Where is the Democratic/Liberal pushback against the Tea Party/GOP?
Every day, the articles on LGF are filled with all kinds of tales of right wing craziness relating to abortion rights, racism, immigration, Barack Obama, the war on the poor and so forth.
Almost every week it seems, someone on the right wing side of the spectrum says or does something monumentally stupid or bigoted and we all talk about it for awhile.
But while the TP/GOP groups have been highly visible with regard to some of the hateful and/or racist and/or bigoted things they’ve done, there’s been less visibility on the Democratic side.
Only once, with the protests in Wisconsin against Scott Walker’s anti-Union law, has their been a highly visible furor against the right wing. Rick Scott does his best to destroy Florida and not much is said about it. Tennessee passes an insane law that says someone can go to jail for sending a picture that causes “emotional distress” and there’s little uproar. A state succeeds in blocking all Federal Funding to Planned Parenthood and there’s little response.
The Governor of Texas announces an “official” prayer rally and invites the AFA and little gets said.
Where are the left wing politicians and commentators calling these actions stupid and racist and wrong and denouncing them? One really must consider the situation we’re in when one of the loudest defenders of sanity is Jon Stewart.
Yes there has been Rachel Maddow and a few others, but it’s still been a limited response.
Right now it seems the left wing is like a boxer who just took a whole series of punches and is standing dazed in the ring, not entirely aware of what just happened to him and not entirely sure of what to do next.
So that leads to several possible theories regarding this disparity:
1. The right wing is more organized and has more money - This may be true, but only to a point. There are plenty of well funded and well organized liberal groups out there as well.
2. The left is dispirited by the right and having difficulty coming up with a strong response - Think of people who have just had their city bombed repeatedly. There’s disorientation and confusion before any kind of organized retaliation.
3. The left wing is patiently waiting to respond - probably in November 2012 - It’s no secret the Left has it hands tied in many state legislatures that are strongly Republican controlled. With those kind of majorities, they just can’t stop the GOP from passing far right laws. Their only hope is to challenge them in court (which has been happening).
The last theory is the most likely. The danger for the left is if they wait too long to strike back they’ll have a tough mountain to climb. The right keeps on hitting day in and day out.
The left would do well to respond in kind. After all, a fighter can only take so many blows until he is down for the count.