Back around the time it became apparent that Obama had the election sewn up, I stated that the biggest difference between Bush and Obama for activists …would be what we were allowed to do.
Since all of our efforts at the time were necessarily about taking Bush down, and pushing the Dems to do so, we couldn’t accomplish much on advancing Progressive/Liberal causes. Especially in the political atmosphere of the time.
But then the election came and not only was Obama FAR more interested in kissing Republican ass in his fever dream of bipartisanship than in listening to the Left. Add to that the Obamacrats acting like applying political pressure to a democratic President was some sort of religious hereticism and blasphemy, and we STILL couldn’t get much done.
But now the tide is STARTING to turn. The Obamacrats can no longer claim that Obama is playing eleventh dimensional chess, they can no longer even pretend that Obama has “got this” (even though they are VERY good at pretending) and Obama himself is starting to actually take on the Repubs instead of pandering to them…to try to get even ONE Repub vote for some watered down POS legislation that wouldn’t wok anyway because the Dems had pre-compromised and capitulated anything meaningful away.
And as that tide starts to turn, it will raise the boats of the activist Left.
The political and social environment will FINALLY be conducive to activism….just as a rise in Populist anger and rejection of the status quo starts to explode in the run up to the ’10 elections.
That will make the message of the Left even more powerful as a counterpoint to the teabaggers and Old Elephants….and the Rahm style of politics, i e catering to the Corporate Wing of the Party and insulting the Populist wing.
So our opportunity to start working in a positive (relatively) political and social atmosphere is ALMOST here.
The question is then, what do we do about it? What are our priorities, what is our agenda, what will be our strategy and tactics and most importantly…..what will WORK.
Imo, the cornerstone of all efforts simply must be pushing towards, if not at all times directly for…Public Financing of elections and an end to Corporate Personhood. Adding in a healthy dose of Class War for spice, lol
With an emphasis on, as the Repub Denialism is discredited…that whole “saving the planet” thing.
What do you Dirty Fucking Hippies think? What are our priorities, what is our agenda, what will be our strategy and tactics?