Seizing Power

Posted on November 17, 2010 by

There’s something chilling in the way republicans are grabbing control of the political agenda.

Not just a shift in party majorities – more like a takeover.

As if the democrats – despite their hold on the white house and senate – are evaporating.

In the “debate” over the Bush tax cuts, it doesn’t matter what the president or democrats say.  Republicans are enforcing their position and their opponents appear to be negotiating with themselves.

The irony and tragedy is that this unyeilding posture by republicans is a powerful starting point, one which many political strategists had urged democrats to adopt two years ago.   Instead, the white house looked for – and never found – common ground.

Past conservative surges – Reagan, Gingrich, Bush in ’02 – set off fear and panic among democrats.  Yet I’ve never seen this much desperation on our side.  The lack of faith in Obama is pervasive.  Maybe I’m not remembering clearly, but it did not seem this bad under Clinton or even Carter.

I suppose the anguish will lift at some point.   If you need relief, my advice is to tune out left-wing blogs where anti-Obama sentiment is seething.  (O.K., if you must, take a look at these comments on the president’s handling of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell).

The outrage among democratic activists is feverish (and understandable). 

The question is, will it ever stop?

Comments (8)


  1. Rudy says:

    America voted for a more progressive agenda in Washington two years ago, and the democratic party failed to seize the moment to continue building a working class ideology. The Democrats in power are polarized between progressive liberal and the blue-dog democrats who are unwilling to go against or compromise with the wealthy ruling class who have hijacked America’s democracy in order to sustain its capital through the exploitation the working class. Historically when a country like the US has such a disparity between its working class and wealth its masses will rise to seize control.

    The tea party fascist reactionaries are a movement to protect the interest of the capitalist. The American working class set out in the correct direction in the election of President Obama, but we have failed to keep step in our march for change. Until we are ready as a working class to continue on our march for change the president will have to continue to serve the interest of the wealthy ruling class who will fight to the bitter end to protect its interest, the battle is long.

    The increasing polarization of the county will give rise to a stronger progressive working class conscious in the process towards change. The deteriorating economic conditions is creating a majority of permanent lower section of working poor that will raise to lead us to change and win the hearts and souls of all of the workers of this country. Till then my friends there is no rest for the weary.

  2. Rudy says:

    The house just failed to pass unemployment extension for 2 million workers while arguing for tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans just before the holidays The new republican leadership leading the charge personal net worth is in the 10s of millions

    Happy Holidays

  3. p.s.

    answer to your question: “will it ever stop?”

    yes… when Sarah Palin, or Mitt Romney, is in the Oval Office as this is where the outrage over Obama is gonna take us

  4. Aaron says:

    We are watching history repeat itself!

  5. Barton Parks says:

    I remember Karl Rove and his developing a “permanent majority.” This is another try at the same thing, and it is clear that those making the effort will move to even greater fascism to get it. They may even prefer that (I have been amazed for several years at how many of the rules they still play by). If they succeed in this effort at taking over, we are in a completely different country folks. The propaganda masters will then create divisiveness/ enemies like we never heard before. The days of racism being disguised in tea party terms will seem like child’s play. Think an enlargement of Germany in the 20th century.
    But the US would start out as the already dominant power.
    To think that we on the left sit here disorganized while in two years the right wing propagandists were able to create a social movement that shook everything–well, what is next? The power of the right’s ability to propagandize is shown by their turning the biggest corporate corruption scandal ever into a social movement against government, enabling everyone to forget about the corrupt corporate structure that now will remain sitting prettily in the saddle.

    I doubt if what I wrote above is negative/despairing enough. At the same time, I also see their is incredible potential on the left to completely defuse/defeat this fascism. My problem is too much of my energy is tied up in criticism. Will someone else do an abbreviated version of BLESSED UNREST and let’s see where we are? Barton

    • Lou says:

      It’s hard to figure out how we deal with the critical feelings we have about President Obama.

      We don’t want to feed the broad public sentiment that he’s ineffectual. But we’re frustrated by republican tactics that steal the agenda.

  6. As a young, idealistic business representative for a reformed craft union local, I was accosted and harranged with the boisterous, loud and indignant right wing rhetoric from some of the shop owners, who were under contract with the local. On a typical shop visit, the members seemed loath to even speak with me about anything, while the management representative took the opportunity to put on their best Limbau-esk rant. After spending years learning to stand, toe to toe with these blowhards, I came to find out, those that complained the most about the injustices of the Union and the Left were just blowing smoke to cover their blatant cheating and abuse of the contract and their employees.

    There is a tremendous amount of smoke these days. Call their bluff and tell them all to f… off!

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