"Why don't you resurrect Abby Hoffman or some other major old hippy to run because that is the only type of person who would satisfy you reactionaries anyways. Then we could all dance in the street together naked."
I've seen comments like this in many places around the Internet recently, calling progressive Democrats "hippies". Wherever such comments as this are made, they make as little sense as this one.
Consider the way that the commenter uses the term "hippy" in the very same sentence as the insult "reactionaries". The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines a reactionary as: "An opponent of progress or liberalism; an extreme conservative." You may not have liked hippies back in the Sixties, but it just doesn't make sense to link hippies with reactionary politics. No one ever criticized the hippies for their extreme conservatism.
Beyond such ideological confusion, it's hard to understand why this person is bringing up dead hippies anyway. The last time there were hippies around was almost 40 years ago. When was the last time anyone saw hippies in the 24th District? Using the term "hippy" is as out-of-date as insulting progressives with the term "pinko". It's a sign of someone who is not in touch with the political times.
The person who left the comment appears to be a Democrat who is resentful at the renewed voice of progressives in the Democratic Party. The complaint that we progressives will only be satisfied with a candidate if that candidate were someone akin to a resurrected hippy zombie is a pretty big tip off in that direction.
Really, now - are any progressives in the 24th District calling for anything like "dancing naked in the streets"? No, here's what progressives want:
- We want Democrats in Congress to vote against unnecessary wars
- When the President of the United States is caught lying and breaking the law, we want the Democrats in Congress to hold the President accountable
- We want to be able to vote in primaries, so that the chance to choose our own party's candidates
- We want economic investment in local communities in ways that will truly build up our communities in the long run, not just through wasteful pork barrel spending and tax breaks for corporations
- We want health care
- We want good schools for our kids
- We want our government to stop spying against us
- We want our government not to torture people
- We want the development of alternatives to fossil fuel energy systems to be taken seriously, so that pollution and global warming can be brought under control
- We want all people to be recognized equally under the law, without discrimination
- We want politicians to speak with us, not speak for us
- We want our candidates to stop being afraid to talk about the issues
We progressives are not hippies. We working people and professionals who advocate a sane, sustainable way of life that is in tune with the best of the American tradition.
What we want is not unreasonable. But no, we are not about to sit back and be quiet "good Democrats" when we see Democratic candidates caving in to the politics of the true reactionaries: Those on the right wing who have run America into the ground.
This isn't about the old fights of the Sixties. This is about the issues that matter today.