As many of you probably know, I've been politically active on the internet for only a few years now; and next month will be the second anniversary of this blog. It's been quite the education, that's for sure. I greatly appreciate that you take the time to read this stuff (in fact, it frequently amazes me that anyone reads my blog!)
One thing that I lately find astonishing within the lefty blogosphere is the not-entirely undeserved but still surprising animosity between the supporters of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
This is astonishing because there hasn't been a year in the last few decades in which the Democratic Party has been in such an advantageous position to take control of both the Executive and Legislative branches of our government. This was certain to be THE year for the Democrats.
...because of the twisted machinations of fate, the party is locked in an increasingly bitter and antagonistic contest for the nomination. Obama and Clinton are nipping and swiping at each other nearly every day.
And this acrimony is starting to seep into the lefty blogosphere. It's impossible to ignore, actually.
On national blogs such as FireDogLake and DailyKos there have been quite a few people who have either complained about "Obama bias", or have simply stopped participating altogether. Some frequent commenters on Kos have actually gone "on strike" as a protest.
I'm not interested in discussing the reasons it seems the blogs favor Obama right now; that's a topic for a later post. What I'm most concerned about is how we deal with the situation we currently have and how we can prevent it from tearing apart our unified support of the eventual nominee.
The thing that's starting to really bother me is how we (and I include myself in that grouping) are getting less than civil with each other. I've read too many comments on blogs that contain roughly this statement: "If so-and-so wins the nomination, I'm a.) voting for McCain, or b.) voting for Nader, or c.) not going to vote!"
This is exactly the wrong attitude to encourage.
We need to remember a few things here.
First of all, neither Hillary nor Barack was the favorite candidate of the left blogosphere back when this started early last year. Both candidates are likely second or third choices for a majority of us. John Edwards, Chris Dodd and Dennis Kucinich were my preferred candidates before they dropped out. That would make Barack Obama my FOURTH choice at best.
But you need to understand that even though Hillary Clinton is pretty much my FIFTH choice, if she gets the nomination, that will make her the person I'll vote for and work to see win in November. I'll put aside any reservations about how she ran her campaign and support her 100%. Because no matter how underhanded and nasty either campaign gets, it won't even compare to the shit storm that awaits us if John Sidney McCain the III manages to slither into the White House while everyone is still shell-shocked from the Clinton-Obama brawling.
We all need to make a sincere effort to respect the choices our fellow Democrats make, and remind each other that no matter WHAT, we'll ALL need to work together going into the stretch to see a Democrat WIN in November.
So please, let's all take a deep breath, agree to disagree but respect each other, and work together to kick John Sidney McCain's butt this year.
Because, as Ben Franklin so eloquently stated when referring to America's fledgling insurrection against unjust rule by England:
"We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately."