There will be more to this piece, but I’m putting this stub up as a placeholder and to whet your appetite. I intend to tell anyone interested how Lynn Woolsey has abandoned President Obama and the Democratic Party. She left orbit some time ago and is now dragging her followers along on a one-way trip to an uninhabited rock. And the rock is uninhabited for a reason: it is uninhabitable.
How Woolsey has abandoned President Obama, the Democratic Party, and all sense of responsibility and reason … more to come.
Okay, I’m back (thanks for the patience). I was a lifelong Democrat, and a liberal Democrat at that. My folks weren’t any of those Dixiecrats, traditional Democratic Southerners. They were Northern, immigrant, borderline-Socialist Democrats. And that’s what I grew up with, and it made a lot of sense in the 60’s, 70’s (except it was a little embarrassing when James Carter was President). It made sense in the 80’s and 90’s, too. But somewhere around the turn of the century, and I really don’t remember when, being a liberal Democrat began to lose its appeal.
I will admit freely, it may have been me. Turning 50 puts a person in that range where, “If you aren’t a liberal when you’re young, you have no heart; if you aren’t a conservative when you’re old, you have no brain”. But I do believe that the attraction of liberal Democratism began to fade for me with changes in the party itself.
The Northern, liberal Democratic Party of John Kennedy began to lose sway somewhere along the line. The Progressive (and environmentalist) element of the Democratic Party led that party away from idealistic yet pragmatic policies toward the folly of radicalism. I remember when Barbara Boxer entered the Senate for the first time, marching down the aisle with her fist thrust into the air. I was put off by that, I didn’t care for the radical and violent imagery of that display, and it seemed to childish and ultimately unSenatorial. And things just got worse from there.
The Progressive (environmentalists) are a radical group and they favor the words and images of violence. To my personal recollection, this began with the “Billy Jack” movies of the, gosh, whenever that was … early 1970’s? In those movies, a despicable right wing strawman was constructed so that the liberal hero, Billy Jack, could kick him in the face. The fact is, the Peace Movement was absolutely loaded with rage, anger, and ultimately violence (hard to forget the Symbionese Liberation Army, the Weather Underground, the Black Panthers, the list just goes on).
Finally, I suppose, at this point in my life and with the takeover of the Democratic Party by the Progressive (environmentalists), I am disgusted and repelled by the violence in words and imagery. Andy “We Know Where They Live” Stern of the SEIU is just the latest and one of the more blatant practitioners of this “communication by confrontation”. How often do I need to hear Chairman Mao’s quote that “power comes from the muzzle of a gun” before I begin to worry that someone is going to take that to heart? This polarization, demonization, violence of words and imagery, and faux-revolutionary posturing are so much a part of the Progressive (environmentalist) movement that has taken over the Democratic Party that it is impossible for me to continue to associate myself with that group.
I left the Democratic Party and registered as a Republican to distance myself from that violence of words and imagery, to rebuke the polarization and demonization, and to deny the inescapably Marxist-inspired hatred of capitalism and corporations.
Of course, corporations, and capitalism in general, require government regulation and oversight. But capitalism is undeniably the most effective and efficient organization yet devised for improving the lives of the greatest number of people. No other form of economy has been as reliable or prolific in generating the widespread wealth that elevate people above famine, develop and provide public health and medical care, deliver the opportunity for education, and the chance for individuals to exploit their full potential. Most emphatically YES, there are inequities, everyone doesn’t end up with the same amount. Systems that try to accomplish that as a goal end up delivering orders of magnitude less overall … everyone outside the ruling elite suffers.
So not only have the Progressive (environmentalists) forced violence of words and imagery upon the entire Democratic Party, they have rejected capitalism and demonized corporations. But it doesn’t stop there, hoho, ohhhhh no. The Progressive (environmentalist) movement is absolutely determined to redefine basic principles of America.
I was recently in an online conversation with an avowed Progressive who claimed that our rights come from us, that our rights are “whatever we decide they should be”. I argued vehemently that our rights come from the Creator, and quoted the preamble to the Declaration of Independence as prima facia evidence of such. I was stunned when he responded that the Constitution said no such thing, and it, after all, is the law of the land. Nearly (but not quite) dumbstruck, I explained to him that the Constitution did not repeal the Declaration of Independence. And that the Founders originally had not intended to enumerate anything about rights in the Constitution, since they had already written their thoughts on that in the Declaration (the Bill of Rights was a necessary compromise, added later). He then claimed that the Creator gave us the right to “independence from Britain”, but of course the Preamble itself easily refutes that particular idiocy.
