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  •  Attack wins: (8+ / 0-)

    The lesson we need to learn from the last 30 - 40 years of American politics, is that attack wins and defense loses.

    Blitzkrieg.  Shock and awe.  

    And give the extreme right a sufficient dose of it that they are immobilized while we recapture the territory:

    Treat the extreme right as if it is losing, lost, on its way out.

    Introduce legislation on multiple fronts at once:

    Abortion on demand.

    Federal funding for abortion and all other forms of birth control.  

    Science-based medically sound sex ed.

    Repeal parental consent in favor of "guardian" consent that includes medical providers: thus when Suzie Sixteen shows up at Planned Parenthood, the doctor can sign off on the abortion.

    Science only in science classrooms; religious theories of the universe in comparative religion classrooms (and the latter will also tend to subvert right-wing paradigms about exclusive possession of truth).  

    Legalize recreational marijuana (that one always makes righties froth at the mouth) and of course tax it (that does too;-).

    Carbon tax to replace payroll tax (thank you Robert Reich for reminding me of this one via your diary a few days ago).   For that matter, increase the carbon tax to enable eliminating income tax entirely for incomes of up to 4 - 5 times the federal poverty level for each state.  

    Federal recognition of the equal right to marry (regardless of whatever help or hindrance we may get from the Supreme Court).

    Pack the Court with liberals.  It's been a long time since FDR tried it, we should certainly try again.

    FCC to crack down on media conglomerates, re-instate the Fairness Doctrine, and require local content origination.  If Rush doesn't like it he can go on Internet Radio or Satellite and spew until he's blue.

    Progressive tax rates: back to the Nixon tax schedule (don't Republicans say they like Nixon?).

    Capital gains taxed as ordinary income with an exception for startups during their first 5 years of operation (yes, people should be able to get wealthy when they take the real risks of making real investments, but not when they just shuffle paper around).  

    Etc. etc. all the way down the line.

    Pile so much of this stuff on, that the extreme right goes apoplectic, and hopefully goes apoptotic as well (look it up, heh heh;-).

    When Rush gets on the radio and incoherently sputters racial epithets of the unprintable variety, and when the FBI's caseload is filled up with captured right-wing terrorists intercepted in mid-plot, we'll know we're on the right track.

    When we start getting the right wingers in Congress begging us for just a teeny-weeny little compromise here and there, we'll know we're winning.  

    Forward means FORWARD!  

    "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

    by G2geek on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 12:27:00 AM PDT

    •  Agree (2+ / 0-)
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      that we should do all that.  But the most important is a full Amendment that sets no limits on abortion at all.  No more Roe Wade.  Once and for all.  

      "There are four boxes to use in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury, ammo. Use in that order." Ed Howdershelt

      by Lava20 on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 12:59:34 AM PDT

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      •  take it even further: (5+ / 0-)
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        A comprehensive "internal freedom, privacy, and equality" amendment that includes full sovereignty over one's body and mind, AND the "negative right" as well as the "positive right":

        Not just the right to do X, Y, and Z, but also the right to not be compelled to do Q, R, and S.  

        Properly worded, this will get the whole range of sexual and reproductive issues, and everything else that could be grouped under the header of "internal freedom," the right to complete liberty of body and mind.  Properly worded it will cement these rights in place with the strength of reinforced concrete.

        If the extreme right wants to have a war over it, let's have the war, with a huge umbrella constituency on our side that will turn out at the grassroots to canvass every single household in America.  

        BTW, part of my method with this as with everything else, is to get the extreme right so rabid and frothing at the mouth about it, that they destroy their own credibility and get dismissed altogether as wackaloons, nutters, and terrorists.  Cause them to go into spiraling positive feedback mode until they go poof! like a 1950s science fiction film version of an overloaded computer spewing magnetic tape and print-out all over the room while smoke billows into the air and melted metal and plastic ooze and drip onto the floor.  

        Make it downright spectacular.

        "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

        by G2geek on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 01:27:19 AM PDT

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        •  Make it downright spectacular! (3+ / 0-)
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          Yes, absolutely.

