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My career as a political junkie began when Jack Kennedy was killed the day before my 16th birthday. Now at the age of 62, I think it's time to retire

  I'm a liberal, progressive, leftie, call it what you will. I have hoped for, protested for, worked for and voted for the progressive agenda my whole life. What have I gotten? LBJ had a progressive agenda if you don't include that Viet Nam thing. Then Trickie Dick followed by Chevy Chase (I mean Gerald Ford. Carter had possibilities, but let's face it, he really was a whimpy president. He gave way to the antichrist, Ronald Wilson Reagan (666). GHWB didn't even know the meaning of the word "progressive." Clinton was Republican light. W. made Reagan look progressive.
  All this time I watched the political shows. Kept myself informed. Even listened to the "Cons" to see if there was something other than the corporate agenda in their platform. (There isn't). Then along comes BHO.The light at the end of the tunnel. A man of the people. A real orator. A real leader.
  Forget it. You can say what you want about W. and his handlers, they got the job done. Unfortunately, the "job" was to fatten the already fat cats at the expense of the rest of the country, but you have to admit,they did what they needed to do, even without a super majority. You can't say the same for Obama.
  Turning the other cheek when confronted by the corporate agenda only gets your face slapped on both sides. Obama refuses to give up his dream of bipartisanship despite hand prints on both cheeks. He is beginning to look like a one term president.
 I can no longer watch and listen to average working class Americans vote for the likes of Sarah Palin or Scott Brown while any hopes of a progressive agenda for America sinks beneath the surface. The stress is too much. we have not had a progressive president since FDR and it looks like we may never have another. Corporate interests own us all. It is time for me to retire. Perhaps the next generation will fare better.

Originally posted to pbyer on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 05:28 PM PST.

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  •  it depends what job you want done (4+ / 0-)

    You can say what you want about W. and his handlers, they got the job done.

    To me they did not get the job done.

    Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr

    by bvig on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 05:30:03 PM PST

    •  "Say What You Will About... (7+ / 0-)

      ...molesting the constitution, but they got RESULTS!"

      •  This is not a time to give up, no matter what age (1+ / 0-)
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        Just understand that old ways are hard to change. Just hoping is not enough. We need to be more active, not criticizing but pushing, pushing in the right direction. But we have to accept, US will never be Europe.

        As R. W. Emerson said, "Fear springs from ignorance."

        by healthy on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 05:54:23 PM PST

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        •  It's not about age (0+ / 0-)

          It's about the candidate that inspired the hope.  I think it's just fine to give up on Obama.  We need to start looking now for a replacement in 2012.  I know it will be hard for the Democratic Party to stomach the thought of not renominating a sitting President, but if we don't see action soon that is what must be done to regain momentum and enthusiasm among the party faithful.

    •  Looting is easy. (0+ / 0-)

      Say what you will about Obama, he's not satisfied with merely looting the nation, and lying through his teeth in the belief that if he gets caught, it'll be too late for the voters to do anything about it.

      Subsidies without cost controls, regulatory reform means that citizens get a little more awful insurance at a huge cost to taxpayers. Like Part D but worse.

      by Inland on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 05:47:39 PM PST

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    •  What "job" are you talking about? (0+ / 0-)

      Bush had conservative ideologues in the Senate. Of course he was going to get everything he wanted.

      Obama has liberals and blue dog Democrats who cannot and will not agree with everything. He cannot be Jesus and throw the merchants out of the temples.

      I cannot talk to you people anymore. Shoot, perhaps Obama should pull an LBJ and not run for re-election in 2012 and watch this ungovernable country fall apart. Hell, I would if I were him.

      When we have Schultz, Hamsher, Huffington, Taibbi and the plethora of "Obama stole my pony" posters on DKOS: you can't beat teh stoopid.

      by Nedsdag on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 06:47:37 PM PST

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  •  I probably have more than just one year (8+ / 0-)

    of hope left in me.

    Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies. -- Groucho Marx

    by LeanneB on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 05:31:38 PM PST

  •  Pep talk (8+ / 0-)

    Obnoxious voices are often the loudest.  Mass was about a bad candidate, Obama is better than Palin.  He's not as progressive as you might hope but he is getting things done even in his first year.  And if anything tide is continuing to turn to progressives, people want the public option, even conservatives are making the case for gay marriage now, Iraq is seen for what it is.

    Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr

    by bvig on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 05:32:43 PM PST

    •  What did he get done? (13+ / 0-)

      One year has passed and what did we get?

      - A seemingly good Supreme Court nomination.

      - A push for nuclear disarmament, scraping unrealistic missile defense systems in Europe and consequently improving relations with Russia.


      ..and an endless list of disappointments:

      Health Insurance Profit Protection Act, reneging on a public option and any meaningful systemic reform.

      Drug and medical device re-importation ban after a secret deal with Big Pharma.

      No change in NAFTA or any other trade agreement. No visible push for currency reform in China and other Asian countries.

      No progressive tax reform in sight.

      Banksters are bailed out, including secret deals, with neolibs put in charge. No one yet charged with fraud.

      No windfall taxes on Wall Street, no bonus taxes on banksters, no financial system legislation at all.

      An independent Consumer Protection Agency is destined to make the same travel as the public option (Obama "likes the idea", but will not commit to it, and it is already decided to disappear as the bill is watered down)

      Insufficient stimulus, with a large part going to almost zero multiplicator-effect tax cuts in exchange for zero GOP votes.

      Guantanamo is still open for business; bad acts are covered up.

      Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse files reclassified, contrary to promise.

      Extraordinary ‘rendition’ to black sites continues as before.

      Dark-deal secrecy and illegal surveillance go on; FISA is unchanged and telecoms are immunized.

      Gays are still shafted.

      Unions are still disempowered: Employee Free Choice Act gutted with Obama’s approval.

      Cuba is still under blockade.

      Bluster and threats continue toward Iran, still without diplomatic relations.

      Israel continues its settlement development, and calls Obama's bluff about it, making him look incredibly weak in an area he promised a key priority.

      No investigations into torture or prosecution for war crimes, only more coverups.

      Patriot Act pushed for renewal; Feingold’s key rights protections are opposed by Obama

      Cap and Trade neuters real climate change action at Wall Street’s behest.

      Rejects International Mine Ban Treaty.

      No withdrawal from Iraq; doubles down on Af-Pak escalation (two surges); escalation of drone bombings in Syria.

      Except for anemic support for renewable energy and energy-saving stimulus projects, no fundamental changes or even visions in energy policy (no gas taxes, heavy stimulus of motorways).

      Total allegiance to a dysfunctional senate. Not even a call-out or recognition of the undemocratic filibuster.


      I didn't ask for everything at once, but not even the trajectory is promising in so many policy areas. I sure as hell expected more than a decent SC nominee and a stronger nuclear disarmament focus.

      The fierce urgency of now? The change we can believe in? Yes. I suppose I was a fool to believe in any of it.

      •  not Obama' fault (1+ / 0-)
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        Guantanamo is still open for business; bad acts are covered up.

        Not Obama's fault. He has certainly tried. Instead blame this one on average cowardly Americans who believe in the NIMBY philosophy.

        •  The point of leadership (1+ / 0-)
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          is to bring disparate groups together.  Obama is not a leader.

        •  Obama is playing a shell game here. (0+ / 0-)

          He wants to close Guantanamo (because of its worldwide notoriety), but wants to keep Bagram open with the same policies in place. Since Bagram can be defined as in a war zone, he is able to circumvent the SC ruling from 2008.

          Only prisoners who the prosecution are 100% sure of a conviction are allowed to be put up for normal prosecution. Military tribunals or even indefinite detention await others. Shameful.

          I look at promises and results. He promised to close it down within a year. He runs the executive and the House and the Senate has a Democratic majority. Obviously he didn't try hard enough.

