Joshua Frank summed up the sorry state of electoral politics in 2008 America brilliantly the other day on CounterPunch. However, I like how he highlights that no matter who is in office in Washington, the real progressive battles that inspire true hope (and actually get real results–yes, it is possible for the left to win battles), happen on the ground, in the community, in places widely known and places totally off the radar:
“Activists on the ground fighting to stop the conveyor belt execution industry of Texas, organic farmers battling Monsanto in North Dakota, Native Americans challenging the federal government over ancient land rights, unionists fighting for a fair wage, environmentalists working to hold polluters accountable for their actions — all of these activities will rage on under the radar despite who is in power in Washington. And these are the campaigns that we ought to be supporting.
So don’t worry too much if the left seems dead in the water this year. It may well be, but grassroots activism is alive and well across the land in some of the most remote, forgotten places you could imagine.”