In the last Presidential election, I spent the final month waking up early to help get out the vote for Obama-Biden in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Volunteering for campaigns has never been my passion. I didn’t do it all that much. I was a last-minute volunteer, not a volunteer organizer or leader. Mostly, I can’t stand riding in rented vans being driven by people I’ve never met. I don’t particularly get on well with field directors who tend to be half my age. ;And at the end of the day, I am a writer.
But I showed up in 2008. I wanted to feel what it was like and in the end it was a very meaningful experience.
And I went to the inauguration. By myself, in the cold, I crammed into the Metro and I stood on the hill next to the Washington Monument for hours and hours just to be there–just to tell my children that I was there.
Almost four years later, a lot has changed, but those experiences still mean a great deal to me. I hope they stay with me forever.
Why do I bring these up, now?
I bring it up by way of reminding everyone who continues to read Frameshop that no matter how much this site may critique the Democratic Party, this site still stands for partisanship–still argues for one side over another.
I write this very much aware that there is a big new argument on the Left, these days. It’s an argument that says the Democratic Party is no longer worth supporting because both parties have been corrupted by a corrupt system. ;This site has not been neutral in expressing support for that perspective and admiration for the OWS protesters who took that critique to the streets. I still believe in direct action and the value it adds to our current debate.
But I also believe in those experiences I was so fortunate to have in 2008, even more so as we head into the final stretch of 2012.
I can say without question that a brighter future for this country depends on President Obama being re-elected for a second term. America will survive 4 or even 8 years of Mitt Romney. But that survival will be grim.
The Republicans of 2012 are exponentially worse ideologically than they were in 2008. The GOP primary, flush with weak candidates desperate for support from the hate-filled fringe, forced Mitt Romney to embrace party policy positions that devalue, criminalize, disenfranchise, and whip up violence against millions of men and women in our country. No matter what one thinks about the influence of corporations on domestic policy, the extremism of the Republican Party should give us pause.
With all this in mind, after a long hiatus on Frameshop, I pick up the ball again with partisanship in mind.
Now is the time for taking sides. While I respect readers’ choices to take a side that moves them beyond the two-party system, Frameshop, for its part, will enter this two-party fight as it has in the past.
The Republicans are running a campaign rooted in some of the most deceptive rhetorical parlor tricks ever used. And they are deploying these tricks in a right-wing media machine so bloated with extremist cash that it has the power to suffocate public discourse like a tidal wave of lard. Farmeshop will be pushing back as hard as it can.