Saturday, September 10, 2005

And just when I had given up hope..

... comes The Daily Howler, a left of center Blog run by Bob Somerby, that is not afraid to call out fellow Liberals for their over the top rhetoric (make no mistake, he goes after Conservatives too and often justifiably so).

While I may not agree with everything written there, it's nice to see at least one liberal site that doesn't just tow the party line and actually challenges what so many on the left just take for granted. Just take his points about low income schools in this post for example. While agreeing that low income schools are a problem (as any sane person would), he questions the type of blanket statements like "we must fix public schools" that are so often used by those wanting to appear liberal. As he points out, saying they must be 'fixed' and actually producing a coherent plan to achieve that goal are too entirely different things, but as is so often the case pseudo-liberals, as he calls them, aren't really worried about correcting the situation as much as paying lip service to liberals concerns.

Through his writing (and I can only assume that he is similar in real life) , it's plain to see that Bob is just the type of thinker that they need more of on the left, or at least needs to be more visable. Instead of just parroting liberal memes (I'm really not a big fan of that word but it seemed to fit here), he attempts to look deeper to determine what the real issues are. He's the kind of liberal that a conservative could actually have an honest debate with, and Lord knows, in the blogging community, they are the clear minority (although I've been lucky enough to have a few drop by here once in a while).

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