Wednesday, April 25, 2012

leftists, liberals, and the politics of betrayal

i  wrote this email to Democratic candidate Alan Grayson's office, after reading his fundraising appeal letter--see below.  i am really, really outraged by this.  [as you see...]. and as much as we need to make political compromises with whoever can keep Romney and his like out of office, we do need to remember that compromise can easily turn into collaboration.  

FYI, some of us ARE radical leftists, and we don't see that as an insult. you'll probably gain more than you lose financially by putting us down in your fundraising, but you will lose some of us.  and please remember that, because all of our choices are so limited to democrat or republican, most of us if we vote at all will vote democrat, out of sheer horror at the alternative.  but if you go out of your way to offend us, you remind us that you too are our enemy.  and that will keep some of the constituency that Obama once had, and the democrats once had, away from the fundraisers and the polls. and by the way, in case  mr. long accuses you of other vile things, remember that some of us are also: queer/queer-lovers; women's libbers, angry african americans or supporters of angry african americans; commies, anarchists, bleeding-heart liberals, muslims or non-muslims concerned about islamophobia; uppity jews, and a lot of other things mr. long might use as epithets.  just so you can have your own attacks against us ready.
-----Original Message-----

From: Grayson for Congress <>
To: karennederland <>
Sent: Wed, Apr 25, 2012 5:19 pm
Subject: Our Opponent Called You a "Radical Leftist"


Dear Karen:

Our opponent, Republican Todd Long, sent out an e-mail about you. And it's not a pleasant one.

Long apparently is upset that 100,000 of us have contributed to this campaign, while his campaign counts only 84 contributors. So he has lashed out at you, calling our supporters "liberal Hollywood, Washington insiders, and radical leftists outside Central Florida." Long also gripes about the fact that the "Goliath" in the race is "Grayson's fund raising war chest."

We can't make Todd Long stop insulting you, but we can raise more money than he can. Click here and show Todd Long right now that your $50 adds up to more than all the sewer money that he can take in.

Todd Long's e-mail isn't just an assault on Alan Grayson; it's an assault on every one of us who supports these things:
  • a good job for everyone who needs it;
  • healthcare for everyone who needs it;
  • security and peace-of-mind for seniors;
  • a first-class education for every child;
  • lower taxes on people who work;
  • equal rights; and
  • peace.
Aren't you sick and tired of people like Todd Long who put you down, just because you care about other people? If wanting a good life for all Americans makes us "radical leftists," then we are guilty, guilty, guilty as charged.

Let's show Todd Long that his negative campaign against Alan Grayson and you comes with a price.Put your money where his mouth is. Contribute $50, or whatever you can give, today.
Now, it's personal.

1 comment:

Ken Goldstein said...

Amazing. "Our opponent" simply pointed out that "our candidate"'s supporters include "radical leftists." That is clearly a fact. But rather than be proud of that, "our candidate" is the one who chose to take that as an insult.

It does remind me of why I'm no longer a registered Democrat. It an ad from my (then) Democratic state Assemblyman that got me to write him an angry letter asking for clarification on one of his positions. His reply was basically, "Nyah, nyah, nyah. What are you gonna do, vote Republican?" His position was, he didn't care what anybody to the left of him thought, because we had nowhere else to go.

My vote in that race went to the Green party candidate, and I registered Green in early 1995. Since then, I've also dumped the Greens in favor of "Decline to State." I vote for some Democrats (and will do whatever I can to re-elect the president), but no candidate, Democrat or otherwise, should ever, EVER, take my vote for granted.