Dear Angry American, Joining the Tea Party is not your only option

So says Arianna Huffington

There’s no doubt the Tea Partiers are angry. But what’s missing from this narrative is the fact that everybody is angry.

Our anger will either lead us to tap into our baser instincts or into the better angels of our nature. And nothing less than the future of our country rides on the decision.

All true, and she definitely understands that Obama is failing badly at delivering on campaign promises or on righting the economy (except for the elites he so seems to be in thrall to.) But when it comes to solutions, how to channel the anger our way, she’s reduced to talking about a few inspirational things that activists are doing.

The real problem is that the Democratic Party, as well as many liberals and progressives, don’t know what they stand for. Howling that Sarah Palin is the Wicked Witch of the West is counter-productive. It doesn’t draw many to your side and worse, it lets the right set the agenda, which the left is then constantly reacting to.

Instead, the left (in the broad sense of the phrase) needs to clearly delineate what it stands for. It needs a competing story to counter the one coming from the right. Most of all it needs to find its principles, then stand and fight for them.