Gallup polling reveals widespread public uncertainty about the “progressive” political label -- a label recently embraced by no less than Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. While Kagan described her political views as “generally progressive” during her Senate confirmation hearings, fewer than half of Americans can say whether “progressive” does (12%) or does not (31%) describe their own views. The majority (54%) are unsure.
The American people will see progressives in action at the Oct. 2 march on Washington, where they will “demand the change we voted for.”
One Nation believes:
We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to achieve the American Dream — a secure job, a safe home, and a quality education — but banksters and corporate lobbyists have made off with trillions of public dollars while small businesses can’t get loans and cities are laying off teachers, police, and firefighters.
In this time of economic crisis, it is easy for fear-mongerers to pit groups against each other and to find convenient scapegoats for the problems that plague us.
Those “fear-mongerers” include tea-partiers who are fired up and ready to go.
So leaders of One Nation, including NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous, want to be more like tea-partiers.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported:
Jealous’ strategy for pulling the country back together might at first blush surprise those at the convention. His idea: Follow the lead of the Tea Party movement, which emerged in full force after the election of President Barack Obama with rallies, town hall meetings and a “take back the country” mantra.
Similarly, the Washington Post reported progressives hope to rally on Oct. 2, like, well, tea-partiers:
Ready or not, here progressives come.
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.