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  •  I have been doing these things all my life, (19+ / 0-)

    it seems.  I campaigned with my grandmother for Kennedy when I was five years old.  I fought and screamed and shed some blood to stop Vietnam.  I was the village freak during the long numbing Reagan times, yelping about corruption, firing off letters to my reps until they were sick of seeing my name.  

    And the thing is that it did no good.  Here the American people are anyway, staring at the teevee, spending  money on SUVs and satellite dishes and anything else they can to numb their minds, because they don't know any other life.  While our backs were turned, they have been conditioned into lives of utter consumerism, bitter cynicism against government, and suspicion and hatred of anyone who cares about political values.

    I want to bring them back to - to life, except that sounds melodramatic.  I want them to see what's been done to them.  Without them, we are a small group of people with an eccentric hobby - we care about politics.  

    What do we do?

    "Republicans are poor losers and worse winners." - My grandmother, sometime in the early 1960s

    by escapee on Sun May 27, 2007 at 04:59:57 AM PDT

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    •  No, it did some good (6+ / 0-)

      Consider how much worse things would be if no one had done these things.

      "Be kind" - is that a religion?

      by ThatBritGuy on Sun May 27, 2007 at 07:05:21 AM PDT

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      •  Okay (1+ / 0-)
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        I'll accept that.  

        (Mr. escapee the philosophy major is saying "We can't know empirically that they would or they wouldn't."  Which doesn't exactly speak to my condition right now!)

        "Republicans are poor losers and worse winners." - My grandmother, sometime in the early 1960s

        by escapee on Sun May 27, 2007 at 09:03:01 AM PDT

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    •  The game is rigged and its time to stop crying.. (6+ / 0-)

      about it.

      If you want to play with the big boys you have to get yourself into the game--right now the "left", i.e., the opposition is fairly small and almost utterly powerless not because "we" are individually weak, though sadly that too is often the case, but because we are not organized. I don't mean organized in the sense of MoveOn or organizations like that who have very "lite" power--people will send a check, write some emails but beyond that not stake their lives on anything.

      Teacherken is talking serious stuff here. We need some new kind of suggestions--not the same ole same ole write your Congressman type of nonsense. And it is nonsense--only when you can cause serious damage as well as benefit to those in power will they listen and that's an absolute political fact.

      •  The graduating students in Massachusetts (5+ / 0-)

        certainly made their voices heard. What idiot decided to give an honorary doctorate to Andy Card? The powers that be even ignored their vocal demonstrations prior to the event. Good old Youtube. At least millions will see what they did on their graduation day. I hope their passion continues, especially as they look for employment to pay off those massive student loans.

        I think, therefore I am, I think.

        by mcmom on Sun May 27, 2007 at 01:00:33 PM PDT

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