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  •  Nothing to see here (3+ / 0-)

    from our "best President ever"!

    I didn't abandon the fight, I abandoned the Party that abandoned the fight...

    by Jazzenterprises on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 08:05:59 AM PST

    •  To Jazz - "Best president ever" lost in slogans (7+ / 0-)

      Here is the simple truth.

      Washington DC and Wall Street don't care about us and what we have to do therefore, as the owners of the seven percent of America's wealth is we all have to stick together and that means we can't let ourselves get lost in slogans about who the best president is or isn't.

      The American working class has no permanent political friends, we only have permanent political interests and our primary interest is in working and sticking together because otherwise our purchasing block (which is only 7%) will amount to nothing if we stand apart, our purchasing power falls apart. We have to elect better progressive politicians to office and recall anyone who doesn't work in our interests.

      It's literally a case of American workers unite in this union fight. If you have the opportunity to join a union, do so. if there is no union around you to join, contact a union organizer. We can't do it alone.  

      The cult of the rugged American individualist is dead. It died in the '08 market crash, when they stole your pension and put your mortgages underwater and tried to drown your kids in student loan debt. The current life line is organize and unionize in support of the American working class dream. Brothers and sisters unite in this union fight.  

      sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]

      by Democrats Ramshield on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 09:31:42 AM PST

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      •  I disagree with (1+ / 0-)
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        elwior

        part of this comment...I think it possible and desirable to look at preserving individualism...and balancing that with collective action.

        I think that OWS actually offers at least a partial model of that...

        •  to ShoshannaD - thanks for the support (2+ / 0-)
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          The BigotBasher, elwior

          Thanks also for the recommend. My only point is simply this, if 80% have 7% of monied interests in America, if we don't stick together we will fall apart. I think if we had a larger slice of the pie we could afford to accommodate more individualism, but just from an economy of scales standpoint, our slice of the pie is so small to begin with, if we have disunity by people claiming the mantle of the rugged cult of American individualism, then our economic power as  a block will become even smaller than 7% which I am afraid is what the plutocrats want us to do.

          Now I completely respect your right not to agree with everything, as there should be room for discussion. Mine is just one other guy's opinion and you know what they say about opinions. Thanks again for the support.
          Happy New Year to you!

          sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]

          by Democrats Ramshield on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 10:16:07 AM PST

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      •  Unless you have a 200 acre chunk of desert (3+ / 0-)
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        sunny skies, Betty Pinson, aliasalias

        in Wyoming and you subsist on trapped jack rabbits and rain water, you are not a "rugged individualist". The rugged individual is a mythical figure akin to Paul Bunyan. In fact, it is one of the most noxious and stupid myths imaginable.

         If you drive on streets, light and heat your home with public utilities, send your kids to school, call the fire department when your house is on fire, shop for food, expect not to be left to die in the gutter if you are old or sick, pay for goods and services with money... you are by definition not a rugged individualist.

        One of the hallmarks of American culture is the uncanny ability to avoid obvious truths... And even be proud of it...

        If only donkeys could have elephant balls... Occupy!

        by chuckvw on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 12:59:22 PM PST

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