Assigned Reading: Howard Dean: ‘I Think We Had Quite Enough Capitalism’
Comedic relief aside, this is what we are fighting against. The very same people who have refused to unencumber the free market are now saying that capitalism does not work. The very same people who put Barack Obama and the Democrats in power are advocating the swift departure toward socialism.
And people are listening. Somewhere in northern California, some crunchy little college student is gazing lovingly on the Howard Dean for President Sticker still stuck on their mirror, barely visible behind the bead curtain and years of bong resin. They hear Dean mouth off–as usual–and say to themselves, “yeah, that’s right, we did try capitalism.”
That’s what we’re fighting against. That’s why, when the GOP embarks on its so-called “listening” tour, I want to tear my hair out. Yes, our leaders need to listen, but they also need to instruct. Explain to people what is going on in Washington, and how it will affect their daily lives. Explain why Howard Dean is wrong. Unless we start doing everything we can to shape our message and explain it to the people, Americans will simply take things like Dean’s statement at face value. And when we have a Democratic Party power base that has no problem staring Americans straight in the eyes and lying–hi, Nancy!–face value could be all the Democrats need.