Wow, what an optimistic and uplifting dialogue.Anyway, the point is that progressives need to continue to strive for the high ground, but they need to start taking the low road to get there. It's similar to what the corporatists have done so well - they have sold the rush for the bottom as the climb to the top and constantly use the divide and conquer tactics even among their own to attain and retain power.
I guess this is sort of a parable?
I remember growing up, and even to this day, that when I 'taste' something for the first time, and remark that I don't care for it, I have often been told, "It's an acquired taste"; especially if whatever it was was expensive. I always had problems with that little statement, "It's an acquired taste". I mean, why should I acquire it? Especially if it costs more than the stuff I'm already consuming? It just always seemed like yet another way to make me dissatisfied with my lot in life - by getting me to like the more expensive things.
So, I've turned 'it's an acquired taste' on it's head. Now when I go into the local liquor store to buy whiskey, I buy the cheapest brand - currently that might be Kentucky Brand whiskey at $10.49 for the large litre and half bottle, and if I serve it to you, and you don't like it? Well, you know, "It's an acquired taste."
And that's what we have to somehow acheive, we have to get people to quit buying into wasting they're monies and energies pursuing someone else's agenda, and learn to create their own.
I'm not so worried about the uninformed and ignorant, I'm worried about them acting as a unified force. If the left wants to achieve change, we need to constantly point out to these people how they differ, not necessarily with their leaders, but with each other. Divide and conquer. Remember, each religious grouping thinks they're right, and all the others are going to hell. Ask any southern methodist, and he'll tell you the baptists, the jews, and the catholics, and of course the muslims and the buddhists, and especially the mormons, and even the church of god, and the church of christ followers, well, they're all going to hell. Everyone else is going to hell. It's their own little elitist culture. Oh, and most southern methodists think most other southern methodists are going to wind up in hell, too.
If you can't teach them, than play on their biases and get them so busy fighting each other, that we can take over.
The social/ political/economic offense - "It's an acquired taste". Let's fight back on the low road of building discontent, which is in fact the problem that the democrats have had - they have failed to preach discontent. They've been scared to raise the spectre of discontent, because they are owned by the same corporations, and only material discontent, aswayed at Wal-Marts, is allowed.
Sorry, I keep starting with a purpose, then I...