Let the word go forth: The age of the wimpy liberal is over.
by Paul Waldman, Editor-in-Chief
All across America, progressives are riled up. They saw George W. Bush lose the 2000 election yet manage, through the intercession of a friendly Supreme Court, to take control of the executive branch. They watched as he rolled over seemingly impotent Democrats again and again. Their patriotism was questioned when they raised objections to a war of dubious justification. On nearly every national issue, from abortion to economic policy to health care to environmental protection, their agenda enjoys majority support among the public, yet all three branches of government, not to mention a majority of governorships and state legislatures, are controlled by conservatives.
Let's set aside the 900-odd erroneous suppositions embedded in that paragraph and just address the key issue: Some liberals have decided to get tough.
Good. It would be a good thing not to deal with a bunch of nancies for once, and deal once again with the party of Scoop Jackson and Harry Truman.
Suggestions for reducing your nancy-quotient:
Find some honor. Figure out that your rights are inalienable, and thus come from your creator, not your mother. Stop whining about Florida. Don't use the term "civil rights" or "equal protection" when talking about gender-free marriage. Limit yourself to one evil euphemism per argument. Don't be too quick to attribute evil motivations to your opponents and good motivations to yourself. Decide the merits of an argument based on the merits of the argument, not on speaker's race, sex, class, sexual orientation, Vietnam-era status or previous history of depression. And remember that irony, not class struggle, is the underlying theme of human history.
That should get you started.