Screw DailyKos

I used to think that DailyKos was one of the best things that happened to the Net, a force that would allow the netroots to push the Progressive movement to become once again a means to make a difference for the good in America.

That was before Kos became popular and got a taste of power and decided he could decide who is worthy to appear in the debates:

So is there really a point to having Gravel, in between advocating English as an “official” language and promoting his right-wing flat tax, sit on the debates doing nothing but attack other Democrats?

Sorry, Kos, but Mike Gravel, in his few years in the Senate, accomplished more to stop a war than you or all your Neo(ie: fake)-Liberal presidential candidates combined. When Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers, showing government deceiving the public about our involvement in Vietnam, and was about to be “put to the torch“, Grevel published the papers in the Congressional Record, guaranteeing public access. And Gravel single-handedly filibustered against the draft for five months until Nixon conceded and the draft ended, without which there could soon be no more Vietnam War.

Any of our current presidential candidates in the Senate could have done the same. If they had the courage. But they don’t. And Kos is trying to protect his favored candidates–the spineless–from criticism from someone who had more backbone than any or all of them put together.

So, Kos,you and your Kossacks can dismiss him as a flake, and mischaracterise his positions, but after reading what you and yours have to say about him, and reading his positions, I trust and respect him now more than you. Trying to denigrate critics as insane and trying to silence them is the sort of tactic that Karl Rove would use, not someone who wants to give the people a voice against the powerful.

All organizations, once they gain some power, lose their ideals and allow themselves to become co-opted by that power, and themselves become the establishment that needs to be confronted. I just hoped that Kos could have resisted temptation a while longer.

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4 Responses to Screw DailyKos

  1. astronautagogo says:

    Hey, I agree with the general sentiment of your diary but…I think your throwing the baby out with the bathwater here. I mean, to equate Kos to Rove? I consider myself a Kossack, but I also agree with the point you make with regards to Mike Graval.
    I think your assuming everyone disagrees with you at DK on some issues where that’s not the case. It may be more constructive to diplomatically state your case without resorting to sweeping harsh generalizations of Kos and Kossacks.
    Just my 2 cents….

  2. numen says:

    I’m not equating them, but merely saying that kossacks are starting to use Rovian rhetorical tactics, which renders their politics suspect. DailyKos started as Liberal and Progressive, and now I see uncomfortably large numbers who will use nasty tactics to support any corporate whore DLC Dem, ignoring their Liberal/Progressive (net)roots. No longer gatecrashers, but gatekeepers.

    But maybe I am embittered by all the DailyKos respondents to the threads on illegal immigration and guestworkers who fervently support Bush and the cheap labor corporations against Blacks, the unions, and the working classes, just so they can save a few bucks at the expense of destroying the families of those who used to be loyal Democrats before we betrayed them.

  3. astronautagogo says:

    “But maybe I am embittered by all the DailyKos respondents to the threads on illegal immigration and guestworkers who fervently support Bush and the cheap labor corporations against Blacks, the unions, and the working classes, just so they can save a few bucks at the expense of destroying the families of those who used to be loyal Democrats before we betrayed them.”

    Well, I couildn’t agree with you more there. I think it’s high time us DK users who feel this way should start speaking up big time regardin this issue!
    However, I think you might be jumping the gun on implying that DK is some sort of lost cause, because it’s not…..it just needs a solid kick in the ass on a few issues and certain directions here and there. If we fail to do so however, DK could become a future of gatekeepers & not crashers.

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