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  •  Idiocracy n/t (3+ / 0-)

    We're all just monkeys burning in hell. SmokeyMonkey.org

    by smokeymonkey on Wed Oct 03, 2007 at 11:54:13 AM PDT

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    •  Please quit spinning us. (18+ / 0-)

      Oh but it gets more obscene. This week, Costa Rica prepares for a national referendum on whether to ratify the lobbyist-written Central American Free Trade Agreement - an agreement whose language will, among other things, force that country to dismantle its universal health care program and raise prices for life-saving medicines. CAFTA, you may recall, is one of the Bush administration's extensions of NAFTA, and - as my syndicated column coming out on Friday will show - the White House is mounting a vicious and withering campaign of fear and intimidation to manipulate the Costa Rican election on behalf of all the corporate donors who wrote CAFTA in the first place.

      And what has been the reaction of the progressive movement in Washington? Why, granting a platform to the very U.S. Senator who is leading the charge to extend NAFTA even further.

      That's right, the New Democratic Network - trumped up in Matt Bai's silly book as a supposedly important piece of the progressive movement - hosted U.S. Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) for a speech on trade. True to form, Baucus in that speech pleased K Street by implicitly attacking rank-and-file congressional Democrats who were elected in 2006 on a promise to reform America's trade policy and who are trying to fulfill their campaign promises by stopping the new package of NAFTAs. Baucus is now leading the fight to give a NAFTA to Colombia - a country whose government actively colludes with paramilitary gangs to execute union organizers. With "allies" like Baucus and the people who promote him, who needs opponents?

      I am sick and tired of the games.  It is so time that you guys realized we are not as stupid as you think we are and that this is not our parent's generation, which trusted you.  We know you can do more, and we know you are stringing us.  We will take this Party and our country back from every corporate crook in DC, and we will see Lieberman dumped on his ass instead of chairing a Democratic Committee.  You guys need to step up and fill the shoes of the heroes that use to be our leaders.  Quit the trade deals, pass single payer health care, quit funding the war, kill NCLB, pass publicly funded elections, impeach Bush and Cheney, send Scooter Libby to jail, replace Pelosi and Reid, and quit wasting our time with words, platitudes, and double crosses.  Does this apply to you?  You decide if the shoe fits.

      No justice, no peace.

      by dkmich on Wed Oct 03, 2007 at 02:29:59 PM PDT

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      •  The same approach continues the same results (2+ / 0-)

        There's nothing in there regarding process.

        This administration's secretiveness is probably the greatest threat -- along with the conglomeration and encroaching mediocrity of the media, and the defacto "discretionary" suspension of the separation of powers clauses of the Constitution and related Constitutional issues -- to robust democracy (and, as an aside, ultimately, to better policies as well) in this country.

        Big secrective government, instead of open, accountable, responsible government, is something that most Americans can relate to. And it addresses some of these fundamental, and critical processes.

        In 2004, The Bush adminstration was most vulnerable on the issue of accountability and responsibility (and credibility if that case had ever actually been made mainstream). And responsibility has historically been a right wing catch word, so there is extra value in correctly applying it here. Big secrective government addressed one of the most critical anti democratic shortcomings of the past generation, and it powerfully played into illustrating the adminstration's biggest political weakness.

        Yet according to John Dean, a top Kerry campaign official told him they ignored this issue because, "no one is interested in process."  (If communicated in that way, sure.)

        It could be said that democrats, while they are certainly interested in process, don't focus on it enough, are the one's that don't seem to think that any one else is, don't frame it right, and worry too much what consultants say.  

        Take care of process, and the policies will take care of themself.   For one, we never would have gone into Iraq in the first place, regardless of which Democratic Senators "voted to authorize it." It wouldn't even have been close, and certainly would have been handled far differently in any regard. (p.s., Senator Kennedy, if someone happens to alert you to this comment, you should read that second link. As, particularly, should Senator Kerry.) Not to mention correct some of the same patterns that continue to lead to the level of misinformation out there "informing" our national debate, which democrats -- particularly in the blogosphere -- seem to greatly underestimate, and which ultimately relate to everything.  

