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  •  It's another Gilded Age, and it's on (4+ / 0-)

    it's last legs now.  If we stay vigilant we can avoid the next round.  If we give up and declare that Democrats are just as bad as Republicans, we lose.  No Blue State legislature is slamming ALEC laws through.  And 90% of Obama's "crimes against the left" are bullshit.  

    We need to organize, fight back, get Democrats elected, and tell them clearly what we expect from them.  No more sitting around complaining.  Elected officials with solid majorities do what the base tells them. Let's make that true for our side for a change.

    I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

    by I love OCD on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 06:16:11 AM PDT

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    •  How many more times do we have to ask politely? (6+ / 0-)


    •  Do we need Democrats? Or do we need real people? (1+ / 0-)
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      It's not true that elected officials with solid majorities do what the base tells them.

      What is true is that elected officials with solid majorities do what the base tells them for as long as they feel that they must, and then regress to following their own pet projects as soon as they feel comfortable. Party infighting often ensues, and progress grinds to whatever pace serves the needs of the officials.

      (A look at China's one-party system in which elected officials have solid majorities is sufficient to illustrate this principle.)

      Thus, we don't need Democrats. We need intelligent and morally-grounded progressives who are motivated by loyalty to the many instead of by personal accomplishment, individuals capable of resisting the urge to put themselves over the nation. If many of these will be of Democratic extraction, then that is mere coincidence.

      (For while I understand fully that partisan support can be helpful in turning vision into reality, I feel that a proper respect for the vision of progressivism demands being open to the real-enough possibility that a person from the other side of the aisle may at times have more to offer to the progressive vision than, say, a blatant extremist who just happens to be categorized under the more-frequently-progressive banner. Every progressive that can be elected on the "wrong" side will serve as a person that non-progressive party elites will have to appease when votes are close; such need for appeasement may help enable compromises favoring progress, or better yet reshape the argument from the other side out to make the value of the progressive vision more clear and therefore politically attainable.)

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