Any one of the major news stories that occurred over the past two weeks would have been enough to make June of 2015 memorable.
However, the confluence of these events will mean that this month will go down in history as a major turning point and will most certainly affect our near and not so near future politics.
Much of the recent rhetoric about the events in June has revolved around President Obama. It is undeniable that he had a very impressive month and has certainly revived and redefined his legacy.
But the lasting effect of this month will not simply involve President Obama. When historians look back at this week, the revival of President Obama’s legacy will simply be a footnote.
What won’t be a footnote is how two major progressive movements became real and substantive change.
The concept of same sex marriage has been a political legal issue for nearly two decades, and it has been used as a political weapon for nearly as long. The issue has swept some conservatives into office and some conservatives out of office.
Beyond campaigns, the issue of same sex marriage divided both political parties over the years, and at this moment, still does divide some Republicans.
But even though GOP presidential candidates have had trouble dealing with last week’s historic court decision, the issue is now over. We haven’t seen issues this divisive simply go away in a long time.
The effect of that absence will be palpable.
The second major progressive movement that became real change last week was in response to a despicable terrorist act, with politicians finding the will to call for the elimination of the Confederate Flag from public buildings.
When the first response came from the governor of South Carolina, some, including me, thought this would help bring about eventual change in the months and years to come.
But very quickly, the pronouncements grew and the most powerful entities in this country began to make the movement real. When corporations found that the flag became too nuclear to sell, it became too nuclear for others to defend.
Again, some will want to believe that this is a free speech issue and that events over the past few days will simply mean a fight is coming. But, the fact of the matter is that the fight, for all intents and purposes, is over.
June 2015 will go down in history for many reasons, but one of the key ones should be that we witnessed two progressive movements become real change.
That kind of progress can only bolster progressives as they move forward on other issues. They cannot dream of the speedy success of June, but they now can utilize that energy moving forward.
Democrats and other progressives can now begin to focus on the hope created by this progress.
That energy is a priceless commodity that cannot be manufactured. If any Republican presidential candidates, or even local candidates for that matter think differently, then they do at their own peril.
The sixth month of 2015 proved to the world that real change can indeed occur and that patience, for 17 or even for 150 years, can pay off.
About The Blogger
– Dominic Dezzutti, producer of the Colorado Decides debate series, a co-production of CBS4 and Colorado Public Television, looks at the local and national political scene in his CBSDenver.com blog. Dezzutti is also the host and producer of the Emmy award winning “Colorado Inside Out” on Colorado Public Television.