And we are “ok” with that. Sorta. We ARE only human, after all. We want to “win” as much as the next guy. But at this point…just like in Afghanistan, lol, do we even know what winning is?
After all in the classic definitions, The Left winning would be full on Communism, lol. And I don’t think anyone really wants that!
For now, and for a good long time to come apparently, we on The Left know that the best we can do is influence the center, move the conversation and the Overton Window relatively slowly to the Left and make what Progress we are allowed to make by The Machine.
This is apparently yet another thing that the Centrist don’t get about the Left, we KNOW that there won’t be a Department of Peace, in the US of A. Not anytime soon. We know that the Rich will be allowed to prey upon the Lower and Middle Class, we know that there will be starving children in the richest Empire in history.
Our fight after all, is much bigger than politics. OUR fight is in truth a fight against the worst excesses of Human Nature, when it comes right down to it, when we get to the core of what we are fighting for. Can we EVER truly win that fight?
We know that we are walking into a strong wind. We know that for every inch of progress we make, we have to fight a thousand miles of fight before we can move forward. We know that we will be resisted, reviled and reproached for every tiny transgression while the crooks and liars have free rein. Acorn. The MoveOn Petreaus ad. We will be scorned and marginalized and attacked and smeared. Our leaders will be swiftboated by both the Right AND the Center. We know that we will ALWAYS get less respect and be taken less seriously than any other constituency. we know the dems will take us for granted and The repubs will use us to attack the dems.
And we all KNOW how well the Dems respond to attack. Their is not a cave deep enough to accommodate them when the Daddy Party raises its voice.
We know all of this….and yet we fight on. Eternally.
Because we know that the things we fight for…Peace Equality and Justice are worth fighting for. That they MUST be fought for. That somebody has to fight for them or they will be abused and discarded and dismissed as ….quaint. If it is in the interest of the system to do so.
And, of course, it is.
So someone has to stand up tall and fight. Someone has to AT LEAST resist, if unable to actually push back. Because we know that all the Rights that the Center take for granted, and the little Justice we have, and any semblance of Equality, and eve the THOUGHT of Peace rests squarely on our shoulders. no one else cares, no one else sees how perilous the balance these things that the Center take so much as givens actually are.
Because THEY did not have to fight for them….for Labor Laws and Equal Rights and Equal Access and Protection from law enforcement and for all the myriad other fights that the Left has been engaged in the fight for for…..forever. To the Center, these are just more unearned privileges that they enjoy without fully understanding them or what they mean, how hard they were fought for, how much blood has been spilled for them. They just assume that these are God Given Rights to an Exceptional People, Not something that the system will brush aside at the drop of a hat if there is another quarter of a penny to be made by doing so.
So we WILL keep fighting, fighting for every inch and every crumb. Because not only is it the right thing to do….but it is also our nature. Our nature not to stand by while the weak are eaten by the strong and while the mighty decide what is right at the expense of the meek.
We are at a crossroads in this fight in our little corner of the Left, a place very unfamiliar to us after the last eight years…or 40…or 1000.
How DO we fight in this Brave New World of Happy Face, He’s Got This, Everything is fine….as the planet melts…Centrism?
We better figure it out soon! Because since Climate Crisis now seems to be perceived as a Plot Of The Left instead of a scientific fact….we are running out of time. Especially time to be POLITE and reasonable about it all.
We may not WIN, at least within the current political paradigm. But we damn sure need some Progress soon!
But one thing is for sure. There is no way in hell we are going to give up!