Billed as an antidote for the Tea Party, Saturday’s “One Nation” rally in Washington demonstrated just how far out of step the Left is with America. The event provided further evidence of how progressives continue to struggle with what the Tea Party movement represents and where it came from. In the beginning, the Left dismissed Tea Partiers as a few fringe nuts shilling for the Republican Party. Once they figured out that the Tea Party wasn’t going away, the narrative changed rapidly. According to the Left, Tea Partiers were supposedly violent, then they were racist and then they were anarchists. Now they have hit on their latest and greatest scheme to neutralize this spontaneous grass roots uprising: they’re telling America that Tea Partiers are corporate shills. To anyone who has spent any time at a Tea Party or spoken to Tea Partiers, that’s a ludicrous, laughable assertion, but such is the desperation on the Left these days. On Saturday, this new strategy was on full display at the National Mall.
“This march is about the power to the people. It is about the people standing up to the corporations,” MSNBC’s “Red Ed” Schultz told an approving crowd of admirers. “The conservative voices of America, they are holding you down. They don’t believe in your freedom. They want the concentration of wealth. They’ve shipped your job overseas.”
“Corporations are preying on our fears and using this moment to expand their profit margins,” Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union told USA Today. “This is the first recession where corporate margins are growing while wages are going down. We’re saying, ‘No more.’”
The amazing thing, the almost surreal thing, is that the over-riding message at the “One Nation” rally was that the government hasn’t done nearly enough to fix America’s problems. The notion that government is the problem and that more government just exacerbates the problem doesn’t occur to them for a millisecond. Democrats control the White House, the Senate and the House. They’ve gotten their bailout, they’ve passed health care and they’ve raised taxes. Outside of passing a cap and trade bill, which some members of their own party opposed, progressives have been enormously successful at pushing forward their domestic agenda. Yet, the economic recovery and job creation that they predicted hasn’t happened. According to the administration’s own data, we’re worse off now than we would have been without the hundreds of billions in bailouts. A logical person might look at that evidence and conclude that this whole big government intervention thing might not be the right way to go. But, for an ultra-leftist like Ed Schultz, the failure of Democrats has to be the Republican party’s fault.
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