If you're like me, you've read countless articles about the need for a resurgent progressive movement to battle the right and help push our president toward the left and away from the center-right. What no one could agree on was what would do the trick, issue-wise, to get progressives off their butts and into the streets.
That was before the Republican governors handed us this gift. Most of our issues before this were important, but remote, in terms of personal effect. The majority of us will never see the inside of Gitmo, have the need to even consider an abortion, have our emails and other communications watched or take a same-sex spouse. Good issues to back, but they don't really hit home for most of us. Start messing with our livelihoods and what we have to put up with during work hours, and now you are affecting us on a personal level.
So, as we attend pro-union rallies in the states immediately affected, and those where it could be, let's take a moment to give credit and thanks to the Republican Party and their new Tea Party-elected officials.
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