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  •  but you can think all politicians (2+ / 0-)
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    jvantin1, sancerre2001

    act out of base self-interest, acting only to promote themselves, and still make sure that their self-interest includes implementing policies that you support.  It just is harder than we want it to be that way, I think.  It would be much easier if there was one enlightened, powerful, standard-bearer, who could (and would) do all the right things on principle, steam-rollering over any opposition, from other politicians or from the American people who don't get it yet, for that matter.  

    But that really can't happen.  And probably shouldn't, truth be told.  But if the solution includes convincing 50+ percent of the American people that a certain course is absolutely in their best interest, and the right thing to do, then a crass, craven, self-interested politician would be a damn fool to not jump on board.  And frankly I couldn't give a damn why any president signs a law, so long as it gets supported by the American people, voted for by the Congress, and lands on his/her damn desk and s/he signs the sucker.  

    Moving the country forward that way is damn hard.  But it sure as hell makes the changes we get more likely to stick than if it's just one guy, and we have to live in terror of the guy on the other side overturning it all out of his own warped "principles".  

     It's hard.  But what's happened in WI has given me a renewed sense of how it's possible to reach people and have the course turn more quickly when we work together and the issues are put so starkly out there.  

    (Sadly, in Kathmandu no longer.)

    by American in Kathmandu on Mon Mar 21, 2011 at 08:46:55 PM PDT

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    •  Thank you for being decent. (1+ / 0-)
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      American in Kathmandu

      Thsi country is in Shock Doctrine territory. The situation in Wisconsin is magnificant. Every day, I wish I could be there to support my courageous brothers and sisters. But I am there in spirit, and I'm waiting for their experience to be imported to my home state, where they've slashed the education budget 50 percent.

      I will be there on my feet and with my voice, and I no longer expect any politician, anywhere, to speak or act for me.

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