Tuesday, April 04, 2006

The Battle of Ideas

Tom DeLay sums it up:
"This had become a referendum on me," he said. "So it's better for me to step aside and let it be a referendum on ideas, Republican values and what's important for this district."
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Democrats need to start challengin the Republican values, not just specific Republicans. The right-wing spent decades and billions of dollars to push their philosophies down America's throats. I don't think progressives have to do as much--the country already dislikes where conservativism has led us--but we need to get our core philosophies into the debate more vigorously.


At April 05, 2006 10:53 PM, Anonymous Charles said...

Alas, to challenge Republican ideals would be to challenge family values in the eyes of many Americans. Such an action would result in even more divisiveness. What the Democrats need is someone electable. Perhaps a President Gore for 2012?

At April 06, 2006 11:09 AM, Blogger Gilbert Martinez said...

I grew up in "conservative America". There is more that brings the country together than pushes us apart. Poverty IS a family value. Child care IS a family value. Health care IS a family value. "Free" markets for the sake of ideology is NOT a family value. It's that simple.

Real American values are not divisive. It's not just about personalities--it's about ideas. The only way challenging GOP "ideals" is challenging "family values" is by letting them control the debate. I, for one, am tired of that.


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