Progressive challenge: defeat GOP in November elections

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Defeating the Republicans in November must be the top priority for all progressives. The pundits tell us incessantly that Democrats will lose seats and possibly control of Congress because usually (but not always) this is what happens to the party in power in midterm elections. The Republicans hope this narrative will help demoralize Democratic voters, but their main message is that President Obama and the Democrats are responsible for the unrelenting economic crisis.

This crisis was caused by the Republicans and the Republicans are doing everything possible to sustain and aggravate it. If they do gain seats in November, we can expect further gridlock in order to set the stage for a return to power in 2012.

Given the fierce resistance the Republicans have mounted to all steps to relieve the crisis, the claim that the Democrats are responsible for the continued high unemployment and despair is nothing but Big Lie propaganda. It is the Republicans, not the Democrats, who have blocked extending unemployment benefits and further stimulus packages like the Brown-Miller jobs bills.

The Republicans justify their sabotage of relief measures by shedding copious crocodile tears over the deficit. But they are the ones responsible for the deficit when they controlled Congress during the Bush administration and bestowed unconscionable tax breaks on the super-rich, massive unfunded outlays for two unnecessary wars and huge unfunded handouts to insurance and drug companies under the so-called Medicare Modernization Act.

Anyone who blames the Democrats for the ongoing crisis or accepts the phony concern about the deficit has fallen victim to cynical Republican Big Lie propaganda.

Unfortunately this includes some on the left who seem more inclined to attack Obama and the Democrats than to build the movement to defeat the ultra-right. That movement depends on electing Democrats, some of whom may in fact be less than inspiring. But only if Democrats are elected will the progressive movement have the time and space to grow. The 30 years of increasingly rightwing governments, beginning with the Reagan administration, were very difficult for labor and all its allies, including the progressive movement.

If the right wing returns to power, the situation will be much worse. The Bush-Cheney administration will be mild in comparison. The rightwing is hell-bent to destroy the current administration and guarantee that nothing like Barack Obama happens again. They will mount an unprecedented attack on the living standards and rights of labor and the American people. The assault on the environment and the military threat to all nations on earth will escalate. Given the blatantly fascist orientation of the corporate-funded Tea Party and their cheerleaders in the media and much of the Republican Party, the dangers inherent in the November elections must be a clarion call to action for all of labor and all democratic and progressive-minded people.

Those who minimize the importance of the elections or, worse, have already accepted defeat, are irresponsibly playing directly into the hands of the enemy. An all out effort is needed to defeat the Republicans in November.

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  • Says Rick Nagin: "Unfortunately this includes some on the left who seem more inclined to attack Obama and the Democrats than to build the movement to defeat the ultra-right. That movement depends on electing Democrats, some of whom may in fact be less than inspiring. But only if Democrats are elected will the progressive movement have the time and space to grow."

    !!!

    Karl Marx is giving you the finger RIGHT NOW.

    Posted by Trailer Trash, 07/06/2010 9:21pm (4 years ago)

  • If Mr. Obama lights a fire under our behinds by telling us Exactly how he plans to combat our nations job loss (short of military service), create a green infrastructure, promote the public welfare in the form of single payer healthcare, indicate his support for the individuals right to bare arms, and a woman's right to choose an abortion, and if he shows disdain for the death penalty then I might support him again.

    Posted by Laurent Colvin, 07/06/2010 7:06pm (4 years ago)

  • History can & will repeat itself..I see paterns of fascism forming thruout Amerika...this place could become very dangerous for people like me...call me paranoid but I`m checking out Nicaraugua in a few weeks..you could buy a small cabin on la playa for $10-15 grand...I can live without material things as long as good people exist..

    Posted by Al Stola, 07/06/2010 2:19pm (4 years ago)

  • I think the need to defeat the right ought to go without saying, and that we need pay no attention to the bleating of the Trotskyites and other ultraleftists. But there are some Democrats who are not worth the expenditure of our efforts, and in fact if they are defeated while other Democrats survive, it would send a message that the right wing of the Democrats is not acceptable, either. I am thinking of people like Sen. Blance Lincoln (Arkansas) and Rep. Jason Altmire (Pennsylvania). These two are examples of Democrats who are not just "less than inspiring," but have actually opposed the progressive mainstream on key votes. We can't just turn around and support them just for the sake of getting Nancy Pelosi a few more votes for Speaker, when in practice they will vote against us on key votes anyway.

    Posted by FD, 07/05/2010 6:32pm (4 years ago)

  • No question that the Republicans must be defeated. The problem with the article is not issuing a call for mass action for jobs as a major mobilizing tool. Let's not forget that the Democratic leadership and some in the White House are discouraging voters from expecting anything to happen before the elections. That is virtually a call for inaction and a hope that regardless of the effect of the economic crisis, people will have the ideological understanding to give the Republicans a further setback.

    Please identify whom the "some on the left" are. My mass work is mainly with left activists who may be somewhat disappointed with Congress and the administration, but nevertheless understand full well the need to mobilize for the elections.

    Posted by David Bell, 07/05/2010 12:55pm (4 years ago)

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