Agitate

Jim Hightower:

“What created democracy was Thomas Paine and Shays Rebellion, the suffragists and the abolitionists and on down through the populists and the labor movement, including the Wobblies. Tough, in your face people… Mother Jones, Woody Guthrie… Martin Luther King and Caesar Chavez. And now it’s down to us.

“These are agitators. They extended democracy decade after decade. You know, sometimes we get in the midst of these fights. We think we’re making no progress. But… you look back, we’ve made a lot of progress… The agitator after all is the center post in the washing machine that gets the dirt out. So, we need a lot more agitation….

“We can battle back against the powers. But it’s not just going to a rally and shouting. It’s organizing and it’s thinking. And reaching out to others. And building a real people’s movement.”

And in a related note: I’m not here to make Michelle Obama or her husband feel better. I’m here to agitate for fairness, for peace, dignity, and economic justice. Honestly, anyone who’s more worried about their feelings, go right ahead.

But don’t confuse protecting them with activism. Obama is the man who’s standing by and letting the corporations shred what little is left of the safety net. He’s not on the side of working people.

Try to remember that.

3 thoughts on “Agitate

  1. I think it was best said in another comment — Obama is at heart a centrist and incrementalist. Yes, he has a big, bold vision for the future, he’s just not in any hurry to get there and is more than willing to bargain away better ideas in exchange for going-along-to-get-along peace with corporatists.

    Our salvation thus lies not with the President, but with Congress, which still needs more progressive members with spine!

  2. You are right on target, Foraker. And, Susie I agree with you on most issues, however, the one thing I don’t agree with you on is raising any concern or wasting precious time over Ms. Obamas’ vacation destinations. She has nothing to do with policy, and I don’t care about the optics: let’s focus on Barry and the bullshit HE brings to the table! And, to Forakers point, the Congress has the power (since Obama won’t use his) to bring forward a real progressive agenda for future generations. Just sayin.

  3. Foraker,

    No, Obama is to the right of center – frequently way to the right of center. And whatever bold vision you think he has for the future, I doubt it has much prosperity or freedom for the middle and lower classes.

    He’s a bad guy. There is nothing decent, kind, enlightened, or humane about him. He’s all sociopath and nothin’ much good will come out of his presidency.

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