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  •  So what? (0+ / 0-)

    Take it back.

    I believe that someone wrote a book about it. Are its lessons no longer applicable because it's 2011 and not 2004?

    •  I think that is probably the case (0+ / 0-)

      I read that book back then, and cheered most of it.  But it's already out of date. With more than half of the House Democratic Caucus (the most liberal political caucus in Washington) having voted for last summer's "shit sandwich" deal, it's clear the Democratic Party has been almost completely co-opted.  

      Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

      by Big River Bandido on Fri Dec 02, 2011 at 10:03:26 AM PST

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      •  The book is not out of date (0+ / 0-)

        The politicians are. The book was supposed to be about busting up a calcified power structure. So if it's calcified again, bust it up again.

        OT: Leverage - Dems have it, and the GOP are shitting themselves over defense cuts that they signed up for. The failure of the Supercommittee was a Good Thing.

        •  Not so easy to do (0+ / 0-)

          In 2004 we were railing against a Republican power structure.  Had we been able to truly turn the Democratic Party around between 2004-08, a "repeat" would not be necessary.  In hindsight it's clear that the Democratic Party didn't take heed, in fact the situation is far worse.  For now the party is far more co-opted, has compromised itself politically, and you have two camps of progressives (those tapped by Dean and Obama, respectively) who were to be the hearts and hands and voices and feet of a reform movement.  Enough of those people are disillusioned that finding the people willing to do the work of reform inside the political system will be difficult.

          Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

          by Big River Bandido on Fri Dec 02, 2011 at 07:01:35 PM PST

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