Infuriate An Authoritarian: Find Common Ground And Start Working Together
By Elisha Dorfsmith
DISCLAIMER: The views expressed on this blog are my own and they do not necessarily represent the views of the groups I work with.
Authoritarians and people in powerful positions often have an agenda that is very different from the one they display for their supporters to see. They give lip service to an idea while planting seeds of division and manipulating the message behind the scenes. Their goal is to keep us fighting and separated so we can’t see through the facade.
But what happens when people step out of the boxes that they are put in and start working together as individuals toward common goals? What happens when support for a cause comes from people who those in power believe should be in a separate box? The following examples hint at the answer.
Salon Columnist Tom Watson recently chastised progressives for wanting to join with Libertarians to protest the NSA. He argued that joining together in protest would convey Libertarian legitimacy:
Rights groups and progressive leaders came out swinging at an equal marriage effort put forth by Libertarians and Log Cabin Republicans in Arizona earlier this year:
Hitting even closer to home, former Flagstaff City Council candidate Dan Frazier spoke earlier this month against Flagstaff Liberty Alliance and their food freedom resolution (local food is one of his pet issues) in front of the Flagstaff City Council saying:
“(if you pass this resolution)…you are giving that group some voice, some power and I question whether or not we really want to do that.”
Read the above articles and watch the video and let me know if you see the trend here.
This trend has to stop and we have the power to stop it.
Regardless of where you place yourself on the political spectrum, if we are going to accomplish common goals and protect our freedom we all have to look for common ground and start working together on issues we can agree on. No more unnecessary roadblocks.