that there is a place to RSVP).

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