The campaign rhetoric about the awful, dangerous things the LIBERALS will do if elected still lingers as a bitter example of all the lies the GOP has repeated about the Democrats for 26 years. It is up to us to reach out to the deceived Americans who are now hurting and afraid.
We know how it feels. What we also understand is that it is not our fellow citizens that were the brunt of our anger. The leaders who deceived many into thinking the harsh neo-conservative ideas would work best for our country are the people we see as responsible. They are the ones who promised one thing and did another. Had they stuck to non-interference instead of cronyism, corruption and lining the pockets of the have mores, the mess would not have been so bad.
We can only change the state of the country by assessing it with open eyes and minds. There is no need to look for problems that are not here. The way to correct this course is to include all citizens in the deliberation. I am very pleased with what I have seen and heard from Nancy Pelosi. She is a strong liberal and yet self-disciplined enough to know that we must work with the members who represent a significant percentage of the population. If the remaining GOP leaders are not willing to cooperate, as much as needed, we must have established our willingness to work with our neighbors and friends who supported them.
If there is one single aspect of this mess we must learn, it is to keep from taking the political pendulum in a direction too different and too fast. This is the history of American politics and it is time we learn that it is too often the basis of our errors. The two parts of the political spectrum, conservatives and progressives, are needed to maintain progress without rushing into poorly thought out policies. Neither should be allowed too much power or take too much control to alter our course too radically and too quickly.
Representation is also a combination of being the voice and vote of constituents and becoming well enough informed on the issues to know that the citizens are not necessarily supporting the right decision. The latter requires making an effort to educate the people, not just voting.
One of our readers linked to this post at DU. The response has been very supportive and I believe that speaks volumes about who we, the liberal grassroots, are. My thanks to The Witch for putting this up the first thing Wednesday morning. It bears being spread far and wide.
Dear dismayed conservatives:
I hereby make these promises to you.
We will protect your lives and livelihoods.
We will listen to and respect your beliefs.
We will never try to force you to change your religion, sexual orientation, or first language.
We will do our best to reduce the number of abortions in our country.
We will have no tolerance for corruption and cronyism, even in our own party.
ESPECIALLY in our own party.
We will never tell you that you are unpatriotic.
We will never tell you that your opinion doesn’t count.
We will never waste your lives for power.
We will hold our leaders to a high ethical standard and when they succumb to lust for power, WE WILL HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE.
If we forget this, please, please, please, remind us.
We need you to do this. You are America as much as we are.