Watching various conversations online about the Trust the People rallies (11/11 and 11/18) brings a rather sickening realization about the so-called progressive end of the political spectrum in Portland that hopefully is representative only of these few segments and not of Portland progressives as a whole.
If progressives individuals or groups are more interested in jockeying for position, angling for the camera, and passing judgements upon other individuals or groups out of a misplaced sense of moral superiorty than they are in communicating with each other with the aim of some kind of actual SUCCESS, then they are doomed to perpetual failure.
Intending to disrupt an "every vote counts" rally because someone decides that's not the real issue when it comes to the problems of American democracy is inherently undemocratic. The medium is the message, and anyone witnessing such a spectacle from the outside will only see a bunch of disruptive hooligans and not give a damn what they might have to say.
The powers-that-be LOVE this sort of nonsense. They don't have to expend ANY energy to disrupt progressive politics, because progressives themselves can't stop fighting with each other over who gets the attention.
Someone, somewhere, here in PDX, please give some examples of how the progressive community is overcoming this sort of adolescent activist preening.