Politics You Know You’re a Progressive If…
posted by June 29 at 14:05 PMon
Yesterday our new summer intern, Rebecca Tapscott, filed a Slog post about the cryptically-named Washington Bus Project—a group that’s trying to get young people involved in supporting progressive candidates. They had an event in the Central District earlier this week.
In one part of her post, Rebecca talked about a magazine-type quiz that attendees were given: “You Know You’re Progressive If…”
I ain’t no young person, but I wanted to see if I was still a progressive. (Beyond still digging the Tinker Standard, I feel like I’m losing my teenage Viet Cong edge.)
So, I asked Rebecca to hit me with the test.
1. You like photos of Barack
Until he took his shirt off.
2. You go through other people’s trash (presumably to recycle it, but he didn’t say)
The best advice I’ve ever gotten from a pop song is this: “Trash, pick it up, don’t throw your love away/ Oh trash, woh, woh, my sweet baby, woh, woh/Trash you’re the one!”
3. You still have a Dean sticker on your car
Sliver of my McCain 2000 sticker. I did go to what seemed like an illicit Dean fund raiser once at a lobster feast at a private home on Fire Island.
4. You don’t have a car
I don’t have a public transit system.
5. You are foam free
I do not drink Mountain Dew. Other than that, I am open to most things.
6. You run red lights to be carbon neutral
I was confused by this question. Af first, I thought it meant: Do I use special red colored energy saver light bulbs in my apartment?
7. You know when Paul Wellstone’s birthday is
I am proud to say Paul Wellstone is the only politician I’ve ever donated money to. (I didn’t kick in at the Dean fundraiser.) $50 in 1990 when he first ran for U.S. Senate as a DFLer.
8. You’re a monthly donor to the Washington Bus Project
There’s a song from Jesus Christ Superstar called “What’s the Buzz?” When I was a little boy I thought they were singing “What’s the Bus?” and I pictured a bunch of Jesus Freak hippies running after the bus.