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  •  No, thank you for telling truth to power! EOM (6+ / 0-)
    •  To James Kresnik - You the people have the power (7+ / 0-)

      and you're a great bunch of Americans. You have the power to change this country. We all just have to get together and get out of denial and get to work and we can do it. We can elect better progressives to office. We can recall anyone who doesn't do a good job for us, all we have to do is stick together, work together and care about each other and believe in ourselves and the person standing next to us. We will win and we'll win back the American working class dream of good jobs, affordable mortgages and health care and access to education without large student debt. It is possible and we know it's possible because these things existed in America in the past. We can bring them back into existence. We can make the rich pay their fair share of taxes in the future, just like we did in the past. It can happen but we have to stick together and not get distracted by silliness.

      We have to focus on the work at hand and get real about that.

      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 09:09:17 AM PST

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      •  Agreed. The first step is to get (4+ / 0-)
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        out of the codependent mentality that the existing political and economic establishment intends to do anything other than fleece us and put us back to pasture. The avenues for working people to take power within the political and economic system are being systematically cut off. Options are few, and time is short. You are indeed correct, we must fight for to take our power back.

        Even if it takes crashing the gates of the party establishment? Yes.

        Even if it takes turning off the TV and game console for a few months? Yes.

        Even if it takes takes boycotts and outright financial divestment? Yes/

        Even if it takes street action, shutdowns and strikes? Yes.

        Even if it involves hacking the election for lulz? Yes for the animated character of your choice. ^_^>

        Even if it takes making the wealthy elites profoundly uncomfortable where they live? Yes, do that too, if necessary.

        What too many so-called Democrats and Democratic Socialists in the world fail to acknowledge is that we are in a all-out fight for power with the 1%, and it's long past time for everyone to start fighting back.

        •  Those methods will not effect change. (0+ / 0-)

          Alternative radio yesterday had a speaker, Paul Cienfuegos.
          We the People.
          It gives a means for fighting corporate backed governmental obstruction by using local power for local legislation that enables communities to protect themselves. $4.00 This is critical reading for those that mean to make real headway in defending citizen's rights.
          http://www.alternativeradio.org/

        •  I like this one the best (2+ / 0-)

          Even if it takes making the wealthy elites profoundly uncomfortable where they live? Yes, do that too, if necessary.

          Because, even though they may have private security, gated communities, private planes/airports etc.....

          They still live in the same country and communities as we all do.  And they will soon realize that they are well connected to us, even if they don't like it.  It's simply a fact of life.  

          Sequestering themselves from the 99% is only a bandaid.

          It's the inequality, stupid.

          by Boberto on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 04:39:44 PM PST

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    •  smile (5+ / 0-)

      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 01:13:19 PM PST

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      •  I assume your question was rhetorical (9+ / 0-)
        How is it exactly that this has come about, was it by accident or was it by design?

        I'll never forget watching C-Span w/ my jaw dropping as the (nominally) Dem House passed Reagan's horribly regressive tax cut summer '81.  I also recall, a few days later, Reagan smashing PATCO (the only union to endorse him in '80).  It was a blunt assertion of power by the 1% over the 99%, and it set a template that plagues us to this day.  

        I once hoped that, after 1/20/09, we might FINALLY change the template a little.  I thought a lot of things 3 years ago.

        Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

        by RFK Lives on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 01:29:49 PM PST

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        •  To RFK Lives very interesting post! (4+ / 0-)

          I think our readers would appreciate being able to read a
          bit more regarding what you think as would I.
          Thanks for the great post. (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 01:36:19 PM PST

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          •  I think that Dems once played class politics (8+ / 0-)

            They played them fairly politely, but they played them nevertheless.  That approach has been about as relevant to the party as torchlight parades and pamphleteering for the past 30+ years.

            In 1948, Truman earned his extraordinary upset by waging a "Main St v. Wall Street" campaign.  It was obvious which side he was on.  In the parallel universe where our current POTUS  attempted such an approach, the WH of Geithner, Summers, and Rahmbo/Daley would have a difficult time waging it w/ a straight face.

            Maybe if EFCA hadn't quietly been interred somewhere under the Senate floor, maybe if the PO hadn't been interred there, and maybe if the Stim had actually stimulated, such a campaign could be waged.  Maybe if a slew of Dem mayors (Boston, Chicago*, Oakland, LA) hadn't ruthlessly smashed Occupy encampents in their respective cities, the party could wage it.  Truth is, however, the best argument that can be made is that the Dems aren't as visibly compromised as the GOP is.

            Or, to put it another way, the utterly unacceptable wealth divisions that you cite are a truly "bipartisan" affair.

            Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

            by RFK Lives on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 01:54:34 PM PST

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