Sunday Blog Love

August 19, 2007 at 6:06 pm Leave a comment

There is a lot of really smart stuff popping up all over the blogosphere. Here is some of the good posts that I have come across recently:

David Mixner interviews the brilliant Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, on the fight for marriage equality in the United States. Among other smart observations, Evan says

Civil union, let alone the freedom to marry, doesn’t just happen. Support for increments along the way comes through the engine of fighting for the freedom to marry, and the powerful, resonant, humanizing, shared vocabulary of marriage. It’s not as if the candidates or society are generously offering civil union or partnership, etc., and we are somehow unreasonably asking for more; rather, it’s our engagement — asking for, fighting for, making the case for — the full that has moved them on the partial. Marriage is the tug, and when gay people undercut that tug, it doesn’t help our cause, or the candidates either.

At MyDD Jonathan Singer asks is the anti-gay movement fizzling?

Cliff Schecter gives props to the powerful new web ad for Rick Noriega, a state legislator and Iraq war vet who is running for the Senate in my home state of Texas. Noriega is running to unseat GOP senator John Cornyn aka a rubber stamp for the Bush administration.

And, I want to give a big shout out to Open Left, the incredibly smart and forward thinking new blog by Chris Bower, Mike Lux and Matt Stoller. I am not going to point out any particular post because the blog is so rich with perceptive commentary its like Lay’s potato chips. You can’t eat just one.

Here is a slice of the post What is OpenLeft.com? by Matt Stoller:

It’s time to get over the idea that ‘the left’, liberals, progressives, or anyone who believes that power should be distributed and not concentrated in the hands of a few is a scary hippy. And that’s why we called the site ‘OpenLeft’; we see our ideas as a mark of pride, not shame. We think that businesses – like Google – have built highly profitable organizations based on principles of sharing information and distributing power. The genuine radical threat at this moment in history is coming from elites who believe that concentrating power, information, and wealth in their hands should be America’s priority. The response to this threat is a new era of left-wing activism, promoted by normal Americans, who have innovated with the tools we have.

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Entry filed under: 2008 Election, Advocacy, Blogs, Campaigns, Congress, Democrats, LGBT, Politics.

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