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    Talking about how Obama's triangulation and how it has caused a drain in enthusiasm on the left.  And rightly so.  But when I read shit like this, I realize that the problem is much bigger.  The left has no representation or consideration in ANY discourse.

    “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” - John Steinbeck (Disputed)

    by RichM on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 09:20:52 AM PST

    •  None that stick in the public mindshare, right. (5+ / 0-)

      There are bright spots here and there, but some of them are so-called comedy (Stuart, Colbert) and others are thoroughly niche (Maddow).

      What we don't have is anything within an order of magnitude of RWTR.  Bear in mind, under that umbrella I include approximately 80% of "christian" radio stations.  Listen to anything on Bott Radio Network and you'll know what I mean inside of five minutes.

      Radio (and non-web TV) are slowly phasing out as major stimulators of national dialogue, but they're still present and potent.  Progressive messaging and ideals will (I firmly believe) win through in the end, sheerly on weight of numbers and drift in media emphasis, but it's a long road yet ahead.

      When ESPN first went on the air, people couldn't believe anyone would possibly go for an all-day-every-day sports TV network.  Now there are people who could barely imagine life without it.

      When RWTR, and later Fox News, went on the air, people probably figured we could ignore it and it would go away.  Instead it's inextricably part of the biggest problems our nation currently faces.  Not the whole or only driver, but a huge driver.


    •  A large part of that is the left cowers. (2+ / 0-)
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      The left has "pragmatized" itself into oblivion by failing to stand up and fight and make Democrats stand up and fight.  They have gotten it into their head that 1) public opinion is against us and 2) it's always going to be that way.  Both assumptions are completely wrong.  

      The best way to rally people to your side is to stand up and make an argument for your ideas, why liberalism is better.  Staying quiet (or even worse, parroting conservative views) because you're scared shitless of possibly losing is the absolute dumbest, most short-sighted thing Democrats/liberals can do; it will only serve to fail to challenge (if not reinforce) the other side's argument and create a vicious cycle.

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