We have gone from the Great Society in 1964 to now being the Failed Society in 2012.
Failure is not easy to come to terms with. But we as a people in American society have quite simply and without a doubt Failed! . American Society has been in decline for quite some time starting with the security insanity during the war on terror years, to the rise of a revolution of wanton anti intellectuals in the Tea Party, and now the latest canard Fast Food Homophobia. These events and movements are clear indicators that we as a society have stopped in moving forward. While those involved in these aforementioned movements are true failures, we in the Progressive movement unfortunately have to take some blame because we have allowed them to play this game and not hold them accountable.
Modern day Conservatives have stopped living in our reality and created their own. Clearly when the facts do not serve them they create them. They want to continue living in a society that is repressive and authoritarian. The truth is these rabid individuals are actually a minority of the country, but they are a very vocal and visible minority which is often speaking. The problem is when we speak we let them, we do not challenge their belief system and try to hold them accountable for their words and actions. The Tea Party is a movement built entirely around fantasy and ignorance. The viewpoints espoused by these individuals range from the stupid to the downright insane! It is our responsibility if we are to get society moving forward, to help these people they are Americans as well and they really do need our help.