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Sh*tting on progressives

Shakes Sis blows her stack with yet another beautiful rant, Thank a Progressive for the Luxury of Your Disdain. What a way to start the new year, taking on the folks that constantly marginalize and sh*t on progressives as if we are the reason all is wrong with America and that moving to the center is the only way to win.

The problem with our lazy-ass politicians on the center-left is that they have failed to remind America that progressive leadership has given them rights, privileges, culture and comforts that are terribly taken for granted. And Shakes Sis is sick of it.

There seems to be endless tolerance for the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly and Ann Coulter and Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell and James Dobson etc. etc. etc. In my experience, even moderates who don’t particularly like them don’t seem to find the same reserve of contempt for them that they do for the mere thought of an unapologetic liberal.

And you know what? It’s really beginning to piss me off.

Thanks to progressives, we have Social Security, a minimum wage, welfare, a 40-hour work week, overtime pay, job protections, equal opportunity, and labor unions—all of which are resoundingly supported by a plurality of Americans, and all of which are also perpetually under attack from conservatives.

Thanks to progressives, we have legalized birth control and safe and legal abortions—both of which are supported by a plurality of Americans, and both of which are also perpetually under attack from conservatives.

Thanks to progressives, we have equality (such as it is), and strides made toward full equality for all Americans are being made almost exclusively by progressives, as conservatives continue their assault on minority communities, women’s rights, and LGBT equality.

She goes on to list many more reasons why people should not run from the progressive or — gasp — liberal policies and politics. Her her core anger is directed where it belongs, squarely on the Dems that constantly let the GOP frame every single issue, putting Dems on the defensive as if they left a bad smell in the room.

I would like a modicum of perspective from those—including many of those in the wanking Democratic Party—who have benefited from scores of legislation derived from an inclusive but vast progressive movement, and now see fit to stand in judgment of progressives, condemning them to disenfranchisement from the political process and conflating them with the radical Right. Wanting drinkable water, breathable air, a functioning safety net, universal healthcare, alternative energies, true equality, fair elections, fair taxation, improved public education, and increased workers’ rights isn’t radical. It’s a worthy and achievable agenda, and, perhaps more importantly, it’s what America wants. Polled on issues alone, that is domestic agenda most Americans support.

No movement is perfect, but no single movement is responsible for the total destruction of 1) the family, 2) the country, 3) our economy — but you wouldn’t know that if you tuned in to Faux News, or any of the Kool-Aid consuming talking heads and spin machines operating with the talking points of Ken Mehlman or Karl Rove — Dems, and particularly liberals, are to blame for it all.

And the counterattack by our side?

::crickets chirping::

If there wasn’t the occasional lobbing of bombs from Barbara Boxer or John Conyers — who are dismissed as fringe elements by the MSM and the Right — most Dems run for cover if cornered on gay rights, abortion, health care and other “third rail” issues. It’s all about getting re-elected, not about leading or standing for any position that doesn’t involve sticking a finger up in the wind first.

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