Of Radicals and Liberals
It won’t come as a surprise that I tend to agree with Shawn’s assessment of mainstream liberalism’s relationship to its leftier-than-thou radicals.
In the comments though, NewDealer’s remark helps crystalize the real conflict,
What is going on in North Carolina is a good reason for liberal pragmatism
What’s going on in North Carolina is that Republican super-majorities in the legislature, as well as control over the governor’s office, have led to slew of anti-liberal policies, including but not limited to,
Some of the gems advanced recently in the legislature include an abortion bill tacked first onto an anti-Sharia law and then snuck in through a motorcycle safety law (new TRAP regulations may shutter all but one clinic in the state). Another bill forces all educators to teach seventh graders that abortion causes preterm birth (it doesn’t). Lawmakers also enacted legislation (described here and elsewhere as “the harshest unemployment insurance program cuts in our nation’s history”) that resulted in 70,000 North Carolina citizens losing their unemployment benefits. The state is one of the 15 to have refused Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. A proposed education bill would slash teacher compensation, (already ranked among the lowest in the nation), eliminate tenure, and use vouchers to reallocate $90 million of public-school funding to private schools (The school superintendent issued a statement this week saying that in light of the proposed deep cuts to the education budget “For the first time in my career of more than 30 years in public education, I am truly worried about students in our care.”) Don’t forget the embarrassing proposed resolution allowing counties and cities to enshrine a state religion. Or the proposed ban on nipples.
When we are having this debate, can we please all point to North Carolina as what will happen the next time Republicans control the House, Senate, and presidency? Because it is absolutely what will happen.
It’s telling that just six months into the President’s second term this specter is already rearing its ugly head. Look upon North Carolina today and know what you will have wrought if you vote incorrectly!
This entire attitude is counterproductive to any kind of “liberal” agenda. For all those purity-trolls on the far left who pride themselves on ideological purity and political isolation, there are partisans like Loomis who are more concerned with resisting the evils of their ignorant political opposition than achieving the most progressive reforms and liberal reframing of the discourse possible.
So it is enough to support right of center Southern Democrats who think abortion is wrong and an offense to God but who won’t support constitutional amendments in the state or Congress. Or Democrats who believe that global warming is real and man-made but support robust drilling for natural gas because at least they won’t give the permits away for free like their Republican counterparts.
In the short term that might stave off infection, but the blood will continue to flow over the long run. If Obamacare is the sort of liberal legislative victory we can expect every eight years, we need to re-evaluate what we mean by progress.