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What is going on is not the fault of the rightwing sickos.  It is OUR fault for letting them get away with it and not seizing the biggest opportunity in political history.

Democrats don't win a lot of presidential elections.  

Worse, when they do, they simply don't have a single idea how to take that victory and turn it into a meaningful reality.

For some odd reason, the second a Democrat takes office, a giant portion of the Democratic and liberal establishment shuts down, curls up into a large ball and begins to wither.  Worse, the remaining portion spends all of their time and resources attacking the president and their party for not doing exactly what their agenda calls for.  In other words, they link hands with the rightwing nutjobs and blast away.

Which is why today, the Becks, O'Reillys, Limbaughs and Birthers now control the mainstream and web media - and with it, the agenda.

All the congressional Republicans need do is sit back.  Even Ann Coulter can sit back.  There is no reason why they should get their skirts muddied.  By not getting involved, they let the nutjobs, the Democrats and a happily cooperative media do the job themselves - on themselves.  They know that by the time 2010 rolls around, they will look like sane, strong political thinkers.

So here's the deal, people.  

Unless you want us watching helplessly as the GOP easily retakes Congress in 2010 and the White House in 2012, all of you - and I mean ALL OF YOU had better think back to what you were feeling the day before Barack Obama was elected.  

The helplessness, the rage, the frustration of seeing our country go down the drain - and hoping against hope that one man could rescue us.  

Get over that fantasy.  Today.  Get back into the streets get back onto the airwaves.  And take out your checkbooks.  If we're not out there with the same fervor as the nutjobs, we lose.  If we're not showing up in droves at those townhall meetings and out-shouting, out-slugging and yep, out-reasoning the nutjobs, we lose.

If we let that happen, then we'll just have wasted the single most important opportunity in the history of this country.  We'll have failed to stand behind our single best, smartest hope for changing the way this country does business and treats its own citizens.

Stop putting your anger on him.  He's one man.  He's brilliant.  He makes mistakes but he can do the job we need him to do.

But without all that money, organization, fight and brilliance we displayed to get him elected, he's going to fail.

To put it simply, without YOU standing squarely behind him, vocalizing and if necessary, manning the barricades, he is going to fail.

IF we let this happen (we DO have a choice) then we can all whine together as some Palin or Romney or other moron arises from the wreckage.  

There's still time to prevent that.  IF we do something now.

Rest assured, we will never again in our lifetimes get another chance like the one we have now.  

Please take advantage of it.

 

Originally posted to codyjarett on Sat Sep 05, 2009 at 06:45 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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  •  That is because they are a bunch of (0+ / 0-)

    radicals and/or racists.  

    Democrats are generally content with the world, and want to make it better.  It is not in our nature to have a "get in your face" attitude toward life.  

    We are not afraid of change and we welcome diversity, because, again, we are not afraid of change.

    So, our strength is also our weakness.

    But, as my tag line states, we are just nicer than Republicans.

    It's just a fact...Democrats or nicer than Republicans.

    by cyeko on Sat Sep 05, 2009 at 06:49:20 AM PDT

  •  Wowser (5+ / 0-)

    now that I've cleared the ringing in my ears from all the shouting, I have to ask, do you read the diaries here?  I'm not finding progressives curling up in a ball and whining.  I've read that we are making persistent phone calls, faxing, emailing, going to town hall meetings, writing LTEs, confronting our reps at town hall meetings, etc.

  •  No one gets out to fight for half-measures (5+ / 0-)

    or for a plan that is not yet clear. You want me to go fight for insurance mandates? A "trigger"? A maybe/maybe not/we'll think about it public option?

    I've been participating in this thing called democracy my entire adult life and I intention of stopping. I'm not whining, but I'm not going to fight for a half-assed plan.

    I know theft is illegal, but look at all the cool stuff I got!

    by BoiseBlue on Sat Sep 05, 2009 at 06:55:00 AM PDT

  •  Barack Obama (2+ / 0-)
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    must make us get fired up and ready to go.  Right now we are doing alot on our own, including contacting him, but if you keep with the communication coming out of the White House and the strong possiblity of no public option, who is excited about that?  Obama has been very centrist on everything from bailing out Wall Street, Banks, making sweetheart deals in the middle of the night with Big PhRma, etc.  Is that change any of us can believe in?  Finally, if he continues with these wars, continue to keep Blackwater with all their dirt exposed, how are we suppose to believe anything from him.  I will give him a year in Afghanistan, after that with no improvement it is time for us to get the HELL OUT.  Yes, cut and run.  We can not continue to borrow money, like Bush did to pay for a war that has bankrupt this country.

