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  •  And there is precedent that is not too old. (5+ / 0-)

    This country marched itself out of the Viet Nam War, huge rallies everywhere, including the famous Washington Mall protest.  And then there was the 1963 March on the Mall for jobs and freedom, where MKL made his famous "I have a dream" speech.  These efforts mattered, they hastened change.

    But people have to be hurting enough to step out of the anesthesia of our cultural hypnosis--- happy just to hit the recliner and work the remote---the numbing of having less and less in everything from money to healthcare to job security etc.  I don't know what causes that moment of the awakening.  Some have already experienced it, but not nearly enough.  

    In Viet Nam people were being conscripted into a foul failing war.  In the Civil Rights movement, anger finally trumped acceptance.  Seems as bad as things are, they aren't bad enough yet for enough people.  And, of course, the knowledge that you can't drive momentous change from your keyboard must be acknowledged.

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