The issue and candidate-driven focus of independent voters allows them to be pragmatic and flexible. But lacking a firm political ideology, it can also cause them to appear fickle, gullible, and impatient.
Yes, we liberals could and should be doing a lot more, and a lot better, but there's no reason we shouldn't be proud of our accomplishments, encouraged by our successes, and dedicated to our principles.
I believe that hordes of voters went yesterday and voted for Republican candidates and discriminatory marriage platforms even though they voted for and like Obama. I also believe they are expressing an anger that liberal and conservative pundits alike do not understand.
An impoverished left/right dialectic dominates the media coverage of politics. But it turns out that progressive bloggers and tea party activists are saying almost the exact same thing about health care.
If one believes that the prevention of suffering may sometimes justify the withdrawal or withholding of care, then the very fact that Houben was conscious for twenty-three years might call more convincingly for such action.