Back in 2010, we were witnesses to people pouring out of their homes to attend town halls across the country to protest the enacting of the Affordable Care Act. These fiscal conservatives of all stripes were upset with the individual mandate, which required all Americans to purchase health insurance. These protesters found this as over-reach by the federal government.
The people soon congealed into a coherent force called the Tea Party. They flexed their muscle upsetting the Congress, governorships and state legislatures.
The Tea Party became a driving force in the Republican Party.
Today we are seeing the opposite side of the ideological and political spectrum out in force, railing against Republican lawmakers. Again at issue by many is the Affordable Care Act.
This time around it is to keep the ACA in place rather than repeal and replacing the law as promised by President Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress.
The range of protests, however, is far beyond just the ACA. The people are in the streets, in the town halls with the full gamut of progressive peeves.
The question is whether we are seeing, what I call, the Children of Liberty or will those protesting go the way of the Occupy movement, which burned hot, then fizzled?
In full disclosure, I have to say that my own sons and their wives are divided. My oldest son and daughter-in-law are conservative in thought. My youngest son and daughter-in-law, in his own words are “bleeding heart liberal, sorry.”
I stand in between the two positions, agreeing with both and disagreeing with both.
Will these Children of Liberty be able to do what the Tea Party did in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016?
Will the divergent wants and desires be able to gel into a coherent political force and upset the status quo?
Or will these Children of Liberty soon lose interest and move on to the next shiny object by 2018?
From the Cornfield, it will be interesting to watch over the next two to four years to see if progressives will manage to become one or continue to pull against each other by trying to make their individual cause the priority.