The quick shift in the political identity of the Democratic Party over the last couple months came into focus for me as I was sorting through an old collection of our Irregular Times bumper stickers tonight.
I pondered for a minute over a bumper sticker we made about five years ago, as the struggle to unseat George W. Bush in the 2004 election was really heating up. The message was simple and classic: Question Authority.
Back then, that slogan fit the attitude of most Democrats, in the rank and file if not in the rather compliant Democratic Party leadership. I can’t say that the same is true nowadays.
These days, whenever I discuss some of the grave problems that are passing over from the Bush White House into the Obama White House, the reaction I hear comes in a begging voice: Please, do not raise these concerns right now.
Democrats no longer seem to believe in the value of questioning authority. If I were inclined to design a bumper sticker to appeal to today’s Democrat, I’d make something with another slogan: In the place of Question Authority the sticker would read, Give Authority More Time.
No, we’re not selling that bumper sticker.