Vote Green and Let Trump Bring the Revolution?
Some progressives don’t care if voting Green splits the left.
“If Trump wins he will herald the revolution.”
Something like the antichrist heralding the end of times. (Some still call Obama the antichrist — he’s got a few more months to bring “the rapture,” I suppose.)
And Democrats are worthless, anyway, they continue.
If Trump wins no biggie. Dems are worthless?
“Democrats haven’t created a perfect progressive world. And I am PO’d!” some say.
Just like Republicans haven’t created a perfect right-wing world.
There’s a reason for that. We live in a highly polarized society with Republicans blocking progressive policy and Democrats blocking reactionary laws.
I meet with members of Congress on poverty and climate issues, like these:
- Charge carbon companies a fee to be redistributed to citizens to offset higher energy prices.
- Workers shouldn’t work full-time and still be in poverty — expand EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit — which brings income past the poverty line).
- Early childhood education = more high school and college graduates, less teen pregnancy, less crime, less welfare
Dems support everything we want. Republicans block everything. (Though some GOP are beginning to see merit in some of this.)
And Democratic Supreme Court appointees have voted to decrease the power of big money in politics, while Republican appointees have voted to make it stronger.
Ted Cruz purity: Bring on the revolution!
On left and right many believe their parties aren’t pure enough.
Ted Cruz and other right-wing whackos insist: If only the Republicans were extreme right they would win!
Actually, so few Americans are far right that such a nominee would lose in a landslide.
Meanwhile Green Party candidate Jill Stein claims, “If you have to lose an election in order to establish your power, you have to do that.”
She has lost many elections. But she hasn’t garnered much power from all that loss.
Purity can be the enemy of progress.
Left and Right both await the second coming
A doctrine of purity speaks directly to the reasons today’s liberals seem to have such difficulty holding and wielding power in this country. “The worse, the better,” went the Leninist saw. There is no reforming the rotten old system. Best to “let the empire burn,” and have the fires purify the new society.
Baker highlights an observation Todd Gitlin made in his book, “The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage.” As a young idealist he believed Hubert Humphrey was so impure that Richard Nixon might as well win. Now he says progressive purity has become a vine that strangles actual progress.
Revolutions are not necessarily superior to evolutions. Baker points out that when friends told liberal Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis to visit 1930s Russia “to see the future,” he responded, “Why visit Russia when you can go to Denmark?”
Denmark is looking way better than Russia these days.
The far left cannot force progressive revolution anymore than Ted Cruz can force a revolution on the right.
Change — lasting, democratic change, which is the only kind worth fighting for — is hard, slow, and often exasperating.
Posted on September 30, 2016, in politics/class inequality and tagged Democrats, Donald Trump, Green Party, ideological purity, Jill Stein, Presidential race, Trump brings revolution. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.