“Extremism in the pursuit of liberty is no vice.” So said the father of the conservative movement, Barry Goldwater before losing to JFK in 1964. It wasn’t true then and it isn’t true now. Extremism is a vice no matter how you slice it and even Goldwater would be shocked by the off-the-scale positions of his ideological progeny the teabaggers and the rest of the right-wing reactionaries currently all the rage. Heck this crowd would call Reagan a RINO and throw him under the bus!
Their thugs are using handcuffs on journalists and stomping on people’s heads for crying out loud! And that’s not the half of it. Is this what we’re coming to? Are these our values? Are these our leaders!? Is this what they call liberty? These people don’t have any ideas or solutions, only misdirected blind rage, a match and a can of gasoline.
The media is all-abuzz about an “enthusiasm gap” in this election. It’s all the herd can talk about on every channel between oilygarch financed 30 second rovian-gandabytes, designed to suppress and mislead voters. Well if there’s a gap in enthusiasm on the progressive side for going into the streets and town halls as an angry mob, shouting people down, carrying offensive signs, ranting about absurd conspiracies and pushing bizarre extremist positions, then I suppose they’re right. But if they’re referring to our enthusiasm to get out and vote for upstanding progressives like Senator Russ Feingold and preventing a corporatist sponsored wingnut takeover, they’re a class of chattering asses!
A lot of us have been a bit disappointed by the pace and degree of progress that can be made in Washington. But really, a lot of good things have been accomplished despite unrelenting GOPstructionism. Progress and sanity beats brut regression and reaction any day of the week. Tuesday I’ll be at the only poll that matters at 7:00 AM sharp, bursting with enthusiasm and I hope you and your friends and family will join me in voting our progressive values and stuffing extremism back in the bag!