This is a very dangerous tack being taken by the Progressive (environmentalists). My correspondent was practicing the Progressive “talking points” for fundamentally rewriting who and what we are. Anyone and everyone who is not a radical, extremist Progressive (environmentalist) needs to understand this “talking point” and be ready to respond effectively.
So on those grounds, I have left the Democratic Party. I have no ill-will toward good faith Democrats, even liberal Democrats. Anyone who accepts the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights for what they are, anyone who gives America credit where due, anyone who understands that no democracy pleases everyone all the time, anyone who accepts capitalism, any and all of those people are fine by me. But the Progressive (environmentalist) element that has lodged itself like a cancerous tumor within the Democratic Party, and I can no longer be part of that.
Which brings me to Lynn Woolsey. The Representative from the California Sixth Congressional District is the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. It’s not just that she’s a really bad Congressperson, which she is (she spends more time giving speeches to an empty chamber than anyone else). She is unresponsive to constituents, she has an ineffectual staff (indicating bad leadership), and she is arrogant (“they’ll learn to like it”). Plus, she is the leading Progressive and poison to the Democratic Party. On this, she has abandoned President Obama at just the time when he needs the good will and support of all Americans.
I honestly believe that now that he’s seen the reality of being President, Obama is trying to moderate some of his policies and messages (which, from the beginning, may have been more an appeal to the radical Progressives than actual belief). In his eyes now, when he speaks, I see someone rapidly becoming a pragmatist. But Woolsey and her pack are throwing childish tantrums to demand that the President follow their plan and the heck with whatever wreckage it inflicts on the Nation. She threatened to vote against HCR because it wasn’t radical enough. When the President is trying to lead us in a successful war against Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan, Woolsey continues to chastise him for everything we do there.
The Progressive (environmentalists) have driven all the good out of the Democratic Party, and now they have abandoned President Obama when he needs support more than ever. I won’t associate with that movement, and therefore I had no choice but to leave the party of my parents. I have found the Republican Party far more thoughtful, far more pragmatic, equally idealistic, and a whole heck of a lot happier and better adjusted than the Progressives.
The Progressive (environmental) movement is poisonous to America, perhaps even more poisonous than classic Marxism, because it masquerades as being “homegrown” and therefore somehow more “American”. Fact is, the current Progressive philosophy grew out of post-WWI Leninism and Stalinism, before the Soviet Union became an international imperialist power (DNA from the Czars, after all), and ultimately collapsed of its socialism-induced inefficiency. From 1928-1932, collectivization in the USSR was proceeding so quickly and (apparently) efficiently that Stalin had to issue a warning to his own people to not bite off too much. These were the glory years of one socialist achievement after another, when those who shaped the New Deal were learning their socialism.
Woolsey is the leading Progressive, the den mother of the movement, she isn’t even be a Democrat. As long as she is in the Democratic Party, I am out. John Kennedy shared more with today’s Republican Party than he would have with today’s Progressives. Speaking of which, and a closing final point, I have no tolerance for Progressive appeals that invoke the memory of “WWII and the Space Program”. These are nothing but cynical and transparent appeals for united effort to accomplish one or the other of their cherished goals.
The America that won WWII and accomplished President Kennedy’s objective is almost, very nearly dead. After 40 years of overbearing, increasingly intrusive, and ever more restrictive government, we are no longer that nation. The Progressives have done everything possible to destroy that America, and now they want us to be stirred to their causes by those memories. To those appeals, I have only “shut up and leave me alone” to say in response.
Okey, I’m done and out of here. This topic needs more work, but I hope this gives you the basic idea. Lynn Woolsey has led the Progressives to abandon our President when, whether we may have voted for him or not, he needs the support and assistance of all Americans. Progressives like Woolsey will use anyone, anyway they please, for their own carefully concealed ends. She has wrecked the Democratic Party, and now it is time to fire her.
G’day all, and may God continue to bless America!