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    That is an excellent article. Meteor Blades used a similar section of it last night and this part really resonated with me as to where we should all be directing our energy from this point forward:

    This means hooking up now with the grass roots organizations in the communities where we live, prioritizing their struggles, joining and serving with their constituents, following leaders grounded in the community who are accountable not to Barack Obama, but the people who helped elect him. Let Obama follow, while the people lead, in other words.

    I wonder though where does that leave the blogs? Miss Laura? MB? Kos? Have you all, admins and community, thought about where this blog will go next, whether its goals will change now with a Democratic President and majorities?

    This seems like a really good time to address this to me. Will there still be a new software platform Dkos 4.0 to provide new infrastructure for the new atmosphere and larger community?

    I look forward to hearing back on these questions at some point. I think their discussion is very necessary.

    Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity; and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom. ~George Bernard Shaw

    by cosmic debris on Fri Nov 07, 2008 at 09:12:37 AM PST

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      timing is important here

      Whatever you do, or dream, begin it now.. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now. ~Goethe

      by Lady Libertine on Fri Nov 07, 2008 at 09:27:37 AM PST

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    •  Huh? (1+ / 0-)
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      What the hell is this supposed to mean?

      I wonder though where does that leave the blogs? Miss Laura? MB? Kos? Have you all, admins and community, thought about where this blog will go next, whether its goals will change now with a Democratic President and majorities?

      Does the task of electing more and better Democrats somehow come to an end? Does the task of constantly strengthening and renewing the Democratic Party, from the precinct level up, somehow go away?

      Does the task of building communities, whether geographical, virtual, or by affinity, just go away?

      Does the task of making our activism relevant to our neighbors end?

      I believe the answer to all these questions is no.

      And I'm sorry if this pisses some people off, but too bad. I also believe that the Democratic Party local, county, and state organizations -- and NOT groups like DFA, MoveOn, Progressive Majority, etc., etc. -- are the best vehicle we have for effecting positive political, social, and economic change in this country. We, and not these other groups, put up the candidates.

      As long as that is the case, this blog isn't going anywhere, nor should it. Organized Democratic Parties, right down to the local level, and rank and file union organizing are still the keys to moving forward.

      This blog and others have been, and should remain, a huge help toward that end.

      "Lash those traitors and conservatives with the pen of gall and wormwood. Let them feel -- no temporising!" - Andrew Jackson to Francis Preston Blair, 1835

      by Ivan on Fri Nov 07, 2008 at 09:53:47 AM PST

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    •  Of course we're thinking about it, (1+ / 0-)
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      and in fact, posts like this and like MB's diary are in part about opening the discussion, making sure none of us think for an instant our work is done. But answers are hard -- I think right now it's about asking the questions.

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