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  •  Has this ever been true? (10+ / 0-)

    How can we be the party that embraced the values of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, and, yes, Michael Harrington, and now have fallen so low?

    In my time, and in my reading of history before, I cannot think of a time when the Democratic party truly embraced the values you reference.  Certainly some officials of the party have, sometimes, but the Democratic party as a whole has never really been a populist engine.  The New Deal perhaps came closest, but ask African- or Japanese-Americans if they felt included in those days.

    We can't create a Democratic party like that in time for the 2008 election.  We may never succeed.  But we must always try.  The more of us who are there talking and working and donating and motivating our neighbors, the more pressure will be placed on the Democratic party to meet us halfway.  

    Fulcrums?  Try what people need for security:  a job, health care, hope their kids in Iraq will get home safe.  Levers?  Give people an idea and a bit of hope that by pulling together, they may move this country in the direction it needs to go.

    Another excellent diary, kid.  Thanks for the banquet for thought.

    Don't expect to live in a democracy if you're not prepared to be an active citizen.

    by Dallasdoc on Sun Sep 02, 2007 at 07:00:21 PM PDT

    •  Most people respond to their own needs first (6+ / 0-)

      Most people are not involved with trying to understand why it's so hard to find a decent job, pay, health care, place to live .. why food and gas are going up. Even amongst those who suffer, they don't have the time or resources or will to want to understand.

      And I suspect that most of us here imagine the needs of these others, and try to make society live up to it's responsibilities; because in the long run it's better for everyone.

      socialist democratic progressive pragmatic idealist with a small d.

      by shpilk on Sun Sep 02, 2007 at 07:08:24 PM PDT

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      •  Exactly -- that's the fulcrum (4+ / 0-)

        A fulcrum is a foundational point, a place to lean on as hard as you can in order to effect change.  What better place than individual peoples' needs (and wants and hopes and fears)?  

        The levers are the means by which to effect change, the stuff of politics.  This covers ideas, tactics, and strategies of politics.  

        Who wields the levers and chooses the fulcrum?  That's the point of ko's diary in my reading.  Will it be us, or will it be the Rahm Emanuels?  That's the most interesting question we face in the next decade of politics.

        Don't expect to live in a democracy if you're not prepared to be an active citizen.

        by Dallasdoc on Sun Sep 02, 2007 at 07:20:26 PM PDT

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