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  •  agreed again. We should take this card out of (3+ / 0-)
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    their deck and fully support meaningful and positive populist agendas that follow a progressive formula.

    But how do we do this? It seems to me the status quo of the dem establishment does not really want this, yet it is for this exact reason that the dems have won in landslide two cycles running.

    If we don't act now the right will get back in power sooner rather than later. If/when that happens it will be a disaster.

    F#@k this Congress and the limos they rode in on!

    by MinistryOfTruth on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 10:42:05 AM PST

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    •  A. (2+ / 0-)
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      EFCA, and the unions need to spend more resources on organizing.

      B. We need to run populists mostly in the Midwest and South, but also in the Southwest, where many Hispanic Americans are economically populist.  In the northern half of the country, Democrats are mostly supported by whites.  In the Sun Belt, it's blacks and Hispanics who are much of the backbone of the party.  Both of those groups tend to be more religious than white Democrats, but also tend to be strongly economically populist.

      C. We need to invest in state legislatures and local government.  There are 8 or more state legislative districts in my state in which if we had supported strong populist Democrats, I believe we would have won, rather than lost.  Electing populists at the lower level helps us brand the party, make change at the state level, and provides a bench for higher office.

      Having populists in state and local government helps us shape the local economy to our liking.  Places which are dependent on extractive industries (oil, coal, agriculture) tend to support Republicans, while places with heavy industry and service economies tend to support Democrats.  Why?  People in places with a higher standard of living tend to support Democrats, even if poorer people are in every case more likely to support Democrats.  With control of both the federal government and local government, we have a much better chance to influence a local area, for example by subsidizing research at Southern universities, or the movement of heavy industry there, in an attempt to raise the standard of living.

      And by investing in, in particular, state legislatures in Texas, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, Michigan, Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and the Dakotas, we will pretty much rely on electing populists in many of those places, and greatly increase our capabilities in those states.

      -5.38, -5.90 Deus mihi iustitiam dabit.

      by cjallen on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 11:35:04 AM PST

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