Monday, October 30, 2006
A liberal manifesto
Bruce Ackerman and Todd Gitlin have written a manifesto for liberals that has just been published in The American Prospect.
I cannot sign. As much as I would like to be included, I believe the assault on Afghanistan was ill-fated and misguided. However necessary it may have been politically for representatives who owe their jobs to the vote of the semi-literate TV audience, the attacks on Afghanistan have done nothing to further our cause, but instead have only added fuel to the fires of hatred. Perhaps the insistence on honesty which requires me to disagree is our greatest weakness; I prefer to think it is our strength, which will serve to guide and unite us long after these evil times have passed.
In service of peace and justice,
Rev. Robert Thomas "beau" Hayes Link
Actually, having expressed my disagreement on a specific matter, I have since sent in my email of support of the cause in general, and encourage all who are similarly aligned to do the same. It is time to subordinate our differences to the cause of our commonalities. Liberal or progressive, no matter; take this moment to stand for what is right, against the so-called "right" that has lead our nation into such wrong.
the note from "the dog" shows that he clearly is not a serious person with serious views on this issue. unless there is some legitimate statement from him explaining this nonsense, i do not believe we should take further posts from him seriously at all.
below is the brief note i sent in, proudly adding my name to the cause.
"i am proud to add my name to this cause, although i do so not as a liberal (which i do consider myself), but as an american, which is more important. the systematic stifling of dissent by this administration and its congressional lackeys is among the worst affronts to the founding fathers' legacy in the history of this country, which was founded upon civil dissent and public discourse in the first place. it is my fervent hope to see the names of conservative minded people on this list who realize the direction the administration has taken us.
peter h. graber"
Before you sign, you might consider some of the points raised about the manifesto by Brian Leiter.
I appreciate the comments by RL and velid, especially because the link provided sent me to a very good "liberal top 10" by Geoffrey R. Stone, especially useful since it is phrased in a positive way as a list of principles, not particularly an indictment against the Bush Administration.
RL's suggestion is a sound one, and the one I eventually took.
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