A while ago, there was a bit of a dust-up when Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer suggested using foreign laws as a basis for our own judicial decisions. A lot of people — myself included — thought that to use foreign laws to make judicial decisions was wrong, but to use it as inspiration for creating laws wasn’t necessarily a bad idea. After all, it’s nothing short of ego to insist that the only place where good ideas can come from is our own country. If folks in other countries come up with good ideas, we should look at them and see if they work. After all, that’s the essence of America — taking in people and ideas from other nations and making them our own.
In that spirit, there is a political movement brewing abroad that I really think that could do wonders for our country. And to reject it just because it’s starting in England would be folly.
I’ve often lamented the current state of the Democratic party. While I think that the majority of their leaders and policies are seriously wrong and deserve their fate, I don’t want to see the Republicans win by default. My own experiences with the New Hampshire GOP have done wonders to prove they can be just as asshatted as Democrats if given the opportunity. I strongly believe in the two-party system, and that requires two viable parties to work.
Well, I’ve read one proposal for a new Democratic manifesto, and damn if I’m almost ready to sign on. I have some quibbles with some of the finer points (point 4 is a little too kind to unions, but does qualify it as “democratic trade unions,” so that might be OK — however, I’m suspicious of the “International Labour Organization Conventions” without even having read it), but overall it resolves a lot of the issues I have with the current state of the Democratic party.
It’s sane, reasonable, practical, and has broad-based appeal. To my eye, it definitely could be a core that a coalition could be built around — one that not only just might take back the White House from the Republicans, but could actually DESERVE to do so.
I fully expect that the current “mainstream” Democratic voices (Kos, Atrios, Oliver Willis, etc. etc.) will denounce any Democrat who endorses it as a traitor, and to treat him much like a converted Christian in a Moslem nation. Or a Jew in a Moslem nation. Or a Hindu in a Moslem nation. Or an athiest in a Moslem nation. Or a… well, you get the idea.