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  •  Actually, zenbassoon, you went straight to (11+ / 0-)

    the heart of the problem. We are now functioning as a coalition of left leaning groups with similar interests operating under a large umbrella, and we're no longer able to work together towards a common goal.

    If you look at the actions taken by the Third Way, the neo-liberals, and the blue dog coalition, then you know that some of our own Party members have been operating in direct opposition to us (the Progressive wing of the Party).

    And chief among those opposing us has been Barack Obama.

    His policies have pitted us against each other. His faithful followers are now supporting policies that no Democrat would have ever supported in a million years if a republican had proposed them. As a longtime Democrat, I never thought I would see the day come when a Democratic president would yank the social safety net from beneath the feet of elderly people, the disabled, and millions of hungry children...while liberals stood on the sideline and did nothing. But that is what is happening now. And it is destroying the Democratic Party.

    By 2016, we may be nothing more than a lite version of the republican party. That seems to be the direction we're heading.

    For a long time, many of us have been saying that Obama is leading us over a political cliff, and now that we're at the edge of the precipice, the Progressive wing of the Party is pretending nothing is happening. We just fight over small problems and overlook the destruction from within.

    If we can no longer work together, then who will fight to protect minority rights, or women's issues, or gay marriage, or environmental issues, or the poor and downtrodden. None of those groups are large enough to fight the opposition on their own. We sit at our computers and sign petitions, hoping someone will read them and do the right thing, while the corporations are paying our Democratic leaders huge sums of money to ignore us...and guess who is winning?

    Divide and conquer. It is an age old tactic.

    •  Quick: who said that? (7+ / 0-)

      "I don't belong to any organized party. I'm a Democrat."

      "It's like herding cats."

      Big Tent always means coming in at cross-purposes. We may need more coalition-building, but I would hate to have to toe the line the way the Teahadists demand of their GOPers.

      But you're absolutely right about getting Corporate Money out of politics.

      First, though, we need to get rid of a couple (or more) Gopasauruses in the Supreme Court.

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 11:55:34 PM PDT

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      •  Get rid of SCt justices? how the HELL do you plan (1+ / 0-)
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        to do that?

        There's one bit of the problem, Ray -- lots of "solutions" that are just individual observations on a diagnostic screen. By people who are like the three blind philosophers arguing over the nature of the elephant from having touched just one part -- tusk, trunk, foot, tail. Can't see the nature of the whole beast, but argue heatedly over who's more correct and percipient.

        Obama will appoint any SCt newbies in his term, any bets on what kind of person(s) will pass the West Wing vetting?

        And what are the chances of this herd of really special cats, US, managing to "elect" a "better Democrat" to the White House next time around, since gee, the SCt after long packing by determined kleptocrats who are actually ORGANIZED and who understand the actual sources and application of POWER, have rendered "legal" the very activities that ensure that the ORGANIZED, the KOCHs and the coal industry and all that, will continue to prevail until the planet won't have us any more but they will have maximized their pleasures and died comfortable.

        While the rest of us, SPLITTERS, with our little issues, will continue to engage in "coalition building" and earnest turning of flip-chart pages or the new-digital equivalents, and not doing what used to be something the "left," as in LABOR that understood that POWER in the form of large numbers and a willingness to actually lay it on the line with their bodies and righteous anger, actually DID, for a time -- check the freepin' predations of the Gilded Tapeworms that are always there, always pressing, always pursuing power and advantage.

        "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

        by jm214 on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 04:57:50 AM PDT

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    •  It is heresy to say this on this site (3+ / 0-)
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      but I think we need to forget party politics and instead focus on individuals we want to represent us. AND we need to recruit more from other areas like academia and the arts. ACTIVE recruiting rather than passive letting the alpha's come to the fore.

      It does us no good to have a morally defunct party like the GOP still lurching around like a zombie while the slightly less morally defunct democrats use the zombies for cover.

      We have more problems than a diverse left. We can deal with a diverse left but we cannot deal with billionaires washing us out of the boat with their bucks. We cannot deal without having a megaphone.

      We COULD use a number of tactics to get a handle on that mike, but it will take determined and gutsy and creative activists. But not at all impossible if you think of the times protesters have commandeered radio and tv stations. And I think we have plans around for doing low powered radio stations.

      We also COULD use a number of strategic boycotts and ads and such to push lobbyists out of the dc area just as we are pushing corporations away from the Limbo.

      But most of all, we need to get over ourselves. Yes when we protest everybody out there has a message and we may not feel great about all the messages, but suck it up because we need them and they need us.

      A LOT of folks here on the left were holding their noses when it came to the Occupy folks. But I tell you true the occupy folks pulled support from all walks of life AND they learned how to make a community.

      Another thing I tell you true: Making a community is where it is at and it is the holy grail.

      American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

      by glitterscale on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 06:20:03 AM PDT

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      •  Policies matter more than personalities. (3+ / 0-)
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        Focusing on individual candidates is usually a bad idea.  Evidence based policy is a good thing regardless of the intelligence, moral character, race, creed, or sex of who supports it.

        Do we need more minority and female candidates?  Yes.  But there's no reason to believe that any individual candidate has "The Answer".  Overturning Citizen's United is a straightforward goal that can be done by any large coalition of elected officials.  Find them and support them.

        -7.75 -4.67

        "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

        There are no Christians in foxholes.

        by Odysseus on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 07:26:20 AM PDT

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