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There is a pervasive sense across the political spectrum that “the system is broken.” Now, Obama’s ascension to the White House backed by huge majorities in both House and Senate is turning to ashes in our mouths. And there is a dawning recognition that the Democratic Party is also broken.
The party’s rank-and-file is to different degrees frustrated, confused and outraged, as promise after promise is broken to create that bloody stump of a healthcare bill. So-called progressive leaders put their credibility on the line for healthcare reform, and with their weakness exposed have gone into a macho frenzy, screaming for stiffened spines and not backing down, like the Beach Boys riding the wild surf. The ranks can express their disgust and humiliation by staying home as they did in Massachusetts, yet they are both frightened and intrigued by the growth of a Far Right that threatens abortion rights and any healthcare reform, yet speaks to their fears of a system out of control.
Calls abound to “target the worst.” Change the Senate by going after the sellouts like Reid and Nelson and others. But this entails finding credible (party-approved) candidates just a shade to the left of the targeted incumbents, who can draw big money and media. But it is not the worst, it has been the progressives who have caved in over and over again to lead us into the current healthcare impasse. These big money targeting campaigns require the big money that shuts ordinary people out of the process. They are not necessarily bad in-and-of-themselves. But they are merely a continuation of the “elect more Democrats” cries of 2006 (more Democrats who still approved Iraq-war funding) and 2008 (who have given us Stupak and Nelson and the Mandate).
The system is broken. Doesn’t work. We are faced with global warming, an economy on the precipice, nearly a quarter of American workers out of a job, oil supplies hitting their peak, endless wars, and a dying empire lashing out at the rest of the world. Amidst this, there is a growing right-wing movement that is BOTH grassroots-driven AND corporate-funded, a movement that would keep order (not law, just order) as the above all unfolds.
The Democratic Party could oppose this, but the Democratic Party is broken. Doesn’t work. They like to play the blame game, it’s the Republicans, it’s Lieberman and Nelson, it’s Stupak, it’s those pesky progressives. But 220 Democrats voted for the Stupak-ridden healthcare bill. The full Democratic Caucus voted for the Senate’s Nelson version. The Democratic Party invited the Wall Street wolves into the White House henhouse. The party as a collective entity did this. The party is responsible, and now some of those with the most progressive reputations have taken the lead in ramming it down our throats.
Doing something about the system being broken and the Democratic Party being broken isn’t just a rhetorical point, it is a matter of survival. The obvious fact is that the only way out of this is to mobilize the American people to fight in their own interests. Easy to state. Not so easy to do, thus the long record of progressive failure for the last 40 years. Talk is cheap. And for that matter, outrage is cheap.
We believe the solution lies in thinking big -- and thinking small. The gravity of the situation is big, but what I propose -- the Full Court Press -- is quite small and simple. Thus it is doable. Read more about Full Court Press -- 435 congressional primaries in 2012
Since I've already posted about a fairly tangible resistance method and a tactic that's a bit controversial, I thought I'd go more in the direction of something that bloggers could buy into pretty easily. First, a reminder:
Activism, by definition, cannot be done online. At best you can be an online advocate.
It was not entirely unexpected that my post yesterday about State resistance to Federal power generated a bit of controversy at Great Orange Satan. Quite frankly, it was a deliberate ploy on my part to bring up secession to spark discussion, though I admit I was a little surprised that people focused so much on minutiae related to that hook rather than my larger point. Read more about May The Sword Of The Parent Never Be Stained With The Blood Of His Children
This essay is very good and I'd encourage you to pass it around, but it likely has too many big words and doesn't have shiny flashy stuff in the sidebar, so I doubt I'll be able to get many folks to read it. Still, this part struck me especially:
Read more about On Neoliberalism and False Dualities
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That receiver's name is Lyle Leong. He's from Abilene. He caught that ball from Tech backup qb "Sticks" Sheffield in the 2nd half of the Alamo Bowl game Saturday night. That particular receiver ordinarily serves Tech QB Taylor (Nick) Potts as a BFF the way Wes Welker does for Tom Brady, but on Saturday night Potts hurt his non-throwing hand in the 3rd quarter. That cornerback, if my copy of the MSU roster's accurate, is a redshirt freshman who stands 6-1: Mitchell White. Read more about Tech Receivers, Alamo Bowl Victory
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My response to Natasha on why she's quite right to worry about "Conscience Clause" expansion and other slip-sliding further into a rightwing agenda:
Read more about On progressive leverage, and the lack thereof
Andrew McCarthy at Echindne has thrown in the towel.
In the comments (ironically), Andrew fleshes out his reasoning:
"My biggest objection to blogging (as usually practiced) is that the "format" doesn't really allow room for deep thinking. It puts a premium on fast response time and provocative "sound bytes".
(I'll try to place spoilers below the cut, but there will be plenty of them about the rebooted Star Trek franchise.) Read more about "Star Trek" and echoes of a past marketing campaign (Spoilers ahead.)
So, there will probably be some silly incoherent right-wing protests in the future. There is a very real danger, though, that they won't have such an LOL-worthy rallying cry as "Teabag the White House!!11". Well, we need to get out in front of this, gang. I propose that all evil ACORN infiltrators make the following sign, to be used where/whenever wingnuts and cameras come together:
After You Teabag... DVDA!
I knew I shoulda taken off work yesterday... Read more about After you've finished teabagging...
Much of what we do as bloggers is fact-checking and logic-checking of prevailing political narratives, many of which are absurdly and dangerously wrong... and sussing out the morals of the stories.