        •  but Ive read of towns... (0+ / 0-)

          offering to take Guantanamo torturees, because the towns need the jobs! Ithink it was in IL, upstate NY, and  maybe a Dakota or 2...

      •  I'm glad you admit to being a fool, that way (0+ / 0-)

        you can't HR me for agreeing.

        Here's what Obama's done:
        Listen to Rachel and learn:

        •  Excellent spin by Maddow (0+ / 0-)

          I watch the segment and let me go through it point by point:

          - Fed making a profit. Fed is claiming a paper profit in 2009 on the AAA and AA+ tranches they bought from banks 100 cents on the dollar. They are not making a profit. They MAY make LESS OF A LOSS than what initially was feared. To call this a huge profit and a great achievement is outrageous spin.

          - Less job losses. Sure, but the Obama administration underestimated the depth of the crisis and went for a smaller stimulus than was needed. That is why we have double-digit unemployment today. They also used a huge part of it as non-stimulatory tax cuts in exchange for zero Republican votes.

          - Stock market rebound. For a progressive to look at the stock market is utterly foolish. Of course, the stock market rebounds if government is back-stopping all big firms with taxpayer money. What about the long-run health of the economy?

          - Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay. Yes, Obama signed what had already been pushed through congress. Big deal. Even a president Bayh would have signed that bill.

          - Repeal on stem cell research. This point I concede. This should be on the good accomplishment list.

          - House passes climate change. So what? House passed a public option too. I will evaluate climate change legislation and Obama's performance to achieve it, when it is a done deal.

          - Sotomayor SC appointment. Already mentioned.

          - Most comprensive financial reform on its way. I'll believe it when I see it.

          - Presidental success rate 96.7%. A measure how often the president gets his way after he clearly articulates what he wants. Haha. So that's it! He is running a presidency to maximize this particular score, right? Darn smart of him not to articulate what he wants then too often...

    •  Yes, that's exactly what he is (0+ / 0-)

      Better than Palin.

      It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man. --H.L. Mencken

      by denise b on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 08:25:06 PM PST

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    •  Jesus (0+ / 0-)

      It's already come down to "he's better than Palin." Hope indeedy.

  •  I don't rely on hope. (12+ / 0-)

    Hope doesn't keep you warm at night.  I like to think i work on reality.  and the reality is that quitting is no option.

    Laughter is a force for democracy - John Cleese

    by GlowNZ on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 05:32:50 PM PST

    •  You can work as hard as you want but if the (2+ / 0-)
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      churchylafemme, militaryvoter

      people you work to get into office don't stand up for your work what goes does it do?  This President needs to stand up for what we worked for or else we will have more MA, NJ and VA.  You might be there but 50% of the people who started with you won't be there and there will be nothing that can be done by you to stop it.  It must been done at the top.

  •  sounds like you've lost the audacity of patience (4+ / 0-)
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    GlowNZ, Mother of Zeus, sherijr, sfcouple

    It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. Ansel Adams -6.5 -6.75

    by Statusquomustgo on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 05:33:35 PM PST

  •  I know how you feel (12+ / 0-)

    I am 57 and started with Eugene McCarthy. I too am getting discouraged. I don't know how long I can stand to watch. Put in a lot of time, money and effort in 2008 and I am not sure I can do it again considering how things are going.

    "Those that know, don't say, those that say, don't know"... Tao te ching... Then why am I posting a comment?

    by zenmasterjack on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 05:36:09 PM PST

  •  Don't give up hope yet old warriors. (3+ / 0-)
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    sfcouple, zenox, CuriousBoston

    The struggle for progress goes on forever.

    Although, Winston Churchhill said the following after a great victory to prevent overconfidence, it seems to work as well in the opposite situation.

    This is not the end.
    This is not the beginning of the end.
    This is the end of the beginning.

    I think we progressives, and even our Democratic leaders in Washington, realize the magnitude of the struggle ahead of us.  

    We now need to reengage with even greater passion.

