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173 Extremists

There is a great fuss about the historically high number of House Democrats — 19 — who voted against the discredited Nancy Pelosi for speaker. More significant are the 173 who voted for her.

You have to go all the way back to the 1910s and 1920s to find so many defections at the beginning of a new Congress on a vote for the election of speaker as was seen on Wednesday. Some 11 Democrats voted for former NFL quarterback Rep. Heath Shuler, a North Carolina Democrat and prominent member of the moderate-to-conservative Blue Dog Coalition. Another eight voted for various others, or didn't vote at all.

Why hasn't Pelosi relinquished the House Democratic leadership to someone on her right?

Because the Pelosi Democrats are practicing quintessential leftist tactics: You don't fold up your tent and relinquish power when you don't have to; you regroup and wait for the next opportunity to carry out more of your radical agenda.

Lenin said, "Russia achieved Marxism ... through the agony she experienced ... study, practical trial, disappointment ... ." Pelosi expanded the national debt from $8.7 trillion to $14 trillion, as CNS News' Terry Jeffrey noted on Thursday, and it has brought the agony of losing majority power.

But as the founder of the Soviet state reminded his fellow revolutionaries, "It is far more difficult — and far more precious — to be a revolutionary when the conditions for direct, open, really mass and really revolutionary struggle do not yet exist." Today is the time to hang on tight, and wait for another chance to take even more trillions out of the taxpayers' pockets.

"Radicals must be resilient, adaptable to shifting political circumstances, and sensitive enough to the process of action and reaction to avoid being trapped by their own tactics and forced to travel a road not of their choosing," Saul Alinsky reminded his fellow radicals.

Pelosi stepping down as Democratic leader would be a road not of the choosing of insightful radicals. It's important to read her tenure as speaker accurately. From the point of view of the American people, she failed. But from a leftist perspective — and that means from the viewpoint of today's Democratic Party's grass roots — she did things that were liberal pipe dreams just five years ago, such as taking over the health care sector of the private economy.

She and her 173 fellow revolutionaries all know that the pendulum will eventually swing back — if you just stick around long enough.

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Veteran Advisor

Re: 173 Extremists

The American Left is defunct.

 

That is why it was necessary to invent such chimerical figures as William Ayers and Saul Alinsky.

 

You can't wage war without an enemy, even if you have to make one up.

Senior Contributor

Re: 173 Extremists


@hardnox604008 wrote:

The American Left is defunct.

 

That is why it was necessary to invent such chimerical figures as William Ayers and Saul Alinsky.

 

You can't wage war without an enemy, even if you have to make one up.


They own the White House and the Senate and have just appointed 2 Supreme Court justices. Doesn't exactly meet the definition of defunct but with their behavior of the last 2 days it seems they are trying to become that way.

Senior Contributor

Re: 173 Extremists

The American left has put away their pipe bombs, got elected to public office and found out they can do more damage with a pen.

Advisor

Re: 173 Extremists

You're a consant source of irony, but its just not funny any more.
Veteran Advisor

Re: 173 Extremists

I would say they are a bit right of center in terms of the post WWII political equilibrium.

 

The Republicans are to the right of Goldwater, as he noted in his later years.

 

Barry (and Ronnie) the RINOs.

Veteran Advisor

Re: 173 Extremists

So you don't agree that "the left" exists only as a presumption anymore, with nothing tangable there that can be seen or measured. Not, anyway, the "left" that is villified here and elsewhere.

 

You whippersnappers here don't know "left" from sickum...ain't ever really seen it, most likely.

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We somehow got a free weekend of some movie channels on Direct TV these past few days and I was watching The U.S.  vs. John Lennon last night. Which found me asking myself  "And these people today think there are progressive or liberal ideas floating around today that can be seen as genuinely radical?" After all of the sub-Eisnehower, sub-Nixon, sub-Ford, sub-Reagan, sub-GHWB taxes they've gotten off with for 10 years now and not asked to contribute or sacrifice anything (other than other people's flesh) to 2 wars and after total management of the economy has been handed over to a few banks and any number of major corporations by a succession of mostly Republican, but now also 2 Democrat executive administrations that our problems are somehow the result of f'in liberal policies gone and run wild?

 

 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0478049/

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_U.S._vs._John_Lennon

 

Advisor

Re: 173 Extremists

The fact that you don't get the irony isn't surprising.
Senior Contributor

Re: 173 Extremists

From reading most the posts above yours, I'd say the motto is, "If the truth doesn't work well enough in your favor, then exaggerate like HeII until it does."

Advisor

Re: 173 Extremists

To the topic of your post, it should prove to you that socialism and fascism are birds of a feather not polar opposites.