Editor’s Note – One Nation, but don’t expect ‘under God’ to follow anytime soon.
The Progressive Left, which represents about 20% of the total population in America, is understandably concerned. With the success of the tea party movement, even with all the internal bickering, they can see their utopia of ‘cradle-to-grave’ government provided entitlements slipping through their hands.
So, they have been meeting for 3 months to organize a spontaneous grass-roots movement to counter the tea party. With the uber-rich liberal elites in tow and the long established backdoor channels from the Progressive Caucus in Congress, we know this new effort will be very well funded. Unfortunately, these liberal advocacy groups are making the same mistake as the politicians, showing their inability to grasp what the tea party movement is truly about.
Joseph Farah, of World Net Daily, probably said it best, “the biggest and most potent grass-roots political development in generations. People who never before marched on Washington, carried a protest sign or rallied at a town-hall meeting have done just that – by the millions. They have no familiar household names among their leaders. They have no billionaires bankrolling them. They represent no special interests. They get no friendly coverage from the press. They demand nothing for themselves from government except their freedom and to be molested no longer.”
Yet, a valiant effort will be made to duplicate this phenomenon. The lesson to be learned here is that the Progressive Left will not go down without a fight. They’ll make every effort to convince America that they represent the majority view in this country. It is paramount that they achieve their goal, which is an unsustainable dependency on government, which will inevitably lead to chaos and the collapse of the nation and ideals they detest.
Are you up for the contest?
Progressives Hope ‘One Nation’ Coalition Can Recapture Grass-roots Fervor
By Krissah Thompson
In an effort to replicate the tea party’s success, 170 liberal and civil rights groups are forming a coalition that they hope will match the movement’s political energy and influence. They promise to “counter the tea party narrative” and help the progressive movement find its voice again after 18 months of foundering.
The large-scale attempt at liberal unity, dubbed “One Nation,” will try to revive themes that energized the progressive grass roots two years ago. In a repurposing of Barack Obama’s former campaign slogan, organizers are demanding “all the change” they voted for — a poke at the White House.
Indeed, a promised overhaul of immigration law is virtually dead this year. Legislation that labor unions say would make it easier for them to grow their membership is stalled in Congress. The jobless rate is 15.4 percent for blacks and 12.4 percent for Hispanics, compared with 8.6 percent for whites.
“Having been confronted with the specter of the tea party . . . we felt it urgent to organize the majority of this country, which voted in 2008 and has gone back to the couch,” said Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP. “We’ve been split off in different directions.”
The groups involved represent the core of the first-time voters who backed Obama, including the National Council of La Raza, the Service Employees International Union, the NAACP, the AFL-CIO, and the United States Student Association. (The effort is separate from the Democratic Party’s plan to spend $50 million trying to reach those same voters.)
Liberal leaders see “much of the progressive agenda at risk in this election,” said Paul Starr, a professor of public affairs at Princeton University and co-editor of the American Prospect, a liberal magazine. “There is no choice but for these groups to get together. The historical pattern is that voter turnout falls disproportionately among minorities and young people at these midterm elections, so they are fighting a historical trend.”
Leaders of the groups have been meeting for about three months in a planning process that some participants called arduous, debating everything from the name of the coalition to what the branding and logo should look like.
The coalition’s first goal is to plan a march to “demonstrate to Congress that these agenda items have support across multiple demographics,” Jealous said. The demonstration, to be held Oct. 2, will center on pressing for more government spending on job creation.
Some activists say Obama has not lived up to their expectations, and Michael McGerr, a professor of history at Indiana University who has studied political campaigns, said he could be pushed harder.
The effort has a historical parallel in a story that Obama has told on the campaign trail. According to the story, when labor organizer and civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph met with President Franklin D. Roosevelt to press his issues, Roosevelt told Randolph that he agreed with him, but that Randolph should “go out and make me do it.”
“They are calling the Democratic Party back to what has been the pattern of successful liberalism in the 20th century,” McGerr said.
Washington Post Staff Writer
If imitation is the highest form of flattery, the “tea party” movement must be honored.
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