Now Here's Another Problem with the March on Washington
In the very first instance - first and foremost - demonstrations can do some good. And a whale of a good demonstration can do a whale of a lot of good, especially budging the Bush-lite congressmen off their dime. But this September 29th March on Washington demonstration looks like it was planned and organized by a bunch of Liberals.
We would be a lot better off if Progressives were running things.
To demonstrate what I mean, let me quote one of my most favorite bloggers and commenters, the Wizard, fkap. Where I find fault in the big tent of Liberalism, Wizard finds virtue:
The Democrat Party has been hijacked by so-called "Progressives." They don't like to be called liberals, not even with a small "l." They have a plan of progressing from point "A" to point "B."The first response I have to make to Wizard is that Progressives do agree on at least one Point B: Bush & Cheney's legacy should be aborted and repudiated ASAP. Only those who see Shrub and Shooter as anything other than America's own home-grown international war criminals can disagree with the priority of that Point B.
. . . . The "Big Tent" is long gone.
Today's progressives . . . . In their mind [stuff] somehow stands in the way of the path from "A" to B." Today's progressive wing has a litmus test: "Oppose all things Bush."
I don't have much space to fill or time to take here, so I'll accept Wizard's framing of the issue. Progressivism is a way of thinking about political agendas. It imposes a degree of discipline upon otherwise undisciplined Liberals:
- Understand where you are (Point A), why you are there, why you need to move on, and where you want to go (Point B).
- Understand that measures, policies, and conflicting goals which do not promote movement along this line from A to B can become distractions and diversions and fatal to progress.
- No War against Iran!
- End all occupations now - from Iraq to Palestine,
the Philippines, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and Afghanistan Support The Right to Return - from Palestine to New Orleans
- No to U.S. intervention - Hands off Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, Zimbabwe, and the Sudan
Stop the raids against immigrant workers -- Full rights for undocumented workers
- Justice for Katrina survivors
- End racist police terror- Stop the war against Muslims Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier, the Cuban Five, and all political prisoners
- Money for health care, jobs and education, not endless
Good demonstrations are focused and disciplined. Otherwise the vital message is lost; scarce resources of time, finances, energy, loyalties are squandered. A big tent is critically important for a circus, maybe important to the Democratic Party, but worse than useless in a political demonstration.