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Democratic Mission Control - This is Road Dog Voter. We have a problem.  GOTV unit malfunctioning.  Do you read me?  

Democratic Mission Control - This is Road Dog Voter. We have a problem.  GOTV unit malfunctioning.  Do you read me?

SOS; SOS; SOS:  

This is first transmission using this frequency.

Break

Transmission follows:

Vessel/GOTV unit history:

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  1.  GOTV hardwired Democratic.
  1.  GOTV use heavy until end of Vietnam War - no malfunctions.
  1.   GOTV inactivated due to government restriction - Worked for VA.
  1.  Vessel worked in private sector 10 years - GOTV use minimal.
  1.  Vessel worked overseas 15 years - GOTV plugged into absentee ballot connection.

   

  1.  Vessel returned from overseas in 2005.  GOTV  updates installed in preparation for 2008 mission.      
  1.  GOTV use heavy 2007/08.  No malfunctions noted.

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Current status:

Malfunctioning since shortly after 2008 mission completion.

Communication being received garbled from Mission Control.  

Diagnostics on board indicate problem not located within vessel.  

I repeat:  

Diagnostics on board indicate problem not located within vessel.  

Garbled messages affecting GOTV motivational control and energy levels.

I repeat:

Garbled messages affecting GOTV motivational control and energy levels.

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Diagnostics identifies 2 critical messages needing Mission Control fix:

  1.  GOTV communicates Mission Control exonerates GWB  regarding torture and no investigation necessary.                  

    Problem first noticed shortly after 2008-mission completion.  Affecting vessel’s critical systems.
Jonathan Turley on torture

  1.  GOTV communicates Mission Control drops single-payer.  Public option lost as a result.  GOTV indicates HCR is causing serious battery drain.

Margaret Flowers, M.D. Open Letter to President

Many other messages being received garbled.

I repeat:

Many other messages being received garbled.

Check of other vessels in the area indicate similar GOTV motivational control and energy problems.

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This message has been transmitted using many different frequencies.  

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This vessel transmitting using GOTV unit’s emergency power.

Break

Vessel in holding pattern awaiting Mission Control fix.

I repeat:

Vessel in holding pattern awaiting Mission Control fix.

Break

Over and out.

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So much for the space parody but that pretty much sums up where I’m at right now.  

I’ve heard the arguments.   Incremental progress, look at the alternative, there is always the lesser of two evils etc.  But the best one for me is “It’s the issues” and there are certain issues that affect my motivation and energy level.  

The big one is the issue of torture.  This country tortured during the Bush administration.  It was proven without a doubt for the world to see.  There was nothing ambiguous about it.  You don’t “turn the page” on  torture.  Geneva is not a treaty of convenience. This policy of “We don’t do it now” and “It’s time to turn the page" is unacceptable and it will ALWAYS be unacceptable!  Torture is a rock bottom, to the core of your being issue.  It is non-negotiable.  

Next is the issue of Health Care Reform.  I am a former medical insurance underwriter.  I decided who did and did not get health insurance.  In my opinion HCR that mandates taking out insurance but only has for-profit players to choose from is not a healthy system.  I was furious when single-payer was taken off the table from inception.  I called, wrote letters to the editor, blogged and signed petitions in support of the public option.   I know HCR does some good things but at its core it is seriously flawed.  I’m not enthused about its enactment.  It's passage does not motivate me and still makes me angry.  

These are not the only issues, of course, but these are my two biggest.  

Is my attitude and motivation improving?  I guess you could say so.  I’ve gone from having dreams that Bush would be arrested for war crimes on Inauguration Day to being resigned to the fact that there is no hope of investigation or prosecution from this Justice Dept. so I'm  awaiting action by an international court or a foreign government.  I’ve gone from a low of calling all my Democratic Reps. and telling them I will not vote for their re-election if health care is passed without a public option to now planning to vote for them.  

When I think back to that feeling I had on Inauguration Day to the feeling I have now, there is no comparison.  I feel  “Lost in Space”. Can’t get that feeling back without a strong fix from Democratic Mission Control.  Sorry!  That’s just the way it is.  

So I’m “Sending out a SOS, Sending out a SOS.”    

