Will Progressives Surrender, or Lead the Charge?Posted on October 26, 2010 with 0 comments
Progressives could take over on November 2nd if they wanted to. Sure, that sounds crazy in the context of what we're being fed by the media, but it's not as crazy as the bizarre alternative they present with a straight face – returning the repugnant Republicans to power. Yes, we are all confused and/or frustrated with Obama and certainly at wit’s end with the Democrats in Congress because none of the promised Change has occurred yet, but rest assured, only change for the worse will result from Republican gains. Voters on the left can make matters worse by punishing the Democrats for being too weak, or we can strengthen the Democrats by increasing their numbers. Tactically, a lack of pragmatism on the part of Progressives could prove historically disastrous.
If you believe the media, Progressives, in spite of their victory in 2008, are now ready to throw in the towel just two years later. Of course, I don’t usually believe the media, since they have lied in my face for so long, and I have to wonder, why win such a crucial battle in 2008 just to lose the war so easily now? Certainly we realize that any influence we have will be greatly diminished in proportion to the number of Republicans elected this year. In fact, left-wing influence of any sort may be substantially reduced for generations to come. One of the myriad differences between the two major parties is the Republicans’ espoused objective of a “permanent majority.” With Republicans in statehouses, they’ll get the chance to gerrymander to their hearts content, planning that they will take every case to the Supreme Court, and knowing that they will get a 5 - 4 decision in their favor each time.
Another drawback to letting the Republicans win is that it extends the time, perhaps for years to come, that they can continue their very effective and successful campaign of anti-left propaganda using ridicule and derision, character assassination, irrational demonization of the left as treasonous anti-Americans, and already dangerous innuendo suggesting violent means to solve the liberal/progressive problem. The right-wing is already showing up armed to political rallies, so I don’t know how far we want to let that go.
Progressive organizations and Unions showed in 2008 that they have the ability to turn out the votes for Democrats. If they can mobilize the voters with their formidable ground game and online alternative to the right-wing’s Citizens United wrought media onslaught here in the last week, and produce an unlikely miracle of unprecedented mid-term voter turnout, they’ll be able to take credit and claim the accompanying political capital, too.
Certainly, one-party rule is not ideal, but when the minority party is so recalcitrant, and so historically obstructive that it is literally engaged in the sabotage of a popularly elected president, in dangerous collusion with the media, even announcing their partisan hope that Obama will fail, they need to be escorted from power. With trickery, bad-faith-negotiating, ridicule, rejection of traditional decorum; with outright lying, distorting, brainwashing, and threatening, the Republicans have thwarted the will of the people, refusing to let this President do what we elected him to do. As a temporary solution, I could live with one-party rule for a couple years. That scenario provides a better, more positive outlook than Republican rule.
The media has made the resurgence of the Republicans almost a foregone conclusion by their obsessive retelling of the narrative of their takeover, and also by implying that if the economy hasn’t improved dramatically by Election Day it would be rational to return the culprits to power to cause more damage. It’s like recommending more poison because the antidote is taking too long to work. The counter-intuitive narrative has certainly caught on though, after relentless repetition for 18 months. But if a united left-wing combines its urgent efforts this last week of campaigning, such a coalition could actually shut down the crazy talk, deflate the hysterical propaganda, produce an electoral win and not have to abandon hope for the elusive Change. Get the ground game working, Progressives! The more Democrats we have in Congress, the more likely we can get Obama to do what we sent him to do. As candidate Obama said over and over, "It won't be easy and it won't be quick," but it would be lots easier without so many Republicans obstructing.
Reject the media claim that the left is demoralized and will stay home on Election Day! Resist the propaganda! Stand up and fight! Put the old email lists back into action. Hold your nose and VOTE for the DEMOCRATS! If every Progressive, Liberal, and Democrat shows up to vote, we can change it all in one day! We can be the winners instead of the losers on Tuesday, November 2nd.