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  •  It's because we are spinning our wheels, in a (9+ / 0-)

    sense.  We put trust on individuals and organizations whom we believe are the real thing, and we follow their leads, but often times they are too co-opted by the "establishment" and lured away (i.e., Van Jones now working for CNN).

    •  Well, the first thing is to figure out (4+ / 0-)
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      if they are the real thing/on our side.

      What I'm suggesting is that there may be a systemic problem in DC that stymies even many people who are allies, or would like to be. I'm suggesting there's more to this than the individual moral character of legislators.

      I mean, Donna Edwards has been a solid progressive, but look at this:

      Donna helps Lockheed Martin with PR

      I'm not saying that there aren't corporations and FIRE-sector baddies waving large sums of money at Congress. But I am saying that there's more pressures involved than that. My guess is that two of the biggest are threats of character assassination and economic threats to the Congressman/woman's district and/or the nation.

       We need to understand those pressures if we're going to have any electoral or legislative strategy--IOW, if we intend to create change by influencing government.

      "When people spin this in partisan terms to obfuscate the truth, it does a real disservice to normal people not in the big club in DC. Many of them will be hurting...That is why I write."--priceman

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sat May 11, 2013 at 01:37:30 PM PDT

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    •  And I'd like to get people like Jeff Connaughton (2+ / 0-)
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      who wrote Payoff, and Mike Lofgren, who wrote The Party Is Over to contribute information. First it would be good to read their books, of course, which I keep meaning to do!

      "When people spin this in partisan terms to obfuscate the truth, it does a real disservice to normal people not in the big club in DC. Many of them will be hurting...That is why I write."--priceman

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sat May 11, 2013 at 01:40:20 PM PDT

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