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Why is it important to vigorously support Democrats this fall -- even if your heart is broken because Obama and the Democrats did not do everything we hoped for?

You never know when your call or knock on the door will make a crucial difference … and imagine what could happen to our small gains if the Republicans take office.

Paul Loeb reminds us of the high stakes (The Election Needs You, Broken Heart and All):

For all our frustrations with the Democrats, at least we've been fighting about how to move the country forward, out of the hole of the disastrous Bush years. Productive change will be far more difficult if our inaction helps hand the Senate over to those who deny climate change, scapegoat immigrants, blame the unemployed for their fate, and strive to privatize Social Security, make permanent Bush's regressive tax cuts, and block every conceivable environmental and consumer protection regulation. Equally troubling, they seem to have no shame in campaigning on gross distortions and lies...


Here are some reasons we need to take action - please add your own:

We lefties have caused Democrats to lose the White House and Congress in the past.  In 1968, we were furious at Hubert Humphrey for ignoring the peace marchers in Chicago - and Nixon took the White House. In 1994, angry at Clinton's support for NAFTA, Democrats did not get out the vote and lost critical races.

When civil rights activists created a political force, they moved Congress and presidents to action.

We can push Obama to deal with unemployment -- join the October 2 March for Jobs in D.C.

Our modest gains are under threat. Think what a Republican Congress could do to roll back
   • green energy funding
   • health care gains
   • stimulus funding
   • the Obama appointment of a labor-friendly National Labor Relations Board and Labor Secretary
   • Supreme Court appointments (imagine another Clarence Thomas to come)

What if Nancy Pelosi is replaced as House Speaker by right-wing Republican John Boehner, who plans investigations against all of Obama's agencies and programs.

AsPaul Loeb reminds us:

Pelosi would also have passed a climate change bill, a far larger stimulus package, and a health care public option.

For all the Democrats' failure to adequately reverse their inherited crises, [Democrats'] flaws don't compare to those of a party determined to turn everything over to the most predatory forces in America.


Originally posted to MS on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 02:57 PM PDT.


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Comment Preferences

  •  I don't like two steps forward, one step back (2+ / 0-)
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    Gemina13, sullivanst

    I greatly prefer it to 9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 steps back, and then 88888888888888888888888888888888888888888 more steps back.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 03:02:29 PM PDT

  •  Here is why, courtesy of jbou: (6+ / 0-)

    (THE) fact is that the Democrats are our party and we need to reelect these fuckers so I can keep beating on them until they do what I want them to do.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

    by zenbassoon on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 03:10:18 PM PDT

  •  Sadly, it's TWO steps forward of 9999 steps back (0+ / 0-)

    The Alternative to support for Democrats in Congress is hardly equivalent - which is why we need to get out the vote!

    We do not have the luxury of waiting for the Perfect Solution to the mess in our country.

    We risk a return to the Bush years -- or worse, a move to the far-right fascism seen in comparable times in Germany of 1939.

    I prefer the Democrats, as an option!!

  •  Loeb's essay not posted on Kos (1+ / 0-)
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    Paul Loeb has now posted his essay on Daily Kos:

    He asks that we acknowledge our disappointments, even our broken hearts, and still get involved in a way that can matter.

  •  If the Republicans retake the House (1+ / 0-)
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    and do anywhere close to everything they're promising they'll do, the damage to the country will be severe. Of course, they'll make sure that they and theirs are protected from the fallout, so the rest of us will feel the pain doubly: our dose plus theirs.

  •  All I can say is.,,, (1+ / 0-)
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    imagine us under "President McCain".

    "Education is dangerous - Every educated person is a future enemy" Hermann Goering (NRSC?)

    by irate on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 03:18:20 PM PDT

  •  What about our souls? (4+ / 0-)

    Chris Floyd said it so well

    ...-- Obama delivered what was perhaps the most egregious, bitterly painful lie of the night:

       "Through this remarkable chapter in the history of the United States and Iraq, we have met our responsibility."

    "We have met our responsibility!" No, Mister President, we have not. Not until many Americans of high degree stand in the dock for war crimes. Not until the United States pays hundreds of billions of dollars in unrestricted reparations to the people of Iraq for the rape of their country and the mass murder of their people. Not until the United States opens its borders to accept all those who have been and will be driven from Iraq by the savage ruin we have inflicted upon them, or in flight from the vicious thugs and sectarians we have loosed -- and empowered -- in the land. Not until you, Mister President, go down on your knees, in sackcloth and ashes, and proclaim a National of Day of Shame to be marked each year by lamentations, reparations and confessions of blood guilt for our crime against humanity in Iraq.

    And that's just one of many issues on which the DC Democrats have sickened me.  

    "Dulled conscience, irresponsibility, and ruthless self-interest already reappear. Such symptoms of prosperity may become portents of disaster!" FDR - 1937

    by Marie on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 03:30:59 PM PDT

  •  If your heart is broken, (1+ / 0-)
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    yet another liberal

    you need to get real about politics, government, and policy. It's not a romance. Every Republican strategist knows that; they are the least sentimental people in the world. We need to get hard-nosed too. Anyone who is thinking about their "broken heart" needs to grow up or get out of this field.

    De-orangify Congress: Justin Coussoule for Oh-08

    by anastasia p on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 03:34:47 PM PDT

  •  It's not that they haven't done everything (1+ / 0-)
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    we wanted. It's some of what was done as well. To characterize the views of the disenchanted that way is to minimize us. It's real close (and I don't take it this was intentional) to “pony” talk.

    (Also, don't forget that in significant ways Obama has departed from his own promises, not just our expectations.)

    Formerly known as Jyrinx.

    “If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution.” ― Emma Goldman

    by Code Monkey on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 04:03:42 PM PDT

  •  Only so much damage can be done (0+ / 0-)

    Obama will still be president. Any Supreme Court justices he would appoint would be nowhere near Clarence Thomas.

    We'll be fine. Besides, it's not like all that stuff would have passed with a Democratic majority.

    People panic too much on this site.

    by thematt523 on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 04:04:39 PM PDT

  •  Freudian problem with your poll (0+ / 0-)

    We need Democrats to dig us out of the hole that Bush politics have left for us

    Maybe if DC Democrats would put down the shovel and stop digging deeper, they'd consider climbing out of the hole.

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