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Cocktail Hour: Resistance September

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.


Lambert says he thinks the problem is malaise.  Atrios says he just doesn’t think the election matters anymore.

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.

29 Responses

  1. Need to install a garbage disposal tomorrow morning. Joy.
    That’s what you get when you drop a screw into the old one.

  2. ummm! Cocktails!!!

    Rico, I’ll have a some of that nice boxed Merlot. Chilled.

  3. If ATRIOS doesn’t thinks the election doesn’t matter, does that mean HE doesn’t see much difference between Obama & Romney?


  4. Katiebird asked me to post this here:

    Hal David

    Hal David, lyricist and partner to Burt Bacharach, died today at age 91: He understood women.

    The only anecdote I have to tell about him is about when Chris saw him on line in front of him at the Whitney. Not many strangers would have recognized him, but Chris did immediately. He went up to him and gushed, “Mr. David, I’m a huge fan of your work…” and David seemed really surprised and appreciative. I imagine it wasn’t often that he was approached like that. His contribution was enjoyed by any who listened to his cannon, but Bacharach was the face of their collaboration.

    Hal David, I can’t get over, for example, this:

  5. Rico, double Grey Goose vodka gimlet on the rocks with extra limes and a teaspoon of simple syrup.
    And, don’t be stingy, baby.

  6. (humming) What’s it all about?

  7. Watching Fred Astaire — He really drags on those cigarettes! How could he sing and dance and smoke so much!

  8. Atrios specifically pointed out that he definitely thinks the election matters, it’s just that both sides are campaigning about things that don’t matter (like Ryan’s fibbed marathon score).

    Caveat, my personal feeling about Atrios is he’s the most overrated blogger on the planet….so to me what he thinks shouldn’t matter.

    • I suspect that someone called Atrios yesterday for a little chat.
      He meant what he said the first time.

  9. Now, if she had a cold can of Yuengling Lager and a Five Guys cheeseburger …

  10. Obama has been very successful at dividing the Hillary supporters. Many of us struggled to decide how we were going to vote in 2008 and now have to do the same in 2012. Tough choices. But notice how many of us don’t talk to the others now.

    The Democratic Party was never going to fire Obama, no matter how bad a president he was. That would be taken as an insult by some in the AA community. (And, besides, I think he has pleased his Wall Street investors.) The only way Hillary had a chance to run in 2012 was if the President figured out he would lose and declined to run for health reasons. His ego won’t let him do that, even if it means a Republican becomes President. I have hopes that she will feel like running in 2016. I think we will need her. But it will be an ugly 2 years no matter who wins.


    • Obama didn’t divide us. It just happens that we didn’t value the same things. I can never be talked into siding with the mean spirited, hard hearted, religious, anti science, anti immigrant republicans. At least I know what my values are and which principles I absolutely will not sacrifice no matter how angry I am.
      I think that separates the Democrats in Exile from those who gave gravitated to the conservative side.
      BTW, Hillary will not run in 2016. If you’re placing all your hopes on that, give it up. I’m not surprised the democrats floated that meme. It took your eye off the ball. Mission accomplished.

      • Riverdaughter, I don’t know whether she will or she won’t. I do not consider myself (or you) a sucker. I am not voting for President Obama. I have sent messages to the Democratic Party that I will not vote for President Obama and they should run someone else. They don’t care. If they lose a la Jimmy Carter, maybe they will re-consider their course in 2016. I doubt it, unless President Obama loses so badly that there is a Clinton resurgence (either for Hillary or someone with her values) to take back the party. If not, it may be another 20 years before we see another FDR-LBJ-WJC type Democrat win the Presidency.

        I feel like Treebeard. I am not on anyone’s side, because no one (from the major parties and most minor parties) is on my side.

        If the Obama administration and propaganda efforts did not help create fractures in the Hillary voters, the fractures still serve him well.


        • Different sub-units of the old Democratic Party may have to separate and act separately pushing their separate agendas and principle-bundles in public to just see which attract support and which don’t.

          I for example would trust that remaining fraction of the old Democratic Party which opposed every Free Trade Agreement on general principles . . . people like Marcy Kaptur and John Dingell and Tom Harkin and so forth. That would be my natural Democratic Party Fraction. Other DemParty fractions might want to gather their supporters and believers together as well. Eventually, a few DemParty
          fractions will survive or even emerge as coherent groups with coherent belief-sheets and wish-lists. Then they can see if they can work together on any shared few things or not.

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