I spoke with a friend recently who strongly suggested that while I consistently criticize the Left, I fail to do so of the Right.
That is not an unfair criticism.
I tend to be harder on the Left because I am a liberal who leans Left, particularly on domestic issues.
But she is not incorrect. I am harder on the Left because I expect very little from the right-wing, to begin with.
I was born in 1963 and when I was growing up in New York and Connecticut almost everyone that I knew was more-or-less on the Left. We were a bit too young to oppose the Vietnam War, but we opposed it, anyway.
We opposed what seemed to us as the militarism of the Right and the Republican Party... despite the fact that the Vietnam War was mainly a Democratic Party war.
We opposed unbridled capitalism.
We supported a strong social-economic safety-net for American workers. We supported environmental regulations to combat pollution and global warming. We supported a woman's right to choose an abortion and Gay rights, including the right to marriage. And, needless to say, we supported safety-rights for American industrial workers.
In fact, two of my best friends in the world found themselves featured as examples of Gay marriage on Fox News with the Bill O'Reilly filming of same-sex weddings in 2004, under the direction of Mayor Gavin Newsom. In fact, Kevin actually called up the station requesting a copy of that footage given that he and his husband were featured in it without their awareness. Fox refused the accommodation.
But the truth is that the American right-wing has dragged its heels on these kinds of issues.
It has rarely supported the interests of the working class, which includes almost all Americans.
In truth, within Congress, it has rarely supported the interests of anyone other than than the wealthy within the United States.
I guess that I am writing this note as an acknowledgment to my friend who is mighty pissed-off at me for my continual criticism of the progressive-left.
We can have ongoing differences going forward. I just hope that it does not ruin our friendship.