    We are on the right side of the issues.  The long term improvement comes  from raising public conscioussness and education about these issues.

    We may be significantly closer to Medicare for all than we were a year ago.  More and more folks realize that we have fewer alternatives and the status quo is not working.

    Let' keep hope alive.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 05:37:26 PM PST

  •  We can't quit now just because of (1+ / 0-)
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    one lost election, particularly when our candidate didn't run a well managed campaign.  I sat here in San Francisco yesterday calling Dems in Mass all day long encouraging people to vote.  And I'll do it again.  

    "It took us a couple of days because I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak." President Barack Obama 3/24/09

    by sfcouple on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 05:37:38 PM PST

  •  How hard is it to stand up for principles? (12+ / 0-)

    What happened to the Obama of the campaign I'll never know. Call me naive, but I truly believed Obama was principled enough to stand up for all the talk he spewed during the campaign. But ever since inuguration day all I've seen is one broken promise after another. I'm just as disillusioned as this diarist.

  •  Get off the MA election already (3+ / 0-)
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    Nedsdag, Nada Lemming, sfcouple

    It is not what people think. It was a local cock up, nothing more. We screwed up here in MA. We're very sorry and will fix it in 2012. We are all still in disbelief over Kennedy being gone and are not used to these things called "Senatorial primaries" where your supposed to care which "D" gets elected.

    Martha could have won if she'd just bothered to try. National issues be damned. Yes central MA is fired up but it's not going to matter once we get a Democrat who can campaign, shake hands and knows the difference between the Red Sox and Yankees.

    Frankly, it's better that we have Brown for 2 years than Coakley for 20.

    •  This isn't about the Mass election (7+ / 0-)

      It's about all of the progressive agenda items that are not being addressed, being compromised, being buried in this administration.  There is no urgency in this administration.  We plod along while things get watered down and shelved.  The momentum isn't going to pick up in year 2 -- it never does.  The first year of a presidency represents the best hope for progress and change.  We're in the second year now and still relying on hope to get us through without anything truly substantial to back it up.

      •  It was about the 60th vote (0+ / 0-)

        where and who did not matter

        What mattered was that the 60th vote was not important enough to the national organization to understand that

        And then throw everything into winning and maintaining that seat

        And that did not happen

        •  You win and maintain by your actions (3+ / 0-)
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          irmaly, churchylafemme, politicalstu

          You can throw all the money and resources into an election, but if you aren't achieving the agenda items in your platform you have no credibility with voters.  The election was lost last August when Congress decided to extend the health care debate into the fall, then into the winter, and now haven't accomplished anything to put before the voting public.

          •  On that we agree (0+ / 0-)

            I said earlier today that the health care debate was over when Tauzin walked out of the White House smiling in august

            However that aside she was the 60th vote

            The 60th vote

            What would everyone give today to go back 4 weeks and throw everything in the arsenal to get that 60th vote back

            And why didn't they

            •  They don't want that 60th vote bad enough (1+ / 0-)
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              I think the Senate is happy to be gridlocked and not compelled to do anything.  Their actions so far already show they were completely terrified about having to pass even the most watered down legislation.

              •  Now we even agree more (0+ / 0-)

                There was no one coming to her aid

                Sure she sucked as a campaigner

                Everyone saw that and still nothing


                •  Millions of dollars in the (0+ / 0-)

                  Dems campaign cofers just sat there

                  Everyone talking about how important the Kennedy seat was

                  Just words

                  No action

                  this was the dems version of throwing in the towel

                  •  Money doesn't fix this problem (1+ / 0-)
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                    It's a message problem.  It's the economy.  I don't know if you live in the area, but New England is in terrible shape.  Unemployment is probably the third worst in the nation (after CA and Detroit).  People are starting to get desperate and it showed this week.  A few more months and the desperation is going to take an ugly turn -- hard to predict any outcomes at that point.

                    •  Actually, That's Not True At All (0+ / 0-)

                      New England is in better shape than most of the country.

