Politicians are cowards. More than that, they are cowardly followers. So are we.

I recently received this in an email from a friend.

Brilliant! Anger is the only way. You have won me over.  This is America.  American’s <sic> respond emotionally.  We have to rile them up against the right.  But if Democrats aren’t up for it, then who?

Who’s up for it? I think it’s up to us to be the ones who are up for it. It’s up to each of us to lead.

All this country needs is for rational people to stand up and take the fight to the extremist conservatives, to the tea party, and to the Republican Party. Their ideology and, hence, their politics have become morally, ethically, and economically bankrupt. Why should there be any room, willingness, or appetite for compromise from the middle or the left? That’s how we’ve gotten to where we are now.

No more talk of middle grounds for me.

No more talk of compromise.

No more pretending that “both sides” are equally at fault. That’s bullshit and, frankly, it always has been.

Conservatism in all its current flavors is the problem. If more independents, if more liberals, and if more progressives would just speak that fact out loud, with force and with passion at every occasion, then more and more silent but rational people would find the courage to do the same. I’m convinced of it.

I say it again. Politicians are cowards. More than that, they are cowardly followers.

If more liberals and progressives took the fight to conservatives then more and more of the cowards in the Democratic Party would follow us. We’d have more and more people like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren winning elections and representing us.

And, if the cowards in the Democratic Party refused to follow our lead, then we’d simply (and finally!) lead in new 3rd and 4th and 5th directions. In fact, we ought to be doing that now.

Personal side note: According to ISideWith.com, I align the most with Green Party candidate, Jill Stein, at 66%. A close second is Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party at 64%. Barack Obama was third at 60%. As for Party affiliation, it was a tie at 94% alignment with both the Green and the Democratic Parties. Those who know me won’t be surprised to see that I am left of both of them on the party axis chart.

My party grid from www.ISideWith.com
My party grid from http://www.ISideWith.com

None of the changes we need to make to our political and governance systems are likely to ever happen as long as there are only two all-powerful parties.

They and the Big Money that controls them will, of course, oppose more choices. That’s why the grassroots “war” must be waged on the first winnable “front.” As soon as we “politically destroy” one party, the other will finally have to acknowledge OUR power as We The People. They will know they are left with only two choices: to follow our lead and take our direction, or to risk finding themselves in the political graveyard with the first casualty.

I am committed to a strategy of “politically destroying” today’s version of conservatism and the Republican Party. The central tactic in that strategy is to continue to reveal them for what they are; the traceable and factual source of most of our problems, from economic to social to geo-political.

No, of course they are not solely to blame, but they are MORE to blame for our troubles than the Democrats. As such, they must be the first to go.

It’s time we liberals and progressives (and even you centrists) stopped being cowards. It’s time we took the fight directly and forcefully to the extremist conservatives controlling today’s GOP.

Spend the next eight minutes watching HBO’s Newsroom opening clip. It’s fiction. I know that. That’s the shame of it.

It should be the speech every rational American launches into when someone asks who’s up for leading the change we need. It’s us.

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5 thoughts on “Politicians are cowards. More than that, they are cowardly followers. So are we.

  1. Right-on Brother Russak! We must destroy them utterly and fully. We must NOT let them center debate on fundamentalist Christian issues like gay marriage. We must defend personal freedoms and fight for equality (see Women). We must paint free marketers as the heartless, soulless daemons they are. We must show that the idiots still preaching trickle down economics are blind to the greed of the top 2%. We must raise an army of intelligent voters that cannot be dissuaded by the propaganda machine of the Kochs, featuring Maji of Mindlessness: Limbaugh, Hanity, and O’Riley. And expose their mindless zealot followers who espouse their talking points like endless film loops. And we need to string up anyone that uses the word austerity as part of an proposed economic solution.

    Party Recon stands ready to and willing to lead the way. We will be the spearhead of change. And here is my firm belief: I believe there are millions more just like us, looking to coalesce against corruption, against crony capitalism, and against corporate welfare. Today we are two. Who else will stand with us?

