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  •  Obama 2008 campaign showed the way. (2+ / 0-)
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    eXtina, Odysseus

    In 2008 Obama got zillions of small donations via the web, and outraised Hillary and McCain, who went the traditional big-donor route.

    The web has great potential for allowing ordinary people to win political campaigns. Er, people of ordinary wealth and income. You will still need extraordinary vision and drive.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 08:39:46 AM PDT

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    •  Sure! (0+ / 0-)

      All you have to do is quit your job, spend years slogging through the junior leagues, getting yourself indebted to early supporters and interests that you need to get things accomplished, line your pockets with sweet deals that suddenly appear in front of you, and then arrive in Washington ready to get to work.

      The alternative is to be fairly well off so you can skip all that and head straight to the big leagues.

      •  Let me tell you about Lamar. (1+ / 0-)
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        GrannyOPhilly

        Lamar Green is a guy I knew when I was a kid. Way back in the early '70s, Lamar's mom was my piano teacher. AFAIK Lamar has never been independently wealthy.

        Lamar--who lives in Georgia--spent 6 months helping clean up and rebuild New Orleans after Katrina. Then he started Never Alone, a Christian relief organization that helps people in the north metro Atlanta area have enough to eat, pay rent and utility bills, pay for medical care, etc. They send shoes to Mexico and Africa, and provide monthly financial support to a volunteer in an African orphanage.

        http://neveralone.org/...

        There are people like Lamar who can put that kind of drive and vision into politics. Until recently it wasn't enough, because they couldn't get their message to ordinary voters, and couldn't organize a campaign, without a huge pile of money. The internet has changed that. Again, think of the Obama campaign: in addition to massive small-donor fundraising via the web, they organized a lot of phone banks using people calling from their own homes, on their own phones, calling from anywhere in the country to the targeted area. No renting space, no renting chairs and tables, no paying for 200 land lines, no catering, etc.

        The web and cheap, powerful phones are making the playing field more level. Not perfectly level, but way closer to level than it's ever been. If our tactics are creative enough, we have an opportunity to, as a certain blogger you may know of says, Crash The Gate.

        "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

        by HeyMikey on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 10:01:53 AM PDT

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        •  Not to mention the power we do have... (1+ / 0-)
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          numbers. We forced Skank of America to shove their monthly debit-card fees while the other greedy bastards watched and peed themselves. That proves our voices, together, will result in positive action.

          Technology unlocked the door, bloggers cracked it open and Occupy just pushed though.

          Nature created the human race, but humans created racism.

          by GrannyOPhilly on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 10:29:24 AM PDT

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