Another example of a core Democratic principle -- equality under the law. And from that principle stem civil rights, gender equity, and gay rights. It's not that those individual issues aren't important, of course they are. It's just that they are just that -- individual issues. A party has to stand for something bigger than the sum of its parts. -Markos Moulitsas Zúniga
But taken entirely out of the context of either article (though both are good and worth reading), this little piece of it seems to me to strike just the right note: It's taking the issues that matter to me completely seriously and elevating them to the "top of the pile" by identifying their underlying importance, rather than by getting bogged down in identity politics.
My rights are important because equal rights are important.