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  •  If congressional democrats join Obama on this... (4+ / 0-)

    ...then the right wing Republican take over of government will be complete, because this is the sort of proposal we might have seen a generation ago from a "moderate" Republican. If our Democrats today are no more progressive than moderate Republicans of a generation ago (and I think this can be convincingly argued), then we are screwed.

    Here's a BIG mistake most progressives make: I hear many talking about the implosion of the Republican party, with much of it now so far Right. They are missing the elephant in the room -- EVERYONE has moved to the Right. The Republican have not gone away, Dems have become Republicans of old and Republicans have become largely fascist. The real, abandoned group are real Liberals. Bernie Sanders is what a democrat of old looked like and look how alone he is out there.

    That's the real crisis. We keep calling the Right obstructionists, but they are calling the shots now. Even bills that were wildly bi-partisan just 15 years ago are now literally impossible to enact. We are left where only hard Right policy can be enacted. Even Obamacare is an example of this. Who really thinks that was a progressive piece of legislation? It was Right Wing, spawned in the Heritage Foundation. Look at anything Obama has managed to pass, these are all things that the historic Republican party would have readily accepted.

    There is no effective progressive power base any more. They Right has become the mainstream, the mainstream left seems now to be a powerless fringe.

    •  You are 100 percent correct (0+ / 0-)

      It's a sad state of affairs.

      "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

      by noofsh on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 06:34:05 PM PDT

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