No, I Will NOT Sit Down and I Will NOT Shut Up

Over the weekend, things started to get nasty. At least 100 times, I have been told to sit down and shut up because Trump won. Most of them were on the right of course, but not all of them. Quite a few were liberals, being their usual paternalistic selves, reminding me that, had Hillary won, I would be asking the Trump supporters to sit down and shut up.

Of course, that’s ridiculous. If Hillary had won, I would be gloating like a mofo. And I wouldn’t waste my time asking Trumpies to go along because I’ve been alive for the last eight years and it hasn’t happened yet.

There are more than 1,000 posts on this blog and my writing appears other places, as well. I don’t tell anyone to sit down and shut up. Ever. I simply advise them of the consequences if they continue to say stupid shit. Of course everyone has the right to say stupid shit; it’s one of the things that makes this country great. You get to say stupid shit and I get to tell you why it’s stupid. You can tell all the lies you want and I get to call you a liar and prove you wrong. That is what makes free speech great.

We on the progressive side of the debate have a clear duty for the next two years. (Yes, I said TWO, not four.) We must spend the next two years aligning the entire progressive movement with the Democratic Party and we have to make sure every Democrat who runs wins in a walk We can end 2018 with 60 seats in the Senate and at least 250 in the House and by 2020, we can take even more. We did it before and look at what happened. Compare the 36 years ending in 1980 with the 36 since 1980. The fact is, liberals do not have the luxury of demanding perfection from Democrats or insisting that the Democrats running for office fully embrace the entire liberal agenda at all times. In reality, we haven’t had that luxury for many years, despite the fact that many professional lefties and unicorn progressives seem to have missed the memo.

Hillary Clinton was a great candidate, even if you didn’t think she was as good as Bernie Sanders, and she lost because we did not support her sufficiently. We did the same thing with Kerry in 2004 and Gore in 2000. Hell; I can go back farther; Dukakis would have been a better choice than Bush 41 and, if we had supported Carter in 1980 sufficiently, we may have missed the nightmare that has been the neocon era altogether.

I will not shut up about Donald Trump, because he very well may be the only possible presidential choice who could eclipse George W. Bush as the worst president in history.

I will never shut up about the overall evil that is the current Republican Party because I believe evil must be met with equal force on the part of the good.

I will never shut up about laughing at the fuckwits who claim to be “political junkies,” but who swear that both major parties are basically the same.

I will never shut up about the ignoramuses who think elections are an afterthought and that marches are how you get shit done. Name one time when laws or hearts and minds were ever changed by a protest alone.

In short, I will never shut up. The Republican Party’s current incarnation has to go and I will say and do whatever is necessary to accomplish that.

I ain’t going anywhere. Not for a good long while…


About Milt Shook

A writer with more than 45 years in the political game (and let's face it, it is a game). I am a liberal because facts have a liberal bias, and I really like facts. If you like facts, you'll like this blog. If not, you'll have a hard time.


No, I Will NOT Sit Down and I Will NOT Shut Up — 10 Comments

  1. Thanks, Milt, for not shutting up or sitting down. Continue to raise hell in your own way.

    Besides, I don’t remember any of these slimebags on the Right shutting up and giving President Obama a chance when he came to office. It’s time we give them a taste of their own medicine. And yest, 2018 is going to be very important, and we need to emphasize the need to get out and vote. To hell with those who want us to sit it out; we do not have that luxury anymore–in fact, we never did.

  2. Stay on your roll, Milt. If you and others (that includes me) repeat it often enough, it might drown out the things that divide us.
    The time must come when Democrats / Liberals / lefties don’t fight with each other when they need to unite against the common enemy. I wish it wasn’t necessary to state it like that, but “enemy” is the only term that fits. The “Right” doesn’t even know that they’re actively tearing down what has made this a good country.
    Keep on keeping on!

  3. Another problem with the bitter “Berners” is their thinking patterns are almost identical to Right Wing nuts. I find their passionate hatred of Hillary Clinton and their desire to tear down the Democratic Party and convert it to the Party of Bernie really disheartening, depressing, and a bit scary. What are we to do Milt? The MSM is fawning over Trump, normalizing him, the Republicans are displaying a level of hubris that is nauseating, the alt-Left is giddy that Hillary lost, pretending it confirms how horrible a candidate she was….not to mention once Trump takes office, we will have an uncritical news media, an FBI that will cover up any misdeeds and corruption of not only Trump but all Republicans, the Russian influence on our election will never be investigated…all the while our country’s safety net, bureaus that protect American’s safety and the environment will be dismantled. I do not see much hope here and do not even know what these extreme Left folks want from the Democrats and Hillary. If she had won, they would have kept up the attacks as they did against Bill Clinton and even Obama caught flak from them. On Daily Kos I said the Left going after Hillary and the Democrats at this point is like having a house on fire and instead of trying to fight the fire they are burning down the fire station. The New Republic and The New Yorker are pretty much the only two mainstream publications that are getting it right. You here Milt and a handful of diarists on Daily Kos are excellent. But right now I feel very in the wilderness and maybe that is what I have to get used to.

    • We all just need to keep calling them out. I plan to do a lot more of it. I plan to take on a lot more of the professional left more directly, and stop talking about them generally. We have two years to demand more…

    • I feel same. I see a protest is starting to makeBS Senate minority leader. I intend to work through Democratic party unless my own family personal issues overwhelm me then I’ll have to tune out.

  4. First, a definitional comment. I say that the word “progressive” has no meaning – or far too many context dependent meanings – and we would be wise to stop using it.

    In fact we have Liberals and the Left. Both are good, both oppose the Right, but the words do have specific meanings and people would be wise to be careful in their choices of words when trying to convey an important idea in language more elevated than angry gibberish.

    (that’s a poke at the Bernietards not you, Milt)

    Perhaps the most important distinction of all is between the Radical Left (Berners) and the Reform Left (me, and you, and the thoughtful people).

    Obviously, I do not have much use for the Radical Left – full as they are with sound and fury that signifies nothing – unless we have literal barricades to storm to get at the flesh and blood autocrats to strangle with the entrails of the last priest. At that time they come into their own.

    The problem is that we are not storming barricades but trying to win elections in a democratic republic. This is where we are good, pressing for Social Democratic reforms that can be won in the short and intermediate terms AS AN INTEGRAL PART of a long term strategy for the big victory. The radicals could, in principle, be of help but so long as they insist on short circuiting the process so as to seize power to themselves in the name of what ever fantasy Utopia they are preaching this week that long they merely erase all progress and reset the clock back to zero. Or minus ten. Or minus a brasillion.

    I say that for our own protection we need to roust these people out of our coalition. They can work with us if they are willing to cooperate, otherwise hit the road.

    We are staring down the barrel of Trump and his goons, having put up with far too much nonsense from jesters who would be only too happy to knife us in the kidneys – and we need to put a stop to this.

  5. If you hate, the bad guys win. They want us to fight each other. Don’t give the right wing what they want.