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The polite advice to 'never discuss religion or politics' has got to go.  Nothing is more important or more deserving of discussion in a democracy than politics.  I ran for Congress and discovered a remarkable thing--we the people have the ability to discuss politics in a civill manner.

Talk radio and the political TV programs discourage political discussion because they show inflexibility, unwillingness to consider other points of view and the inevitable breakdown into demagoguery and ad hominem attacks.  Because every show does this, together they paint the false picture that this is the unalterable nature of political disucssion.  Ladies and gentlemen, all of this is just show business to keep you tuned to the station so that more soap, cars and erectile disfunction drugs can be sold.

I ran as a Libertarian because I believe both government subsidized parties are beholden to corporate interests and are incapable of representing the people.  Running as a third party candidate meant I was always trying to reach both R's & D's.  My district contains an amazing cross section economically, socially, racially.  It was a fertile field for a riot if the picture MSM paints of political discussion was accurate.  IT NEVER HAPPENED.

Only rarely did anyone spout one of the absolutist statements you hear on the radio or TV.  When they did, I just asked the person to tell me more about why they believed that--what about that was important to them.  Typically that lead to the person immediately moving to a non-absolutist position.

To save this country, we must talk with one another.  Agree to listen.  Agree to disagree.  Facism wins through assumptions that everyone agrees and fear to confront a perceived majority.  Talking to one another here on Daily Kos is a great start, but we have to get out of the echo chamber and talk to our friends, neighbors and coworkers.

This is how we defeat fascism, one conversation, one person, at a time.

Originally posted to Mosquito Pilot on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 04:55 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Great thoughts... (none)
    Where did you run? I would have voted for you...

    The Cognitive Dissonant... "Bringing Marshmallows to the Firestorms of Freedom!"

    by Dood Abides on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 04:56:42 AM PST

    •  Ran against Enron's candidate - Sheila Jackson Lee (none)
      in Houston, Texas.
      In an interview w/CNN during the Enron meltdown, she defended her relationship w/Enron calling them a "constituent" and saying it was appropriate to represent the interests of constituents.

      Craig Washington, the former rep for the district, wasn't representing the interests of the corporations so he had to go.  Ken Lay headed up the team that drafted SJL to run against Washington.  She got about $30k directly from Enron & Enron execs.  Some articles on the web suggest that in total, she raised over $1/2 million due to the efforts of the Enron crowd.

      Here's a phrase to add to your vocabulary, "Brown-Shirt Republicans"

      by Mosquito Pilot on Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 01:46:15 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  agree! (none)
    I heartily agree with you.  I currently go to two meetings a month.  One is the local DFA and the other is the Board of Health of which I am a member.  We have very strong, O'Reilly activists on the BOH yet every time I've brought up a progressive solution to a problem, they've supported me 100%.  While I've been entertaining the thought of starting a new DFA closer to my home I've been recently enchanted with the idea of starting a monthly "let's talk politics" gathering encouraging people of all opinions to get together over coffee and food and discuss issues that are important to us.  That is the best way of reaching out and understanding where others are coming from.
  •  Head up from "This Week in Fascism" (none)
         I have a policy of letting diary authors know what I said about their diaries in my series on "This Week in Fascism 03-03-05 [Advice Requested]"

         Come on over and let me know what you think about my comments. I also remind the Authors that I probably recommended their diaries and am consistantly the top recommended each week. Hint! Hint!

         without further ado here is what I said.

         Mosquito Pilot, who ran for Congress as a libertarian informed us that Sunshine defeats fascism. The conclusion is exactly what I have been trying to convey:
         To save this country, we must talk with one another.  Agree to listen.  Agree to disagree.  Fascism wins through assumptions that everyone agrees and fear to confront a perceived majority.  Talking to one another here on Daily Kos is a great start, but we have to get out of the echo chamber and talk to our friends, neighbors and coworkers.

         This is how we defeat fascism, one conversation, one person, at a time.
         These people do not want a fascist country. We must break the grip of fear and the only way to do that is one person at a time.

    "It's about the accountability, stupid." Thomas Davis 2005

    by Tomtech on Thu Mar 03, 2005 at 09:17:24 PM PST

    •  thanks for putting (none)
      a little sunshine on this diary, and thanks for your diaries focused on fascism

      Here's a phrase to add to your vocabulary, "Brown-Shirt Republicans"

      by Mosquito Pilot on Sun Mar 06, 2005 at 03:42:03 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

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