Growing up I’d always thought of being Liberal as a virtue. During the last Bush administration, it was liberals who were anti-war, who marched for peace, who demanded action on global warming, who were the backbone of the struggling labor movement.
With Obama in the white house, being liberal now means making excuses for war, remaining totally silent regarding Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, ignoring Obama’s KXL tar sand pipeline, ignoring Chelsea Manning’s heroism and her decades long imprisonment, shrugging at mention of Edward Snowden’s world-changing sacrifice. Explain to today’s liberal how Obama’s militarization of the border has deported over 2 million migrant workers and refugees fleeing drug cartel violence, and they’ll stare at you blankly.
What concern liberals still have for climate change usually gets channeled into signing online petitions from MoveOn or 350. Rarely do they display solidarity with the people taking direction action against KXL or other devastating extraction operations. Liberals tell us to remain nonviolent during protests, regardless of the violence committed by police, and regardless of the institutional violence committed every day against marginalized communities. The liberal of today is concerned with better bicycle lanes, but not rising rents that soon follow. And why should they? Life’s pretty good with Democrats running the show, as long as you’re a Democrat.