The strength of Progressive/Liberal/Democratic activists (hereafter referred to as The Left) has always been their passion.
The weakness of Progressive/Liberal/Democratic activists….. has always been their passion.
That weakness is haunting us again, right now. Passionate people are easy to manipulate. Passion overwhelms thought and causes emotional, rather than analytical decision making. That passion and emotion has united The Left into a powerful force in the past around many issues such a Civil Rights, Womens Rights and the Peace Movement. That passion has also been used to easily sow division in The Left, by introducing agents provocateurs to redirect that passion from its Right Wing targets….and to foment division in The Left. Thus fracturing it.
The only real way, unfortunately, to tell if this is happening is to wait and see if it happens. If The Left ends up fractured over some issue, you can bet that operatives from The Right have had a hand in fracturing it.
As it is ….coincidentally?….. fractured right this very moment over the primaries.
When The Left is fractured, the RW wins. This phenomena, plus propaganda (as BarbinMD highlights) and organized voter suppressions effort are some of the prime reasons the RW has been able to gain and keep power throughout the Baby Boom. The Left had/has superior numbers, The Right had/has superior, if despicable, tactics.
Conspiracy theory? Hardly. Their resounding success with Cointelpro…
Agents and informers did not merely spy on political activists. Their main purpose was to discredit and disrupt. Their very presence served to undermine trust and scare off potential supporters.
….. Combined with all manner of legendary GOP ‘Dirty Tricks’ and “rat fucking,” they have managed to turn The Left against itself time after time. And The Left has fallen for it time after time. Like right now. We even know it is happening, as can be seen by the may comments asserting it during the primary wars on Dkos and elsewhere, yet here we are again, fractured. Especially the Blogosphere, which now resembles a collection of warring candidate ghettos where partisans gather…and are whipped into a frenzy…to attack and deride other blogs for THEIR partisanship and disloyalty to the true Democrats, or this or that wing of the Party.
The modern master of this is of course, Karl Rove. As the heat was turned up on him during the US Attorneys scandal, and the primary was heating up, he resigned his post in the White House to spend more time with his family…of political rat fuckers and dirty tricksters. He is also an ‘advisor’ to McCain.
Sigh…so here we are again, the country is united against Bush and the Republicans…and the Dems are united…against themselves. At an unprecedented historical opportunity to seize the day, we are instead seizing each other throats. Again.
Karl Rove is winning the Democratic Primary.
What can be done about it? Not much, the damage has been done…it has been allowed to be done and aided by the candidate warriors of all stripes.
The real question is what can we do now to heal the rifts and come together as soon as possible to defeat McCain. To not let the rat fuckers win again.
It is up to each and every candidate partisan to look in their hearts and stop this division, this engineered fracturing….NOW. Yes horrible acts!!! have been committed in the candidate wars. Are they worth letting McCain win? To let the republicans win? Or are YOU big enough to put the past in the past, to forgive and forget, to come together now despite your CURRENT passionate hatred for the other DEMOCRATIC candidate.
The primaries may end tomorrow…or they may continue for months….but we need to start the healing process soon….or the rat fuckers win again. And our nation and the world will suffer. Again this is an historic opportunity to hand the Republicans their ass…how are you helping The Left? How are you helping ALL Dems? What are you doing to defeat the Republicans War Mongers, Torturers and War Profiteers?
A final clue, the way to defeat these asshats that we ALL despise… is NOT by beating up on your friends and fellow Dems. Look in the mirror and SNAP OUT OF IT!!!