        How can one get democrats to focus on fixing the engine, or the foundation, instead of always arguing about the roof?? Seriously.

        by Ivan Carter on Wed Oct 03, 2007 at 03:15:20 PM PDT

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      •  Dkmich (1+ / 0-)
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        I would highlight your last paragraph in your diatribe, but it is so demanding (and insulting to Senator Kennedy) that I will just say this:

        Your ignorance of the workings of the US Senate is appalling, but your "demands" are even dumber.  Do you expect Senator Kennedy to get all this done, all by himself, by say, tomorrow? Because here's a newsflash, people: The Dems have a BARE majority in the Senate, and that's WITH Lieberman.

        That means 51 votes, people, and that's with EVERYBODY voting the same way.  So impeachment is OUT, along with the rest of your legislative demands, at least in this Congress.

        But, hey, it's so much more fun to sit behind your computer and trash the Dems, and insult people like Senator Kennedy, who, by the way, deserves your respect.  He has done far more in his life to better the lives of those around him than you will EVER do.

        Oh, and by the way, here's another freebie: The Rethugs LOVE it when we fight amongst ourselves. They LOVE it when we trash and threaten other Dems.  So, hey, let's keep them happy, shall we?

        We do not rent rooms to Republicans.

        by Mary Julia on Wed Oct 03, 2007 at 04:37:05 PM PDT

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        •  SNAP (2+ / 0-)
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          Respect is a two-way street, dammit. And who is to say that given Kennedy's money and position, any one of us could do as much for others, given the opportunities. I thought dkmich had some very good points.

          IMPEACH CHENEY AND BUSH

          by Maine Atticus on Wed Oct 03, 2007 at 06:57:35 PM PDT

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        •  Insulting? If the shoe fits! (0+ / 0-)

          You can enable with excuse after excuse what has become the lamest bunch of Democrats DINOs I have ever seen in my 40 years of voting for Democrats.

          In demanding that Democrats who campaigned against NAFTA now vote for a package of new NAFTAs, House Speaker Nancy Pelosiinsisted that Democrats need to "take yes for an answer," according to CongressDaily.

          ["A trade pact between the United States and Peru won bipartisan support in a crucial Congressional committee Tuesday...The vote Tuesday was a victory for the Bush administration and Representative Charles B. Rangel, the New York Democrat who is chairman of the Ways and Means panel. Mr. Rangel argued, against the opposition of many Democrats...Ways and Means Committee Chair Charles Rangel (D-NY)] noted that he may not be able to win over most of his party, adding, 'Our membership on this committee means that we will have to do things that at times will not be as popular as we would like them to be.'

          I could give you a million more examples of why the current Democratic Party does not care about ending the war or assuring that the middle/working class people in this country don't become extinct. And to add insult to injury, they are blaming the victims of trade..  Does this apply to Senator Kennedy?  He isn't mine, I don't follow his votes like I do Levin and Stabenow.  I do know that Senator Kennedy is willing to support huge increases in H-1b Visas and that he is responsible (with the worst President in history) for NCLB.  I hope he or his staff read this and start to realize that many of us are progressives first and partisans second. Taking turns at the good Democrat, bad Democrat strategy is getting lame.  If the Democrats think FDR is a dope and can't support the principles and policies that made the middle class, well, that says a lot.  I for one am sick of being taken for granted.  I may have no where else to go, but it doesn't mean I have to show up.  If people want to respond to empty platitudes with empty platitudes in drive by diaries of politicians, they can be my guest.  My hope is that Senator Kennedy is a real Democrat, has a backbone, and is willing to hear and act on criticism from the "middle" to which this blog actually gives a voice.  I will not insult the man with pap.

          No justice, no peace.

          by dkmich on Thu Oct 04, 2007 at 04:43:45 AM PDT

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