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  •  There is no such thing (11+ / 0-)

    as top-down grassroots organizing, period. The very idea is an insult to one's intelligence, like kosher pork or Fox News. OFA is a faux progressive activist group dedicated to promoting a neoliberal agenda with a socially liberal face while siphoning off actual activist energy from the left. It's the Dem version of YAF, without the crazy and overt stupid. Or, the political version of MSNBC.

    If he wants to be remembered as the guy who was handed the baton, trotted a few steps, then handed it to some guy from Exxon (JPM, Boeing, Xe, etc.), then that's his choice. No reason we have to accept it or praise him for it.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Mon May 20, 2013 at 09:33:53 PM PDT

    •  I've been active (1+ / 0-)
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      in enough organizations to be able to tell pretty quickly what the character of an organization is.  From the time of my very initial encounters I could only see OFA as astroturf.  They tried to paint it up in a way that OFA suggested DFA, but only suggested it.  DFA at its best had been a vibrant example of activists and organizers taking democratic ownership of an organization and a campaign.  That was something OFA was designed not to be.

      Hic Rhodus, hic salta!

      by ActivistGuy on Mon May 20, 2013 at 10:51:47 PM PDT

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