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Statement of Purpose
Rackjite - 1. n. A steel pole used to pry and move heavy objects. 2. v. To pry, shift, move or horse a heavy object.
Call me Rack. Some years ago-never mind how long precisely-having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me at home, I thought I would move about a little and see the political part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off – then, I account it high time to get to my keyboard as soon as I can.
This website was initiated to take a bit of satisfaction bouncing back all the mean-spirited bile conservatives dish out long before MSNBC existed. The idea was acted upon in 1993 when I saw no aspect within the media pounding on conservatives as hard as conservatives pound on liberals, not even close. There is of course a problem with this, for unlike Republican dittoheads, dealing with liberals is like herding cats.
So why bother kicking it back in like manner some ask? Well, someone has to do it. And besides it’s fun watching them react to a kick in their pants once in a while, for nowhere on Earth can one witness such abject hypocrisy and double standards come into play. They fall all over themselves laughing themselves silly hearing liberals called every name in the book, but when it comes back at them in like manner – and more deservedly so – they climb the walls so high they get their red ties entangled in the ceiling fan and spin ‘ round and ’round with arms and legs aflailin’, ka-knocking their hardwood heads against the walls.
Most people from most places are mostly stupid, but there are aspects of America which single us out as being more culturally retarded than the rest of the civilized world. Of course the two most important deterrents are the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. These enormous geographical boundaries separate us from political systems, languages, philosophies, religions and cultures different from our own, which is most responsible for our singular cowboy parochialism.
Of course we have Canada above us, but the only noticeable difference seems to be they perpetrate less violence upon one another, take care of each other better, drink more beer and wear more Gortex. Below us we do have a different culture, but we don’t much care for them and do our best to either ignore them, send them packing, or push them behind an ever rising wall.
“Mr President, tear down this wall.”
What conservatives have painted as a liberal socialist America is in reality the most conservative industrialized nation on Earth. We are so intellectually isolated and so singly minded provincial that as we speed ever faster to the Right, the majority chooses to believe we are moving too far to the Left. We seem to be searching diligently for that happy ideological medium between Iran and Singapore.
Years ago if you had put your ear to the ground you may have heard a steady tapping, slowly increasing in volume as conservatives manipulated the media to scare the Hell out of the American public. It used to be the bogeyman of communism as their vehicle to push their jingoism, militarism and law & order intolerance. With the demise of the Soviet Union their tools of fear changed to exaggerated notions of unfair taxation, overstated socialism, inflated crime, meaningless homosexuality and most recently Islamic terrorism.
We are cajoled to believe that we all need to carry assault rifles to protect us from the criminals (blacks and Mexicans), the Socialists (liberals, unions and bureaucrats), those destroying our families (Gays and Lesbians) and anyone who looks Semitic. That unyielding repetition tapped out from print, the Internet, talk radio and Fox News has become an ever increasing stomp of American jackboots sounding here and abroad today.
Too many of us patronize the ever-growing number of Right-wing lunatics surrounding us. We mistakenly believe they are few in number and will soon crawl back under the rocks from whence they came. But sadly, they get louder, meaner and more obnoxious as time passes. And now a black president has turned them an irreversible blistering red. They feed off each other, and over this past generation have taken their dark selfish politics from the edge to the status quo. Do something about it, anything at all will do. Agitate!
Not a lot is required of you, just a letter, a call, a bumper sticker on your car, anything to let the world know not all Americans are selfish little wienies whose only joy in life is to subjectively and literally whack the crap out of people unlike them. As you read on, keep in mind this is not about you, it is about all those other nitwits you must deal with in your daily trek through American life.
There are three reasons to get in a political debate:
- To gain some degree of satisfaction by getting your licks in.
- To move others to your side.
- To entertain and reinforce the beliefs of the like minded.
This website was conceived with the first in mind but ended up as the third. Though it is the second which is the nub of the matter. Though one wouldn’t know it, most of my email is very positive, a few hundred of which over the years told me reading this caused them to leave the grip of the GOP to subsequently vote for Democrats. Had they all been from Florida, Al Gore would have been president in 2001. So it is important to agreeably engage those who have not yet fallen completely under the evil spell of the dark side.
It is also important for you to find these “middles” and engage them. They make up about 40% of voters with no real ideological bent or party affiliation. Tens of millions of people vote for Republicans only because they always have, their family does, they think they will profit from it or because they are not paying attention. They can be appreciably and positively affected.
But If you are a liberal who wants to argue with the Right-wing with any success – understanding of course that there is no chance in Hell of changing them – it is important to remember these four rules:
Be entertaining and humorous.
Don’ t get angry.
Never give them the benefit of the doubt.
Stay always on the offensive.
Those listening are more important than who you are arguing with.
As you have probably noticed in your own political discourse, reasoned debate does not work well on the Republican Base. Facts don’ t count, for facts come from the media and the media is liberal, which pretty much leaves making fun of them or shaming them the only viable options. Of course that is problematic for many of us who live down here in Confederate Jesusland and suffer most of our family, friends, neighbors and coworkers being Right-wing lunatics.
I have had the best luck with two approaches. First is to keep it short; when they spout some especially onerous Republican crap a curt “Yeah, you and Tim McVeigh,” or “Indeed, you and David Duke,” or “Sure, just like the Taliban.” and my favorite, “You mean like Sharia Law,” and then change the subject and move on.
The other process where I have found some success is to kindly reply to their rabid screeds with:
“Gosh, every time you express any view at all it’s either about shooting, bombing, executing, hitting, spanking, vengeance, selfishness, or your endless stream of poorly disguised sexism, homophobia and racism. All indications of humanities’ lowest roads, which most art, literature, music, philosophy and religion has been trying to pull us up from for millennium. I know you, you’ re better than that. You are only saying all this awful crap because you are trying to piss me off.
Are You a Liberal?
I’ve been talking and typing at people for 30 years now desperately trying to arrive at a timely and workable definition of “liberal.” Oh, I’ve heard the official definitions thousands of times, especially the “classical liberal” argument of right-wing libertarians. Well to Hell with that semantic poo playing to different times and cultures. I’ve taken all the input I’ve received over the years and arrived at these ten defining beliefs:
- Capital punishment is wrong.
- Affirmative Action is the right thing to do.
- Progressive taxation in lieu of regressive taxation.
- Civil, legal and equal rights for minorities, women and gays.
- Reasonable gun controls including registration.
- Collective bargaining with scab free strikes.
- Holding firm to the separation of church & state.
- The right to an abortion to viability.
- First & Fourth Amendment civil libertarian.
- A serious environmental concern.
We all get one foible, but only one.