Theodore's World: Liberal and Progressive Groups ...'One Nation" ...Aim To Copy Tea Party Passion and Energy

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July 10, 2010

Liberal and Progressive Groups ...'One Nation" ...Aim To Copy Tea Party Passion and Energy

From Glenn Beck show....... Obama, The Democrats, Progressives


With 'One Nation,' liberal groups aim to match tea party's energy, influence

The Washington Post

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, the “tea party” movement must be honored.

In an effort to replicate the tea party’s success, 170 liberal and civil rights groups are forming a coalition that they hope will match the movement’s political energy and influence. They promise to “counter the tea party narrative” and help the progressive movement find its voice again after 18 months of floundering.

The large-scale attempt at liberal unity, dubbed “One Nation,” will try to revive themes that energized the progressive grassroots two years ago. In a repurposing of Barack Obama’s old campaign slogan, organizers are demanding “all the change” they voted for — a poke at the White House.

But the liberal groups have long had a kind of sibling rivalry, jostling over competing agendas and seeking to influence some of the same lawmakers. In forming the coalition, the groups struggled to settle on a name. Even now, two of the major players disagree about who came up with the idea of holding a march this fall.

Liberal leaders see "much of the progressive agenda at risk in this election," said Paul Starr, a professor of public affairs at Princeton University and co-editor of the American Prospect, a liberal magazine. "There is no choice but for these groups to get together. The historical pattern is that voter turnout falls disproportionately among minorities and young people at these midterm elections, so they are fighting a historical trend."

Leaders of the groups have been meeting for about three months in a planning process that some participants called arduous, debating everything from the name of the coalition to what the branding and logo should look like.

The coalition's first goal is to plan a march to "demonstrate to Congress that these agenda items have support across multiple demographics," Jealous said. The demonstration, to be held Oct. 2, will center on pressing for more government spending on job creation.

"This is a way to create some intensity," said Eric Rodriguez, vice president of NCLR. "Month after month, we spend time pointing to these employment figures, and we're still not breaking through on the disparities in a way that we think is important."

This week at their national conventions both NAACP and NCLR leaders will begin talking to their members about "One Nation," and they are seeking money from foundations for the effort. They hope it will be a show of force that will remind both Congress and the White House that they are out there.

Obama, who some activists say has not lived up to their expectations, could also be pushed harder, said Michael McGerr, a professor of history at Indiana University who has studied political campaigns.

Wild Thing's comment.......

Just a little look up shows the Nazi associations of One Nation..

‘One People, One Nation, One Leader’

“The cult of the leader, which surpassed any normal level of trust in political leadership, is central to an understanding of the appeal of National Socialism. It was undoubtedly the most important theme running through Nazi propaganda.

Posted by Wild Thing at July 10, 2010 05:47 AM


I wonder if One Nation will also include all the dead Dem voters. that should swell their ranks.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at July 10, 2010 11:22 AM

My guess is that this "movement" will fail, along the lines of Air America. The reason being, that the Left cannot sustain something like this on Talking Points alone.

A movement like the Tea Party however gets it's momentum and continues to survive on the passion of the people involved.

We have seen the basic tenants of this Country continually attacked and are willing to fight back. Using the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as evidence.

The Left cannot do this, for when opposition to their argument arises, they can only resort to blustering, yelling, lies and threats.

Even the average listener can pick up the difference.

Final note. I have participated in Tea Party events, and can tell you without a doubt, that the support of passers by, far outnumbered the upraised middle fingers. Which by the way is a typical Liberal response.

Posted by: Sean at July 10, 2010 11:30 AM

Well this is new. I thought the Tea Party's were a flash in the pan, the "Teabaggers" even their progressive republican counterpart Lindsey Gramnesty said the Tea Parties would go by the way side.

I wonder how many riots they'll cause and leave the areas a mess. Tea Party's are famous for leaving their sites spotless. who take better care of the land?

Posted by: Mark at July 10, 2010 02:17 PM

I don't understand why they just don't come out and say "ein Volk ein Reich ein Fuhrer" it is the true face of who they realy are.

Posted by: MrHappy at July 10, 2010 02:35 PM

‎"Obama, who some activists say has not lived up to their expectations, could also be pushed harder"

Why yes... he could be pushed.. but from where and from how high?

Posted by: Melissa In Texas at July 10, 2010 10:16 PM

Thanks everyone for your input.

Melissa LOL love it.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 10, 2010 11:13 PM