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  •  We need to learn a lesson (9+ / 0-)

    We may win or we may lose.  I hate to say it, but the prospect isn't all that remote.  With work, and with the urgency of the moment motivating everyone, we will probably pull this out.

    But we should learn lessons from either winning or losing.

    We are heavily focused on the image we see on TV and reflected in the media.  

    The Democratic Party was, before the era of databases began, during the 1970s, a marvelous grass roots organization in which people maintained relationships at the neighborhood level through the years.  That became unnecessary and was wholly replaced by databases and paid professional consulting.  

    It isn't just about money.  Now it does take a major amount of money to run a professional media-driven campaign and that cannot totally be avoided.

    What we need to focus on more, is the basic building block of community building.  People go to meetings with the same dozen or two dozen people month after month.  Discussion at these meetings is pretty much the same everywhere.  It is assumed to be of interest to the long suffering ones who always come to meetings and who have the right, therefore, to be defensive towards anyone who might join in who isn't part of the clique.

    That is unfortunately a long held habit of many local Democratic and other groups.  

    Meanwhile, the right wing has been aggressively seeking special interest money and buying up media outlets, and turning evangelical churches into organizing centers complete with workshops on political methodology.  

    If we lose this election it will not be because of a lack of better candidates, but because over the years, we didn't see this coming and decided that the real focus of our energies was on opposing each other over more minor stuff.  

    The right wing has not changed its emphasis since the time of Hoover.  It has taken them all this time and hundreds of millions of dollars, maybe billions.  

    This election can be seen as a kind of civil way over the nature of American civilization.  One group believes in the forward motion of the enlightenment, the other group believes in feudal authority.  

    Surely protecting the very basis of our civilization is an important ongoing focus.  

    I hope if we lose we don't just conclude that it isn't worth being involved and withdraw into our smaller groups.

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 11:28:58 AM PDT

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