                      •  Do you invent your own truth? (0+ / 0-)

                        The unemployment rates here speak for themselves.  Rhode Island has the 3rd highest unemployment rate in the country -- I can confirm things are bad since I live there.  In my weekly travels between Providence and Boston I run into the same people at the local bars -- unemployed, underemployed, hours cut, pay slashed.

                        The only states that have really avoided this downturn are the heavy energy producing states like Texas, West Virginia, Alaska.  That's what happens when you put Big Oil in the White House for 8 years.

                •  From my perspective (2+ / 0-)
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                  irmaly, politicalstu

                  next door here in Rhode Island, the campaign wasn't all that bad.  No one was criticizing her campaign before the holidays or even after the first of the year.  It's only after the poll numbers turned that people turned hostile against Coakley.  I don't give her much blame.  She was a quality candidate with high favorability and excellent name recognition.  She got beat by a style over substance guy who campaigned on the notion that he drove a pickup truck and would cut taxes.  Once Coakley got aggressive, the voters lashed back because we all know how assertive women get charactized and it's not the same way as their male counterparts.  Sure, there were gaffes, but nothing that was particularly different from any campaign across these 50 states.  This is a story that is more about the electoral environment than the candidate.  If jobs don't pick up soon, we're going to have real problems in November.  I hope the census bureau hiring through the first half of the year can save us.

                  •  Afer what happened in Virginia (0+ / 0-)

                    and New Jersey and even NY-23

                    How could the leadership just sit on the sidelines

                    I submit they threw in the towel on fighting for that 60th vote

                    Now ask why?

                    Why indeed?

                    Who wins?

                    Who loses

                    Keep an eye out for coming surprises

                    They will be coming

                    •  They were fighting pretty hard the last 2 weeks (1+ / 0-)
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                      Too little too late.  Maybe if the polls showed something different before Christmas they could have acted sooner, but that's all speculation.  I don't think they threw in the towel.  The Dems just got sucker punched in the gut and didn't have any time left to fight back by the time the stars stopped twirling around their head.

      •  It's been just over 1 year (0+ / 0-)

        We're in a depression, two wars, dealing with reforming one of the largest industries in the country, regulating another. Where do you think we should be by now?

  •  Youre about to find out (12+ / 0-)

    how fast Obama can turn on progressives and slide a blade right between our shoulders.  He's already kissing up to the right.

    Even Barney Frank is slinging insults, saying he would have voted for that piece of crap Senate Bill if it hadn't been for us pesky lefties bothering him.

    They're all going to turn on Progressives now, and pretend like they were all Blue Dogs from the start like they think only the right teet gives milk now.

  •  I still vote (6+ / 0-)

    but as someone who has donated money to campaigns

    Lots of money

    My checkbook is closed

    If with what we have in the capital this past year, cannot garner the votes, guts, strength, nerve to pass this one bill

    Well you know

    Good luck, we'll need it

    •  Yeah, just sent a reply to the DCCC ... (0+ / 0-)

      RE: The Dream Lives On

      Unless you clowns wake up in a damned hurry the dream is dead.  The American dream is already dead for most Americans.  The Corporatist Party has killed it.  When/IF the Democrats stop acting like little Republicans in training then maybe I'll consider offering my support.  I doubt that will be the case though.  This country is seriously F'd right now. The next month will prove to us all whether the Corporatist Party has won.  If health care reform ends up looking anything like it currently does then kiss your majority goodbye.

      This garbage about the loss in MA proving that Congress is too far left is just the spinning of the right.  If you look at what the electorate cares about you'll realize that it is because of the endless compromising that left none of the good parts (for the citizens) and all of the bad parts (except for private insurers and Big Pharma, Billy T must be proud!) - Good Work!

      So in closing, screw y'all.  You've screwed us.



  •  Well regards your hope.. your diary (2+ / 0-)
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    kpardue, Mother of Zeus

    in August sounded pretty hopeless, so methinks you didn't have far to fall.

