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The President (or the President-Elect) won't think you don't love him if you get out in the streets and demonstrate. Sometimes he needs that "pressure" to get Congress's attention and action. When the AFL and CIO asked Roosevelt for what became the Wagner Act, he said "Go in the streets and make me do it." And they did. When Martin Luther King asked Kennedy for the Civil Rights Act, JFK said "I have an election coming up. I can't initiate this Act. Make me do it." So King and his people went to Birmingham and got busy. We all love Obama to pieces, but he might appreciate a little heat from us now and then. Walter Ebmeyer. www.richaredifferent.wordpress.com.

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Submitted by amberglow on

and they're not listening at all--whether it's Obama or Congress.

it's time to stop automatically voting for Democrats when they suck, and to help challengers to all sitting bad Dems--and to withhold money and time from them too, and to loudly and clearly show them that there's a price to be paid for caving in to the right, and to lying to us all the time. so far, that's what hasn't been done.

find new ways to punish them and make them see that they can't keep ignoring us--and hurting us.

(and JFK purposely put Civil Rights on hold--he wanted tax stuff passed more--it wasn't a priority for him at all, and he told Congress to keep it in comittee til other stuff got done)

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

Get a liberal challenger for a Democrat. But have that liberal challenger run as a Republican. That would get the Dem leadership to listen quick like. Of course "progressives" are stuck in a Dem only paradigm and have no real interest in changing the entire system. The Village wins with the Dem-GOP dichotomy because both are acceptable to the Village. But we should aim to make both acceptable to liberal values.

Or, since the Dems have a rather comfortable House lead, plan to get rid of one Dem even if it means getting a conservative GOPer in. Or help a liberal/moderate GOP candidate in a primary challenge of a conservative GOPer. As long as "progressives" continue to only work with the Dems they will continue to let the Village dictate what they want.

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Submitted by amberglow on

the GOP is pretty much shut out nowadays-- there's opportunity for a Rockefeller/Lindsay Republican-type (altho that's what the Dems are nowadays, tragically--or worse, especially socially)

they're guaranteed to pick up seats in 10 if the economy's not visibly better tho--no matter what.

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

So they don't nominate an uber-con . . .

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Submitted by amberglow on

; >

what i think will happen is that we'll see more of them running as independents-- or pretending to be.

the better ones are either gone or holding on by the skin of their teeth thruout the northeast--Shays was very typical of the "better" type of repubs (good socially and even helpful on lgbt stuff, etc), and now even he's gone. -- http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/camp...
-- Old-School Moderate Connecticut Republican Shays Goes Down in Defeat -- "... a "rare champion these days of Republican moderation," Shays advocated increasing the minimum wage, expanding children's healthcare, and reforming campaign finance. ..."

the recent lipservice to populism they're doing may work--i think it all depends on Obama and Congress really delivering for all of us next year (which i doubt will happen).

i trust any Repub tho less than i trust any Dem-- and my trust in Dems is hanging by one very frayed thread -- due to a few lone voices in the House trying to do good.