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    see very little of the progress we desire.

    It may be some other coalition forms.  Great!  Should I see that, I'm in.

    For that to happen, there needs to be at least one point of common consensus to action.

    That could be something as simple as minimum wage.  Currently, it's one of the better candidates that can share ground with social issues and form a center of power.

    But you must understand the people who want the money and corruption to rule the day are engaged in a sustained civic effort.  They do not rest and they are motivated by very large amounts of money upon which political investments generate very large returns.

    Nobody has to walk in lock step to check that, but we do have to get much better at acting in ways that do more good than harm.  Their cost is dollars, ours is labor to organize and act in our best interests.  

    Either we pay, or we don't.  If we don't, the money wins.

    Nobody wants to think about that labor and the costs of it.  Everybody wants to talk about what they want or how the world should be.

    We hear things like, "get the money out of politics"  And my response is, "Yeah, right on!"  How do we do that?

    Silence.

    Or here is another one, "Instant run off voting" or "Third parties", etc...

    Answers to the how on those often go the same way.

    Why?

    Because we need to own the system we've got before we can change it.

    Right now we've got a two party system with money as speech and it's nearly always writing the best laws money can buy.

    There are some bright spots.  We get some good people in there, and Elizabeth Warren is one of those.  She's in there talking about the banks and wages and I see fast food workers striking regularly now.

    And look at Grayson.  He's awesome.  Was so awesome at first that his opposition worked double over time to give him the boot.  He's back now and have you seen how he operates these days?  He's in there making what he can make better, offering up tons of amendments and getting consensus on them to make it better.

    Sometimes he puts an amendment on a shitty law he knows will pass and sometimes he trades his vote on that law for the amendment.  Purity is expensive because that's not possible to do and remain pure, and he's not there to be pure.  He's there to make it better, which he does.

    Way too many of us do not understand that dynamic and that power is shared and because it's shared, there is no path from A to B, but there is a path from A to something like B in the future.

    Or, we never get to B at all because we stood aside, pure, unwilling to share power, and we get something like C instead, because they do understand and they know the difference between better and best and will take some of something rather than a not of nothing any day any time.

    So yeah, call me what you will.  I simply want it better, and I'm willing to work with anybody to make it better.  Way too many of us can't or won't say the same and that's a big part of why it's not more better than it is right now.

    Finally, your answer is?

    Thought so.

    ***Be Excellent To One Another***
    IF THEY ARE GOING TO SCREW THE PEOPLE, MAKE THEM OWN IT.

    by potatohead on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 07:23:46 AM PDT

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