In the contentious 2008 Democratic Presidential primary, there were many members of the FDL community who passionately supported one candidate over another. We chose as a blog not to endorse either candidate because we did not want to alienate either significant sector of our community.
Moreover, we firmly believe that elections are the time when candidates are the most responsive to the needs of the constituents whose votes they hope to woo.
In 2012, the LGBT community shut their pocketbooks and suddenly the President Obama “evolved” on gay marriage. Likewise, DREAM Activists who have faced deportation for years announced that they would occupy Obama campaign headquarters in swing states — and the President decided he would use his own authority to grant them work permits.
We believe that the Presidential election should be a time for healthy discussion among those who have different and often passionately held points of view.
Some argue that failing to support the President and being indifferent to a Mitt Romney win could mean the Supreme Court is poisoned for a generation. That’s a valid position.
Others argue that cynically accepting the “least worst option” fuels a race to the bottom; they may look to third party candidates for answers. Third party candidates have historically forced major party candidates into more populist positions. They have also played the role of spoilers. It is not engaging in bad faith to bring up either of these points.
But most importantly, groups whose votes are still up for grabs are using this time to advocate for things they care about that are within the President’s purview to impact, much like LGBT and DREAM activists have done. Because once a candidate knows you’re in the tank for them, your ability to leverage your support is gone. That’s just a political reality.
The White House blocked the FDA from making the Morning After pill available over-the-counter. The President needs women voters to turn out for him in 2012. There’s a lot of room there for “evolution.”
The President also needs young voters to turn out for him. He could reschedule marijuana tomorrow, something that could have enormous impact across the globe, but particularly among young people of color in the US.
Individual writers on FDL may take different positions. It does not mean that as a blog we endorse any of them. Our goal is to make a fair home for all sides of this discussion, and not shut it down
If you don’t see your particular position reflected on the front page, it probably means nobody has crafted a well-written post on the topic, and you should think about doing that over on MyFDL yourself. And by well-written, we mean concise and fairly stated — not a long, rambling, invective-filled screed. We don’t intend to compromise the editorial standards of the front page in the process
The one thing we have no interest in being is a mind-reading site. “You just want Obama to win” or “you just want Romney to win” or “you just don’t care about X” furthers no conversation. Its only intent is to poison the discussion and launch a pie fight.
Unless your name is the Carnac the Magnificent, nothing will get you bounced from FDL faster than assigning nefarious and unacknowledged electoral motives to people you disagree with.
Our only goal is to foster a vigorous and open debate on FDL in the ensuing months. The fact that we will not be playing the role of arbiter is not a reflection of any hidden agenda, but rather a continuation of what we have historically sought to be during times when our community is intensely divided: a town square where a fair discussion of the merits of all sides can take place.