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    WheninRome, sviscusi, kbman

    Usually, when someone thrusts a pamphlet at me I decline to take it or chuck it in the next trash bin.

    You do have a good point, however - those 3 sites combined do have a very large membership.  There might be other avenues we could explore.

    Thinking of the Poor People's Campaign.  Maybe the threat of another tent city in DC along the lines of Resurrection City would work.  I'd chip in some dollars to bus people to DC and have them (illegally) set up tents along the Mall.  Let them send out the Army to roust them like they did the Bonus Marchers.  At some point, we have to force the issue home that we need jobs, not this bullshit stealing from the poor to pay off the rich.

    you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

    by Dem Beans on Mon Jul 25, 2011 at 09:09:26 PM PDT

    •  Republicans have Grover and Rush (1+ / 0-)
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      Major Tom

      We have Jane........

      potato, pa-tahto

    •  I'm advocating something different (0+ / 0-)

      though I'm sympathetic to the large, centralized protests, or even camps, I have my doubts that they're most effective for creating the changes that we need. I want to be able to look out my window, and see somebody creatively propagating a political message, every day. Especially to the unblogged masses.

      I attended a large anti-war protest in Washington, D.C., prior to the Iraq invasion. Hardly any congress critters bothered to show up. I was limping along on a sore knee, and nearly broke, but those jerks couldn't bother even showing up and defending whatever position they held. I have little patience for supplicating Congress critters. I'm more into telling them what to do, and holding them to their promises, and if they don't do so, then firing them, come the next election. If we're not able to fire them, but our positions are popular ones, that means that we, the people, have not done the organizing spadework.

      Thus, I think it's wiser to invest time and energy engaging my fellow citizens, with a view to enrolling them into a voting bloc that shares at least some of my values. Reaching out to the unblogged masses in my neighborhood seems the way to go, and hopefully the new converts will join an electorally aggressive proto-voting bloc, similar in aggressiveness to the Tea Parties.

      Tea Party members have been seeing returns for their activist efforts, but at the national level, I don't see progressives achieving much of anything, when they are opposing plutocratic interests. IMO, we need more progressives in Congress, who are either bolder, or else more afraid of the voters who put them there, and that hold progressive positions on various issues.

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