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  •  And then here is my question to you (1+ / 0-)
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    and it's an important one. Because there's no doubt that what Bernie is proposing is "right, good, virtuous, and just."

    What do we do to push the electorate itself in a direction where it will elect more lawmakers like Senator Sanders?

    I think this comes down to things like combating media spin about proposals, as well as educating the electorate, who tend toward being ill-informed, and also, trying to push for increased voter participation from non-traditional groups who hold more Progressive ideals. There are probably a million other things that I'm not thinking of.

    "There are always two parties; the establishment and the movement." - Emerson

    by mahakali overdrive on Fri Mar 11, 2011 at 12:02:55 PM PST

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    •  Sorry, I meant to get back to your question and (0+ / 0-)

      got side tracked:

      What do we do to push the electorate itself in a direction where it will elect more lawmakers like Senator Sanders?

      1) Just as it has been displayed here in this diary where we try to give a hooray to Sen. Sanders even knowing that his proposal won't make it thru the House and even the Senate, we need to praise the efforts of other Democrats like the Presidents' effort for example on his 2012 budget proposal to expire the Bush tax cut even if it is more likely that proposal is not going to make it out of congress. Calling the POTUS a bluff when we call Sanders a hero for the same end result is not helpful and in fact a double standard and may be a typical example of a privilege Sanders enjoys.

      2) We need to highlight our achievements more so than continue the vicious criticism of the Administration's effort because messaging is important to low information voters and the more they are informed of what we have done to date, it helps build confidence that Democrats are doing a good job with all their political limitations.

      3) When criticizing, if people's criticism is not going to change a decision (two year tax extension, Afghanistan plan) that has been made, Democrats must understand that it doesn't serve us to go viral to undermine the Administration's effort making it a talking point all year long lashing out at the President at every arguments when we have the positive to re-enforce because there is many things we can cover.

      4) We must realize that there is no perfect solution and understand that being progressive means making progress and we have many to show for.

      These things will increase morale and get people to be excited about working hard at the grassroots level to work harder to register voters, GOTV, to increase the number of Democratic lawmakers locally, Statewide and Nationally. However, we need to have a system that embraces candidate ideologies that align with Democratic principle (Sanders type) than just having the money when candidates enter races so that we have the best candidate representing the people.

      I can go on and on with this you know MO, but I will leave it at that for now my sistah. Have a good Saturday.

      ...We have many more issues that bind us together than separate us!

      by ThisIsMyTime on Sat Mar 12, 2011 at 07:07:32 AM PST

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