[Marxism] Ready to Vote for Mitt Romney
markalause at gmail.com
Sun Aug 7 19:44:10 MDT 2011
What I actually expected to happen as a result was that some sort of a
broad, nonsectarian current interested in promoting third party politics
might emerge. Out of 100,000 voters in this state, it is inexplicable to me
that we didn't get hundreds involved in such a process.
The main reason was the Green decision to incorporate intransigent Democrats
into their leadership and to defer to them on every essential question.
They certainly cheered at the implosion of the effort--one part because they
thought it detracted from the holy Democratic crusade to save the world from
war, torture, patriot acts, etc., etc., etc.
On the other hand, another part of the Left screeched its denunciations of
the "bourgeois" effort--so called because of the absence of the right magic
words "labor," "worker," "socialist," etc. conjured in the ritually
appropriate order. They cheered at the work of the Democrats in ripping to
pieces the Nader-Green current, because they expected it would clear the
rubble and open the way for the triumph of the Immensely Revolutionary
Socialist Party (Marxist-Leninist).
In the end, the 2000 campaign was the largest progressive insurgency since
1948 . . . that is, for most of us, the largest electoral revolt in our
lifetime. The failure to build something ongoing out of that can't be
chalked up to not having a Messiah turn up to lead the masses out of the two
party system. I think it's rooted largely in the new phenomena that
mobilizes more efficiently the two party alleigences that are actually much
more feeble than they ever have been.
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