2011 probably wasn't the best year for most folks, though there was considerable improvement for many. Politically speaking, it's been one of the most polarizing years I can think of. Here's hoping for a better 2012.
We can make that happen. Many individuals, smart and otherwise, have argued loud and long that America has a two-party problem. We have a center right party and a far right party. I'm not going to argue that; I never would or have. Here's the thing, though. Our challenge, which should be clear, remains muddied. How do we get a left party in control of our governance?
If 2010, an awful year, is any indication, then the path would be to kill off the center right party. How'd that work out? Not well, obviously. Since handing the US House back to the Republicans, the 99%ers have been held hostage at least 5 times. I'm certainly glad we got rid of those Blue-Dog Dems in favor of truly partisan tea-baggers. After all, partisanship is the problem and getting rid of partisans for more strongly partisan folks is surely the answer.
Or not. How about this? If the country has moved to the right because we have a center-right party and a far-right party, maybe the solution in defending the left isn't to attack the anchor in the middle. Just saying ... Maybe, just maybe, if we destroy the far right, utterly obliterate them, then maybe we might have vision left to support the left. Just maybe. It's easy to see that destroying the far right would leave us with a center right party in control, and doesn't that suck. Maybe it does, except ...
You've all taken high school math, right? If you want a function to move in a desired direction, you don't remove a moderating variable. You remove the extremes. It is that simple. Remove the far right and you have a median that resembles more the country in representation. The center right party already contains those who are of the left. Destroy the far right, and you can't help but have a policy forwarded that better favors the middle and lower classes. More to the point, you have a starting position for moving policy and politics towards the left. This isn't that goddamned difficult. Remove people like Skees, Burnett and Rehberg and you are left with people who are more pliant to your needs. Start from the center right, and you're one helluva lot closer to where you want to go than giving the game away to the far right, as we liberals did in 2010.
Here's to a happy New Year, one in which liberals finally decide to fight back rather than let the right take our apathy as acquiescence.
(crossposted at A Chicken Is Not Pillage.)