    None of the above makes me fired up and ready to go.  In fact it is the opposite.

  •  comment on the first comments (0+ / 0-)

    Yes, I read the diaries here, but if your point is that there is the same level of attention and support we gave Mr. Obama in 2008...please!

    This is exactly what I'm talking about.  

    Because he isn't doing EXACTLY what we want him to do, let's NOT support him and let the GOP control the message of the day.

    Think about it people.  What you're doing now is what Democrats everywhere do.  We're very good at yelling at the other guys and not very good at facing political reality and supporting our own people.  

    A GOP controlled congress in 2010, President Romney and god forbid, President Palin in 2012.

    Either start figuring out how to stop it now or start rehearsing the whines for when you wake up about a year from now and realize we've all blown it.  

    •  Not EXACTLY (0+ / 0-)

      No, it isn't that Obama and his team aren't doing "EXACTLY" as we want.  It's because Obama and his team aren't doing "ANYTHING" that we want.  Don't you think that might be a big difference?

      Right now, a GOP-controlled Congress doesn't look like it might be legislating any different than the current Democratic-controlled Congress.  Unless you think that the Republicans are better at using Congressional rules to finagle legislation than the Democrats?  If that's so, why do we keep these incompetents in positions of power to allow themselves to be out-maneuvered at every turn?

      Go ahead, blame the critics of the failed tactics of the administration.  Those critics aren't the people who totally failed in guiding the legislation through Congress.  That's the first thing critics of the progressives had better realize.  The folks charged with being successful failed and are now trying to lay blame elsewhere.  Well, I'm not having it and any thinking person shouldn't either.

      "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

      by PrahaPartizan on Sat Sep 05, 2009 at 08:26:35 AM PDT

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  •  I agree with you (0+ / 0-)

    I feel like we've largely blown this opportunity.  

    Progressives helped win the last two cycles, but it was the party as a whole that won them, not progressives, and that includes Jon Tester and Jim Webb and Heath Shuler et al.  I'm glad we have them instead of the 'pugs they ran against even though none of them will be mistaken for Feingold, Sanders, and Grijalva.

    Like it or not, this is the material we have to work with if we want to pass legislation.  Acting like we have a lot of weight to throw around is mildly delusional.  We don't have the leverage to twist the arms of those in our party who represent red states and districts and theirs are the votes we need (no matter how many pledges we get from "our" folks).

    Persuading opponents isn't "selling out".  Attacking them and demonizing them isn't persuasive.

    At some point, if we are going to be effective, we have to distinguish between emotional politics and practical politics.  Emotional politics (think I/P) doesn't usually work and only works in the very short term if it does at all.  Mobilizing the base is important during elections (and we did that very well), but it's not that useful when we're trying to pass legislation.  Much more important to figure out how to get those who don't share our "values" to align with us than to yell at them for not sharing them.

    Future election cycles are the time to be attacking, right now it's basically noise for nothing.  If we want to advance our agenda we'll have to do it by moving the party as a whole (warts and all) rather than isolating our faction of it.

    Not a popular idea around here.  

    •  If we don't have any weight (0+ / 0-)

      'to throw around', then they won't miss our votes in future cycles.

      Conversely, if they think they do need our votes, they might want to try making us happy once in a while, rather than always pandering to conservatives.

      They either need us or they don't.

      If they feel they don't, they better not whine and blame us if we don't vote for them again, and we wind up with President Palin or Romney.  If they do, then they can give us the same attention they give the conservatives, and keep winning cycles.

      Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God. - Thomas Jefferson

      by Ezekial 23 20 on Sat Sep 05, 2009 at 09:12:57 AM PDT

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      •  Your biz if you want to live with Romney (0+ / 0-)

        I didn't think Nader Voters in 2000 were very smart.  They threw their weight around, didn't they?  It made a difference.  Just not a good difference.

        FWIW my politics were way closer to Nader's than to Al Gore's in 2000.

        •  I don't think Gore was very smart in 2000. (0+ / 0-)

          Otherwise he would have worked to win those folks back and won the race.

          Obama has the ability and the time to win back his 'Nader voters'.  He can do that, or he can alienate them.  His choice.

          Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God. - Thomas Jefferson

          by Ezekial 23 20 on Sat Sep 05, 2009 at 11:02:17 AM PDT

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  •  You'd Better Get Over It (0+ / 0-)

    "...Unless you want us watching helplessly as the GOP easily retakes Congress in 2010 and the White House in 2012, all of you - and I mean ALL OF YOU had better think back to what you were feeling the day before Barack Obama was elected.  

