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  •  You make it sound like a foregone (1+ / 0-)
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    conclusion, i.e., "vigilance has been traded in for GOP giggles."

    You sound fatalistic. Worse, you seem to be part of that chorus actually mocking current and future grassroots progressive efforts.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 09:27:25 AM PST

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    •  A difference between seeing clearly and giving up (4+ / 0-)

      But sure, I'm not hopeful: there continues to be little organized resistance to what will ultimately be a harmful reduction of SS/Medicare benefits and a grave precedent, if Obama gets his way. This sad outcome has been made more likely because much of the webroots prefers laughing at the party that is immune to its ridicule over shaming the party that ostensibly has something to lose if it cannot maintain a reputation for siding with the little person.

      "I am confident that we're going to be able to leave the Gulf Coast in better shape than it was before." Barack Obama

      by quagmiremonkey on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 10:33:01 AM PST

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      •  This kind of thinking (0+ / 0-)

        is productive, as long as it inspires action. When it ceases to inspire action, and inspires despair, instead, it ceases to be useful and must be abandoned.

        It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

        by karmsy on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 11:01:15 AM PST

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        •  Sometimes despair in an organization(s) (4+ / 0-)

          or its strategy(ies) logically precedes abandonment of that which has failed, allowing for a search for that which might not fail. Any single group of people or single politician may be genuinely and hopelessly irrelevant to or committed against a solution beneficial to another group of people. Thus one does not need give up on one's family or the future of civilization to give up on the good intentions of President Obama, for example.

          "I am confident that we're going to be able to leave the Gulf Coast in better shape than it was before." Barack Obama

          by quagmiremonkey on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 11:23:55 AM PST

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          •  Obama's a politician. (0+ / 0-)

            In this venue, I've praised and defended him to the sky. I've also criticized him with my heart breaking. Generally, I still rejoice over the election results, but believe he must he watched in order to carry out our interests. Vigilantly.

            We live in a representative, rather than a participatory democracy. Having big money factor in big politics to the degree that it does, is an unfortunate by-product of that. Not that we aren't, and shouldn't be, working on that. But we inhabit the present, not the future.

            Now, right around the time of the election last fall, some young person in my hip, urban neighborhood put a sticker up on a light post. The sticker said something like, "No politician cares as much about you as about their own career." I thought to myself that the person who posted this sticker probably used this rationale to justify staying home on election day. They were just too hip to vote and whatever. If that's as I feared, then their "hip" remark was gratuitous. It added nothing to any meaningful discussion.

            It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

            by karmsy on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 11:56:27 AM PST

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