We suffered it when many on the right fell for Perot in 92 and 96. The left is going to see their equivilent in 2008 and 2012.
I think because the far Left is well-funded, they may very well start up a Progressive Party very soon and that will officially split the Democratic Party in two.
I think because the far Left is well-funded, they may very well start up a Progressive Party very soon and that will officially split the Democratic Party in two
My take on what is happening here is that an old Leftist strategy has continued into the Internet age and has caused unanticipated results.
The traditional Left (Communists and fellow travelers) utilized the Pressure From Above, Pressure From Below tactic.
Pressure From Above were leaders (FDR, LBJ, leftist judges) ramming social change down the throats of the citizens while the leftist media set up an echo chamber of applause.
Pressure From Below was street agitation and theatre, "peace" and "civil rights" marches with some violent factions as well.
On the surface it appeared the two groups had little in common--the "above" group wore suits and ties and had conferences in high-end resorts while the "below" groups had long hair and smoked dope.
It all worked because the two groups didn't have to deal with each other very much. Both were aware of the other but most did not see the coordinated strategy.
The Internet and blogs have allowed the "below" group to start to use their "protest" tactics on the "Above" group in an effort to gain ascendancy within the Left. Leftist newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post, for example, are now overrun with Leftist criticism (which always demands total obedience and conformity). The media is used to setting the agenda and not having others dictate one to it. This is a major shock for them as has many editors and reporters saying they now hate their jobs because of the emails and the blogs.
Likewise the leftist politicians are under intense pressure from the "below" folks. Every speech and action is subject to criticism and demands to "reeducate" the wayward Senator or Congressman.
This demoralizes Leftist leadership as they now have to fight both the Republicans/conservatives and their own base.
While the Republican "power structure" has issues with its base as well the Republicans are better able to work out the issues because the Leftists "from below" are self-righteous, whiny and unwilling to compromise their Utopian (Dystopian! :-)) ideals while the grassroots Republicans are better rooted in the real world.
I project chaos on the left, perhaps multiple parties (Green, antiwar, a violent faction or two) as instant communications turns them on each other in an out of control feeding frenzy.
Since they are the enemies of our property, liberty and ultimately our lives such a development is a cause for celebration.
posted on 01/28/2006 12:21:45 AM PST
(MSM and Democratic treason--fifty years and counting...)
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