Look, here's what happened in Massachusetts: a lot of Republicans voted, a lot of Democrats didn't. Why did this happen? There are myriad reasons, and I'll explore them below the fold. Before you all start accusing me of "circular firing squad" or playing the "blame game", I want to state that nobody is blameless here, but we need to look back and see what the causes are so we can move forward with a plan that addresses these causes and prevents future losses.
I have two degrees from the University of Arizona (Political Science and Entrepreneurship). This isn't to toot my own horn, it's to say that had I wanted to, I could've gone any number of ways after college (graduated in 1998). As it is, I thrashed around for a bit working part time jobs and cobbling together a meager income before getting very active in politics just before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. As the plans for war were being rolled out, my girlfriend and I were rolling out a plan of our own to walk to D.C. in protest of the invasion. We returned in the chaos of the nascent occupation, amongst the vile defiling of Iraq's, nay, the world's, historic national treasures to the chaos of a presidential campaign, a Peace Movement in shock and awe, and a world reeling from the disaster in Iraq. This is the environment in which I began my relationship with ACORN.
Today the New York Times has a story titled Plan Would Ease Limits on Media Owners. It highlights that Chairman Martin plans to bring a further consolidation plan to a vote by the end of the year. As I said here, this is to avoid election season. And though the dates are not officially set yet, I've been hearing that the last of the Localism hearings will be on Oct 31 in Washington DC and the last of the Consolidation hearings will be on Nov 2 in Seattle. These dates are tentative until we get official word from the FCC.
These new rules would allow one company in a market like Portland, OR. to own the daily newspaper, 3 television stations, 8 radio stations, the cable provider and the largest internet provider. You think we've got "Fair and Balanced" now?! Action and explanation below.
The FCC chairman is planning to announce a new media consolidation proposal soon. This will not be as sweeping as the previous one that was beat back in congress, but it will try to allow consolidation of newspaper and radio ownership. There will be a short (3 week?) period for comment. There is an FCC public hearing in Seattle on November 2, so time to come out and show our power again. Write your Senators and Members of Congress AND the FCC commissioners and tell them that media consolidation is hurting the quality of information you get. If you're in Seattle or within a drive, plan to head up to the hearing on November 2 to voice your displeasure.
How do I know? I was in the room with a source very very high up at the FCC.
Scared? Are you kidding me? There are a few thousand of us, maybe a few hundred thousand...so? Why should they be so scared of the "unwashed masses" of us when there are so many more of the "brainwashed masses" to rely on? If there are 300,000 of us (I'm not sure what the figure is), that's a huge amount, but we're really less then 1% of the population. There are still 25% of the population support Bush and probably more than a few who would love to pick up a gun and shoot you and I. Why would they be scared of us when we type our little manifestos on our computers in the comfort of our homes or offices? What are we doing to actually scare them?
Yeah, we're starting to have some impact on elections, bully for us! What impact are we having? We've gotten more Dems elected and that's a start, but how many of us are willing to actually do something? Scared...please.
Dear Cindy Sheehan,
In February 2003 my girlfriend and I left Tucson, Arizona and led a war protest/peace march to Washington DC. As we trekked through America spreading our message of non-voilence, we came up against exactly what you have voiced here. We hoped to prevent the war, then stop the war, then end the occupation...none of which happened. We hoped to attract media attention to our cause; that turned out to be a joke. We hoped to grow our march and end in DC with a large group demanding that we not go to/end this war/occupation; I was foolish and idealistic.
This experience has left us both radicalized and somewhat bitter. It has transformed our lives with the knowledge we gained. It has opened our eyes and our mind to the atrocities that are committed in our names every day around the world. For a while it was horribly deflating upon the evaluation that we had done all this work (such a drop in the bucket by comparison to you) and changed nothing.
When all was said and done, after much reflection and conversation, we came to realize that if we do not continue the struggle, if we just run away, we lose. The odds are insurmountable, but what other option do we have?
It is why I organize.
Just a question. Who ever said that it was necessary to pass an Iraq supplemental? It seems all this talk of timelines and deadlines and the like is only creating more dead people on a quick timeline. If congress has the power of the purse, why not just REFUSE to pass a bill?
Mr. President, you've had your opportunity and you chose to veto the bill. We've done our part, we support the troops, we passed a funding bill, you chose to abandon our troops by vetoing their funding. Well, now we need to call for their rapid redeployment from Iraq as there will be no funding for the continued occupation in Iraq.
Isn't this what Dems were elected for? Didn't we, the people, call for a little backbone? Didn't we ask those running to stand up to the bullies in the White House and have resolve to end this occupation?
I've don't the tallying in AZ and the Dems have picked up a few seats in both the Senate and the House. We have successfully prevented the Republicans from getting a 2/3rds majority that could override Governor Napalitano's veto. We're at 12 seats of 30 in the Senate and 26 seats of 60 in the house.
In AZ we've got an "independent redistricting" commission, though I'm not sure how it works. Anyhow, imput from others is definately welcome. Thanks!
It was clearly a DVD, so I opened it and popped it in to find a killer video! The packaging was slick and attention grabbing. This could be the impetus for an upset here in S. AZ. More below the fold.
Of course you have, that's why you're here!
I learned early in this election season that the establishment darling in AZ-08 hasn't.
I hear it every day with varying degrees of concern for and racism against these immigrants from Mexico and Latin America; the usual cry to build a wall and send them home. You out there in the Kos community would probably think I'm kidding when I tell you that it comes from all sides, Republicans and Democrats...even those calling themselves 'progressive'.
I've heard a lot about the problem. We in Southern Arizona live with it every day. Now it is time to think about real solutions.
This race is of national significance and it is one in which the netroots can make the difference between a nominal `conservative' Democrat and a true progressive. It is one in which we can push for our values and get someone who will support those things we truly care about, Single Payer Universal Health Care, Ending the Occupation of Iraq and Promoting Clean Energy. Lets get on board and make the difference.
Why we should below the fold...
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