Glad to see that there is a little fight left in progressive politics. It really chaps me when Liberals and Democrats slink away when confronted by unruly, disruptive bullies. Sometimes, you just have to go toe to toe. My experience has been that more often than not, calling a bully’s bluff will result in him/her retreating, and damn fast. These people aren’t driven by real conviction. They aren’t ‘freedom fighters.” They are, typically, angry, marginalized people looking to direct their fury at something they perceive as weaker than them.
Still, the suggestions offered in the article, while civilized and gentlemanly, probably won’t deter future groups. Much as I hate to say it, I think its time for some young Dems to step up and get in some people’s faces. Yes, there will probably be fights. A fistfight isn’t the end of the world. Never throw the first punch. Throw the second, and subsequent punches with the idea to end it as quickly as possible. Most fights usually end up being pointless wrestling matches anyway. Fights don’t look in real life like they do in the movies.
I’m not advocating violence. I really think that unless they have an overwhelming advantage numbers-wise, most of these people will avoid a fight at all costs. So, for Progressives, there is truly safety in numbers. Organize. Anticipate. Mobilize. And for God’s sake, don’t wear a tie. Let a few of these “organic” uprisings end in a melee, and pretty soon, it will be a lot less fun to go shout down your political opponents. Bottom line: Bullies are cowards.
Now, go to work.