Op-Ed: Mid-terms – When do progressives broach the subject? The good years

American flags fly at half mast in front of the Statue of Liberty following a massacre at a school in Texas – Copyright AFP Tauseef MUSTAFA

You must be wondering. President Biden just signed an executive order protecting women’s rights. The crucial intermediaries are in sight. SCOTUS can now make “laws by governing” without caring about that damn Congress or “They’re the presumed people”. The cost of living is literally skyrocketing. Interest rates are getting way too attractive.

The original title of this op-ed was going to be “When do progressives get back on the subject?” You’ll notice that the word “return” didn’t make the cut.

There is a reason for this.

If you check the front page of The New York Times, you’ll notice an interesting cultural detail: It’s generally all about what the curators do. Every disaster is covered and, in the case of the NYT, generally well covered. There is also usually barely a word about progressive initiatives. “Being seen doing nothing” doesn’t help much.

For example, The Far-Right Christian Quest for Power: ‘We Are Seeing Them Emboldened’ thunders in wide coverage. This comment is certainly necessary. Whether or not NYT readers noticed the problem is a bit more debatable.

I guess they probably noticed. It may have just exploded in their faces in the form of one of those beautiful SCOTUS orgasms recently, for everyone knows.

Then there’s another timely article, Disinformation has become another untouchable problem in Washington. You think? Homeland Security wants to set up a council to monitor national security threats caused by the spread of disinformation. It would have been nice in 2015, but meh; it is American policy. It’s not a topic until it’s plague level, is it? …And if there’s money in it, that’s not a topic, ever.

Two examples are enough. Either way, we’re talking big-money right-hand racquets. The hate industry has gone mainstream and is doing very well, thanks for asking.

This is the usual course of events. Whether it’s gerrymanders, municipal bonds, or billions paid for nothing, it’s absolutely standard practice in America (and elsewhere, to be fair) to make sure these aren’t subjects. Even the mass shootings took decades of massacres to gain political traction.

You will be never hear a word from anyone in American politics about:

  • Super PACs as unlimited money laundering operations.
  • Hordes of criminals attached to all aspects of political life. Many convictions, but no interest.
  • Actual treason carried out in collusion with a reasonably well-known country of mass murder that enjoys invading other countries.
  • The massive degradation of essential resources like water over the past decade. Another capital-intensive sector that does not produce its main resource. (All that really huge money may have found another pocket-like drain to go down, maybe?)
  • Infrastructure rackets of all kinds.
  • Anything that is about to cause the next financial crash like the one in 2008.
  • The fact that a country of over 300 million people generated 6.47 billion prescriptions filled in 2021. That’s nearly 2,000 prescriptions per person. Every man, woman and child in America has bought 2000 prescriptions, right? That’s 5 prescriptions per day, per person. You are not an observer?

No, things are great.

You are still alive and capable of being broke for a few more generations at least; what are you complaining about?

They are not Politics questions and are therefore hardly worthy of attention. They are part of the fabulous tapestry of American life. Who needs Bayeux when you got DC anyway?

The mere fact that America happily and psychotically rots under a scorching sun in the process is not new. These are established facts. Perish the idea that anyone, especially a progressive, dares to mention them.

The progressive perspective – Who, us? Fight back? Already? My God.

Wait – There’s a progressive perspective? When did it happen? How did it happen? Aren’t we all busy studying esoteric matters in academic stupors? You would think so.

As a writer, I’ve read a lot of this stuff, and seriously, I could bite the fast trains in half when I do. As communication, progressive coverage of a given topic tends to be enjoyable to the point of being totally inexcusable.

Hardly an idea, let alone a solution, is mentioned by progressives. If so, it’s usually legalese or filtered through obscure terminology so wordy that you might have a hernia.

Like any form of addressing the American public or even some of the less ambitious American domestic bricks, it’s awful. Even the idea of ​​progressivism has become a sort of ivy-covered mausoleum that never discusses all that is productive in clear terms.

How the hell are you going to do anything when you barely mention what needs to be done? Or can’t even be bothered to make it understandable?

Let’s look at the situation:

  • You already have a civil war, much worse and deeper than the previous one.
  • You stand against fundamentally corrupt, totally out of touch people. Well, some of them could have been people.
  • These people are fully capable of turning America into 50 versions of red-state disaster areas. In fact, that’s all they seem to know how to do.
  • Article III of the Constitution is used by them to effectively negate democracy through SCOTUS. Forget the First Amendment if you do nothing.
  • This sweet little kid from Donny Trump is still running around polarizing the country. The “most investigated, least prosecuted” schtick is still operational.
  • The country is physically falling apart.
  • The environment is a veritable monster of deliberately sponsored toxicity, drought and systemic obsolescence.
  • Health, education, poverty and housing are absolute atrocities, decades behind the rest of the western world.

Do you think the bullet points above, a massive 145 words in total, could be turned into election questions? Or even the law, heavy logic and vocabularies allow it?

A fundamental point –

There is nothing wrong with speaking frankly.

It’s effective.

People understand it.

Can we try not to bury every damn thing in these wordy and excruciatingly indirect treatises?

Can you also try not to “escape” people like Sanders and others who are willing to face America’s many thankless horrors?

None of these chips are incorrigible. Could you at least mention that you want to try to fix them and say so, in so many words?

…Because otherwise, no one, and certainly not American voters, will ever know.

So in plain language – Make sense, fools.


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Jessica C. Bell