I’m usually able to avoid the “Obama is going to make this a socialist country” business, but today I happened to find myself captive audience to an elderly conservative. To prove that Obama’s a socialist (not that I asked her to) she offered that he’s trying to take the money away from police, firefighters, and schools, and give it to rich people.
For those of you whose heads have not exploded, I’ll go on. Maybe socialism is a slightly more esoteric concept than the average person would be familiar with. This lady was on a lot of meds, and worried about her Medicare prescription plan premium subsidy (I know, shut up) so maybe I can’t expect her to be up on her Marx and Engels in addition to all that.
But she’s getting it from somewhere. As we all know, calling the President and all Democrats “Socialists” and “militant leftists” is its own industry in this country. Certain media outlets, as well as certain politicians, have had amazing success riling people up with this stuff.
And it’s so, so divorced from reality. There is no militant left wing in this country. Anyone who says that’s what Democrats are obviously does not know what “left” means.
The thing is, we do have a militant right wing. Right-wing militias and secession movements really do exist, even though they’re at the fringes. And of course those people have the right to do what they do. What I’m saying is, there is no equivalent on the left, and I think that distorts some people’s idea of what a “militant left” might look like.
So I say, they want a left-wing bogeyman? Why don’t we just give them one? I’m talking about an outspoken, unapologetic revolutionary leftist movement; an angry, wealth-redistributing, brick-throwing, Ho Chi Minh worshipping mob feeding off the anger of the lowest, poorest sectors of society, promising a worker’s paradise in America and (ominously) justice for past wrongs. General strikes, massive demonstrations, red flags waving in the air, miles of cars overturned and set on fire. Oh, and firearms galore! None of that “gun-control” shit for these left-wingers. They’d treat the Second Amendment like the Black Panthers did.
So, other than educating certain ignorant people about what a real militant left looks like, what would be accomplished by reanimating Lenin in America? Paradoxically, I think it would force our two mainstream parties to work together more. Because they’d both be pretty terrified of a movement like this. Not to mention the right-wing groups that would have to seriously ramp up their own game in response, because right now they have no competition.
How crazy am I for thinking this?