So this is the narrative they’re going with:
In Wisconsin and around our country, the American Dream is under fierce attack. On Saturday, February 26, at noon local time, Rally to Save the American Dream is organizing rallies in front of every statehouse and in every major city to stand in solidarity with the people of Wisconsin. Please join your fellow union members, the AFL-CIO and other supporters for a rally at LA City Hall.
The fate of the American Dream, we are to understand, now depends entirely on the ability of government workers to get unionized and stay that way. I don’t throw around the word ‘unamerican’ casually. But what we have here is exactly what I predicted and feared — a successful attempt to mobilize the grassroots left around a category mistake. Liberals are now in a fateful position perhaps best described by Alan Wolfe, a man of the left, whose Future of Liberalism is more relevant today than it was when it hit shelves two years ago.
Wolfe denies that “Progressivism shares something in common with twentieth-century fascism,” yet he set this claim within a sobering critique: “The curse the state visits upon liberalism is Progressivism.” The “progressive urge,” he warns, “does constitute a warning for liberals that too much reliance on government to achieve its objectives can stand in tension with other long-established liberal values […].” What would Wolfe make of today’s spectacle — a left that not only relies on government but defines reliance on government as the essence of the American Dream? Even from the standpoint of liberalism, Wolfe’s critique suggests, what we have here is not its essence but its inversion — unamerican in the way 7Up once billed itself as the uncola.