Sunday, July 11, 2010

Great moments in the history of grass roots politics

So, how's that whole Coffee Party thing working out?

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, the "tea party" movement must be honored.

In an effort to replicate the tea party's success, 170 liberal and civil rights groups are forming a coalition that they hope will match the movement's political energy and influence. They promise to "counter the tea party narrative" and help the progressive movement find its voice again after 18 months of floundering.

The large-scale attempt at liberal unity, dubbed "One Nation," will try to revive themes that energized the progressive grassroots two years ago. In a repurposing of Barack Obama's old campaign slogan, organizers are demanding "all the change" they voted for -- a poke at the White House.

Apparently, the "civic" tone of the Coffee Party wasn't inspiring enough to generate any momentum so the statists are turning to the old hands to see what they can do.

The groups involved represent the core of the first-time voters who backed President Obama -- including the National Council of La Raza, NAACP, AFL-CIO, SEIU and the United States Student Association. (The effort is separate from the Democratic Party's plan to spend $50 million trying to reach those same voters.)

Their aha moment happened after the health-care overhaul passed this spring. Liberal groups, who focused their collective strength to push the bill against heavy resistance, felt relevant and effective for the first time in a long while. That health-care coalition -- composed of civil rights groups, student activists and labor leaders -- liked the winning feeling.

(italics, ours)

The gang's all here!

We like the fact that they thought they had anything to do with the passage of Obamacare rather than business-as-usual backroom buy-offs and deals and parliamentary wrangling.

The coalition's first goal is to plan a march to "demonstrate to Congress that these agenda items have support across multiple demographics," Jealous said. The demonstration, to be held Oct. 2, will center on pressing for more government spending on job creation.

That the Lord would be so good to us that the far Left of this country will be on full display in our nation's capitol a month before the midterm elections.

The Coffee Party never got off the ground for one basic reason: statist policies, particularly those pushed by this administration are simply not popular with the public. It isn't rocket science. Now we see, however, the natural evolution of things where unpopular policies will now be pushed by unpopular groups. That, to us, makes the most sense, any way.


SarahB said...

This reminds me of teenage girls who fixate on disinterested boys and endlessly strategize on how to somehow MAKE them fall in love with them. If you just want it bad enough...only teenagers grow up and wise up. But not this sad lot. You can't raise an army of volunteers out of the entitlement class...unless you like riots as your primary outlet (ala Greece). Well said about their delusion about having an iota of influence on the healthcare vote.

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