Update: Bev Hendricks writes that Hal David has died. He was 91. David was the lyricist for many collaborations with Burt Bacharach. Instead of playing a song, I thought I’d post the lyrics to one of my favorite Hal David songs, Alfie. Some songs never go out of style and this one is perfect for 2012.:
What’s it all about, alfie?
Is it just for the moment we live?
What’s it all about when you sort it out, alfie?
Are we meant to take more than we give
Or are we meant to be kind?
And if only fools are kind, alfie,
Then I guess it’s wise to be cruel.
And if life belongs only to the strong, alfie,
What will you lend on an old golden rule?
As sure as I believe there’s a heaven above, alfie,
I know there’s something much more,
Something even non-believers can believe in.
I believe in love, alfie.
Without true love we just exist, alfie.
Until you find the love you’ve missed you’re nothing, alfie.
When you walk let your heart lead the way
And you’ll find love any day, alfie, alfie.
I think it’s a case of learned helplessness.
It’s like being half drowned a dozen times. No matter what you do, someone is still going to try to drown you. After awhile, you stop struggling.
And this has been my point all along. We *KNOW* they’re trying to drown us so we should make it really, really hard for them to do it. As long as we still have a vote, we have the power to make the powers that be miserable. We don’t have to eat our poisoned mushrooms. Resistance isn’t useless.
You shouldn’t be surprised if learned helplessness is exactly what they are trying to create. The people who don’t think these things through all the way seem to think that if they vote for Obama this year that the beatings will ease up. They will never ease up until we decide we’re not putting up with it anymore.
If Obama loses this year, the next two years will be pretty tough on us. But it might be of shorter duration than if Obama wins. It’s not even like the Republicans are the only ones into promoting misery anymore. Only that Obama gets away with it because he has a D after his name.
It would have been better if we had agitated for Hillary this year. That would have shaken them up and there is still time. Nothing is settled until the balloons drop in Charlotte. But the left has been very well conditioned against her. So, in a way, they’ve contributed to their own demise. The tools to fight this thing were there all along like Dorothy’s ruby slippers.
So, what’s it going to be, left blogosphere? Are you going to give in or are you going to resist? Are you going to jump on Obama’s bandwagon, knowing that he’s going to ignore you or are you going to stand up and step away from the party and give it something to worry about?
What do you have to lose? Let’s put it this way, what do you have to gain by helplessly letting them deep six you? Get up and resist. Let the Democratic party worry about what that means. You are not under any obligation to give up your vote for nothing in return. When we say jump, they should ask how high.
This year, we need to seriously consider looking after our own interests. I’ve proposed an organizational model before. We need to put something like that in motion. Call it the Federation for Democratic Reform. It has a catchy abbreviation. It could be an umbrella group for various left of center organizations. We need to draft a platform, organize some committees, get some lobbyists and vet some candidates to run for office. Discuss.
Rico’s tending bar and the drinks are on me. I’m having a Blue Moon.
If you’re out there and you’re reading and you’ve had enough, play your own resistance song.