    Because our individual salvation depends on our collective salvation.. Barack Obama, 5-25-08

    by sherijr on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 05:42:28 PM PST

  •  Lost audocity of Hope? (4+ / 0-)

    maybe you never had it to begin with...audocity means when the going gets tough, the tough doesn't lose hope. It is easy to hope when all is fine and dandy. The audocity enters when the hope is there despite the bad stuff

  •  We will. (0+ / 0-)

    America: our highest paid profession is thief.

    by Paul Goodman on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 06:07:52 PM PST

  •  This is what happens... (4+ / 0-)

    ...when you turn your political future and the future of the country over to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

    Obama has not led.  He has turned the reins of this country to the Congress, and it's been a disaster.  He's weak.

    I am that gadfly which God has attached to the state, and all day long and in all places...arousing and persuading and reproaching you.-Socrates

    by The Navigator on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 06:26:29 PM PST

  •  I Definitely Hear You (5+ / 0-)

    I am 10 years younger than you are, pbyer, but I have seen a lot too. I have already reached some sort of transition point, and I am going to be spending the next couple weeks wondering what to do from here.

    In the past couple of election cycles I have given about $25,000 to Democratic candidates, maybe more. So I'm on all the lists. I started getting fundraising calls in the fall, and told people to call back when HCR was enacted. So I'm already "on strike" as it concerns money.

    Now the question is whether to just give up altogether. I am seriously considering it. To me, the Democratic Party is a little like the old Teamsters Union from the bygone days. Two-thirds great, one-third horribly corrupt, with the corruption fatally undercutting what was good.

    The biggest disappointment to me has been Obama, who clearly has not had the courage of any convictions. It is becoming more apparent daily that there isn't much behind the speeches. He was a great campaigner, but I think he's lost at sea when it comes to governing.

    Underneath all of that is my sense that a big chunk of the Democratic Party in Congress has been fatally corrupted, and long ago lost touch with any principles.

    One thought is that progressives ought to drop out of the Democratic Party and form a third party. Another thought is for progressives to form a much more explicitly identifiable caucus within the Democratic Party, and actively withhold support from the corporatists.

    Maybe we need to take some scalps within the party. If not in primaries, then in general elections by withholding effort and votes at the grass roots, even if it means electing some Republicans. This fall might be a good time to try that one out, given that we're going to lose big anyway.

    Like I say, I'm just starting to think about it. But I do think that my relationship to the Democratic Party will never be what it once was. I say that as a historically straight-ticket voter who really believes in what the Democrats once stood for.

    But they don't stand for it any more, or at least they don't stand for it enough. I don't think they're going to stand for much of anything, either. So, given that, I think it's time to reassess.

    •  grinder (2+ / 0-)
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      Sarea, LtMarechal

      I know how you feel. I'm 55 and have been fighting these battles for what seems like an eternity now. But I sincerely believe they don't win until we give up. Maybe I won't feel that way after another year or two (or this November), but I am going to take it to them one last time. We have recruited a candidate here to run against the wicked witch of the west, Rep. Virginia Foxx. She is an insult to the people, not to mention our district. She hates people--that's her bottom line. I'm sure you've heard of her;)

      Anyway, we are working really hard with a very progressive Democrat from the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party. We are busting our asses to try to take the witch out, and our candidate is working so hard. Right now, he spends hours on end on the phone trying to gather the funds necessary to fight.

      If we were to call someone like you, we would hope so much that even if you had decided to take a back seat for a while, you would help our effort to take another stab at the bad guys.

      Please know, I'm not here asking you personally for anything whatsoever. I'm just trying to say we have to, at least, try to stand behind the good guys who are still willing to fight.

      "Whenever a fellow tells me he's bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me."-- Harry S. Truman

      by irmaly on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 06:59:04 PM PST

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  •  I think a lot of the problem is the media (1+ / 0-)
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    Mother of Zeus

    narrative.  The media is writing the story and responses before and after everything happens.  They create the climate that is killing this presidency.  They call no republicans to the carpet for non action and non working for the citizens, and they like this partisanship game like a sport. They bombard the news waves, the news papers and radio with this stuff and lessen the potency of the presidency on purpose.  

