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  •  Millions might march (2+ / 0-)
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    marvinborg, facethemusic

    but we're not ready for it.

    We need, at some point soon, to talk about what's really going on with us as a movement, and in particular the role that Obama has played in relation to us.  Other Democrats too, and the Democratic party in general, but Obama in particular.

    We need to be able to tell the truth about the last 4 years and about where we currently are, and we should do that before we organize anything else. Because if we haven't faced the truth of our circumstances, we won't organize well or correctly. And if we don't deal with how we feel about our history and circumstances, it's likely we'll end up dead--or so inwardly wounded that we are ineffectual political actors.

    I think we need retreats. All around the country. We need to pull within so that we can cry, speak honestly, and formulate new plans based on the reality we currently inhabit--not the reality we thought we inhabited in 2002, when electing "more and better Democrats" looked like a solution.

    if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 11:52:40 PM PST

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    •  precisely (1+ / 0-)
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      Traditionally, the national Democratic Party standard bearer, whether he/she is President or not, has stood for core principles like law enforcement, antitrust enforcement, middle class earned benefit programs like Social Security & Medicare, the right to collectively bargain in the workplace, the Bill of Rights, protection for whistleblowers, etc.

      This is no longer the case. And this is such a momentus shift, such a drastic departure from the Democratic Party that our parents knew, that people don't get it and have not adjusted - there is a cognitive dissonance that has paralyzed people.

      When one hears the soaring rhetoric of the audacity of hope and the change we can believe in, it sounds very much like the Democrats we knew and loved. But it's far more important to look at what they actually do rather than what they say. And what they've done is shocking and dispiriting.

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