Tea party activists are routinely insulted by the media, and even by establishment Republicans, as a bunch of loony extremists. But we didnâ€™t hear the same derogatory language used to describe activists at last weekendâ€™s rally in D.C. called "One Nation Working Together." It was organized by a collection of unions and left-wing groups, including the Communist Party of the United States.
On the CPUSA web site, members were encouraged to join the rally:
"Millions are coming forward to counter fear and hate with unity and hope, and to protect the democratic majorities in Congress. The Communist Party USA and Young Communist League stand with them."
Now, call us crazy, but Scoreboard thinks that the tea party message of a democracy based on limited government is a little more representative of American values than a shift to the dictatorship of the proletariat. If anyone thinks the Communist Party is going to help Democrats get back the vote from the mainstream, they're nuts.
True, CPUSA is just one of many participants. But even the mainstream unions parading are losing the power they once had to "energize the base." And they're certainly not doing much to attract mainstream voters.
The simplest reason is the rising unemployment rate. Unions advised their members to vote for the man and the party who've been in power for two years, and unemployment has just gone up and up. The first job of a worker's organization is to provide work. If you fail on that score, you're out.
Secondly, folks are real suspicious of the leaders of any organization these days. Nobody trusts the establishmentâ€¦because the establishment has failed. So when the establishment says jump, members ask: "Why should we?" We think this is healthy, whether it's questioning the Democrat, Republican or Union hierarchy. We're not anarchists, but we like the libertarian reflex of questioning authority.
And thatâ€™s exactly what a lot of the union cadre and unorganized workers are doing now. The unions spent a lot of money bussing folks in from all over for the rally, and some union bosses were so anxious to get participants that they claimed showing up for the rally was mandatory.
Well, we know what we'd do if a union boss told us we had to go to a rally...we'd tell that boss to stick it, particularly if he'd failed to deliver on jobs. We suspect that's what a lot of union members did over the weekend, where the rally was a lot smaller than organizers had said it would be.
And we suspect something very similar will happen in November, when the old exhortation for union members to come out and vote often will be ignored.