After a few years of listening to the general screaming, moaning, bitching, whining, and intermittent chest-beating of the so-called progressives, I’ve decided to give a list of things that would actually cause me to pay any serious attention to them. It’s not by any means a comprehensive list, just a fairly short list of things they should have been doing to get serious attention by anyone, including politicians.
I will listen to you when you:
- Demonstrate the ability to successfully lobby for and shepherd through Congress a bill meeting your standards.
- Identify and recruit primary challengers to members of the Blue Dog caucus, and provide them with the financial support, campaign staff, and field support needed to win that primary.
- Demonstrate that you can get local candidates on the ballot and win in a number of areas around the country.
- Can turn out a reliable block of voters who make a difference in an election, in more than just a few select urban areas that were going your way anyway.
- Start acknowledging when the President does something right, and stop blaming him for things he had no control over.
- Start going after Republicans with the vigor you’ve been using on Democrats.
None of them are particularly “unusual” if you plan on being a political force. They’re all standard things that any politically influential group does as a matter of course. It’s the way they became political forces in the first place. Which is exactly what the various “progressive” complainers who call themselves “the netroots” haven’t done. For all the noise they make, they’ve never once demonstrated an ability to do any of the above.
They want to be listened to? To be taken seriously? The above list is a beginning. I’ll listen when they show they can do more than talk. I’m not going to be holding my breath, though.