The Terriers of Political Discourse

                                                                                     The backside of Mt. Rushmore

     In a recent interview, Cornel West, self-described Bluesman, author, professor, and activist in the Occupy movement, expressed his dismay with Barack Obama, saying he’s “obsessed with being on Mount Rushmore” and is focusing too much on his “legacy.”“I think at this point he’s obsessed with being on Mount Rushmore, he wants to be a great figure in the pantheon of American presidents,” West told the Financial Times. “If you’re thinking about Mount Rushmore, you’re thinking about your legacy, your legacy, your legacy. Puh-lease.”

       The prominent Socialist went on to describe Obama as “ not Muslim and definitely not a Socialist.”

     At the other end of the political spectrum, Tea Party activist Burt Keefer began an article entitled “Obama’s Muslim Dream” with the unequivocal statement, “There is no doubt that our President is a dedicated Muslim.”  The article in the Tea Party Tribune is linked to a nine-minute video that purports to link Barack Obama to Muslim ideology.

      Prominent Republicans have labeled Obama as Socialist, and his administration’s policies as Socialistic.  The Tea Party movement has rallied behind the Socialist label and describes Obama as Socialist at every opportunity.

       All of these labels are intended to incite like-minded members of their flock into action.  The problem with these movements is three-fold:

1.  They have no recognizable and charismatic leaders.

2.  They are very good at articulating what they are against, but have no idea of what they are for.

3.  They complain about problems without articulating solutions to those same problems.

         Leaderless movements that can only repeat the mantra of what they against can only remain movements.  Without mainstream support of a majority of the American people, they will continue to hide behind the labels, repeating the mantra of being against:

Against the rich.

Against more taxation.

Against corporate greed.

Against government.

Until they can accompany the Againsts with Solutions to real problems that face Americans, they will remain at the fringe, barking, the terriers of political discourse.



    The Terriers of Political Discourse – Mark E. Becker – Author of At Risk of Winning | Mark E. Becker – Author of At Risk of Winning…

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