    The helplessness, the rage, the frustration of seeing our country go down the drain - and hoping against hope that one man could rescue us.  

    Get over that fantasy.  Today.  Get back into the streets get back onto the airwaves.  And take out your checkbooks.  If we're not out there with the same fervor as the nutjobs, we lose.  If we're not showing up in droves at those townhall meetings and out-shouting, out-slugging and yep, out-reasoning the nutjobs, we lose..."

    Look, if we're going to get sold out by our "own" side without even being asked, why waste more time and treasure on those lying to us?  That's the bottom line and Obama and his people had better learn that fast.  If they pass a bad health insurance reform bill - as they give every appearance of doing - they will screw royally the very people they are claim to be trying to help.  They seem to have forgotten that first rule in medicine - "Do no harm."  Passing a bad bill just to claim they did "something" to go into the election will do harm and everyone will know it come 2010.

    "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

    by PrahaPartizan on Sat Sep 05, 2009 at 08:17:56 AM PDT

    •  Have you read the Bill. (0+ / 0-)

      Here is a diary covering two important sections:

      The Health Insurance Exchange and The Public Option.  We need to know what we are fighting for, you think?

      http://www.dailykos.com/...

      Poverty does not mean powerless. Unite!

      by War on Error on Sat Sep 05, 2009 at 08:42:49 AM PDT

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      •  Which one? (0+ / 0-)

        Conservadems keep saying we're going to wind up with something like what's going to come out of the Finance Committee, and it still hasn't come out yet.

        Saying read the bill and then pointing to the bills that are the ones that look to be getting shafted isn't very useful.

        Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God. - Thomas Jefferson

        by Ezekial 23 20 on Sat Sep 05, 2009 at 09:15:32 AM PDT

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        •  May I disagree? (0+ / 0-)

          The House has influence.  Not that their bill will become law; however, it is an insight into what they are thinking.  

          It's not perfect, but it is all we have for review to date.

          Therefore, I find it important to read what we have so we have at least a base line for measuring upcoming disclosures.

          Poverty does not mean powerless. Unite!

          by War on Error on Sat Sep 05, 2009 at 09:32:24 AM PDT

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          •  Sure. (0+ / 0-)

            But the guy whose comment you were responding to was talking about the possibility of a bill being passed that isn't the bill you're talking about.  If they passed the one you're talking about, he'd be happy.

            So it seems sorta apples and oranges to respond about the possibility of a Baucus bill being passed by saying , 'but the HELP bill is good!'.

            It just doesn't really, well, reply.

            Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God. - Thomas Jefferson

            by Ezekial 23 20 on Sat Sep 05, 2009 at 10:01:18 AM PDT

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    •  read the bill (0+ / 0-)

      It not only "does no harm", it actually does some good.  It does not do ALL the good that we' like it to do - but it does do some good.  

      You have fallen prey to the same lies and baloney every lobbyist and soulless republican has been spreading.  

      If you don't want to read the bill, then you're going to have other people define it for you.

      So I'll join in.  This bill WILL do people good.  It will get our foot in the door and begin to change how healthcare is paid for and administered in this country.  After what we've seen in the past 40 years, that is A LOT of good.  

      Stop listening to people who tell you what this bill does NOT do.  Stop thinking we're going to get a GREAT bill through a difficult congress.  Start reading what it does.  I guarantee you'll be surprised - even pleasantly.

  •  Why The Agenda Counts (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not going to say that my diary was answering the legitimate question of why we can't just pass the right legislation; the kind of bill America deserves.

    And I have no beef with being "nicer than Republicans".  I would call it "human" and even go as far as saying we "actually care".

    The thing is, none of this means anything in the political world we live in.  We can be right and we can be nice and we can care and after all that, we can still end up exactly where we were a year ago with no power and standing by as a bunch of people who don't care - destroy and pillage this country as effectively as they have in the past eight years.

    I don't see it as a tough choice, but I see it as a choice.  And I really wish the people who responded to this diary would start to see that there really is no other option.  We're either going to fight for what President Obama can get us - or we're going to be in that same idiotic situation we were in a year ago.

    We can call them "stupid" as much as we want, but they're going to win, people - unless we line up behind the President.  So make the choice.  Take a little bit of something good and fight for it - or let's all go back to that idiotic feeling of powerlessness we all shared a year ago.

    It's never very American to say "take it or leave it", but the current political situation leaves us very little else.  

    I say:  "take it".  Then "build on what we get".  And then work to make things better.  But it all starts at the same place.  

    Stark reality.  

    Democrats had better start dealing with things that way or what we're going to face is ugly reality.  And we already know from the past 8 years - that's a whole lot worse.

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