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  •  I don't understand (0+ / 0-)

    We don't nominate "better" candidates because the fact of the matter is that we don't want to take the kinds of approaches that the FDR administration sought to make and Lyndon Johnson tried to recreate. The Democratic Party has turned away from those ideas and that party is made up of real voters who did not vote for progressive candidates in the 2008 campaign. We cynically voted for centrists who appeared to be "winners" and got precisely what we deserved and secretly wanted. If the truth be told most of us are comfortable and care only for ourselves and our families just like the red tribe. We're all narcissists in this culture including me. I'm trying to find a way out of it though.

    •  I think I see what you mean. (2+ / 0-)
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      Progressivism has been so discredited over the years that many Dems are afraid to embrace it.

      Boy, that's a tough problem. You almost have to resuscitate the ideology before you'll get candidates willing to run on it and voters willing to risk supporting it.

      We need more of the think tanks and 521 groups and media outlets that the Repubs have to spread the message and educate candidates and voters alike.

      Ideology is an excuse to ignore common sense.

      by Bush Bites on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 09:30:24 AM PDT

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      •  Excellent comment (1+ / 0-)
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        you completely get it. There has to be a conceptual framework that underlies progressive politics. I think it can be built and indeed, something very much like think-tanks are needed to re-formulate progressive politics or, the term I prefer, is social democracy. The job would not be hard. Social- and neuro-science as well as the work of some younger economists supports the human need for connection and communality.

        Quite simply the direction we are going towards is sure to create collective and individual illness, specifically narcissism and its offshoots (socio-pathology etc.) as well as stress related illnesses like depression, addiction, hypertension etc. (though there is a genetic component many diseases are triggered by stress).

      •  Yes! (0+ / 0-)

        It's a puzzlement to me that Democrats haven't created anywhere near the number of think tanks & 521's. C-span's overloaded with those rightwing orgs much to my disgust and their success is evidenced by many of the callers.

        For a party who believes so deeply in education, we should be doing more.

        Mitt Romney strapped the family dog to the roof of his car. Where's he gonna put grandma?

        by brook on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 11:45:31 AM PDT

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