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As much as I crave the heroin rush of Daily Kos, of that sense of not being alone with my contempt for the Bush tyranny, and of the encouraging political signs for our side, there is one immutable fact that chops my hope off at the knees: Bush and his puppeteers still have 1000 days more to destroy the world.

Here's the thing: we get off so much on Bush's plummeting polls, on the strides of our candidates and of the clear growing discontent on the part of the American people. But what good does it do us if the country is run by those who don't give a fuck about polls. What, like they care that people are starting to hate them? They don't care what people think; they don't WORK FOR PEOPLE. They work for the corporate and Christian facist elements that put them there.

I honestly don't think Bush, Rove, etc. would care if they got down into the teens in the polls. They own the Congress, the media, the military and the courts. As long as those entities work in concert, nothing else matters.

Oh, we Democrats are on the move, ready to take over the House and maybe the Senate this November?? Tough shit. Diebold, etc., will simply make sure that doesn't happen.

My point is, we settle for very little when we cheer ourselves with mere "signs." Those signs mean little in the real world of Republican facism.

But I am weary of my despair. Please, tell me where and how I'm wrong. Please!

Originally posted to I Hate Republicans on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 09:13 PM PDT.

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  •  ? (6+ / 0-)

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting? the result of war between two rival groups of Programmers

    by buhdydharma on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 09:19:34 PM PDT

  •  Get the fuck up off the ground (3+ / 0-)
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    kraant, tonyahky, buhdydharma

    If I haven't quit yet you can't either. Get up goddammit, there's still some fight left in ya! There'll be plenty of time to rest and feel sorry for it all when you're dead. Keep talking, keep writing, keep moving.

    -- What really makes America, America?

    by mike101 on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 09:23:38 PM PDT

    •  Let's suppose we go balls to the wall, (2+ / 0-)
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      kraant, goinsouth

      work our hearts out and still achieve nothing.

      Are you willing to 'wait' until 2008? And if you get your head handed to you again will you continue to wait til 2010? and if that fails will you keep on keepin on 'til 2012?

      It been 230 years, wake up and smell the coffee. Things will never be better come the next election.

      Parties divide, movements unite.

      by Gegner on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 09:39:10 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Listen to Ghandi (0+ / 0-)

      "When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it – always."

      ~Mahatma Gandhi
      Indian ascetic & nationalist leader (1869 - 1948)

      This always helps me out!

  •  Did we quit when the Germans (5+ / 0-)

    bombed Pearl Harbor?

    I can't disabuse you of your pessimism.  Work enough on your own behalf that you can survive, work enough on others' behalf that you can thrive, and settle back and watch to see what happens next if you don't feel like being out of the streets.  The Chinese saying "May you live in interesting times" is characterized as a curse, but China has gone through lots of interesting times and there are still a hell of a lot of Chinese.  Prepare to be fascinated by the next chapter.

    My apologies to students who took my U.S. Government class in the 90s: evidently the Constitution doesn't limit Presidential power after all. Who knew?

    by Major Danby on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 09:36:08 PM PDT

  •  Think of this instead (2+ / 0-)
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    kraant, Jiminy Cricket

    The only way the bad guys can win is if the rest of us stop fighting.

    There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening. - McLuhan

    by Alien Abductee on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 09:47:42 PM PDT

  •  How 'bout this: (1+ / 0-)
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    the conservative movement already failed!

    The grand plan, or so it seems, was to destroy the New Deal and any notion of common good.  If they could have "reformed," that is destroyed, Social Security they could have moved on to a mopping-up operation.  Medicare and Medicaid may have been next.

    BUT, the great under-reported story of this administration is that they failed to kill Social Security and that means the larger project has also failed.

    At least for the time being, tho, huh?  They will still do plenty of damage, but the big thing they wanted is now out of reach.

    And Americans are safer for it.

    Hope that helps.

  •  Remember Social Security Privatization? (2+ / 0-)
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    kraant, Carbide Bit

    Before Bush started really pushing it, privitization had strong support.  Then came the big push and down, down, down went the polls.  Democrats united against it and now where has it gone?  More than anything else, social security is the program Republicans hate.  From inception to today, this program that helped take seniors from among the poorest people to among the most well off, has been under assult from these people.

