Do you ever get the feeling that the voting booth is a lot
like those buttons you find on some big city street corners? You know, the ones
you push so you can obey the law while pretending to make the light turn green
From high profile veterans to the suddenly energized young
folks brandishing Obama bumper stickers on their fuel-efficient [sic] vehicles, the Left -- in almost all
its guises -- drank the Kool Aid again. Not just the lesser evil fairy tale but
also the �Democrats can be pressured by popular movements� fabrication. No
demands are placed on Democratic candidates for fear any hint of leftist
tendencies would make them unelectable. Instead, we hear: �Let�s get them in
office and then pressure them with our time-honored and battle-proven protest
methods.� Sheer, unadulterated fantasy. Not a shred of evidence to back it up
but it�s put forth every time America elects [sic] another president.
Question: Was any pressure exerted on the last counterfeit
lefty, Bill Clinton?
Answer: Token, at best.
Question: Did such activist pressure -- as wretchedly feeble
as it was -- have any impact on Bubba?
Answer: NAFTA; the repeal of welfare; the bombing of the
Balkans, Iraq, the Sudan, etc.; Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act;
Defense of Marriage Act, abandoning his pledge to consider offering asylum to
Haitian refugees; backing away from his most high-profile campaign issue:
health care; reneging on his promise to �take a firm stand� against the armed
forces� ban on gays and lesbians; the invasion of Somalia; increasing the
Pentagon budget by $25 billion; firing Jocelyn Elders; dumping Lani Guinier;
renewing the sanctions on Iraq; ignoring genocide in Rwanda; passing a crime
bill that gave us more cops, more prisons, and 58 more offenses punishable by
death; the passage of the salvage logging rider; continuation of the use of
methyl bromide; weakening of the Endangered Species Act and the Safe Drinking
Water Act; lowering of grazing fees on land; subsidizing Florida�s sugar
industry; reversing the ban on the production and importation of PCBs; allowing
the export of Alaskan oil; the telecommunications bill; unconditional support
for the Israeli war machine, and not
pardoning Leonard Peltier.
I could go on for hours but either you get the idea by now
or you just don�t wanna hear it. And don�t forget: much of this happened while
Mr. Bill was enjoying the �advantage� of a Democratically-controlled Congress
Ain�t democracy swell?
Besides, what makes us believe in some imaginary left wing
pressure (which, if it even existed, we already know will not be aimed in Obama�s exalted direction) that has the
strength to influence presidents?
While the savvy strategist/activists of the Left harbor
their delusions of grandeur about their ability to sway the Prince of Hope,
here�s a tiny bit what they -- and all of
us -- have allowed to happen without exerting our �influence�: epidemics of
preventable diseases; the poisoning of our air, water, and food (including
mother�s breast milk); global warming, climate change, animal and plant
extinctions, disappearing honeybees, destruction of the rain forest, topsoil
depletion, etc.; one-third of Americans either uninsured or underinsured in
terms of health care; 61 percent of corporations do not even pay taxes;
presidential lies, electoral fraud, limited debates, etc.; the largest prison
population on the planet; corporate control of public land, airwaves, and
pensions; overt infringement of our civil liberties; bloated defense budget,
unilateral military interventions, war crimes committed in our name,
legalization of torture, blah, blah, blah . . .
Before you know it, the US government will start spying on
American citizens and detaining prisoners without charges while allowing
corporations to ravage the earth in pursuit of profit, wiping out entire
eco-systems in the process. Oops . . . sorry: they�re already doing all that
and the mighty Left is fighting back by supporting
Everywhere I went on Election Day, I was asked by friend and
stranger alike: �Did you vote?� Once the polling booths closed, I could be 100
percent certain I�d not be asked another politically motivated question by such
people for another four years. No one would be rushing up to me and demanding
to know if I were planning to do anything about, say, FISA, the death penalty,
the USAPATRIOT Act, homelessness, or factory farming. The election is over.
Obama has won. For 99 percent of the Left, that means their work is done until
2012. It�s time to gloat and reap all the rewards, right?
My prediction: The only pressure that will be consistently
exerted by those on the Left will be the pressure of their soft butts on their
couch cushions, as they sit back to smugly watch Jon Stewart, Keith Olbermann,
Stephen Colbert, and Bill Maher.
My advice: Take up yoga, lefties, because you�re gonna need
an awful lot of flexibility to perform the contortions necessary to explain and
justify President Obama�s actions over the next four years.
Mickey Z. is the author of two new books, CPR for
Dummies and No
Innocent Bystanders, and can be
found on the Web here.