Carnival of the Liberals #94: The Ultimate (?) July 4th Edition

Sadly, by “ultimate,” I mean “potentially last.”

Leo, our glorious leader, is having trouble finding hosts. And, the Carnival is suffering from the general malaise which has, lately, plagued the middle-tiers of the progressive blogosphere. Although there’ll always be a place for blogs like Kos, ThinkProgress, Wonkette, TPM, Crooks & Liars, etc., a number of small and mid-range blogs (like this one) found their voices in the day-by-day outrages of the Bush administration and, with his fading, have seen their traffic fade as well.

This blog will not close today, nor anytime soon. But others have, and still more have stopped submitting. So, it’s time to take stock. I strongly believe that there is a place for mid-range blogs like this one, and those whose submissions power each “Carnival of the Liberals.” We fill niches that generalist blogs like the much-loved powerhouses noted above cannot, or do not. As an aggregation tool, then, I find Carnival of the Liberals indispensable. But if there is another way to bring our voices together, perhaps we should explore it, or rediscover this one. Hosts, frequent readers, please leave your thoughts on this thread.

That said, I give you this latest edition, premised on the basic question, “what does the American promise mean to you?” As July 4th approaches, and the nation’s 233rd year begins, we owe it to ourselves to remind each other and the American populace at large that liberal ideals, like progress and equality, are what brought this nation into being, and those same liberal ideals are what sustains it. Like our founding generation, we embrace the future, rather than shirking from it. So, what does America mean to you?

  1. TRUTH. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court continued its move rightward by sharply restricting a defendant’s right to introduce potentially exculpatory DNA evidence. How can we as a nation defend justice to a watching world, when we refuse to seek it out ourselves? (via the always excellent “Scientist, Interrupted”)
  2. COMPASSION. When we rush to condemn missionaries, we’re missing some of the point; but when the rest of the world lauds them, they’re missing the entire damn thing. (via Greg Laden)
  3. HONESTY. Sex ed works. Abstinence doesn’t. The anti-gay lobby lies about both, and more. These are the facts. (via “Winter Harvest”)
  4. INTEGRITY. “Socialized” health care is neither socialized, nor… wait. It is health care. And good health care, at that! Don’t let people misrepresent the experience of other countries to the contrary. (via “Staring at Empty Pages”)
  5. FREEDOM – EVEN TO ERR. In the battle against oppression, we should avoid becoming the oppressors, ourselves. Hence, don’t ban the burka — but don’t encourage a submissive, anti-feminist mindset, either. (via Russel Blackford)
  6. COMEDY. God bless any nation that permits – even encourages! – the mockery of its leaders. Oh, and Rush Limbaugh. In limerick form. (via “Mad Kane”)
  7. ACTIVISM. When we celebrate the birth of the gay rights movement, we’re celebrating what was, essentially, a riot. Take from that what you will. (via Greta Christina)
  8. FAMILY VALUES. Never let anyone tell you that “liberals” hate “family values.” (via the inimitable PalMD, leading, as always, by example)
  9. MORALITY. Real morality compels acceptance, not suspicion and hate. (via “TUIB Guy,” now with moar Pres. Bartlet!)
  10. THE RULE OF LAW. Strange, isn’t it, that “judicial activism” is a virtue, not a sin, when engaged in by conservative jurists? (via… me!)

I hope this isn’t the last Carnival of the Liberals. We’ve done excellent things together, all submitters and bloggers, past, present, and future. Now is not the time to stop. We won an election, yes, but as a great man once said — “break’s over.” Get back to writing, hosting, and submitting!

And, as always –

A very happy Fourth of July!



  1. Thanks for the inclusion, ACG! I also wonder if, in the expansion of social media, carnivals carry as much prestige as they have historically. I have noticed in the last few that I have hosted there has been very little traffic bump. I get more hits from FaceBook, stumble, etc.

    This is a well-put together Carnival, too. As soon as I get home tonight, I will promote it from Tangled Up in Blue Guy.

    1. Glad you like it Mike! Thanks so much! And yeah, Leo and I were speculating on the question of whether social media has obviated the whole carnival thing. I still don’t know how to use those well, though, soooo… any advice is appreciated ;-)

    2. I’ve noticed the same thing beginning sometime in late 2007. I know personally I don’t read Skeptics’ Circle or Carnival of the Godless like I used to. It used to be carnivals were how I discovered new blogs and interesting posts. Now, most of my discovery occurs on Twitter, FriendFeed or even Feedly. And I haven’t even contributed anything to CotL in over a year.

      If anyone is curious, the voting currently stands 12-3 against ending CotL. Again, thanks for the thoughtful comments and if anyone wants to be involved with the renewal or reimagining of CotL, please do subscribe to the discussion list.

    3. Oh, and a brief glance at the politics category on shows that CotL is one of a handful of political blog carnivals still publishing regularly.

  2. Well, being a single-issue liberal who doesn’t have the attention span to finish blog posts he starts, I don’t think I’ll be much help.

    1. Haha. Yes we might?

      1. Don’t think that’s right… anyway, that description of the District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne holding, is that yours or the original blogger’s? Cause I don’t think the conclusion of a sharp rightward shift (in criminal evidence law) really squares itself with the holding in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts… or with Arizona v. Gant (though that isn’t as on-point).

  3. Wow, Greg Laden’s series is fantastic.

    Damn all of you for making me cram more blogs into my already over-filled Google reader.

  4. […] Read the remainder at Submitted to a Candid World. […]

  5. Hey, this is a great carnival, and a great Carnival of the Liberals. Congrats.


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