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  •  Everyone's got it backward (4+ / 0-)
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    The unions and Democrats, at least.  They think that rallying pumps people up to vote.  In reality, empowering direct action is what has been energizing everyone.  No one is excited about the elections; it's just that the unions and Democrats have completely hijacked the conversation, and the only thing they're allowing to be discussed is elections.  We're being set up for a disaster.

    •  Which is why we have to speak for (4+ / 0-)
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      ourselves, in extremely large groups, often, with one voice. We can't let our message be hi-jacked.

      A Democrat will only stab you in the back. A friggin' Republican will shoot you in the face! For Pete's sake, vote Democrat! - Democratic Party elevator pitch

      by Words In Action on Tue Mar 29, 2011 at 05:12:30 PM PDT

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    •  I think the unions are figuring it out (4+ / 0-)

      They've invested in electoral politics for a long time, hoping to get their needs met.  Now, though, after EFCA got dropped and Republicans have focused on them, unions have started to smarten up and figure out they've got to work for themselves, not just for their "friends" in Washington.

      The Democrats in DC are the real laggards, and the White House will be the last redoubt of cluelessness, it would appear.  I'm sure Tim Geithner is doing his best Grima Wormtongue act at every meeting, telling the president what the oligarchs want him to hear.

      Capitalism conquered communism, and now it's got democracy on the ropes. (JP Barlow)

      by Dallasdoc on Tue Mar 29, 2011 at 05:22:33 PM PDT

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      •  Not likely. (5+ / 0-)
        I think the unions are figuring it out

        Not at the level of the Internationals or most of the state councils.

        Federal labor law is killing union organizing.  It has been for decades, but those in charge of the Establishment unions know nothing else.  They may be well-intentioned and basically honest, but they are primarily bureaucrats who are horrified at the prospect of going back to organizing and winning the old-fashioned way, with blood, sweat and tears.

        It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!
      •  I'm speaking as someone in Wisconsin (8+ / 0-)

        where the union leaders are actively directing all of the energy into only electoral politics.  They are openly hostile to the idea of even a 1-day general strike.  They are submissive and pathetic, and they are strangling this movement.  There are a great many extremely wonderful people who are putting their heart and soul into this, having been inspired by the Capitol Commune; but, their political-economic-social analysis being crippled by decades of propaganda, institutional whitewashing, and collective amnesia, they are falling into the trap of directing all of their energy into "VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!" just because they don't understand what they experienced in the Capitol.  But 'hope'-fully we can see the lesson of what happens when you make your only goal Elect The Right People, after the spectacular disappointment of Obama and the 2008 Democrats.  Sadly, the unions are falling into the same trap that we have been caught in for the last 70 or so years.

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