What Makes a Democrat?

I’ve come to believe that the biggest problem facing Tennessee Democrats is that…

Okay, I take that back.  The biggest problem facing Tennessee Democrats is that they became entrenched and corrupt and cut off from the vibrant liberal thought and advocacy being done in the state because they were so busy protecting their hind ends.

After that, though, the biggest problem facing the Tennessee Democrats is that who the hell knows what Tennessee Democrats stand for?  In the words of Kotz, is it “We’re Slightly Less Weird about Guns, God, and Abortion!or do we have something else to offer Tennesseans?  And, if so, what?

If we just follow Kotz’s formula, I’d vote for ignoring guns completely, strengthening our (for lack of a better term) brand when it comes to religious tolerance, and moving ourselves out of the abortion corner back into a broader room of making a commitment to women and family health.

The thing about the abortion issue, the thing that makes it an impossible and stupid battle is that pro-life always means “anti-abortion but only until the butt on the line is mine.”  When it’s you or your daughter or your wife who’s been raped, when it’s you or your wife or your daughter who’s got a life-threatening condition while pregnant, shoot, often when it’s your wife or you or your daughter who just cannot have a baby right now, people expect that they deserve the exception–that abortion is bad and wrong and no one should have one, ever, except they really need it, so they’re different.

Everyone knows this; no one will admit it.  So we continue to have these arguments that are dishonest at their very inception, because we are never talking about the truth, we are always talking about some pretend world where, if abortions were illegal, no one would have them.

Instead, we need to recommit to

Oh holy shit.

Here I am all talking like there’s some Democratic party to reach out to and I see this pop up in my feed reader:

in a “cost-cutting measure” to leave the state party in “sound fiscal shape”, the Tennessee Democratic Party has apparently decided to fire their entire staff, except for Chairman Gray Sasser, Executive Director Kim Sasser Hayden, and office manager Vionne Williams.

What do you even say to that?

I’m sitting here laughing because I don’t know what other response to have.

Well, then, never mind.  Carry on.

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6 thoughts on “What Makes a Democrat?

  1. The motto is no longer “We’re slightly less weird about guns, God, and abortion.” Now it’s “The Tennessee Democratic Party–Holy Shit We’re Screwed.”

  2. So it’s Gray and his wife, who (judging from their titles) are the people who are the most highly compensated. If we’re cutting costs, I wouldn’t start at the office supplies guy and work up. Just sayin’. Moreover, while I’m sure that Vionne is nice and all, why do two people need a manager or an office?

    I think he’s going all Grover Norquist on you. Bad news.

  3. The thing about the abortion issue, the thing that makes it an impossible and stupid battle is that pro-life always means “anti-abortion but only until the butt on the line is mine.” When it’s you or your daughter or your wife who’s been raped, when it’s you or your wife or your daughter who’s got a life-threatening condition while pregnant, shoot, often when it’s your wife or you or your daughter who just cannot have a baby right now, people expect that they deserve the exception–that abortion is bad and wrong and no one should have one, ever, except they really need it, so they’re different.

    SO TRUE…

    That’s what I have to explain to my conservative friends. And I’ll add this.

    Evangelicals tend to believe that life begins at conception. And abortion is “murder.” Ok.

    BUT they believe in abortion in the case of rape or incest. Ok.

    So… these people are telling me that they’re ok with murder as long as a fetus was conceived without consent or under the case of abuse by a family member? Only in those cases? If life begins at conception, how do these two cases preclude this from still being murder? Is this now justifiable homicide?

    I’m on the fence.. I mean, I’m pro-choice AND an NRA member.

    I just fundamentally believe that I know what’s best to do with my body. I’ve walked around in it a long time. We’re friends. How does some man/woman in the legislative branch get off thinking they can make better decisions for me than I already do on my own? Am I not the person living my own life and making my own choices already?

  4. It’s going to be a mess, that’s for sure. I saw last week this short youtube clip about anti-abortion women who’ve been screwed over by this fetal rights movement–women who’ve been arrested while trying to give birth at home because the hospital got a court order saying that it was in the best interest of the fetus for a hospital birth, or a woman who was forced to have a cesarean and both she and the baby died.

    But I can’t find it now. Which is a shame, because I’m sure we’re going to see that tactic–of giving rights to human lifeforms at conception–advanced by state Republicans.

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