The Great Possum. Circa 3AM Sunday, November 20, 2011.
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Good post by BooMan:
Let Me Explain Myself
I say we need to get over being countercultural. I don't mean that we should change our values. I am talking about our disposition, our attitude, the way we carry ourselves, what we expect of ourselves. When I say that we should make the countercultural cultural, I mean that we should have the confidence to behave like our values are mainstream and that we want to and deserve to govern with our mainstream values. We are winning the culture wars. We proved we could create a society color-blind enough to elect a biracial president. We proved we could turn tolerance for gays into a mainstream position. We proved we could enact a major health care bill. We don't have to play the victim anymore. We don't have to be the outsiders anymore. We can seize our place in the power structure again. We ought to be able to believe that the government can do great things again.
If liberals want to be ascendant again, they have to embrace power again and step inside the system, take responsibility, get their hands dirty, and cut the holier-than-thou bullshit.
We have to act like the natural leaders of this country. When we do, we'll discover that people are willing to let us lead.
"Flower Power was nice, but that wasn't enough power."
~ Wayne Kramer (MC5)