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  •  There are some problems (12+ / 0-)

    with their choices and prioritizing, IMO. I would have made a much bigger deal about the loss of collective bargaining rights, other labor issues and health care, and a much smaller one about the treatment of farm animals (an issue I happen to care passionately about, but first things first). It does read like the concerns of a group of very young people.

    But I very much like "that a democratic government derives its just power from the people". Good source material there.

    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

    by sidnora on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 05:28:53 PM PDT

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    •  You can start your own movement/group. I diaried (2+ / 0-)
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      coral, 714day

      about that today.

    •  And so what if it's a group of young people? (3+ / 0-)

      I don't see anyone other than the millennials getting off their asses and starting a genuine grass roots movement right now. I don't see anyone else using twitter, Facebook, and cell phones to mobilize thousands of people to pick up a broom and instigate change rather than just complain all the fucking time. The movements for change you see in Iran, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Libya, and now finally in the US, have one thing in common: YOUNG PEOPLE. Criticize all you want, we're mad as hell and we're actually doing something about it.

      •  Wonderful! (1+ / 0-)
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        More power to you.  But don't think that your seniors didn't have something to do with it.  We are no strangers to the internet or social networking sites.

      •  You may find it hard to believe, (1+ / 0-)
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        but we were once much like you. Ever hear the expression "don't trust anybody over the age of 30?" It's about 45 years old. We dismissed the people who had been active in previous generations, who were still carrying on twenty, thirty and even forty years later, as "little old ladies in tennis shoes".

        All political movements require the energy and vision of the young to succeed. You have my support and I wish you very greatest success. But don't mistake insights offered by people who have walked this road before you for criticism. My generation of the left learned much from the labor and civil rights movements that came before us, and much of what we accomplished was in no small part thanks to their wisdom.

        Yours can, too.

        The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

        by sidnora on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 06:59:11 AM PDT

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