          Unfortunately it will not be fun. I know there are many right-wing crazies that will not know how to behave themselves once Obama wins a second term. And too many of the otherwise moderates that have been subject to way too many years of astro turfing* will have difficulty.

          * I typed astro turding accidentally. Perhaps it is more appropriate.

          This better be good. Because it is not going away.

          by DerAmi on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 01:55:24 AM PDT

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          •  it may not be fun but we can have some fun with it (0+ / 0-)

            Look up the Yippies (1960s) and the Yes Men (current) for hints on political street theatre and gray ops, that can make serious traction in the media and leave us laughing schadenfreudistically (heh, I turned a noun into an adverb!) while our enemies are crying into their beer.  

            "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

            by G2geek on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 04:13:18 AM PDT

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        •  Exactly! (1+ / 0-)
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          It is so sad to me to see all these little laws being passed making it difficult for women to make a choice.

          I'm really sad after reading some other websites and see how rabid these morons are.

          "There are four boxes to use in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury, ammo. Use in that order." Ed Howdershelt

          by Lava20 on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 02:59:30 AM PDT

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          •  but let's not haz a sad: let's haz a MAD. (1+ / 0-)
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            Mad as hell and we're not going to take it any more.

            See also my comment further down, under "excellent, kids, strategy," re. Speaker Nancy Pelosi armed with a pair of highly symbolic scissors as well as her customary gavel.

            BTW, I should mention: all of these "abuse of defenseless people" issues such as child abuse, child sexual abuse, elder abuse, anti-abortionism, anti-contraceptionism, etc. etc., all go so far past my pacifism limit it isn't even funny.  Reading about that stuff around here entails exercising serious self-control to avoid saying something bannable.  

            "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

            by G2geek on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 04:10:59 AM PDT

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    •  I am reminded about how I am (3+ / 0-)
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      raising my children. I remind them often to ask or tell me what they want. And quit just whining. Ask me a question. Tell me something. They often understand and the whining increases when they spend too much time with the in-laws (about 10 minutes).

      As they get older, I am transitioning into "you can do that yourself" mode on more issues. "Yes, you get to decide that. Learn how to do it yourself."

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      There is no use to debate with the Republicans about these issues any longer. We must move forward without them. We need neighborhoods and workplaces that will shame the idiots who parrot the Faux Noise propoganda.

      We need to quit asking Republican for permission to do what we know is right.

      Maybe we need to take the type of stand that a few Americans took who also knew action was required: Let's do this.

      GOTV. Take the house. Take the senate. Tell your Representative and Sentators to steamroll the Republican agenda for the good of the nation.

      This better be good. Because it is not going away.

      by DerAmi on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 01:48:06 AM PDT

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      •  excellent! kids, strategy... (0+ / 0-)

        Sounds like you're doing the right thing with your kids, and that's a really smart strategy.  You're going to have activists on your hands when they get older.  

        Re. strategy re. the Rs:

        Fully agreed.  Leave them behind.  And if by some odd chance or election suppression we lose in two weeks, we should launch "Operation TOM: Their Own Medicine," as in "give them a dose of."  Dig in our heels and do not budge an inch.  Lock up the House, lock up the Senate, filibuster and then do it the oldfashioned way by reading the White Pages and then the Yellow Pages nonstop on the Senate floor, until the Rs' eyes glaze over.  

        And if it threatens to crash the economy, the answer is, "tough shit, you did exactly the same thing, now eat it, poop it out, smear it on your shirts, and wear it."  

        Total nuclear brinksmanship with Democratic fingers hovering millimeters above the proverbial red button.  

        And if election suppression doesn't work and we win as we're expecting:  exercise real power for a change.  Zero compromises until the Rs come begging, and then tell them to get on their knees and ask "pretty please?"

        One more thing, just to rub their snotty snooty noses in it:

        Speaker Pelosi should have another tool on her desk, right next to her gavel:  a pair of scissors.  And she should wield them profusely, and make the gesture of going "snip-snip!" early and often.  Let them call her "a castrating bitch" for that, and she should reply, "that's Madame Speaker and Omnipotent Castrating Bitch to you, sir!"

        "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

        by G2geek on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 04:04:35 AM PDT

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