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I turned legal voting age in 2001.  I missed the 2000 Gore V Bush election by one year.  I was a senior in high school that year (2000-2001) when I first caught the political bug, thanks to a brilliant, enthusiastic History and Government teacher and current events at that time.

I missed the 'Clinton' years because I was too young and was not interested (but can appreciate it in hindsight). The following year i went on to get my BA in Political Science blah blah blah, and obviously, I'm a proud liberal Democrat.

That being said, the last 8 years of my life, the entire span of my political junkiness, has been fighting against 'the power', being against the 'status quo', and rallying against the 'evil' leader of the other party, George W. Bush.

Now, it seems (and I hope and hope and hope) that Democrat Barack Obama will win the White House.  Furthermore, it looks like the Dems will control Congress.

YES!  WE FINALLY DID IT!  After heart breaking losses in 2000, 2002, and 2004 (with a slight reprieve in 2006), MY SIDE WILL WIN!  My party will control the White House.

But my brain is not wired to play Offense!  The last 8 years I had the ultimate antagonist, George W. Bush, to frame my political and philosophical and world views against.  It energized me to want to change the direction of this country.  Bush was the ultimate political antagonist, punching bag, punch line, and stress inducer.

Now my party will be in control, and I have to defend.  I am glad, but theres something special that occurs when you 'fight the system'.  Will I be as engaged in politics?  There are no 'enemies' only 'good guys'.  Will this disillusion my political views?  Will i end up complacent and indifferent?

So, my plea is for HELP!  How do i play Defense when all I've known is political offense?!

Any thoughts, ideas?  Thanks!

Originally posted to MikeyMike on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 04:14 AM PST.


Who will be Obama's nemesis in the next 4 years?

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Comment Preferences

  •  Get involved in solving a hard problem (0+ / 0-)

    The Republicans avoided the hard problems of governance.

    Pick one or a few and get involved in the change efforts. Here are just a few: education, restoring image in foreign affairs, reducing military spending, roll back of the attack on the constitution.

    My single source of best insights is Glenn Greenwald who is on the left hand margin at Get his books. Go through his early postings. Get involved in the Strange Bedfellows campaign to elect good democrats. You can get to it now by clicking on the Money Bomb link on the left side of Glenn's blog.

    Keep engaged!

    I was an activist at home and then at Univ Cal Berkeley in the mid 1960's. I sat on my hands for 40 years until the Kerry campaign here in Ohio. Need young people to keep engaged in politics this time because the country needs MAJOR changes.

  •  there's still a lot of work to be done (0+ / 0-)

    First, change the words Offense /Defense in one of your sentences

    Second, I fully expect that Obama will continue to use this fabulous organization in order to make a difference.  Education, energy, environment, economy

    Third, we're going to have to work to somehow get through the prejudice and lies that are wrapping up the GOP.

  •  MikeyMike suggest repost after the election (0+ / 0-)

    People are consumed by the election until after it is over. Suggest you repost after the dust has settled and use a different title. Something like: Any suggestions for a young activist?

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