To Be A Real Progressive, Shut Up and Listen Once in a While

You people are probably sick to death of reading shit like this. I assume this because I am sick of writing it. However, progressives have a serious problem, and it doesn’t come in the form of right wing shenanigans. It’s actually coming from our side of the aisle. I’m sick of it, and my question is, why aren’t more progressives sick of it as well?

Look, here’s the deal…

On one side, we have the Democratic Party.

The Democratic Party is decidedly NOT the enemy. It represents most working people, as well as Blacks, Latinos, immigrants, LGBT people, women and pretty much everyone who is not a white male. In every election, their largest base of support comes from labor unions, trial lawyers and academics. Most of the crap progressives claim to hate so much has not come from Democrats. The last time Democrats started a war was 50 years ago, the last time they worked against civil rights was more than 50 years ago, before the Dixiecrats were recruited into the other party. When you look at every major progressive change in the last century or so, Democrats were behind it. When Democrats are in charge, deficits are under control and infrastructure needs are addressed and the government actually works for a living. They also regulate the economy. If the Democratic Party was a person going to a doctor, they would be a Black woman with a slight cough who just needs an Advil for her headache.

On the other side, we have the Republican Party.

The Republican Party has shown time and time again that it IS the enemy of everything progressives are supposed to stand for. They pass laws that undermine working people and they represent no one except rich white men and poor ignorant white people who think Republicans will make them rich someday, even though GOP ideology makes that possibility less likely. In every election, their base of support is billionaires who want to turn this country into their own little fiefdom. In reality, about 90% of “Wall Street” money goes to Republicans in every election. These days, they don’t even bother to hedge their bets all that much. In addition to 90% support from “Wall Street,” they also receive the bulk of their support from Big Oil, Big Chemical, Big Pharma and people like Sheldon Adelson and the Kochs. The last time Republicans started a war was the last time they were in charge, and they started two, screwing up both of them. They killed hundreds of thousands of people, created several refugee crises and broke two countries, while de-stabilizing several others. They have no regard for civil rights, except for white people and they gave safe haven to, and even welcomed, Dixiecrats and white supremacists into their fold. When you look at every progressive change in this country, the modern Republican Party was against it. When Republicans are put in charge, they deregulate everything, crash the economy and explode the deficits and debt. They cut food and other assistance to the poor at the same time they cut taxes for the rich. If the Republican Party was a person going to the doctor, they would be someone with a gaping head wound and a terrible disease that leaves them on the brink of death. The only thing keeping them alive are the far left progressives who give them mouth to mouth daily.

So, why does it seem as if so many white “progressives” and members oif the professional left are confused over which one of these two political parties is the worst? Just yesterday, on Twitter, some idiot I blocked years ago suddenly re-appeared and made the dumbest point ever. I simply Tweeted the following:

Seriously, in a contest between anyone in the Democratic Primary and Trump, if the nominee has to convince you they’re better, you’re no progressive. Stop pretending

To which this “stable genius” replied:

Between Biden and Sanders, if he has to convince you, you’re no progressive either. You’re a centrist.

Now, to make that leap, you have to actually EQUATE Biden v. Trump and Biden v. Sanders. And the genius thought it was an intelligent reply. This is a WTF of the highest order.

It really is possible to be a progressive and be in favor of either Biden or Bernie. It is not possible to be against either Biden or Bernie in a race against Donald Trump and call yourself progressive. There is nothing progressive about that. For you Bernie Stans out there, being in favor of Bernie Sanders does not entitle you to extra special gold status in “Club Progressive.” Most progressives, including Black, Latino, Asian, LGBT and first generation Americans will vote for Biden, if he gets the nomination, so what makes you “more progressive” than them? Do you really think you are better able to speak to the experience of such people than they are? Why? Because you took sociology classes in college?

I am liberal and progressive, not a “centrist.” However, being progressive requires that we make PROGRESS. It’s in the WORD, people! And far left progressives, with their tendency to lionize anyone who says what they want to hear over anything else, tend to impede more progress than they make. For some reason, such people have gotten it into their heads that their positions on issues is what makes them “progressive,” which is absurd.

Progress has been stagnant on many fronts since the early 70s, which just happens to be about the time far left white liberals largely abandoned the Democratic Party and started shouting at it. They undermine Democrats and they hardly ever do anything to stop the real political enemy, which is the current Republican Party. Sorry, but that’s not progressive by any stretch. Helping to elect the first Black president because electing the first Black president would drive the far right crazy is actually fairly racist, if we’re being honest. Of course, abandoning him and undermining him because he turned out to be more “urkel” than  “Huey and Bobby” may be even more racist. And it’s certainly not “progressive.”

See, here’s the bottom line…

To be progressive, we are supposed to do whatever we can to help the poor and downtrodden in our society. We’re supposed to help working people get a leg up. So how the hell were you doing that when you put Ralph Nader on a pedestal and helped elect George W. Bush twice? How are you doing that by trashing the hell out of Hillary Clinton when she has obviously won the Democratic nomination and she faces Donald Trump in six months? How the hell are you doing that by declaring revolution in one breath and making such a revolution impossible in the next?

It’s time to stop CALLING yourselves “progressive” and start actually BEING progressive. Is that really too much to ask? Sit down, shut up and listen. You might sound less ignorant.

It’s past time for white liberal “progressives” to grow the hell up and learn something for a change. Just because you say something doesn’t make it a gem. Here are a few facts that all white liberals need to understand:

  • The Democratic Party did not stay static over the past 50 years. White liberals are no longer the party’s “base.” People of CXolor are far more important than us.
  • The heart and soul of the Democratic Party is Black women. Listen to them; their wisdom is far greater thann ours.
  • The two major parties are not the same. In fact, they’re no longer even that similar. Saying they are the same hurts the Democratic Party and helps the GOP maintain their death grip on government.
  • Talking a great game does not make you “progressive.” At some point, you have tio actually DO something. And the best thing you can do is to support Democrats, even if they aren’t perfect, because the GOP is perfectly awful and very much anti-progressive.
  • Spend more time listening and less time pretending you know everything. You don’t, and you won’t learn how to be a better progressive unless you listen to the people who know more than you.

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