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  •  Disparaging each other; pretending any (2+ / 0-)
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    given politician matters that much, the game of heros and villains,.... whatever it is that blocks the reality of how power is used, or prevents diverse people from uniting on issues which threaten all alike.

    The main thing is to get outside the "divide and conquer" game which TPTB have played so well for so long. And we've played along.

    You see how lengthy the essay was just dealing with the one example. Of course, it's all connected one thing to the other.

    You're preferred issue... that ain't conservative or liberal, Democratic or Republican. (Though it is a 99/1% issue.)

    Anything that doesn't aid in stopping the Corporate takeover of those necessities can be jettisoned.

    And there are so many areas like that.


    Markos! Not only are the Gates Not Crashed, they've fallen on us. Actual Representatives are what we urgently need, because we have almost none.

    by Jim P on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 09:45:20 AM PST

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    •  the only things that really matter (0+ / 0-)

      to me at this point are 99%/1% issues.

      Unless one counts climate as a 100% issue--which it oughta be, but rich people are apparently either dumb or crazy.

      if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 10:22:02 AM PST

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    •  if you mean we should jettison the (2+ / 0-)
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      partisanship, I cautiously agree; it's still true that the Repubs are wholly owned, while the Democrats are only mostly wholly owned.

      It would be hard for me at this point to believe a Republican politician about just about anything.

      Though, of course, it's also hard for me to believe most of the Democrats.

      I believe it's true that we should turn our focus away from partisan politics, simply because neither side in DC is listening to us.  They're going to do what they're going to do regardless of what we say, and probably regardless of what their constituents say. That's what the upcoming attack on Medicare and Social Security will tell me--whether small-d democracy is entirely broken. The very fact that they're considering cuts to these programs tells me a lot.

      if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 10:26:10 AM PST

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      •  Well that's the point. (2+ / 0-)
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        DC simply is not only unaccountable; they hardly pretend we matter anymore.

        Think of how insane it is that we are -- both party leaderships -- pretend that the deficiit/debt is the most serious matter upon us, when it's a completely logical outcome of not having jobs.

        They, and the media, talk "deficit deficit" but who says "No, not deficits -- Jobs! And the fix is new energy."?

        Well, nobody. The Cognitive Dissonance comes from their concerns versus reality, and their preoccupations make no sense whatsoever. Not a lick of sense.

        So do we go on pretending that someone in DC is going to respond to us when clearly they have something else entirely on their mind? And how do we focus them.


        Markos! Not only are the Gates Not Crashed, they've fallen on us. Actual Representatives are what we urgently need, because we have almost none.

        by Jim P on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 11:49:46 AM PST

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        •  My answer: No. (1+ / 0-)
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          Next question:  What do we do next/instead?

          Is complicated. We should begin answering it, but it may take us a while. And we need time and space to do that without constantly having to defend against charges of treachery, racism, hating Barack Obama, or being a Red Stater--all just because we want to look at these politics realistically.

          I've been thinking about the possibility of a diary series/group with a set of rules that would preclude the ordinary "Is Obama a Wonderful Guy or Does He Suck?" arguments, but haven't gotten far. If you want to discuss it, we can do it in comments, or you can message me.

          If we don't discuss this in a diary series, we're going to have to discuss it somewhere, sometime. We can't--or at least I can't--keep marching forward, shouting "More and Better! More and Better! Go Team!" while it's obviously making little difference. I feel too damn dumb doing that.

          if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

          by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 09:32:36 PM PST

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    •  BTW, I understand that one can't (2+ / 0-)
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      include everything in any essay.

      if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 10:26:36 AM PST

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