The Left Waits For Crisis, And That Has To Change
For a long time I have lamented the fact that the left is stuck in reaction mode. As the right has set itself up for an assault on our society at the state and national level, the left’s victories have often come in reaction to right-wing encroachment.
Look at the recent victories in favor of same-sex marriage. Sure, it helps that societal attitudes have experienced a seismic shift in favor of tolerance, but these new victories have only come after the right passed one oppressive law after another at the state level.
We’ve seen the same thing now with renewed focus on the asinine “stand your ground” laws which regressively impose the standards of the old west on modern society. Why has it taken years of these laws being shoved down our throats by extremist groups like ALEC before we react? Even better, where has the progressive effort been at the state level to impose sensible gun violence prevention measures? It took Newton for this to happen in solidly blue states like Maryland and New York, when this could have been done long ago.
In the arena of think tanks and media watchdogs, the left has been able to surpass with Media Matters and Center for American Progress what the right had a multi-decade head start with at Media Research Center and the Heritage Foundation. I don’t see why we have to wait for jobs, liberty, and lives to be attacked by ALEC, the Koch Brothers, and others before we act at the state and local level.
For the sake of the country, we need to be even more proactive and aggressive on all fronts, never ceding ground and always advancing on the ideological and social battlefield.