“I am eager to hear good ideas from wherever they come from. – Barack Obama, November 5, 2010
In America, the sad fact is that the common populace hates a loser. They hate Jimmy Carter not because of what he did or didn’t do, they hate him because he lost to Ronald Reagan. Americans view politics as a competition of ideas. Is this the correct, nuanced view? No, but as the President enjoys pointing out, you have to work with the reality you have before you.
If liberal/progressives/socialists are going to win the ongoing war against them, which is being waged by moneyed interests and their conservative allies, the first step must be to acknowledge that the other side can not, will not, and should not be considered allies at any time. We stand for human rights, equality, and justice. Anyone opposing those ideals cannot be considered a friend or partner. “Mainstream” Democrats cannot seem to grasp this concept.
Every week it seems like NPR is running a segment decrying the death of the “collegiality” in the House and Senate. The mainstream media (of which NPR is a part) has long pushed the idea that our nation’s woes are due to a lack of common ground between the parties. I propose that in order to be seen as “winners”, progressoliboscoialists (I just made that up) should be pushing for a wider gap between the parties, for more division.
A clear contrast must be drawn between the opposing forces, and it must be made clear that the ideas of conservatives are not merely an issue of disagreement, but destructive instruments which are directly counter to the concepts upon which this nation was founded. There can be no arrangements made with the opposing force when their explicitly stated goals are all centered at taking away as much power as possible from the other party.
The events in Wisconsin have demonstrated that, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the plutocrats and their vassals have no use for compromise with liberals. Even an avowed neo-liberal New Democrat like Barack Obama is to be afforded no quarter:
“If the administration wants cooperation, it will have to begin to move in our direction.” – Mitch McConnell, November 4 2010
American voters have no time for nuance, no interest in incrementalism. They’re not going to put their time and energy into a movement perceived as a gaggle of retreating, spineless wimps. It’s the duty of true progressives to avoiding playing the part, and to abandon the Democratic party if it refuses to exhibit the will to do so.