Michael Alan Miller's blog always has the best quotes ever. Thanks to him, I discovered the following beautiful manifesto. This is truly one of those things that are so well-said I really wish I'd said it first:
Over the last few years, and in particular in the last couple, I’ve noticed something about myself: I’ve become a lot more rude in my political dealings, including with many people I used to consider allies. At first this worried me a bit, because I couldn’t quite pin down why, beyond the fact that I was angry. Now I’m not someone who believes anger is always a bad thing. I think certain things should make you angry, and if they don’t, something’s wrong with you. When people are dying, being raped, being tortured, being denied basic rights, being beaten and so on, you should get angry. You should use that anger as a weapon and as fuel for the fight. So screw politeness, and screw reasonableness. Reasonableness in the current political environment means “willing to sell out the people whose interests she or he is supposed to care about.” . . So count me out. I’m not interested in being reasonable, if reasonable means “a spineless sell out”. I’m not interested in being pragmatic, if pragmatic means “understands that nothing can actually be done to fix any problem”, and I’m not interested in being polite to people who make their living by destroying lives or apologizing for those who destroy lives. America is going down, and the world is spiraling into an age of war because everyone wants to be “reasonable” rather than do the right thing for their own people.
Here is more of this great post. I might not agree with some of the things this blogger says, but the core idea of militant liberalism appeals to me on a very deep level. Liberals are often branded as wishy-washy and spineless and not unreasonably so. We put liberal politicians in office only to see them immediately start bending over backwards in order to accommodate everybody and offend nobody's sensibilities. Of course, as we say in my culture, trying to sit on two chairs with one ass will end up breaking the ass in two. I'm tired of being constantly shushed by people who believe that expressing any opinion strongly and forcefully is wrong because it might alienate someone who might potentially (in some convoluted universe where the impossible routinely takes place) become an ally. So let somebody else curtsy to everybody in sight in the futile hope of generating allies. I, however, reserve the right to get angry and to express my opinions passionately and forcefully.
Trying to make everybody happy hasn't produced any positive results for the liberals yet. Isn't it time that we abandoned this useless strategy?