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  •  setting aside the FDR comparison (7+ / 0-)

    You write:

    Too many Americans simply would not have believed the explanation because, as knowledge about how the mind works (and doesn't) has increased, more on the left now understand that to


    respectfully yet unequivocally explain to the American public how off the rails and extreme the GOP has become and how its policies and ideology has led to such a fraught time for our country.
    would fall into an abyss.
    But in the space of a month, Occupy Wall Street managed to get income inequality discussed, without the President's bully pulpit. What matters to me is that Obama--both in his appointments and his rhetoric--made no effort to seriously question the premises of Reaganomics and Reaganism.

    Contrast how Democrats like Obama deal with power versus Republicans. Republicans are always pushing their agenda, making their argument, striving to have the political discussion take place on their terms. During the 2006 and 2008 election cycles, the Democrats actually started to take the initiative and go on the offense. But once Obama was elected they went back into a defensive crouch--even though they had just won two successive wave elections and the GOP handling of both the economy and national security had been shown to be disastrous.

    Yes, this isn't the 1930's. But if Democrats aren't making potent, values-based arguments to the American people--if they are only reacting to GOP ideas--then we are going to keep moving to the fascist Right.

    •  Ows was the populist force Obama needed to (2+ / 0-)
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      be able to change the focus of his comments, which he did. An attempt to do so before ows had turned the national discussion, in the corporate media, to income inequality - would have fallen flat.

      Don't forget, Obama's masthead and refrain in '08 was that the election was not about what he would do, it was what the voters for change would do. Has he played the situation perfectly? Taking on the most powerful job in the world - in its entire history, has a hell of a learning curve. He has a lot to do and I suspect he is very aware of his place and opportunity to make changes that will truly define the next period of history. And how much help he needs to pull it off.

      There is no question in my mind that there are too many Dems in Congress that have moved too far right out of convictions, rather than just fear of not getting reelected. Some of the ones who were afraid of that were unnecessarily so.

      The goal of the GOP carefully a planned and executed strategy since Goldwater lost, was a successful coup. Not well anticipated, minimal resistance, and barely recognized as a takeover by the majority.

      That has been blown, and they are going to fight with every dirty, ugly tactic they can devise. Obama, other Dem candidates, their supporters and anyone else who can raise their voice must be focused on developing and

      making potent, values-based arguments to the American people
      Too many still don't understand how to open the discussion, listen to the arguments and fears of the people they are talking to, and phrase the message in replying, that will overcome the mental/emotional defenses they are up against.  Have you seen this one?
      Women create the entire workforce.
      50% of pregnancies in America are unplanned. The GOP war on women controlling their reproduction has been framed as a religious battle. Is it?

      I was wondering the other day how hard it would become to get birth control - even condoms- if there was a national movement for ~ a year in the form of a pregnancy strike .

      I expect the strategy is to build the explanation over time. Keep on top of what is happening nationally and add strong moves as opportunities come up. The convention will be a chance to create expectations, talk about the destination without bringing in the route clearly. As the larger bunch of American voters start paying attention to the campaign, debates, etc. I would like to hear the rest of the explanation unfold steadily, until the last weeks are like the thunderstorm that you heard coming, and is now above you, sending thunder booms and lightening bolt cracks nanoseconds apart.

      GOTV depends on GOTM  

      Get Out The Message.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 02:47:23 PM PDT

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      •  the systemic impediment (4+ / 0-)

        Paul Krugman and Robin Wells have a new essay out in the New York Review of Books that deals with Obama's early political and policy response to the crisis. Very worth reading. But one of the main problems we face, according to Krugman and Wells, is that the heights of the Democratic Party has been captured by the Big Banks.

        This is the Democratic Party's problem: the party is torn between its need for the votes of working people, poor people, the broad middle class and its addiction to Wall Street money. How can it articulate a coherent, values-based agenda when it needs the votes of people adversely affected by the actions of its Big Money contributors?

        •  How about an honest admission? (0+ / 0-)

          Yup, we took that money because getting elected in this country has been all about money for a long time. CU is going to make it at least 10 times worse. Because the economic collapse has hurt so much of the middle class, we have far fewer contributors than we had in '08. Those contributors donations to the GOP are usually bigger than the Dems, just classically covering both bases. Reforming election campaign financing would likely be a BIG plus. No private funding of any kind.

          If they follow up by seriously re-regulating the financial sector, breaking up the TBTF institutions and prosecuting any of the banksters they can, they can reestablish credibility and trust with voters. If they don't, we will probably get handed over to the pubs for the foreseeable future.

          Personally, I have a somewhat different view of Obama's financial advisers selection which I won't go into at this point. The word was that Geithner will not return for the second term. If so, his replacement, and any others on the finance team, will be a chance to change the strategy.

          The Dems have a better long term record on everything that involves US financial records. Many of the voters affected by the collapse are likely among the majority who still blame Bush for a fiasco so big it could not be solved in one term.

          Obama has to keep pushing how completely the GOP has obstructed every thing - even in the Senate where the Dems have a technical majority. The head of the GOP Bar Assoc sent McConnell a letter telling him to get the judge appointments they are holding up approved - it is really backing up the system and creating legal and other problems. He even talks about how all the candidates had bipartisan approval in committee and high recs from independent, GOP and Dem legal eagles.

          Barney Frank might turn off some voters, a revision of 'We aren't perfect, but they're crazy.' could help some.

          Whatever impediments there are, we have to go around, under or over to get past them. The only other option is to give up.

          "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

          by Ginny in CO on Tue Jun 26, 2012 at 01:52:01 AM PDT

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