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  •  No. I just want to see petitions on that site be (1+ / 0-)
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    serious, not jokes.

    "Privatize to Profitize" explains every single Republican economic, social and governing philosophy. Take every taxpayer dollar from defense, education, health care, public lands, retirement - privatize it, and profit from it.

    by mumtaznepal on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 11:53:44 AM PST

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    •  I have been commenting about the site and evolving (0+ / 0-)

      as I comment.

      Here's what I am thinking now.

      White House Petition site, I'm thinking we are totally missing the point.

      Real impact.  Well maybe not in the way you are thinking.

      Remember President Obama was a community organizer.  He is a genius.  He wasn't carrying a basket of cookies to grandma's house.  He was learning how communities organize.

      So what does the White House Petition site tell him?  It tells him what people are willing to do.  Mostly they are not willing to do much.  It tells him if people are worked up about something.  

      And it tells him mostly people get worked up about stupid shit. (I wonder if he knew that before.  It shocked me that the Bevis and Butthead crew would rule.)

      When people care about things, they mill around, they grumble, they find fault with each other, they nit-pick solutions.  They don't get organized.

      When they are worked up and ready to go they sign a petition.  And we are a country of how many millions.  I don't think we are even milling around at this point.

      So the White House Petition site is an instant barometer of the will of the people and whether they are worked up enough to do anything.

      Sign my White House Petition Enforce the KEEP in the Second Amendment We don't have a problem with gun control, we have a problem with gun owners controlling their guns.

      by 88kathy on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 12:28:56 PM PST

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      •  I agree with what you said about the usefullness (1+ / 0-)
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        of the "instant barometer".

        "Privatize to Profitize" explains every single Republican economic, social and governing philosophy. Take every taxpayer dollar from defense, education, health care, public lands, retirement - privatize it, and profit from it.

        by mumtaznepal on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 05:28:26 PM PST

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        •  we are so freakin' predictable. (0+ / 0-)

          Sign my White House Petition Enforce the KEEP in the Second Amendment We don't have a problem with gun control, we have a problem with gun owners controlling their guns.

          by 88kathy on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 05:34:50 PM PST

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          •  I think progressives tend to let people be. Thus (1+ / 0-)
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            they only get worked up and active if there is a major disturbance - and then, usually only to defend someone who needs help.

            Conservatives, on the other hand,  want to control everything.  They are always on the edge, dictating the minutiae.

            Yes, I wish progressives were more pro-active, rather than reactive.  

            Unfortunately, progressives tend to "hold these truths to be self-evident" and can't believe others cannot see the obvious and react in the obvious way.

            "Privatize to Profitize" explains every single Republican economic, social and governing philosophy. Take every taxpayer dollar from defense, education, health care, public lands, retirement - privatize it, and profit from it.

            by mumtaznepal on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 05:39:55 PM PST

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