This week Vice President Biden has joined in the campaign crusade to fire up the democratic base for midterm elections. He and other leading democrats have chosen an interesting strategy that emphasizes widespread panic and frustration with their own voters. Rather than rallying voters to get out the vote with lofty slogans of hope and change, the regime is cracking the whip. Biden tells voters to “stop whining.” John Kerry likewise tried his skills once again as a motivational speaker:
As evidence of the unified disposition of democrats, the recent interview in Rolling Stone magazine with President Obama also shows the contempt and disdain democratic leaders hold for their own voters.
One closing remark that I want to make: It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election. There may be complaints about us not having gotten certain things done, not fast enough, making certain legislative compromises. But right now, we’ve got a choice between a Republican Party that has moved to the right of George Bush and is looking to lock in the same policies that got us into these disasters in the first place, versus an administration that, with some admitted warts, has been the most successful administration in a generation in moving progressive agendas forward.
The idea that we’ve got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people are sitting on their hands complaining, is just irresponsible.
Everybody out there has to be thinking about what’s at stake in this election and if they want to move forward over the next two years or six years or 10 years on key issues like climate change, key issues like how we restore a sense of equity and optimism to middle-class families who have seen their incomes decline by five percent over the last decade. If we want the kind of country that respects civil rights and civil liberties, we’d better fight in this election….
We have to get folks off the sidelines. People need to shake off this lethargy, people need to buck up. Bringing about change is hard — that’s what I said during the campaign. It has been hard, and we’ve got some lumps to show for it. But if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place.
If you’re serious, now’s exactly the time that people have to step up.
Obama rails on voters who ”sit on their hands complaining.” After all, he touts his own administration as one that “has been the most successful administration in a generation in moving progressive agendas forward.”
The question then is, do progressive agendas move America forward? This is the real problem that the Democratic party is facing. Voters are not simply lethargic or apathetic. We are not an electorate that does not know what is going on, contrary to John Kerry’s statement.
And no amount of railing is going to change the reality that all Americans are facing as they watch jobs disappear and a slow growth economy sputter and struggle along thanks to the Progressive agenda that leads no one to rally.