The Urban Archipelago

A new “stragery” based on the actual progressive/regressive distribution in this country. (Thanks to Subversive Puppet Show)

To all those who live in cities–to all those depressed Kerry supporters out there–we say take heart. Clearly we can’t control national politics right now–we can barely get a hearing. We can, however, stay engaged in our cities, and make our voices heard in the urban areas we dominate, and make each and every one, to quote Ronald Reagan (and John Winthrop, the 17th-century Puritan Reagan was parroting), “a city on a hill.” This is not a retreat; it is a long-term strategy for the Democratic Party to cater to and build on its base.

To red-state voters, to the rural voters, residents of small, dying towns, and soulless sprawling exburbs, we say this: Fuck off. Your issues are no longer our issues. We’re going to battle our bleeding-heart instincts and ignore pangs of misplaced empathy… more

As long as this doesn’t mean supporting urban bullshit like congestion pricing and alternative to per gallon gas taxes through GPS tracking of my car, I’m interested.

2 thoughts on “The Urban Archipelago

  1. A little Mike and The Mechanics for this occasion:
    (Lyrics from here. the most relevant I’ve italicized)
    Take the children and yourself and hide out in the cellar.
    By now the fighting will be close at hand.
    Don’t believe the church and state and everything they tell you.
    Believe in me, I’m with the high command.
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me running?
    Can you hear me running,
    can you hear me calling you?
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me running?
    Can you hear me running,
    can you hear me calling you?
    There’s a gun and ammunition just inside the doorway.
    Use it only in emergency.
    Better you should pray to God, the father,
    and the spirit will guide you and protect you from up here.
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me running?
    Can you hear me running,
    can you hear me calling you?
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me running?
    Can you hear me running,
    can you hear me calling you?
    Swear allegance to the flag. Whatever flag they offer.
    Never hint at what you really feel.
    Teach the children quietly for someday sons and daughters,
    will rise up and fight while we stood still.

    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me running?
    Can you hear me running,
    can you hear me calling you?
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me running?
    Can you hear me running,
    can you hear me calling you?
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me running?
    Can you hear me running,
    can you hear me calling you?
    Can you hear me running?
    (can you hear me calling you?)
    (can you hear me)
    Hear me calling you.
    (Can you hear me running?)
    Hear me running back
    (Can you hear me running?)
    Hear me running
    Calling you, calling you

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