Robert Reich, trying to describe how important the upcoming election is:
It’s not merely Republicans versus Democrats, or conservatives versus liberals. The larger battle is between regressives and progressives.
Regressives want to take this nation backward — to before Social Security, unemployment insurance, and Medicare; before civil rights and voting rights; before regulations designed to protect the environment, workers, consumers, and investors. They want to sabotage much of what this nation has achieved over the last century. And they’re out to do it by making the rich far richer, turning Americans against one another in competition for a smaller and smaller slice of the pie, substituting private morality for public morality, and opening the floodgates to big money in politics.
Progressives are determined to take this nation forward — toward equal opportunity, tolerance and openness, adequate protection against corporate and Wall Street abuses, and an economy and democracy that are working for all of us.
The Real Battle In 2012 And Beyond
Apologies to the author for the extensive quote, but it's a short article.
Unfortunately, all this quote does for me is point out what the real issue is, because in 2012 progressives don't have a party of their own, unless you count the Green Party. That's why this election will mean very little. No matter who wins, Social Security and Medicare are on the chopping block. The only difference is how dull a blade Democrats will use relative to Republicans. There will be no economic progress, and certainly no progress in education, greenhouse gas reduction, reducing the security state, the defense industry, or the prison industry to manageable proportions, nor any of the other things that real progressives want for this country.
Anyone who thinks Barack Obama is interested in protecting us from Wall Street is forgetting where all his economics advisors come from, or where they'll return once they're through with their "government service".
What this election shows is how powerless progressives are, largely because we don't want to admit it and do something about it.