    As an aside:  I read an article that says the white house as a property has gone down 13mm in value.  That's just ridiculous news about a house that is not nor will ever be on the market.

    'If we lift our voice as one, there's nothing that can't be done' MJ

    by publicv on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 06:43:25 PM PST

    •  Maybe the chinese (1+ / 0-)
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      wanted that article as a comp in case they get tired of buying off congress

      •  :) n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        'If we lift our voice as one, there's nothing that can't be done' MJ

        by publicv on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 06:50:08 PM PST

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      •  Born in early 50s, I felt emotionally spent too (1+ / 0-)
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        last night.  Like you, I kept saying to myself: How much disappointment can one person take--not just disillusionment in a public that keeps voting for these fools, but in knowing that the Corporations have completely taken over our political process and every aspect of life around the globe.  And like you last night, I started remembering my very first "political engagement"--when I passed out literature for Eugene McCarthy during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago--and just started thinking how much worse so many things have gotten over the past 40-plus years!

        As for me, I guess the thing that keeps me going despite decades and decades of disappointments is quite simply my belligerence--honestly!!   I just refuse to accept things so much that I find that my only recourse is to volunteer yet again for another Progressive candidate or cause--knowing all the while that I'll probably be disappointed once again.  Indeed, "disappointment" doesn't even begin to describe how I feel about the lame, lackluster and almost completely ineffective (to-date) Obama Presidency.  


  •  Do you know what? The Republican agenda (2+ / 0-)
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    irmaly, Sarea

    since Reagan = do nothing.  Block progress, hamper government to ensure that it doesn't work, and then win elections and consolidate power by appealing to the frustration that a lazy, ill-informed and largely selfish electorate has with the fact that -- government doesn't work (imagine that!).  And all along the way, line your pockets with the largesse of the corporate beneficiaries of your irresponsible policies and corporate welfare.  This means that when you have majorities and control the WH, your job is basically pretty easy.  You fight wars and cut taxes for rich people while you strangle government agencies with funding cuts and cronyism.  And when you don't control majorities and the WH, you simply use every procedural tool and brand of demagoguery to block your opponents and fear-monger about their agenda.

    Is it really any wonder that Republicans have succeeded with this?  If you have no principles to worry about, it's pretty damned easy.  It amounts to being a corrupt, hypocritical bully.

    Democrats actually do set forth to do good things for people and to try to make things work better.  That's not really so easy to do.  It is probably not surprising that Democrats have not been as successful.

    The bottom line is that I don't know if anyone can accomplish things like large structural overhauls to health care delivery and payment system at this point, in this country, with its sclerotic government, childish mass media, and basically clueless population.  The U.S. may be toast.  IMHO, if Obama cannot move the ball forward significantly, most likely no one can.  Perhaps having read his books early on - before his candidacy even took off - I developed an early infatuation with his mind and depth and I just think too highly of him.  But there you have it.

    In any event, I will never give up. What would be the point of that?

    "Put your big-girl panties on and deal with it." -- Stolen from homogenius, who in turn stole it from a coffee mug.

    by Mother of Zeus on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 06:56:50 PM PST

  •  Thanks for writing your diary (2+ / 0-)
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    I've been thinking of a similar one for months. 58 here. I thought it could never get worse than LBJ and Vietnam. Nixon was worse but at least he stopped the hated draft. Well you all don't need to hear my POV of the last 40 plus years other than to know I think recent history has far surpassed all the craziness of the 60s.

    For me, I thought maybe we'd been had when we got Summers, Geithner, and Rahm. The way HCR was handled now has removed any doubt. I appreciate those of you who can still carry on, but I want Pbyer and others to know you ain't alone. I guess we all have different breaking points.

    music- the universal language

    by daveygodigaditch on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 07:49:05 PM PST

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