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and expressing your agreement, Dan. Your metaphors make the points well. It’s no longer enough to simply ignore those who espouse hateful, bigoted, and just plain wrong-headed social and economic policies. Too much time and energy has been and still is being wasted playing into the hands of conservatives and their Big Money interests. We’ve let them control the discussion for far too long. They need to be vocally and forcefully (and non-violently, of course) opposed at every opportunity. Simultaneously, liberals and progressives must be drawn out of their shells, off the sidelines, and into the “fight” against today’s version of conservatism.

      It’s 2014. How is that we live in an America where anyone is given a meaningful platform (meaning the GOP) or taken seriously if their belief system includes:
      …defending unequal pay for equal work,
      …limiting voters’ access to the polls,
      …keeping people from marrying one another,
      …denying climate science and the perils that creates and,
      …believing that somehow austerity and trickle down economics benefits anyone but the smallest scintilla who make up the rich and powerful in the world?

      Contrary to what conservatives like to say, this is not a conservative nation as that word has come to be defined these days. Conservatism today and as preached by the likes of Rush, Drudge, Palin, and Rove appeals only to those who are most easily persuaded and ill-informed. There’s one other characteristic I’ve noticed that doesn’t get talked a lot about; victim blaming.

      Conservatives today like to blame the poor for being poor. We have Reagan’s hateful and inhumane “welfare queen” meme and Randian libertarian beliefs to thank for that.

      Conservatives today like to blame gay people for being gay as if, a) being gay is a choice and, b) it’s something bad that needs to be changed. We have conservative fundamentalists of every religion, but especially Christianity, to blame for that.

      Conservatives like to blame Democrats and liberals for too much taxing and spending when even a junior high level of understanding of the facts of our history prove that it’s been the Republican party, lower taxes, and top-down economic policies that have created every economic imbalance and crisis this country has ever seen.

      This is not to say that ordinary Americans who consider themselves to be conservatives are bad people. They are not. They have simply allowed themselves to be duped. Once fooled, they seem unwilling and too proud to admit their mistakes and to change their minds. That recalcitrance is a cornerstone of conservatism. It’s at the core of their unbending desire to keep things the same and, as we see today, to even move backwards. This is on clear display everyday and is inexplicable given the amount of information so easily and readily available that proves their belief systems to be based on lies, half-truths, and manipulation of facts.

      One can only conclude that they choose to be so willfully blind and ignorant of reality.

      Their ignorance is “enabled and empowered” by right-wing media and right-wing politicians who pander to advertisers and the Big Money campaign financiers, respectively. As everyone should know by now, it is the Big Money on the right who are the only beneficiaries from trickle down economics. They are happy to collude in the pulling of strings of government and their media outlets. They are powerful propaganda machines intent on duping conservatives who are outside the 2% into willingly fighting their battles for them with friends, family, and neighbors…..and at the polls.

      What’s needed now is for liberals and progressives to stop being so timid, so accepting, and so committed to “engaging” everyone in the discussion in order to find common ground. Yes, we should continue to open the discussion to anyone willing to have it based on facts, but facts are facts, and I’m done doing trying to convince, cajole, and persuade extremists that their version of reality isn’t based on facts. Equality means equality for all. Climate science is science. Economic principles and theories, while admittedly theoretical to some extent, have been tried. We have data. We know what has worked and what hasn’t. It is simply foolish, naive, and immature to believe that the rich and powerful are going to trickle down the wealth that WE CREATED FOR THEM without being forced to do so through taxation, regulation, and, if necessary, directed legislation.

      If every progressive and every liberal voted in every election, the Republican party would lose every election. The real conservatives inside the party would be forced to lead the GOP toward dramatically changing their principles and their representatives. The alternative would be the ash heap of history which, in their present state and on their present course, is where they seem to be headed.

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