First Black President, First Socialist President, First Female President; all wonderful progressive ideals. Major battles to move the country in a positive direction. But the progressive war against conservatism is losing. The progressive movement is being stymied by themselves.
Every four years, progressives turn out to elect a figure head, the highest office. But then they wonder why are all of our efforts leading to nowhere? Isn’t it enough to elect a progressive to the highest office? NO. IT. ISN’T.
What happens to the off year elections, the ones where the conservatives elect state governors, state legislatures, and House of Representatives and Senators as a form of backlash? After electing a President, progressives lay down their arms, sit back and sip chamomile tea and sing Kumbaya because they elected a President! A President that is doomed to succeed because of rabid conservative opposition.
Watch as the people with newly won insurance be left out in the cold again because progressives stayed home and waited for their savior President to make it all better instead of electing a progressive state governor and legislature. Watch as states refuse Medicaid expansion, pass laws legalizing discrimination of LGBT people, enact practices restricting voting privileges of minorities. Watch in horror, but wait four years until the next Presidential election to elect a new savior. One that cannot save anything. One that we shove into the fray without armor, weapons, or backup. Just shove em out there, sit back and wonder why nothing has changed for four or eight years, when the “big revolution” comes around again.