New piece up at A2Politico called “Throwing Down With Recall Naysayers Starting With Liberals Like Jack Lessenberry”. In it, I push back against liberal-leaning commentators Jack Lessenberry from Michigan Radio and Eric Baerren of Michigan Liberal. Both of them have maligned the effort to recall Rick Snyder.
There’s a certain sort of comfort one can get by being a political commentator who stands on the outside looking in on the political machinations of society. Removed from the fray, one can wax eloquent about what others are doing right or what others are doing wrong. You can build up those you agree with and deride and mock those you don’t. But at the end of the day, you walk away unscathed and with clean hands.
Not so for the activists who attempt to make change in the world around them.
Activists get their hands dirty—they often get their entire lives dirty. They take risks. They stretch and they try things that may or may not work. But, at the end of the day, after they’ve washed away the grime from the fight, they know they have tried to make the world a better place from their perspective.
I understand how easy it is to sit back, stay clean, and cast opinions and judgements into the mediasphere. Both Eric Baerren and Jack Lessenberry do it daily and make a living from it. For others, though, it’s the passion of activism that motivates them. They care less about what Baerren and Lessenberry think with their “Can’t do” attitudes, and far more about what may be possible with their “Yes we can” attitude. They don’t mind getting a little dirty to accomplish their goals.
Click through to read the entire piece where I counter the idea put forth by Lessenberry and Baerren that the Snyder recall effort is folly because it’s a long shot.
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