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Telling like it is

Making it short this morning as I’m headed out the door.

Matt Stoller is experiencing the “pain of independence” this week.  He had a “Soylent green is people! We’re eating PEOPLE!” epiphany about Obama and the Democrats the other day at Naked Capitalism after the Wisconsin catastrophe.  Matt has finally come to realize that what is good for Obama and the Democratic party is diverging from what is good for the working class (and by working class I mean everyone not living off their investments or bonuses).  Go read the whole thing.  I think he’s thought this out pretty well with the exception of the label “neoliberal”.  Sometimes, the labels get in the way of understanding so I try not to use them. I try to figure out if a politician has a worldview and goal that makes sense and has intrinsic value.  At one point in the 2008 primary season, I even had a matrix of qualities I wanted to see in a president and ranked each candidate on a weekly basis based on what data I was able to collect.  Yeah, it’s kind of Vulcan but then again, it helped me not fall into a four year swoon over Obama.

Predictably, booman writes a “Matt has cooties” post:

Yes, everyone of the left is doing it wrong because they haven’t, like Matt Stoller, taken leave of their senses and attacked the most brilliant and decent and politically talented president we’ve had in decades.

He concludes with some nonsense about interfering with the flow of commerce, which sounds a little Unibomberish. Maybe Stoller would be happier as a Somali pirate.

Oh, but we know how the president deals with those folks.

Townhouse must be a ghost town these days. What a freak show.

Yep, the economy is in shambles, the Democratic party is unrecognizable and Obama has a bill of attainder “kill list” that he can add American citizens to and *Matt* is the crazy one.

This is how it works, Matt.  Groups that use high control tactics can’t have dissent in their midst.  It disrupts the unity of thought.  You become hard to be around because your presence pushes the thoughts of those around you from a low energy state to a higher one.  Therefore, you must now be excluded unless you snap back into line.  In fact, the phenomenon of reforming your thought to that of a high control group is called “snapping“.

I and a lot of other Democrats have been there, Matt.  Some of us have pretty good day jobs at prestigious universities.  I’m thinking of Heidi Li Feldman.  Others, like Anglachel, have a background in political science.  Then there are people like Lambert who had insight in 2008 and had to fight off assimilation from readers of his own blog.  You’re not alone.  There are probably a lot more of us than even we know but people who agree with us may be afraid to come out for fear of the inevitable ostracism from the group. But our number is growing everyday.  And you’re not crazy.

And Barack Obama is not “the most brilliant and decent and politically talented president we’ve had in decades”.  Once you’ve broken out of the mindset, don’t quotes like Booman’s kind of resemble that line from the Manchurian Candidate:

 “Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.”

Maybe Obama is, maybe he isn’t.  Wouldn’t you prefer to figure that out for yourself? It’s not the end of the world.  Knowing the truth is the optimistic point of view.  It’s a relief.  The narrative starts to make sense again.  You don’t have to keep filling the chinks of inconsistencies with elaborate excuses and improbable stories.  Now that you know, you can do something about it.

Lucky for you that you’re coming around when you will have more company in your exile.  For those of us who figured it out in 2008, it has been, ahem, interesting.  But you’ll do Ok, Matt.  With your Harvard degree, no one’s going to call you a racist or a menopausal, uneducated old lady.

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Here’s another guy who snapped out of different kind of thought.  Jerry DeWitt is the former pentacostal pastor who became an atheist. Ooo, I saw a few of you cringe just now.  Relax, Jerry’s not going to make you into a homocidal, immoral, untrustworthy nihilist.  And you don’t have to go all of the way to “there is no god”.  Jerry’s current gig is to help ease people out of religion at their own speed as executive director of Recovering from Religion.  This video is from the recent Arkansas Freethought meeting. I think the section where he talks about the marketing of religion is very interesting.  I had no idea that some religious denominations, like the 24/7, one-stop, espresso bar megachurch variety operates more like a franchise where the colors of the church and the music and the program has been carefully selected by a team of marketing experts with the goal of keeping you in the flock.  It’s funny how marketing is showing up all over the place these days.  Politics is saturated in it but who would have expected to find it at church?  Fascinating.

It’s kind of long but Jerry’s got a gift and he eases you right into it.

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  1. Great post, but when you say “…what is good for Obama and the Democratic party is diverging from what is good for the working class (and by working class I mean everyone not living off their investments or bonuses),” I respectfully disagree.

    What is good for President Obama is not good for the Democratic Party: see 2010 election results. I do not think those in power in the Democratic Party have learned anything from this: see Wisconsin recall results. I suspect it will take a whipping in the next election before they get it. Or maybe they won’t learn at all: the Democratic Party has been out of all statewide offices in Texas for 12 years.

    Some of us are living off our (previous) bonuses and investments because we are unemployed or woefully underemployed. I found a job after a year and am making about 15% of what I used to make. I am lucky. I have friends with 2 or 3 degrees who have been out of work for three years. Thank goodness I was able to squirrel away money and make investments when I could. (But getting 1% on your money is not particularly helpful.) I still consider myself working class and wish I had a presidential candidate I could vote for.

    djmm

    • The Fed has dropped interest rates to the point where you only get 1% on your money because they want to torture you into dumping your money into the Wall Street Casino. I hope you are able to avoid doing that. Eventually they will have no margin of ZIRP left and interest rates will be set free to start rising.

      I myself think that the Democratic Party insiders and upsiders are indeed Obama backers and what is good for him is good for them as people. Obama’s backing of the FISA lawsuit shutdown bill was very good for CheneyBushcrime-implicated-Democrats like Pelosi/Reid/Harman/and maybe others. I still suspect Pelosi-Reid made a deal with Obama: “you support the FISA lawsuit shutdown law and we will support you against HRC for the nomination. You wanna be President? That’s our price.” Also, shutting down the lawsuit was very good for the book value of Pelosi’s several million shares of AT&T stock. AT&T showed its gratitude and ownership of the DemConvention by sponsoring it, I believe. Wasn’t there lots of AT&T branded totebags and pens and stuff there? That’s what I read.

      Should DDVs ( Disgruntled Democratic Voters) regard the Democratic Party as a still-valuable asset to be conquered and disinfected and re-organized . . . like Germany right after WWII? Or should the DDVs view the Democratic Party as being a hopelessly enemy-controlled asset? In which case, should the Democratic Party be sunk the way the French Fleet was sunk at Oran?

      • Or you know . . . maybe we should use Riverdaughter’s phrase and make an acronym from it. DIEs. For Democrats In Exile. Maybe that could be the answer to the question posed by Nakajima Kikka many threads ago…what to call a legitimate new political party to avoid confusion?

        Why not call it the DIE Party? DIE for Democrats In Exile. And the acronym could be useful in all kinds of phrases. DIE yuppie scum. DIE Republican Frontscum. etc. “I kill for DIE”. Things like that.

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