Originally posted to aka john crapper on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 06:06 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Born OK the first time.

    by Road Dog on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 06:06:07 AM PDT

  •  Reminds me (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    divineorder, Road Dog

    of my wonderful experience in the Navy..........:o)

    "Coming together is a beginning..keeping it together is a process..working together is a success."

    by secret38b on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 06:11:26 AM PDT

  •  Too bad Democratic Primary voters (0+ / 0-)

    disagreed with you about single payer.

  •  this is key (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Cedwyn, Road Dog

    I’ve gone from a low of calling all my Democratic Reps. and telling them I will not vote for their re-election if health care is passed without a public option to now planning to vote for them.  

    when there is no viable alternative, the kind of actions proposed on these pages are non actions that cannot result in progress.

    i don't think calling makes a bit of difference in this environment.

    the kind of action that is needed is far, far deeper and requires commitment way down deep in the roots.

    instead of bitching about rethugs, we should have been thinking creatively about what to do under these conditions.

    instead, we pretend that the political machinery is the same as it was 30-50 years ago and it isn't.

    Gaia is heartbroken.

    by BlueDragon on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 07:09:49 AM PDT

    •  I'm open for suggestions. (0+ / 0-)

      I think Margaret Flowers has a pretty good idea.  A grassroots movement to bring the idea of Medicare for all back to the realm of possibility.

      Getting congress and the Justice Dept. to move on legal issues is a hard nut to crack.  Looks to me like it's going to come from outside the U.S. if at all.  Gotta keep trying internally I think.

      Born OK the first time.

      by Road Dog on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 07:40:36 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  So you prefer restoring the torturers (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    citizen k, Cedwyn, wader, GN1927

    to power because, based on "the issues,"
    you prefer to have them in charge instead of people who don't torture and are more or less opposed to it but who have chosen for various reasons not to go after (legally) the torturers you prefer to restore to power?

    Your issue isn't torture
    or prosecuting torture
    (which the people you prefer to allow back in power didn't and won't ever do)...
    you issue is Democrats who don't prosecute torture.

    That's an odd double standard.

    IMO.

    •  Of course I don't (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      DarkestHour, chicago jeff

      want Republicans back in power.  That's why I'm politically active (and replying to you by the way).  That does not however mean I can't hold my party accountable for their actions or inactions.  That does not mean that their actions and inactions can't and don't effect my (and others) motivation.  When you are inspired you are motivated.  Simple human nature.  Not a double standard.  Silence is consent.  We must let our side know when we disagree and we must say it loudly and repeatedly.  I want to market a 2x4 awareness board with the following instructions.  State your facts.  If person doesn't accept them use 2x4 on backside.  If desired affect not achieved - repeat procedure increasing force.  lol

      Born OK the first time.

      by Road Dog on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 08:41:53 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  tipped for effort to be constructive. (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Road Dog

        now, i'll try to reciprocate.

        *****

        i think we have a lot of control over "motivation" and that unless you're clinically depressed that control has a lot to do with personal choices and preferences and the strategies/approaches we take to get what we want.

        "motivation" is short-hand for "feels good when i do it."  personally, i feel good when i keep republicans from making the world a much nastier place--even when it involves working/voting for very flawed Democrats (aren't we all, in varying degrees?).

        To extend your point about silence being consent ... i'd say that holding back on finding the motivation we need to keep Republicans out of power is, in a similar way, a sort of "silence" and "consent" for whatever follows.  

        Now, if your purpose is to say, "Democrats--I'm having a hard time doing my part here's how you can help make it easier for me to live up to my responsibilities ..."   Well, then i guess that makes sense.  But i think they've already made their decisions and are focused on other problems--and i think now's probably the least effective time for you to ask them to address your concerns.  (i prefer primary season and the long period after the general election)

        One thing that muddles your message, despite your innocent intentions, is that it's in the context of choosing who will make policy decisions for the next two years -- Republicans or Democrats.  Because of that, using your political support as a way of holding Democrats accountable necessarily lets Republicans off the hook.  That, in turn, leads other Democrats to move toward the center as they are "being held accountable" by those who disagree with you.  Because they outnumber you, your "accountability" is more than negated and actually becomes a reward for doing the opposite of what you want.  At least for some.

        Doing this outside of the general election period minimizes some of this, imo.

