…two steps ahead makes you a martyr.
So, in recent appearances at Virtually Speaking on BlogTalkRadio, Ian Welsh and Stirling Newberry, not to mention Stuart Zechman, all seem to be on board with the concept of rejecting the current batch of Democrats in order to reclaim the left. They now believe you won’t get the Democrats’ attention if you complain bitterly about their antics but vote for them anyway. It’s nice to see they have finally come around after three years. They are now *exactly* where we were in June 2008.
Check it out here. Someone must be reading it because that post is one of our top hits even three years later.
Of course, this will not stop the Ian, Sterling and Stuart types from running away from us screaming like we have cooties. That’s because both parties did a number on the word PUMA, which stood for “Party Unity My Ass”. Party unity my ass is pretty much the attitude I’m picking up from Ian, Stuart and Sterling now. Correct me if I’m wrong guys. When you say, “Oh, no, we’re not like you at all”, please show me where we now differ. It would behoove them to pay attention to the faction they are writing off. Maybe they could even read the post to see how close we really are. Or they could read all of the posts from 2008 and see how we evolved from loyal Democrats just watching the primaries starting in January to disenfranchised voters in May 2008. (I can almost see them squirming in their chairs)
We were once Democrats. No one represents us now. I think the proper term for us is “unaffiliated Liberals”. We are not Tea Party people. Nope. Not even close. We never signed onto the birther fiasco. We didn’t like the way the left was demonizing Sarah Palin because it was sexist, boorish behavior that wasn’t going to change anyone’s mind. It’s a pointless distraction and she plays her role as a shiny object to lefty magpies very well. Nevertheless, we don’t support her or her politics.
If there was a new independent labor movement, we would be likely to join it, right there beside Ian, Stuart and Sterling. I don’t think it will spell the end of the Democrats. If a labor movement could seat a significant number of candidates in 2012, it could start pulling the Democratic party to the left again since presumably, those seats are going to come out of the Democratic Party’s ass. It’s worth a shot. But if the Democrats fail, there’s going to be a power vacuum and someone will step in to fill it.
Consider us the vanguard martyrs. No, no, don’t thank us for taking the gratuitous hit from our own party. We wouldn’t be in this mess if you had paid attention three years ago.