I hope this goes over a little better than last time.
The latest from Howard Dean….
“What the propagandists on the right have done is make people afraid to say they are Democrats,” Dean told a gathering of Vermont Democrats. “We have to be out there. We have to be vocal. We have to be pushing our version of the facts because their version of the facts is very unfactual.”
The last sentence blew my mind.
Does the Democratic party realize that there isn’t a “version of the facts”? The entire essence behind factual information is that it is completely devoid of a “version” to begin with. I can’t tell you that my version of the temperature outside is 110 degrees, I can only tell you that it is, in fact, 11o. Truth is what it is, that means it stands apart from bias, opinion, manipulation and perception.
That could very well be the problem with the Democratic party, because believe me, its not lack of vocalness. The public doesn’t want a party’s version of the facts, WE WANT THE ACTUAL FACTS. It is incomprehensibly stupid not only to believe that the way to get votes is to manipulate reality, but also to openly discuss it. Look, you can be a conniving political strategist all you like, but its self-defeating to admit it. You don’t hear Karl Rove giving speeches on the administration’s plan to give obviously false death toll numbers, now do you? (For the record, that’s not a real plan)
Why can’t the Democrats (and Republicans to some degree) realize that when the public polls heavily in favor of values it means we want actual values? No one wants the appearance of values, false values, temporary values, extremist values, or any other political bullshit variation of values. We want our leaders to actually care about what we care about, not cater to the desire for the sake of gaining office.
Like when Dean says he wants to ” position [them]selves as the party of change,” he doesn’t mean he intents to be the party of change, he merely wants the position thereof. We might as well be calling the Democrats the Gold Collar Party (click link for explanation) as reality is trumped by perception. How can a politician honestly claim to desire change when he readily admits to pushing his own “version of the facts”? If Republicans “have never made an honest living in their lives” then what do you call openly discussing your plan to fool voters into believing your agenda through deft manipulation of factual information?
Contradiction is in no short supply for this man, who in the same article criticizes conservatives for “running away from issues” yet advising that the way Democrats can win debates is to “frame” it to their advantage. (Framing a debate is a nice way of saying “stick to the issues we can win on and avoiding all others) The DNC motto might as well be “Shamelessly Calling the Kettle Black.”
As for Dean’s goal of taking the country back “vote by vote, precinct by precinct, door by door, year by year and election by election,” all I can say is never going to happen. You just don’t make headway with the already tired public by throwing more politic feces at them. The time has come (though it has always existed) for genuine leaders to emerge. The “version” people long for is not a “version” at all, but rather truth and honesty. The Democratic party’s recovery (if it happens) will not come in the form of further manipulation but in reasonable and heartfelt politics. No one wishes to hear from a party so self-obsessed that they fear no repercussions from discussing future lies, we wish to hear of the principles and actual beliefs of the party.