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Stupid White Male Progressive Tricks: Tantrumism

square713Since 1980, when I voted for Anderson instead of Jimmy Carter, I have followed the rule that unless the man or woman the Democrats elect is Adolf Hitler, I will support her or him over the Republicans. That is my personal narcissistic contribution to the defeat of good Democrats. But I have seen white male progressives repeat the act over and over again. And they do it when it is most critical that they don’t.

The first time was when a fine Senator named John Tunney (father of Robin Tunney) was defeated by S.I. Hayakawa back in the seventies. Tunney’s crime was that he had withdrawn an early health care reform bill. Otherwise, his record was exemplary. But the white male progressives who first ran Tom Hayden against him and then either voted for Hayakawa in the final race or didn’t vote at all saw the health care move as unforgivable. An example had to be set so that future Democrats would understand that you don’t do this kind of thing. So Tunney went down and California was stuck with a conservative who spent his six years sleeping in the Senate chamber, earning him the sobriquet “The Sominex Kid”.

They did it again, with Carter and Anderson, then again with Al Gore in 2000. You can thank them for ensuring that George W. Bush became our president. You can also thank them, in part, for the results of the year 2010 election when many worthy Democrats went down to defeat at the hands of the Tea Party. And some are talking about doing it all over again even though Social Security and Medicare are both on the block.

The style of white male progressive of whom I speak is to throw tantrums — perhaps we should refer to them as Tantrumists — and not brook any discussion.

Perhaps because of their affluent backgrounds, Tantrumists don’t worry about economic matters such as these. They can ride out the major disasters in a way that the rest of us can’t. They keep hoping that one day society will shut down and they will will rise to power, worshiped as all-saving and sanctifying deities. Do one thing wrong, make one compromise and they feel that you have betrayed them.

But there’s another angle: does this make Democrats listen to them more? I think Leftist Democrats do, but they peeve Centrists off because of the no-compromise matters. It must all be done now whether or not you have the votes. If it is not done now, they will work towards your political doom. Who wants to listen to someone who will not hear a word you say or engage in discussion that is not entirely accusatory?

Let’s also not forget their tendency to abuse or to limit their political activity to flaming people on billboards. They claim not to be racist, but they attack other whites as inbred and stupid. And they are not there when minorities and women truly need them such as is the case now. The higher the price that will be paid by Republican victory, the more strident the Tantrumists are.

I am white, male, and a progressive. I do not understand the testosterone poisoning that impels Tantrumists to fling the whole Center and Left onto the sword that Right wing extremists gleefully hold out for them. In these times what we need is unity so that the Tea Party may be defeated. But the Tantrumists would rather that the Tea Party triumph again and destroy everything than acknowledge one good, make one tentative compromise to save citizen rights and security from the plutocrats.

We can’t afford this kind of narcissism in 2012. That is why I am calling them out.

Comments

Allan Identicon IconComment from Allan
Time: 4/23/2011, 3:42 pm

Great post, sharing widely. Nice to discover your blog.

VCubed Identicon IconComment from VCubed
Time: 4/23/2011, 4:01 pm

omg how long will we keep making excuses for fully bought-and-sold corporate Dems and expecting a different outcome? Progressives are bought and sold, co-opted to the ninth degree, by our own organizations that REFUSE to take on the most fundamental issue: campaign financing. The crisis for our people and our planet is growing exponentially. Enough of the b.s. excuses.

And duh, people can use some common sense. Live in a safe blue district/state? Vote your true conscious to make a statement. At least we have a choice – uh, democracy is supposed to be about real choices, no? – and can state we liked none of the usual multinational corporate slime that gives not one whit for patriotism. Don’t live in a safe blue district/state? Use your own judgment. That’s what freedom’s for.

Extreme Liberal Identicon IconComment from Extreme Liberal
Time: 4/23/2011, 7:32 pm

Beautifully said, bravo. I love the “Tantrumists” label.

Leesa Identicon IconComment from Leesa
Time: 4/23/2011, 7:42 pm

I’ve said it many times, and I’ll repeat it here: I’ll be at the polls on voting day in 2012 if I have to crawl on my hands and knees to get there. I will vote for every Democrat on the ticket, including (and especially) President Obama.

I’m a disabled woman who is on SSI, and I know how precisely how much we stand to lose if the GOP/TP gets any more of a stranglehold over our politics. Maybe those who are financially comfortable can afford to sit back and watch the GOP destroy the rest of us, but I cannot. And even if I could, I WOULD NOT. I care about my fellow Americans enough to know that many people would be hurt even worse than they are now.

Right now, anyone who comes to me and says that the Democrats and the GOP are “no different” is, in my opinion, either incredibly stupid or working for the other side. If you can look at the GOP/TP overreach that is going on, and the disasters in state after state and still believe that… then I have no use for you.

There is no perfect human being. There is no perfect candidate. You have exactly two options in a general election: Democrats – or insanity. That’s what it boils down to these days. And if you don’t vote for the Democrat, you’re voting for insanity, one way or another.