Saturday, November 28, 2009

Liberal utopian smokes crack

Mike Lux at the Huffington Post is the only man in America still on the "hope and change" bandwagon (check this, for instance). Even liberal pundits have conceded that the Oblama bubble has burst. Maybe it had something to do with bankrupting the country. I don't know for sure.


    When Barack Obama ran a campaign with a slogan he borrowed from Cesar Chavez and the United Farmworkers, Yes We Can, and preached his gospel of hope, he was tapping into a long progressive tradition dating back to our very founding as a country.

He's partly right, I think. Chavez, an enemy of America, did use that slogan. The other people who became infamous using the parrot-like "Yes we can" socialist slogan were the illegal aliens who chanted it while marching in our streets while waving Mexican flags at us. Adopting this ill-considered slogan may have been an agreement Hussein made with the racist Mexican organization La Raza when he pandered to them.


    While righteous anger and cynical humor are an important part of our work, progressivism that is at its core cynical and pessimistic doesn't work over the long run. For one thing, it will burn itself out. When I was a young organizer being trained, I was told that you can't organize people if you are too depressed to be hopeful, that if you were feeling burnt out, you should take a vacation or even get into a different line of work. I still believe that to be true. Righteous anger is a great thing, and can feed you for a while, but if it's not leavened with hope, it won't sustain you over the long good fight. But it also doesn't work because the internal contradiction is too great. Telling people that we can change things for the better while being cynical about any hope for change is a self-defeating philosophy.

It's 10:1 Lux was stoned when he wrote that. Smoking marijuana, according to, brings on "hallucinations, delusions, impaired memory, and disorientation." Yep, that's him.

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