Recently, I had the pleasure of facilitating an event called "Innovations in Social Justice: New Hope, New Actions" in Berkeley, California. Among the panelists was 21-year-old rapper, artist and community organizer, Babye Champ.
Progressives are implored to accept the limitations of the political environment. Well enough, I say. We need to shift our focus toward building a grassroots movement that turns promises made to us into positive outcomes.
Republicans who vote down unemployment insurance and try to pass more tax cuts for the rich should be scared to show up in public. It's time for progressives to rediscover their history of mass protests.
The White House and the "professional left," however that's defined, both have critical roles to play in that fight. Both roles can be difficult at times, and tension is inevitable, but we are all on the same team.
I don't share Robert Gibbs' outrage that the "professional left" is being too critical of President Obama. What I am outraged about is that the professional left wasn't more critical of Obama a year ago.
The White House's strategy of getting credit it thinks it deserves sucks. It's not working, and whining about the fact that people don't give the administration enough credit is not going to get them to give it more.
Christian traditions understand that it is especially those individuals whose needs go unmet and whose rights are routinely violated that matter most. Today's libertarianism is an uneasy fit with these principles.
Some 500 days into the new administration, progressives are souring on Obama's leadership. It is this precise moment when I propose that progressives turn this disappointment into a reflection on our selves rather than on a single political figure.
Progressives shouldn't follow leaders -- they should exploit them. Politicians aren't heroes, they're tools to be used in a greater cause. We need to be unrelenting in challenging the right, whose ideology has demonstrably failed.
Progressives have been blessed in the past two years with three significant opportunities to change the fundamentals of American society. We've already blown the first and are missing the second and third.