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  •  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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    •  You are on the right track, in my opinion. There (0+ / 0-)

      are ways in which the corrupt system is able to neutralize up and coming "activists."  One may be by luring them away with economic incentives; another by character assassination.

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