Burning Bridges

Newscoma often says that, in politics, there are activists and politicos. The politicos focus on doing whatever it takes to win and the activists focus on our ideals. So, for instance, I want a state in which gay and lesbians aren’t made to feel like deviants, regardless of whether that’s popular. A Democratic politician might say gay people shouldn’t be allowed to adopt, because he thinks that will win him votes.

I’m not an activist, though. But I am more of an idealist than a pragmatist. I wish people in this state had a firm idea of what being a Tennessee Democrat meant and that they were proud to be it. And I wish that meant we were less repugnant than the Republicans, that we didn’t set up our friends in jobs through a rigged system, for instance.

I wish women in the party didn’t feel relegated to running the equivalent of the Junior League.

But most of all, I wish that Democratic folks in this state–tied to the party or politicians–really understood that people’s well-being is at stake. Not whether your feelings are hurt because someone is mean, but whether that family of four has even one income.

Anyway, who fucking cares? I get to talking about this stuff and it just makes me so frustrated.

People in this state need help.

And we’re still playing games.

It’s true that people in Tennessee are more conservative than they are in other parts of the country. But Democrats in this state are more conservative than they are in other parts of the country.

A lot of Democrats are going to lose next month not because of their political stances, but because of their political shenanigans.

And that’s a lesson the Republicans would be wise to take to heart.