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OK, so I've made a decision. I'm attending my County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting on the 15th and getting my hands dirty. Not volunteering, not "Organizing," though both of those are valuable things; I want to set the agenda. It's time for everyone who's pissed off about last night to start pushing back HARD from the Left, and doing it where it matters, on the local level, in person, in the Party structure itself.

This is probably not a new idea for some of us, and if you're already doing it, great. Thank you! But if you're not, and you're physically able to, then you MUST. We have to get a handle on things, we have to create a Party that actually represents the people. The #1 reason I heard that people weren't voting this year was that "there's no difference between the parties." The Blue Dogs got slaughtered, because in their cases, there was not. It's time to SHOW your community what the difference is.

If you're as mad as I am, you have no choice. No more wasting time arguing with people here, on Facebook, or in person who have no actual influence. Go straight to the place where you can accomplish something and impose your will on it. Run for a leadership position in your local party. Hold them accountable. Be a radical, but do it within the framework of the system. Don't compromise, and don't let anyone else compromise either.

We are about to let corporate welfare cases and their lackeys in the GOP ruin America. Indeed, I fear America might already be too far gone. But I know one thing, one lesson learned from this election. The crazy old racists in the 3-corner hats have been doing what I'm about to do for YEARS. Ever since the GOP ceased to have an actual domestic policy back in the '70s, it's been non-stop loudmouths of various stripes gathering in church basements and grumbling about Clinton's dick, Kenyan Birth certificates, and all the other nonsense used to distract them from the fact that they are serving the desire of big companies to pay fewer taxes and screw employees and consumers alike.

But they've proven they can win. And it just happens that the "Radical Left-Wing" has moved so far right that it now includes sensible things like universal health care, an end to discrimination, taxing the ultra-rich fairly in times of crisis, and a desire to not destroy the fucking planet. THESE are today's "radical positions."

So screw it. I'm going to fight. I suggest you fight, too, because if you don't, we are fucked.

Find your local party, go tell them what you think. Democracy requires more of us in times of crisis than idle chatter, it requires decisive and substantial action and sacrifice. If we want progress, we don't have to fight teabaggers, or John Bohner, or anyone else like that.

We just have to show up at some meetings and convince some nice folks who probably agree with us anyway that it's time to get real. And KEEP doing it.

Originally posted to Surly Cracker on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 06:13 PM PDT.



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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Dance like no one is watching with one fist in the air... We are stronger than everything they have taught us that we should fear.

    by Surly Cracker on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 06:13:31 PM PDT

  •  Really? (0+ / 0-)

    So how do you propose to fight the Supreme Court?

    •  Well, that's kind of my point. I can't. (1+ / 0-)
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      This is what I can do. If a million other people did it, if all the progressives out there pushed back at the local level, pushed for better State Reps, better County Commissioners, better fucking dogcatchers, then eventually we win. And then we move up the ladder, and win some more.

      And those guys appoint Supreme Court Justices somewhere up the food chain.

      So yeah. That's how I fight the Supreme Court, I guess. I mean, from your tone, I'm assuming you don't have a better plan?

      Dance like no one is watching with one fist in the air... We are stronger than everything they have taught us that we should fear.

      by Surly Cracker on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 06:34:16 PM PDT

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      •  Slowly, steadily, inch-by-inch, this is how (1+ / 0-)
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        Surly Cracker

        Repubs have been implanting rightwing conservatives (aka wedge issue warriors) in local, state, and federal positions for decades (starting with Reagan).  This was a carefully planned, long-term, grassroots effort.  They've lost a few battles, but won many more.  

        They've been patient and methodical, regrouping after electoral defeats, and fielding new nutjobs to replace those who were not successful. Now, they have their people ingrained and implanted in many local school boards, city councils, local and state courts, state leadership positions, appointed to SCOTUS, and even Buhsies moled into the Obama administration--who left them there to backstab and wreak havoc on his policies at every opportunity.

        In many ways, I have despaired of yet admired their determination and long-term commitment to their causes.  I wish that we had maintained as active a grassroots organization and had been as politically savvy as they have been.  Unfortunately, our base seems to think only presidential elections are important.  They are...but regularly electing progressives to our local and state government is vital to our interests, also.

  •  A day late and a house short (2+ / 0-)
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    zett, Surly Cracker

    many of us have been doing this for some time and all of us should have been doing this for a long time.  We knew they were going to throw everything at us.  I think just working there is not enough.  Been there..done that.  Good on you for doing it now.  There has to be a movement.
    A movement to say No compromise.  None of this letting them get away with stopping everything.  There is no wait and see.
    They told the democratic leadership and the white house their intentions.  It is up to us to force OUR agenda by never letting up on them.  Not one day should pass that we should not call legislators in droves and the white house comment line get jammed.  Every single day.  I was there for LBJ.  Some of us old progressives know how to rant to those in power.

    •  It's never too late. (1+ / 0-)
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      And thank you for blazing a trail. All I can do is try, and I've beat my head against the wall volunteering, letter-writing, and the like for the better part of 15 years, since I was still in High School. It's not working for me. Gotta try something else now. And if that means running for Precinct Captain, County Chair, and whatever else comes next, then I have to do it. I just wish there were 5 more behind me that would do it if I fail.

      Maybe I'll meet them, yet.

      Dance like no one is watching with one fist in the air... We are stronger than everything they have taught us that we should fear.

      by Surly Cracker on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 06:42:49 PM PDT

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      •  No I highly respect (1+ / 0-)
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        Surly Cracker

        what you are doing.  It takes us all to work together.  You re right about local though.   We bring about change from the ground up.  Where have I heard that?  LOL
        You are fortunate that you can do so in your area without an onslaught of hatred as it would be for me out in the rural red backwoods.  thank you.

  •  Thank you for not giving in or giving up. Once I (1+ / 0-)
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    Surly Cracker

    finish howling at the moon because of the unfairness of corporate bought elections and DINO obstruction, I'll brush myself off and hop back into the fray also.

    Frankly, I'm exhausted from all the drama and angst and have got to release some stress before I can think coherently again.

    Cheers, all!

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