What Liberals and Progressives Have to Lose

Whenever I go on Twitter, I am confronted by Bernie Stans many of whom seem intent on reliving 2016. And while some are quite possibly Russian bots, many of them are twits who pretend to be “progressive,” when in fact, they are anything but. People with names like Sirota and Greenwald, whose credibility was lost some years ago, seem to think they can establish a “progressive” beachhead by helping to destroy the Democratic Party. Not the Republican Party, mind you, but the Democratic Party.

Now, I will readily admit, I probably use the word “stupid” too often, but goddammit, it doesn’t get any stupider than that. There is no other word for it.

The first thing you need to learn is, regardless of what they call themselves, there is nothing “progressive” about David Sirota or any of the other “Young Turks,” and Glenn Greenwald is even LESS “progressive,” if that is possible. Glenn Greenwald is either a Russian agent, or he’s anxious to become one, given his seeming eagerness to give up even a semblance of journalistic credibility in favor of Julian Assange, Ed Snowden and Wikileaks, all of which seem to be active Russian assets. His nonsense 6-7 years ago, when he self-analyzed the Wikileaks NSA document dump without even consulting an expert while defending Snowden’s actions in stealing documents, has actually been topped in recent years. He has repeatedly defended the Russians and their actions undermining our democratic process and essentially endorsing Trump as president.

As bad as Greenwald is, David Sirota is almost worse. Recently, Sirota “drilled down” on Beto O’Rourke’s “voting record,” carefully cherry-picking 167 votes Beto made while in the GOP Majority House of Representatives. No context was sought or offered; they were taken at face value, which is purely stupid. Frankly, it’s stupid to apply a Congresscritter’s voting record as a member of the minority party in the first place, but to do so without context is especially absurd.

Full disclosure: I am not a supporter of Beto O’Rourke. I might support him eventually, but I want to see how the Democratic Primary field shakes out first.

What pisses me off about this bullshit is the Bernie Stans who think it’s a valid strategy to attack other Democrats, as if that’s a valid way to support your favorite candidate. It’s almost as if these assholes learned exactly dick from 2016. Bernie Stans attacking Hillary with bullshit memes from the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy days of the 1990s for two solid years was a major factor in getting Donald Trump elected. Was it the only one? No. But given that she “lost” the electoral college by 77,000 votes in three key states, it’s not possible to discount any rationale for “electing” Donny “president.”

Look, Bernie Stans, it’s this simple. If you think you are showing support for Bernie when you trash other Democrats, think again. Bernie will only be one of at least a dozen Democratic candidates, and possibly more. One of them may be Beto O’Rourke, but it’s just as likely he’ll hold off to take on John Cornyn for the Senate (which, in my opinion, would be more constructive). The problem is, with your asinine attacks on him based on his voting record in a GOP House, you are likely damaging him there, too. Personal attacks against Democrats are the nopposite of “progressive.”

And forget this ridiculous notion of “holding them accountable.” Everything bad that has happened in the last 40 years has been engineered by the Republican Party; all you are doing with your attacks on Democrats is to essentially give aid and comfort to the (political) enemy. That’s not “progressive,” it’s REgressive.

The very concept of a “progressive movement” is a misnomer by now. We haven’t moved in almost 50 years. And the primary reason for that is a certain group of white liberals who are just as fucked up as any right wingnut. And yes, I include people like Sirota, his boss, Cenk Uyger, and Glenn Greenwald in that category. This group of professional lefties have been undermining the progressive movement for decades now and we all have to be sick of this.

Here’s the deal, folks…

You can have all the coolest intentions in the world, but if you don’t win elections and put people into government who can actually enact legislation to implement those changes and to appoint judges who won’t undermine those changes, you are masturbating, intellectually speaking. We will never turn this country into a progressive society with Republicans in charge and the professional left seems intent on making sure they stay in power. They’re racist, misogynist and they seem intent on making sure this country stay anything but progressive.

Liberals have a lot to lose every election. The question is, when do the whitest self-described “progressives” get a fucking clue and start making this a “progressive” nation?

Here’s another clue; saying “all the right things” does not make you progressive. You’re not “progressive” just because you say you’re in favor of a $15 per hour minimum wage, free college and Medicare for All. The root word of the word “progressive” is “progress.” Until we actually make progress, you’re not actually progressive; it’s all talk.

Stop talking and start doing. Being against Democrats doesn’t make you edgy and more “progressive,” it makes you dumb as a post, since the Democratic Party is the ONLY way forward for liberals.

Grow the fuck up.

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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.

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