Over at Chicagoboyz, Shannon Love pens this jawdropping piece of shallow fluffery entertaining the laugh-out-loud delusion that the Left needs to have its own version of the Tea Party.
The Right in America consists of two incompatible elements: religious theocracy, and Americanism (a general term which includes Objectivists). The Tea Party is an uprising of the latter group; it is a revolt, however incomplete, against the expansion of government power. As such, it has caused great consternation on the part of both the Left and the Right, religious and/or conservative.
The Left’s essential characteristic, on the other hand, is the expansion of state power at the expense of individual rights. There is no exception to this pattern in their history (the usually cited counterexamples do not pertain to Leftism, but to liberalism; don’t be confusing the two.) From the Progressives to Obamanation, the Left’s sole purpose in politics is to present government power as the solution, no matter the issue. They are manifestly anti-American to the core, and philosophically monolithic.
How, then, could the Left have its own version of the Tea Party? Where would such a movement originate? What would be its ideals and goals?
What would an anti-Leftist Leftist movement look like? Like nothing anybody has ever seen, or will ever see: contradictions do not exist. The Tea Party could only ever have arisen from the Right.
The error underlying Love’s delusion is one that is unfortunately very common among mainstream centrists and moderate rightists: a Pollyanna-ish overgenerosity that leads them to insist, despite all evidence, upon treating the Left in America as being legitimate participants in the national dialogue, who merely have a different take on things in America. Of the many mainstream myths, this is one of the most dangerous.
In any discussion or dialogue concerning how to achieve a particular goal, the enemies of that goal have no place. The KKK has nothing to contribute to any discussion of achieving racial harmony. Criminals have nothing to contribute to a town hall meeting on reducing crime.
For the exact same reasons, Leftists have no place at the table of a country like America. At best, the Left’s fluffy, empty protestations of fealty to America can be fisked in a matter of minutes; on average, they act like petulant children under color of adulthood; at worst, the childishness and intellectual fluffery falls away when they bare the contents of their souls and confess the truth of where they always meant to take us all along.