Thursday, September 06, 2007
In today's podcast you'll see beyond a shadow of a doubt that we progressives are not the fringe, the right-wing is. You'll hear how our progressive views are indisputably shared by the majority of Americans.
This will be, in sum, a cheer yourself up podcast. Smile, Mr. or Ms. Progressive, you're not on candid camera, but you still have reason to smile.
Perhaps the most daunting right-wing myth of all is that we progressives are a fringe group, out of touch with "mainstream America."
How many times have you been engaged in an exchange of views with your friendly local right-winger, and been told, "Oh, your ideas are very nice in theory, but common sense Americans know they'd never work in the real world, and don't support them. America is a conservative nation."
Well cheer up! What you have to do is invoke the golden rule-of-thumb of Blast The Right: whatever a right-winger says, the exact opposite is true.
And never more so, than here.
America is not a conservative country, Americans hold progressive views on virtually every issue you can imagine.
This has been confirmed in poll after poll after poll, in some cases for decades, in others the trend line heading progressive and now having reached that promised land in most instances.
So let's go through a bunch of issues, and as we do so you can sit back and bask in the glory of being in synch with the majority, often a supermajority, of American public opinion. And then you can later use this knowledge to kick some right-wing butt!
Please be assured that all the polls I cite are solid, mainstream polls, such as Gallup, Pew Research Center, the Associated Press/Ipsos, the New York Times/CBS, the American National Election Studies (ANES) from the University of Michigan and Stanford, the Washington Post, and Zogby.
Let's start off with possibly the most broad-scale issue of all in the right's arsenal of propaganda: what should be the overall role of government. The right's two-word talking point is "small government."
Is the right supported by public opinion here? Do Americans want to downsize their government?
For details, listen to the podcast!!
(PS: Right-wingers, if you want to write in to me, fine, but at least do me the courtesy of listening to the podcast first. Please don't respond just on the basis of the brief preview above. Thanks!!)
For those who aren't familiar with podcasts, podcasts are a series of mp3 audio files that you download to your computer or portable music device (iPod or other) and then can listen to whenever you want.
You don't need an iPod to listen to podcasts.
Podcast software like iTunes will automatically check a podcast at intervals you specify, and download any new installments.
iTunes is free and very easy to use. http://www.apple.com/itunes/
In iTunes, if you want to subscribe to my podcast, just click on Advanced at the top right, then choose Subscribe to Podcast, and paste in the URL http://feeds.feedburner.com/blasttheright
That's the URL to use for other podcast-friendly software programs as well.
Alternatively, you can just manually download new episodes from my podcast home page as they become available. Here is a link to my podcast's home page: http://www.therationalradical.com/podcast.html
Jack Clark 9:43 PM [+]