Quiet Revolution From The Least Expected
When Hillary wins in November, she’ll carry enough Democrats with her to capture the Senate and reduce the Republican majority in the House better enabling the passage of progressive legislation. She’ll continue the job of fundamentally transforming the country that President Obama started, cementing judicial backing in the Supreme Court with progressive nominees that the Senate will approve. This is what scares Republicans and apparently some “Democrats” alike.
The solution to what ails the nation is not a well healed autocracy built on tantrums, anger, and emotional appeal; rather, it’s a free people acting with enlightened self interest, mercy, and compassion. America’s interest is rooted in self determination and accountability.
There is a quiet revolution going on that many are engaging in. A more principled movement centered on the Constitution and the mechanisms of government as the source of solutions and inspiration to continue the growth of our republic into the 21st century is rising.
This revolution recognizes that individual liberty and unalienable rights protected by the rule of law as prescribed by the Constitution is what makes America great. It derives its power from the diversity of its coalition focused on a better America for all of its citizens. As many coalesce around individual candidates as “deliverers” of their fondest hopes and desires, this revolution is not necessarily showing up at rallies as much as it is reinforcing adherence to our governing principles.
Congress Makes Laws and the President Enforces Them
No President can make the law and change what they don’t like unilaterally. Many believe that because they’re promised things by a candidate, the candidate will deliver those things to them. In fact, if you don’t support their candidate’s plans, you become identified as part of the “problem” which of course is rarely defined outside of “the establishment“. Given that “reality”, any elected official “against” their candidates plans will apparently be voted out by their constituents whose wishes they now and probably always have been opposing.
The Vanity Progressive
Progressives, stress the opportunity and necessity of social progress driven by an empirical foundation. Through gradual reform of social and welfare policies, progressives seek a democratic society that reduces inequality, poverty, and discrimination, which are viewed as negative byproducts of capitalism. Much of the effort to reform policies and institutions necessarily involves an active central role of government.
Liberals share the ideal of equality with progressives, but seek to couple it with a wide range of personal freedoms including voting rights, religion, property rights, and other choices of personal value. Support of personal development and opportunity are central to the liberal notion of government.
This election cycle, people seem to be interested in their status as liberals and progressives much more so than evaluating the possibility of advancing and implementing liberal and progressive policy. Touting rock solid principles while hating the Democratic Party, loving a single candidate, and not voting in primaries or generals passed because of “motivation” is curious. How does voting Jill Stein over Barack Obama in 2012 advance progressive causes?
Reality Is Not Defeatism
Special interests are heavily involved in candidate selection. I don’t think it’s what the founders had in mind, but people freely associating and legally trying to get their preferred candidates elected probably was so it is what it is.
This is why, while I love politics, I understand why many don’t. It’s a business that money; particularly, big money is always going to be a part of. There’s absolutely no way to remove it short of lining up the 80 people that control everything, shooting them, and confiscating their wealth.
We can’t do that, but we can vote against those who take their money and do their bidding. The quiet revolution understands the power voters have to reject and reform government. It recognizes that “pushing the President” one way or another is exactly what we should not be trying to do, but instead electing a President who will be able to elect more lawmakers to pass legislation that most aligns with their beliefs.
However, believing the banking system makes “debt slaves” of the middle class, oligopolies are rampantly avoiding price competition, or trade and immigration laws are manipulated against the will of the people to enrich favored elites is absurd as to be pathological. It’s indicative of those who want to “burn it all down” and build from the ashes. In 2016, they not only want the revolution to be televised, but Tweeted, Instagrammed and Facebooked. The quiet revolution will continue to use the levers of government and law.