The Political Spectrum Shifts
Rightward, and Tom Tomorrow Asks "Are You a Left Wing Wacko?"
August 7, 2001
If you grew up in the 1950's
and 1960's, or if you've studied that era, you know that the political
spectrum has shifted rightward a great deal since then. Bill Clinton
and others from the Democratic Leadership Council segment of the Democratic
Party -- because of the policies they espouse -- would have been
"Rockefeller Republicans" back then.
This rightward shift has
meant that those of us with a progressive bent have been increasingly
marginalized during the Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Bush Republocrat administration
of the past 20 years. How ridiculously far this process has taken us
is deliciously illustrated by the inimitable Tom Tomorrow in his "Are
You a Left Wing Wacko" cartoon strip: