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The 109th Congress led by Frist in the senate and Hassert in the house gave Bush and the elite everything they wished for and then more.They desumated food safety.schools by not funding mandated federal standards, the tax structure at the expense of a balanced budget,credit card consumer protection,banking regulation,insurance regulations,and for the crowning acheivement the financials collapsed due to lack of oversight and lack if asset based business practices.Americans started to get nervous and gave the 110th congress a new democratic majority but they said it was too slim so Bush could veto their bills like SCHIP and they were right.We the people gave them a mandate to begin our work in a powerful way and we now have the 111th congress.That was millions of Americans of every political ideals and financial means saying we want change.
These are just social agenda items.Foreign policy including a war in Iraq based on lies. The sad result of that war is a prolonged involvement in Afghanistan.This is a dismal track record and we ousted them for change.Change we can believe in was the promise.Can it be that promise is being broken so quickly?Why?

We sent them to represent the people .We paid for their campaigns in cash.time and yes- real debate.
If they can not respect who sent them to govern and why what can they respect?Perhaps it time we do some of the same military tactics ourselves as the majority. We are facing an internal terrorist tactic on the health care debate. Anyone who thinks this is a tad dramatic or an overstatement of the term must look at the subtext of terrorism. While not every insurgency involves terror, most involve an equally hard to define tactic, subversion. "When a country is being subverted it is not being outfought, it is being out-administered ."writes a British expert H.C. Berkowitz.
Is Obama and our super majorities in both the House of Representative and Senate being out administered?It look like they are right now but it is not too late.
We must do as Ronald Reagan said and demand our government take the advice he gave to the Polish government on the 5th anniversary of the Solidarity movement in Poland.
"We here in the United States have also heard Solidarity's message and respond to it with all our hearts. We call upon the Polish Government to do likewise. This is not a subversive organization. It asks only that basic human rights be observed and that Poland be governed by responsible and responsive leaders. It asks those leaders to seek participation of workers, managers, and technocrats, academicians and intelligentsia, and the cohesive strength of the church in grappling with the massive economic and societal problems which must be solved if Poland is to assume its rightful place within the brotherhood of nations. Should such a reconciliation take place, the traditional hand of American friendship will be ready and unreservedly extended to Poland, just as it has been throughout the last 200 years. Meanwhile, we shall continue to support the legitimate hopes of our Polish brothers and sisters who are defending our common values.
Now we must demand the government in the USA do the same. It must be shown to those who have enshrined Reagan as the Great One that he would be on the side of the American left on health care according to his own words. Special interests that quote Reagan must now quote him on all of his words and join with their fellow Americans and demand responsible and responsive action taken by our elected government to support the legitimate hopes by defending the common values of the majority of the American electorate not the status quo of the powerful we see today. Anything less would be hypocritical by not only those that supported Obama's platform but those that have deified Reagan.
 A majority ideal is including appeal to the masses. American public has demanded by a percentage of 70% has demanded health care reform and no group of special interests waging tactical war actions against it should be able to divide and control the government with subversive and in some cases terrifying lies used to derail the mandate of the American people.
I have found in life that when people use derogatory names to describe opposition it is usually what they are themselves. To those saying Obama is a communist I say look at your own tactics and see where they are born. To those calling for the swamp to be drained I say who or what is  the alligator your trying to rid?
We can not lose this fight to our own elected super majorities being bullied by special interests. If we do we have not only lost on an issue but we will have lost the primary reason for voting here in America.
We must do as a few effective groups have done and demand results. The Coalition for Change just did a magnificent job lobbying sponsors on the Glenn Beck Show. The ACLU has done many great campaigns successfully. They never gave up and we can't either. When we see positive results from war tactics being implemented by a clever minority it's time we stand up and demand the promised change we voted for in 2008.

Originally posted to kittycago on Sun Aug 16, 2009 at 10:42 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Sadly, a substantial portion of our elected (3+ / 0-)
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    newpioneer, wblynch, tardis10

    supermajorities still represents the DLC mentality that nearly buried us the first place.  Just having the numbers doesn't mean we have the political will in the rank and file.

    •  Don't assume though that even though the DLC (4+ / 0-)
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      dems are not our favorites that they don't represent the views of their constituents. We don't have progressives in every democratic seat mainly because most congressional districts simply aren't all that progressive.

      I'm in the pro-Obama wing of the Democratic Party.

      by doc2 on Sun Aug 16, 2009 at 10:55:18 AM PDT

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      •  Yup (0+ / 0-)

        If we want a progressive country we'll need to do a lot of outreach, education, and work for a long time.  We have a chance now, we didn't have that a year ago.  Let's get to work and learn how to talk to those who don't see the wonderfulness of our viewpoint.

        •  that is exactly why I chose (2+ / 0-)
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          to quote Reagan and his  solidarity quote.We can talk to them in words they know but show them that we are now the ones who represent these thoughts.

          •  Good plan (1+ / 0-)
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            I spend most of my life among rural blue collar people (being one myself).  The soil for progressivism is actually quite fertile.  The past (when dems abandoned the rural areas) needs to be overcome (as Howard Dean and Jim Webb have pointed out) and the rhetoric needs to be more creative (derived as much from listening and understanding as from being "right").

  •  2010: The great dinosaur hunt (3+ / 0-)
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    Any Dem who fails to vote for the public option must be defeated in 2010. Beat them in primaries, or allow the GOP to have 2 years in a blue district. Doesn't matter. We need to make defeat of dinos the #1 priority next year. No exceptions. No rules. Pour in money and man the Swift boats. Political careers must be destroyed, By any means necessary,

    Is it not written "There's a lot goes on we don't get told."? (Lu Tze)

    by MakeChessNotWar on Sun Aug 16, 2009 at 10:55:56 AM PDT

    •  I agree read a great quote on that (1+ / 0-)
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      "Since the founding of the United States, people have been exercising the freedom and responsibility to question their elected representatives. The current public political debate resembles the enthusiasm of our nation's first 100 years. A U.S. Senator referring to The People as "disrespectful" and "un-American" for calling on their Representatives is appalling. Senator Lincoln's statements are indicative of the elitist Washington D.C. arrogance and mentality that continues to dismiss the voice of Middle America. The citizens of this country deserve honest answers to their questions." - Source Unknown but well said!

  •  We've already lost. (0+ / 0-)

    Sebellius said the public option is not essential...

    waste of a majority.

    "It stinks." - Jay Sherman, Film Critic.

    by angry liberaltarian on Sun Aug 16, 2009 at 11:00:37 AM PDT

    •  not yet we just haven't used tactics (0+ / 0-)

      like the right has yet .That is what I was pointing out.

    •  THERE IS NO LOSING... ONLY DELAY !! (0+ / 0-)

      Don't think of loss.  Don't feed energy into defeat.

      We may not get all we want today but we must keep fighting for what is right.

      We will win, there is no doubt.  If not today, then soon.

      The anti-abortionists have been fighting since 1973.  They believe they will win.  (they won't because their crusade is not just)

      Justice, fairness and common sense will prevail.

      NO QUITTING !!

      •  I agree but we should recognize the tactics (0+ / 0-)

        being used against a good fight and diminish their impact.The have waged a war against the greater good.Having the greater good on your side does not always win as we saw in some of the examples I cited.

  •  My blue dog Congressman (1+ / 0-)
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    My blue dog Democrat Congressman, Rep. John Barrow of Georgia's 12th Congressional district, does not represent my interests. He has repeatedly voted over three terms no to continue funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He does this over my respectful but strenuous objections.

    Barack Obama has not ended the war in Iraq nor has he closed Guantanamo or delivered a fair trial for those accused of terrorism.

    The elite American status quo establishment continues to rule. Obama has deep Wall Street pockets.

    In my opinion there can be no sustainable economic recovery or progress of domestic social issues including healthcare reform as long as this nation continues its costly foreign military entanglements.

    If anti-war liberals were as organized and as vociferous as Republican reactionaries we would have ended the U.S. wars for hegemony in Iraq and Afghanistan. Then we would be in a position for domestic reform. Meanwhile this country continues the long slide into fascism or anarchy. Take your pick.

    Peace is the sine qua non for social progress.

    •  You find him, we'll fund him (0+ / 0-)

      Find a primary challenger or an independent to run in 2010. We'll provide the money and the muscle. We must eliminate all dinosaurs in 2010. No mercy, no exceptions.

      Is it not written "There's a lot goes on we don't get told."? (Lu Tze)

      by MakeChessNotWar on Sun Aug 16, 2009 at 12:40:10 PM PDT

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