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  •  You're completely right (9+ / 0-)

    We need people to participate. We all lose when they don't.

    I'm a big believer in small 'd' democracy, and in engaging the public in every way we can. I've been spending my time trying to do that in all kinds of ways, but it's a problem all of us have to work to solve.

    •  Although I have always been extremely interested (4+ / 0-)
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      in 'politics' in terms of life choices and reasons we make them in every aspect of our lives and have wworked in the fields of c iivil rights and cultural struggles for indigenous peoples in my work all my life,  it was NOT until I got interested in the mechanics of the process during the Kerry/Bush campaign that I became more active myself in political politics..

      It was only in the 2008 primary, when initially as a Clinton supporter, also for 'life' reasons as a career feminist and a single mother, and then later as a fervent Obama supporter in the general, that i atually understood how the 'donkey work' of making phone calls, knocking on doors, reminding people to vote, was what made the difference. I joined groups to debate issues, advocated for positions, and for me that was a biggie because i am pretty much a loner and not a joiner, a leader and not a follower, but I understood fully that it was only by group dedicated effort that elections could be won.

      I do NOT consider it essential that I need to fully embrace ALL aspects of my parties or candidates positions, but I do totally understand that NOT participating is tantamount to giving the election away without a fight.  And that even though no election solves all problems or changes everything, not being in power solves nothing.

      That is why, although I respect and admire passion, conscience and advocacy, in the final analysis i believe it is absolutely necessary to just hold your nose, if you have to, and VOTE your party into power. And continue to fight for change from a position of strength and not weakness.

      I realise that not everyone agrees, and believes in principle over everything. However, this movement on the right is truly frightening because they are singleminded in their absolute imperative of returning America to a past they long for. That past is rooted in the American revolution and we no longer live in the 18th century, but we shall be returned to it if we don't have the will to fight back. Like it or not.

      •  The right is rooted in the past, (3+ / 0-)
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        but not in the ideals of the American Revolution. They ares rooted in an imaginary vision of the Revolution where the country is "based on the Bible" (most of the founders were actually Deists), and some ridiculous frontier idea where everyone was a hyper-individualist.

        "The only thing we have to fear - is fear itself." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

        by orrg1 on Sat Feb 06, 2010 at 03:28:38 PM PST

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        •  I am not talking of 'ideals'. I am speaking of (3+ / 0-)
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          tactics. Todays seminars were most instructive, a blueprint in how the Patriots picked the British off one a a time, by hiding behind a tree and sniping.  In this instance Democrats are a standin for the British.

          That is the reality of this Revolution. They truly believe they are on the right side of history and are doing the Lord's work. They quote Thomas Jefferson and  co-opt any philosophy that they can twist into the strands and weave their own tapestry of their vision of the past.

          Wake up. Ignore them at your peril.  Just like the British did, they thought they were a joke.  They brag about not having a standing army, this is a 'family values' revolution in their minds and the tracts written by the Christian Coalition are their Bibles.

      •  Unfortuantely (1+ / 0-)
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        yes, that is true

    •  And when (3+ / 0-)
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      you work 13hrs a day 4 to 5 days a week and there still ain't enuff of anything on the kitchen table.. distractions abound.

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