Why Are Liberals Such Wusses?

This union card-carrying Hubert Humphrey Democrat is tired of hearing the question: “Why are liberals such wusses?”

Turn on the TV. Open a newspaper or a news magazine. Browse the blogosphere. The Republicans or their Tea Bagger pals are tearing us a brand new one. Liberals typically respond by turning the other cheek and crooning another chorus of “Kumbaya.”

I’ve had enough of the “come-let-us-reason-together” liberals, however well intentioned they may be. So have Michael Moore, the famous filmmaker, and my fellow Kentuckian Jim Pence, a video blogger.

When Republicans are “in power and they want to get something done, they come in with guns blazing and they get it done,” Moore recently told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “And our side, we break out the, you know, six-string guitar and start signing ‘Kumbaya.’ I’m sick of it and the American people are sick of it, too.”

Pence doesn’t pull punches either. “The whole Kentucky Democratic Party is a bunch of wusses,” said Pence, a Democrat of my unabashedly left-leaning persuasion, who runs Hillbilly Report.

Pence is the Bluegrass State ’s Michael Moore. Or, maybe, Moore is Michigan’s Jim Pence.

Anyway, Hillbilly Report is “A Progressive Community for Rural Americans” online. (City slickers are also welcome, according to Pence.)

Like Moore , Pence, 70, gives it to folks with the bark on.

He’s still steamed at “the Louisville progressive community” for going AWOL when the Tea Party Express rolled into Kentucky’s largest city last September.

Pence showed up with his video camera. “This was not a surprise visit by the Tea Party Express,” he posted on Hillbilly Report. “The progressive community knew about it and made a decision to stay at home and not counter this event.”

Pence lowered the boom: “One could reasonably assume the Louisville progressive community is OK with folks coming in to their city and calling Barack Obama a Communist, Marxist, or Muslim.”

Louisville libs also let the Tea Baggers get away with trashing U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Louisville) at his health care forum , and they permitted a Falls City version of Rush Limbaugh to “spew his venom unchallenged” on the radio, Pence wrote.

Pence said Louisville progressives missed a golden opportunity “…to counter the Tea Party Express in front of the entire nation.” (Other progressives have similiarly wimped out all over the country.) He lamented that “the lack of real commitment by Louisville progressives sends a troubling message to the Tea Party folks and I believe that message is this: ‘Have your way with us, we’re easy.’”

Pence can’t figure why so many souls on our side “seem content to let the right wing nuts take the streets and town halls without a fight.” (Love-thy-Tea Bagger liberals could take a lesson from UAW members who stood up to some Tea Bagger wackos at the Detroit auto show and chanted, “Not some lousy bag of tea, union jobs for you and me!”

Enough with the “Kumbaya,” Moore has urged President Obama and liberal Democrats.
Amen.

Our party needs a fight song. I’m partial to a pair of Yankee favorites from the Civil War: “Marching through Georgia ” and “The Battle Cry of Freedom.” Either or both would work for me.

Anyway, if Bluegrass State Democrats are a bunch of wusses, not all Sunshine State Democrats are.

When Sarah Palin came to campaign against Rep. Alan Grayson the other day, the Feisty Floridian replied: “I look forward to an honest debate with Governor Palin on the issues, in the unlikely event that she ever learns anything about them.”

The Huffington Post quoted Grayson on the Queen of the Tea Baggers. Huffpo also ran a jab from the Orlando Democrat’s campaign: “Scientists are studying Sarah Palin’s travel between Alaska and Florida carefully. They hope to learn more about the flight patterns of that elusive migratory species, the wild Alaskan dingbat.”

Pence and I agree it’s a ton of fun, yet all too rare, to see a Democratic politician ripping the other side a brand new one.

Grayson – a strong supporter of organized labor in Congress — has many fans in our union hall and, I suspect, in a lot of union halls nationwide.

Grayson is a real Florida ‘ gator who bit a plug out of Half Baked Alaska.

Berry Craig

Published by the LA Progressive on March 23, 2010
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About Berry Craig

Berry Craig is an emeritus professor of history at the West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah and a freelance writer. He is a member of American Federation of Teachers Local 1360, the recording secretary for the Western Kentucky Area Council, AFL-CIO, and the author of True Tales of Old-Time Kentucky Politics: Bombast, Bourbon and Burgoo, Hidden History of Kentucky in the Civil War, Hidden History of Kentucky Soldiers and Hidden History of Western Kentucky. He is a native of Mayfield, Ky., where he lives with his wife of 33 years and their 20-year-old son.