I was pleased with Tim Kaine's Acceptance Speech for the DNC Chair. It would be wonderful if we could move beyond the structural negativity of the Howard Dean and Clinton years.
IMHO, it is in this area of civility that Obama can have the greatest impact.
As the Left controls public schools, the university, Hollywood and the press, reform of the Democratic Party would have a greater impact on our society than anything that any Republican could ever manage to do on their own.
I confess that there is blog is a landmine of harsh barbs directed at about progressives. The reason for these barbs is an attempt to use writing style I was taught in school in a self reflective way to point out that the shrill discourse that is ripping our world apart comes from the the intelligentsia that control our intellectual institutions.
Individuals tend to reflect the rational style of their society. Conservatives tend to reflect the intellectual climate as it is defined by the cultural institution.
Great examples of this are Bill O'Reilly who reflects the culture wars that raged in the newsroom when he was a young reporter. O'Reilly simply switched sides and openly discusses the effects of media bias. The O'Reilly "culture war" is an open acknowledgement of the culture war mantality that dominates American media. Oddly, Mr. O'Reilly seems to fail to understand that his call for Americans to join in the culture war perpetuates the divisions without solving the problem.
There is an opening for the people on the left, who control the schools, to start teaching logic and quality discourse again.
The right also is infected with people like Ann Coulter who has made a career bouncing Al Franken style attack satire back on the left. Her sattire is perhaps a step or two in quality above Franken.
These are not the people who define culture. They are people standing on the outside who reflect the prevailing style.
The cleanest path to a bright future would be for Democrats to realize that socialism isn't the utopia, as Marx promised, and that the tools developed by the left to manipulate the masses that our schools fail to educate simply create a bitter, divided impoverished society.
The Democrat's 50 state strategy is a good strategy as the American political system really needs a steady change in leadership. Republicans might be wise to match this.
The Republican strategy of Libertarians and Conservatives united in a common fear of Democrats will continue to fail if Democrats adopted true civility in discourse, practiced fiscal reserve, encouraged small businesses, discouraged abusive financial practices (like credit default swaps and short selling).
The Conservative/Libertarian union against the Republicans would fail utterly if Democrats reformed, discarded the material dialectic, and started behaving better than the Republicans.