So often, those in the tea party equate progressives and Democrats with socialists, communists, Nazis, and whatever other word fits their particular hatred. Meanwhile, in the Democratic Party, progressives can’t seem to go a day without reminding themselves why it’s a great thing to live in fear of the latest loon on the right.
Despite great rhetorical and, yes, political differences between the tea party and the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, the view presented in Adam Levine’s recent piece in CounterPunch, “Shared Delusions,” is absolutely correct. Both groups have allowed themselves to be entirely deluded by the ruling class, enabling the corporatization of America.
What makes this possible are the many disempowered voters who are impervious to reason and indifferent to facts; people who fervently believe, for example, that the way to stick it to the Wall Street schemers and gamblers who do them harm is to funnel wealth their way, immiserating themselves…
…Obama apologists have a long way to go too, but their folly is of a different kind. They are like abused spouses who hold on to the belief that their abuser is a “good man” (read “progressive”) despite everything.