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  •  As another newbie, I was impressed by two things (7+ / 0-)

    especially.

    One: The next generation has members of breathtaking intelligence, knowledge, and commitment. As a leftover hippie from the 60s, I was enormously heartened to see the amazing panelists - I think 100% of them younger than I - and realize how effective they are and will continue to be.

    Two: There actually are politicians out there - in office, even - who are there for the right reason - to improve the lives of their fellow citizens and make our democracy stronger. We might not notice them all, and if you just read their credentials and their policies, it would be hard to differentiate them from hacks or power-seekers using the same words. Seeing them speak, and seeing that they clearly spoke from the heart, felt the urgency of their positions, would risk their reelection chances to do the right thing (I'm looking at you, Sen. Merkley), it let me see that democracy as we know/knew it is not done for. There really is hope. I'm amassing contributions for these people's future campaigns.

    We all understand that freedom isn't free. What Romney and Ryan don't understand is that neither is opportunity. We have to invest in it.
    Julian Castro, DNC 4 Sept 2012

    by pixxer on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 09:16:28 AM PDT

    •  Thing #2 is the most heartening thing about NN (6+ / 0-)

      After attending seven of these, I can say with pride that I have seen this every year at NN, with different sets of politicians each year.  Even being able to just walk up to and chat with a U.S. senator at the conclusion of a panel on which he participated never ceases to impress me.  I go away knowing that many, if not most, of OUR representatives truly want to improve the lives of their fellow citizens.  Many seem like downright "regular" people!

      My students were poor and they often came to class hungry. And they knew even in their youth the pain of prejudice… I saw it in their eyes...you never forget what poverty and hatred can do when you see its scars on the hopeful face of a young child.-LBJ

      by Jeff in CA on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 09:40:50 AM PDT

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      •  I gave money to Mark Begich (5+ / 0-)
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        after meeting him and speaking to him at NN. A couple years later he came back and spoke passionately and knowledgeably about rural broadband in a panel, and I was able to talk to him after that one as well until his staff had to shoo him out to catch a plane. His staff impressed me as well. I came away feeling quite pleased that I'd helped to get him elected.

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 09:55:11 AM PDT

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    •  Excellent points. I was also impressed by the (2+ / 0-)
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      number of young activists. I just would have liked to see more people of color. Maybe next year. I was also impressed by the elected officials who came by and spoke.

      •  ...believe it or not... (4+ / 0-)
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        ...there are more people of color at each NN. And there are more young activists too. NN13 was "younger" than any I've attended so far.

        DailyKos has been around for 10 years.

        I talked to folks that were in there early to mid-20's. These guys were 12-16 years old a decade ago.

        And in recent years there has been a very good outreach to communities of color around the country to register to vote and go vote.

        I believe some of the reason it may seem like there aren't as many people of color as we'd like is due to this.

        Many who attend are old Democratic farts (I'm 55)...and, though no fault of our own, aren't of color (but that doesn't matter really).

        I'm certain more people of color and more young people will be attending Netroots Nation's in the future...it's all about becoming mobilized. And I was so very impressed by all that I talked with...

        Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences.

        by paradise50 on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 10:39:34 AM PDT

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