        Our party is stronger because of our diversity and ability to debate and explore and test ideas and approaches.  It'll still be a pretty horrible disaster if we lose the HOR or more.  Our leaders' wussiness about appearing too liberal or weak is a result of their sense of precarious-ness.  Accentuating that can reinforce that unhealthy fear.

        •  Hmm Good analysis and well thought out. (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          chicago jeff

          Our leaders' wussiness about appearing too liberal or weak is a result of their sense of precarious-ness.

          Your much less cynical than me.  I tend to think their wusiness has more to do with corporate ties to the military industrial complex on issue one and corporate interests like big pharma on issue 2.  

          and i think now's probably the least effective time for you to ask them to address your concerns.

          Could be argued that this is the absolute best time as the slate of candidates we have to work with are paying most attention to their constituencies because of their need for votes.  

          At any rate I've just joined this blog and  can post on it as of yesterday.  

          I joined because I was impressed with the level of commentary.  Thank you for yours!!

          You helped to recharge my batteries.  Will work a little harder as a result for sure.  It would be a disaster if the HOR was lost but  Patty Murray D-WA will be where I put my efforts.

          I've been getting more encouraged as of late.  Yesterday's appointment of Elizabeth Warren was an unexpected pleasant surprise for me.  

          Our discussion reminds me of the lyrics of a song I love by Little River Band.
          "There are so many paths up the mountain but the view from the top is still the same".  

          Born OK the first time.

          by Road Dog on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 12:01:22 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  I've been accused of being naive before. (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            Road Dog

            I agree that some Democrats are corrupt.
            But most aren't--the GOP with it's emphasis on money and corporate interests is a much more natural, easy, lucrative fit.  The exception would be in blue states where Republicans don't win much and in that case we usually have really good non-corrupt Dems to compete with those who might be phonies.

            Most are in varying degrees influenced by considerations about how to win elections which requires fundraising and attracting/not repelling votes.  That's where you see basically decent candidates being tugged in undesirable directions.  And differences about how to get from point A to point B.

            That's, in my view of human nature, inevitable.

            Anyway ... I'll think about the points you've made and i do very much appreciate this little dialogue and welcome to dailykos!

  •  Of course I don't (0+ / 0-)

    want Republicans back in power.  That's why I'm politically active (and replying to you by the way).  That does not however mean I can't hold my party accountable for their actions or inactions.  That does not mean that their actions and inactions can't and don't effect my (and others) motivation.  When you are inspired you are motivated.  Simple human nature.  Not a double standard.  Silence is consent.  We must let our side know when we disagree and we must say it loudly and repeatedly.  I want to market a 2x4 awareness board with the following instructions.  State your facts.  If person doesn't accept them use 2x4 on backside.  If desired affect not achieved - repeat procedure increasing force.  lol

    Born OK the first time.

    by Road Dog on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 07:33:20 AM PDT

    •  your quarrel is with voters not "party" (3+ / 0-)

      the voters rejected single payer, immediate withdraw from Afhanistan etc.
      Voters in CT chose Lieberman. Voters in Maine selected Obama and gave him Olympia Snowe to obstruct him.

      The problem with "progressives" is that, failing to sell their vision to the public, they want moderate politicians to do it for them.

  •   The voters rejected single-payer? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    DarkestHour

    Everything I read indicates the opposite.  What is your source.  Max Baucus rejected single-payer in committee.

    Born OK the first time.

    by Road Dog on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 07:43:52 AM PDT

  •  choices (0+ / 0-)

    Given my druther's, or in my perfect world, DC would do what I want.  Didn't happen so back in the real world I have to make a decision:  do I punish someone or act like an adult and keep working.

    Watch the political right and all their rhetoric about legislating morality.  You do get a choice, either stay on the same team (DEM) OR start investing in needles and thread to sew up your pockets to meet the moral demands of the newest GOP candidate from DE.  

    Sure it may sound preposterous, but if you base your decision on the narrowest of differences, what sounds "ok" is only the tip of their iceberg.

  •  What do you expect (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Road Dog

    With a Bluedog in charge of the dnc??  
    I've emailed the white house and the dnc repeatedly about this.  All I can do at this point is make sure I vote, and take anyone needing a ride to the polls.  
    It's almost as if the president wanted to dampen progressive momentum.  If that was his intent, he certainly succeeded with the appointment of tim kaine to the dnc chair.

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