We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
One of the songs mocking the old daily, then weekly, then merged, then gone, Worker, “Our Line’s Been Changed Again”, referred to the slavish contortions of its adherents as the approved line from Moscow veered and twisted to fit whatever was deemed its current self-preservation.
Such genuflective transmutive party line writing today is steered from Washington where its anointed leader is in the White House, its main apologist is Ezra Klein at the Washington Post – and its disappearing irrelevant Newsweek, and its dissemination is via his network of quick parroters assembled at Klein’s secretive JournoList of Left writers at blogs and major media.
Their God -- that is failing, again -- is that the Democrat Party and its President is the most progressive force to alter mankind and its institutions, and that this end justifies the means of increased central power over the economy and individuals’ lives.
Five years after graduating college with a political science degree, with no work experience except for writing, Ezra Klein churns out advocacy that excuses the latest line or attacks uncomfortable facts, and his disciples echo his sleights of hand.
In rebuttal one might hear that other writers are slavish to the Republican Party or have a following.That smacks of old attacks on the fractious Trotskyists, Republicans actually containing disparate and battling interests, political figures, and writers, inherently unable to cohere around any line except vague restraints on central power.
Neither socialists nor Trotskyists brought down communism or Moscow.Rather, communism and Moscow were unable to maintain their spin in the face of their flailing failures recognized and rejected by the true masses living in the real world when coupled with firm resistance from those with power.
Today’s Tea Partiers lack a manifesto except for crying out “BS” to the transparent excuses of any – Democrat or Republican -- who go along with Washington’s self-serving funny business as usual. Those – either Democrat or Republican – who are seen to pay lip service but not consistency and will to actually reversing statism’s growth are not trusted.
As with any revolution from below, the big question remains of whether anyone will emerge to lead and be followed who will not waver, accommodate or sell out.
As with the Worker and their "God That Failed", there is no question that those who align themselves with state power will find new “progressive” rallying points for their same-old, same-old.
Ezra Klein will become an obscure footnote in the tedious history of the Left. So may the Tea Partiers as a temporary insurrection join the Trotskyists in the dustbin of history.
But, the real masses never will submit, and stand ready – armed by the vote in a democracy -- to emerge in strength when their primary interest in personal freedoms is trampled. The powerful or monied who are wise enough to see their fate as tied to the masses need to step up to the podium and to contribute heavily to the pot of clarifying insurrection before their narrow self-interests are eliminated.Their feeding at the trough in Washington will not save them, but transform them into lackeys.
(There are too many allusions and references above to weigh down with links, footnotes, and detailed explanations.Enjoy the learning experience, unless repeating the past is preferred.)
I beg you, sir, to please refrain from using the Marxist term "masses" in referring to us Tea Party types. We are actually citizens of a democratic republic yearning to breathe free. As the Cato Institute's Roger Pilon says:
"Thanks to the sheer ambition of the Obama administration, together with national indebtedness as far as the eye can see, we have before us today something called the Tea Party movement, the political implications of which have been seen recently in Virginia, New Jersey, Massachusetts and, just this past weekend, in Utah. And what, above all else, is this growing movement saying? 'Give us back our Constitution!'"
I've always been proud to be one of the masses.
My formative upbringing was a turn-of-the- century immigrant democratic socialist variety that rebels against any, repeat any, oppressive, exploitive lords, reveres the rights and powers of the individual, and requires standing up for and with my fellows, here and internationally.
The frantic search by "Progressives" for a Tea party leadership suggests that they assume Tea partiers are submissive followers, like themselves. This shows a lack of vision on the part of "Progressives". And, IMO, a regrettable tendency to grovel.
"The frantic search by "Progressives" for a Tea party leadership suggests that they assume Tea partiers are submissive follower..."
There's a really fascinating parallel here with the early history of the American Revolution.
When the original tea partiers and minutemen were organizing in Boston in the early 1770s, General Gage and his British masters were fixated on capturing the "leaders" of this insurgency. They thought everything was being directed and centrally planned by a very few people, mainly Hancock and Sam Adams, and if those two could be eliminated everything would collapse. They completely failed to understand the social organization: every town had its own independent militia company and committee of correspondence, there were whole networks of alarm riders across New England, etc., etc. There was no Leader-Giving-Orders.
It's exactly the same today with the leftists who don't "get" the tea party movement. Because they all march to the same set of talking points and desperately want to be led themselves, they think there must be a tiny group who is controlling the tea partiers (probably Rove, Cheney, and Fox News). They are simply unable to wrap their heads around the idea of a real decentralized grass roots movement. (Ironic, I know.)
Read Fischer's "Paul Revere's Ride" for more on the fundamentally decentralized character of the early Revolution.