A new threat to any hope of furthering a progressive agenda is organizing. To the rational observer, the only realistic promise they, the organizers of WeWillReplaceYou, and the cynics they attract offer is the historic failure that liberal extremists have given us time after time.
Those liberals and progressives who subscribe to liberal political pages on Facebook are familiar with the aphorism to the effect that “doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results is the definition of stupidity.” Little do too many of them realize how that aphorism applies to them. Like the Tea Party “idiots” they despise, such are the liberal extremists who identify with the Occupy movement, and candidacy of Bernie Sanders for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
Among the more remarkable bits of evidence of the stupidity of those cynics who have self-anointed themselves to hold Democrats whom they perceive as wayward accountable is that they seem to have little or no understanding of the most basic elements of the political process, let alone the nuances. Then too, the smug rejection of what they believe to be a choice between “lesser of two evils” is both outdated and childishly absurd.
The example of just one “wayward” Democrat further illustrates the foolishly unthinking approach of these childishly cynical extremists. Joe Manchin, A Democratic Senator from West Virginia, is among the Red State Democrats at risk to lose his office in 2018. Now, in addition to being a target of the GOP—along with several other “wayward” Democrats—he will have to weather an assault from WeWillReplaceYou for his position on President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch.
Realistically, there is little hope that they will mount a successful challenge to Manchin’s run for the Democratic ticket in 2018. The mindless viciousness of these cynics is however fully capable of assuring that his Republican challenger wins—in the same way their ilk so damaged the character of Hillary Clinton that they assured the election of Donald Trump.
Common sense dictates that any success on the part of WeWillReplaceYou will assure their overall failure to accomplish anything worthwhile. Every Democrat they trash to the point that they lose their seat to a Republican will be another victory that locks-in GOP hegemony for years to come. The only “revolution” likely to bring about the change they seek is too unbearable for most of us to contemplate—and very probably will not accomplish what they want.
Our political system has been one of progress and set-back, a slow evolutionary process that took four score and seven years to free so many Americans whose civil rights were not affirmed for another century, and well over a century to empower women. If the cynicism of WeWillReplaceYou becomes as infectious as the #NeverHillary movement, it will be decades at best before there is any hope of reversing the damage they did—perhaps even centuries if the Republicans further delay dealing with issues like climate change.