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  •  it was a good listing (2+ / 0-)
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    of a series of steps to mitigate climate change.  It put those steps in context of smart things to do for more than one reason.  It offered a rebuttal of one of the core arguments, or false frames, its the environment vs. the economy.

    No it is not a national speech in prime time.

    But it feels to me much as his advocacy for ending DADT and other gay rights.  Talking directly with affected groups, saying that his support was unwavering, but mostly nibbling around the edges.   And then one day DADT is no longer law.  And maybe he gets pressed by Biden but he supports marriage equality.   And instead of a firestorm, the world changes, with most Americans supporting marriage equality.

    Obama can draw a fire storm, but that isn't always positive.  When he works around the edges and changes the frames, suddenly bigger things happen without the opposition.  

    Second terms are supposedly about legacies.  Climate change is a prime issue for a legacy.  I felt and said all along that for me climate change is the biggest issue, the existential threat to life as we know it.  There has been some good things done, some bad things, but on the whole, I think the good outweighs the bad.  I can wait on Obama.  One, because I have no choice.  Two, because I do have faith in the promise to take this up in the second term.  Three, the other side will surely kill us all if given their way.

    •  Well said. (0+ / 0-)

      Of course we need 10x, 100x, 1000x more on preventing climate meltdown.

      But how do we get it? And how do we sustain it? And how do we scale it? And how do we accelerate that scaling until it is a match for the planet-wide catastrophe we are up against?

      In the binary political system we have here in the US, the only viable choices we activists have for using our finite political energy within the electoral realm are to direct negative feedback toward the side that is working against us and positive feedback toward the side that is working with us.

      Directing negative feedback toward our allies is not a winning strategy.

      #3: ensure network neutrality; #2: ensure electoral integrity; #1: ensure ecosystemic sustainability.

      by ivote2004 on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 07:35:54 PM PDT

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