Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Values We Hold Dear

As I was reading the blogsphere this morning, I came across this post by Matt Stoller over at MyDD:

One thing that's become increasingly clear to me over the last four years in politics is that on the progressive side, we're really all in this together. We either hang together, or hang separately. To be more granular, Howard Dean does not exist without the gay community. Howard Dean's first slug of money - before the internet - came from the gay community. People powered politics means all the people.
Matt writes about a concert being held to promote AIDS and HIV awareness and the shame of it all, is that two reggae artists who have advocated for murder and violence against gays and lesbians will be featured at it. I agree with Matt, this is not right and this is not what Progressives stand for. But more I want to believe that the majority of people do not believe in this either. Has our civilization come to this, that we will bash people simple for who they are? I believe that a small faction of people, with a lot of power in the press and media are driving this thought and it really needs to be abated.

Matt continues:
Dissent is now patriotic again, but that's only because of the collective choice of millions of people to stand up and say that we will not live in a country governed by fear. The people in America really are sovereign, and when we want something, we can get it. But that means that as sovereign as we can be, we must want that freedom, or we will be dominated by small and petty men.

You can fool some people sometimes,
But you can't fool all the people all the time.
So now we see the light
We gonna stand up for our rights!

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