    Republicans don't win everything even when they hold all the power.

  •  You can still get out of the country... (0+ / 0-)

    ...and go somewhere sane.

    But don't wait too long if one of the current recommended diaries is right.

    I'm sorry.  That probably wasn't much of a help, but such are the times.

  •  Yer pessimism is bogus. (2+ / 0-)
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    subtropolis, kraant
  •  Cheering you up with Reality... (2+ / 0-)
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    Karmafish, kraant

    The reality is, the GOP has been moving towards this for decades, creating an infastructure, organizing funds, organizing voting districts, creating thinktanks and the K Street project.

    We Liberals just seem the end of these processes, ie them winning elections and us losing them, and it depresses us.

    The good news?  Howard Dean.  He is building our infastructure with his 50 state plan.  Not just for the next election, but for the next decade.  None other than William Jefferson Clinton met with Dean on this 50 state plan.  He entered the meeting a skeptic, and left it a convert.

    So cheer up.  We are just at the BEGINNING of this process, and look at our gains in the polls!  Imagine what it will be like in a few years!  If we only look to the very next election and not the Democratic Party as a whole, we will be setting ourselves up for disappointment.  It is a process I myself am working on and I urge you to as well!

    A final random thought... losing an election isn't always losing.  Running strong Dems where we haven't before, pushing money into districts we haven't before... this forces the GOP to push THEIR money into those districts to fight us.  Even if we lose, we've cost them time, money and resources, and weakened them that much more.  They've got more money right now... I think we should make them spend it :-)

  •  ~ I N T R U D E R ~ A L E R T ~ (1+ / 0-)
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    "Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." – H.L. Mencken

    by subtropolis on Sun Apr 30, 2006 at 12:31:03 AM PDT

  •  Optimism is Kinda Scary these days (0+ / 0-)

    Listen, I know the mossy malfeasance is gathering on that good ol' proverbial rolling stone quicker than you can say Patrick Fitzgerald -- but the closer we get to November I can't help but harbor more and more presentiment lodged deep inside this center-left gray matter of mine.

    I know we have truth (and growing resentment) on our side as each of the myriad scandals perpetrated by this administration bubbles up to the surface of the cesspool that is Washington, Iraq, Gitmo, New Orleans... and who knows where else.

    However... while momentum augments for da good guys every day, (i.e. those of us in Blue) let's not forget that desperation grows exponentially for those bloody rat bastards in Red.

    As we (those of us on the side of good ol' fashioned truth, justice and democracy) ever-tighten our punishing grip around the collective throat of the despots; (read: BushCo) nefarious plans are surely formulating deep inside their diabolical brains.

    Am I just being overly paranoid here? Am I the only one who thinks a bomb (figuratively, I pray) will drop sometime between now and November, and Bush will either declare martial law or suspend the elections for some usurious contrivance... or, (God forbid) another convenient terror attack??

    Just from what we know now, impeachment seems to be the least of BushCo's trouble-to-come. I don't know if we'll ever quantify the broad scope of their malfeasance in our lifetime. Dare we believe they'll go quietly into judicial purgation?

    BTW, can they still hang ya for treason in this country? Firing squad perhaps?

    •  go quietly? no. (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't think they'll have to "drop a bomb" to win in November however.  That's all they have to do right now; that's why they're not doing anything until November.  

      The only reason the GOP is bolting is because of Bush's bad poll numbers.  If they keep the house and senate, then Bush will continue for the remaining two years.

  •  cheer up a pessimist? (2+ / 0-)
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    murrayewv, kraant

    hmmm....let's see, how about this.

    Things have gotten so horrible in our country, that a majority of Americans have finally had their blinders ripped off.

    Let your conscience be your guide.

    by Jiminy Cricket on Sun Apr 30, 2006 at 01:00:53 AM PDT

  •  perspective (0+ / 0-)


    Let your conscience be your guide.

    by Jiminy Cricket on Sun Apr 30, 2006 at 01:02:25 AM PDT

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