The New Progressive Majority Coalition
The election of 2012 resolved the core political issue at stake: social contract vs. social Darwinism. We ratified our faith in the social contract and now the task ahead is to strengthen the social contract through promoting economic democracy and streamlining the processes of government to deliver cost-effective, measurable results to protect our social and environmental commons.
The newly emergent progressive majority coalition of millenial youth, Latinos, blacks, white working class union members, gays, old school liberals, progressives, and cultural creatives has broken through the demographic sound barrier.
Let’s face it; Mitt Romney was president of conservative white America. That’s why they were gob-smacked by the Obama victory. In their closed-loop Fox News media system, and their narrow circle of acquaintances, everyone was opposed to Obama. Y’all need to get out more often, turn the dial once in a while.??
Let’s hope that this defeat marks the high water mark of the obnoxious Tea Party buccaneers who high-jacked the Republican Party and drove it into the ditch with their intemperate, hate-inflected slash-and-burn style of politics. A succession of hard-right Republican political operatives, from Lee Atwater to Newt Gingrich to Karl Rove, have perfected the dark arts of mean-spirited, fact-free, bully politics.
Their preferred mode of demonization precludes a thoughtful and respectful political culture. They have polluted the body politics with their special brand of venom. We would all like to see the end of it, on any side, thank you very much.??
I predict that the House Republicans will have a “come to Jesus” meeting with their corporate overlords, the Fortune 500 CEO’s, who do not want to see a repetition of the debt ceiling fiasco of 2011, when the Tea Party House, in a fit of partisan pique, tanked the AAA credit rating of the U.S. for the first time in our history. That dumb stunt even appalled old-school money Republicans.
Do not mess with the money. You will have to pay more taxes if you’re rich. Get used to it.
The gracious and prayerful concession speech by Mitt Romney, and the stern and civically-responsible tone struck in Obama’s acceptance speech, would be a good place to start a new chapter in our politics.??I was moved by President Obama’s call to get on with the civic task of self-governance in the generational work of building a 21st century America. Our best days can be ahead of us. Can we all get along?
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Ben Boyce is a resident of Boyes Hot Springs.