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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 11:52 AM
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82. Nobody has "abandoned the left." The bottom line in this
country is that it's about equally divided, politically, with a huge majority of its citizens falling in the middle somewhere in the political spectrum. We elect our legislators and executives, both nationally and locally. What that means is the the left end of the political spectrum rarely gets a candidate elected who represents their values exactly. It's unreasonable to expect that legislators elected primarily by voters who fall near the center politically would take leftist positions. Quite logically, they take centrist positions. Thus, we don't get legislation that we approve of 100%. It simply does not happen. Nor will it, unless the left manages to shift the population in its direction.

So, we don't get single payer healthcare, which is what I want. We don't get an immediate withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan. We don't get a lot of things that many of us would like to see happen. What we get, and what we have always gotten via our system is gradual movement in one direction or another. Inertia keeps more drastic movement from happening. It takes a lot of time and a lot of force to swing the US in any direction. The left does not have that force, so we don't get leftist measures. We get gradual progressive movement when we have a Democrat in the Presidency and both houses controlled by Democrats. We get some sort of health care reform. We get some sort of economic measures. We get something. When the situation is reversed, we get something else.

A leftist United States is a pipe dream. It will not happen. Ever. The country's too big, too divided, and too laden with inertia. The best we on the left will get is a Democratic majority in Congress and a Democratic President. When that occurs, we get some progressive movement. It's never enough. It will never be enough. But, it's what we can get. That's not defeatism. That's pragmatism. It is what it is.
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