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In defeat, defiance!--Winston Churchill

We had a very, very tough day on 2 November. We had some successes--the very worst of the Tea Baggers (Angle, O'Donnell) were defeated, and we gained the governorship of the largest state, but in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan we were massacred. We suffered our heaviest loss of Democratic house seats since 1938, when we dropped 75. We lost one of the greatest U.S. Senators in America, Russ Feingold. We came achingly close to victory in race after race, only to fall short. We failed to defeat an outright criminal, Rick Scott, in Florida. A man who hinted at secession, outright treason, was re-elected in Texas. And why?

There are many reasons, but among the top ones: MONEY. LOTS OF IT. Let's talk about it after the break.

In the wake of the catastrophic Citizens United decision, in many races we were simply bombarded with a flood of lying TV and radio ads. Karl Rove--perhaps the most viciously unprincipled man in America--managed to inflict, either directly or indirectly, ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND TV ads on our candidates, most of them financed by a handful of rich, right-wing fanatics, many anonymous. The fact that every one of these commercials was a G-d damned lie was irrelevant. Any advertising exec knows that repetition defeats truth any day of the week. We also failed, catastrophically--and much of the blame must rest on the President and his advisors--to trumpet our achievements and defend ourselves. The vast majority of Americans actually think taxes for average Americans have GONE UP under Obama. We failed to counter this. We failed to emphasize our support for small businesses, and we allowed the screeching Right Wing Noise Machine to get away with an unbelievable trail of utter lies about both the stimulus and the health care law. There are many reasons for our defeat, but when we lose races like Sestak's, Feingold's, and Sink's, we just have to recognize the truth:

A lie shouted over and over again defeats a truth which is merely spoken.

And having bought the House of Representatives, the ultra-Right, emboldened, will now embark on a campaign to defeat President Obama and capture the Senate. Make no mistake about it. If the conservatives capture both the presidency AND the Congress in 2012, they will complete the process of destroying this nation that they advanced so much between 2001 and 2009.

The social safety net will be destroyed.

Hatred of gays, immigrants, and anyone else the right-wingers don't like will be enshrined.

An unfettered Wall Street will once again drive the economy to the brink of the cliffside--and this time, the economy will crash through the barriers and head into the abyss.

It will mean the triumph of the Religious Right, which is making a dark alliance with the "free market" [Read: Rigged Market] advocates.

It will be the triumph of fanatacism over true faith, Christianism--religion used as a political weapon--over true Christianity.

It will be the victory of plutocracy, aided and abetted by a stacking of the courts with right-wing ideologues, especially at the Supreme Court level.

It will be the triumph of superstition and phony, oil-industry backed "research" over science.

It will be an all-out assault on public education, and an acceleration of union busting.

It will mean Neocon lunatics plunging this nation into one war after another, quite possibly a catastrophic wear with Iran.

Most of you know this already. But it never hurts to be reminded.

So what do I propose?

Last night, in the midst of our devastating House defeat, I sent $20 to the DCCC. I will do so every month for the next two years, because I realize that Rove and his criminal allies MUST be defeated if America is to have any chance of survival.

So what do I propose?

A national, grass-roots campaign to harness 20 million Democrats into a commitment to give $20 a month to the Democratic Party in some way, shape, or form. That means if we do this, we can raise $400,000,000 a month to fight Rove. It means we can raise $9,600,000,000 in 24 months to crush the anti-American fanatics that are killing our nation.

I will devote myself to helping this fight to get going. I want a GRASS ROOTS REVOLUTION against the Republican Big Money Boys. I choose to FIGHT. I choose to COME OUT SWINGING. I  choose to take the Republican victory this year and RAM IT RIGHT BACK DOWN THEIR THROATS. But by God, we need money. I know a lot of you are faithful monetary contributors already, and I bless you for it, but we need more than you.

We need your friends.

We need your family.

We need your email contacts.

We need your Facebook friends.

We need your coworkers.

We need your neighbors.

The national effort to raise $400 million a month for the Democrats will GALVANIZE our dispirited ranks, give them a real goal around which to rally, a tangible, ACHIEVABLE thing that they can do RIGHT NOW. I have been beating this drum for years. Now I will beat it louder and more incessantly.

Twenty bucks a month is all I ask of the Democratic activists. I am also asking for $20 a month from gays who are the targets of right-wing hate groups. I am asking $20 from Latinos who are sick of being scapegoated (and who helped defeat Sharron Angle). I am asking for $20 a month from African Americans who are horrified by the ugly racism that still drives so much (not all, admittedly) of the Radical Right's hatred for Barack Obama. I am asking for $20 a month from blue collars workers who are sick of right-wing Wall Street boys destroying their unions and outsourcing their jobs. I am asking for $20 a month from women who've had it up to HERE with being told they have no reproductive rights. I want $20 a month from the retired who are seeing a massive push by the right to destroy Social Security and Medicare. And I am asking $20 a month from anyone who simply cares about our nation's future, and is damned well determined that it will NOT be shaped by John  Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Pat Robertson, Jim DeMint, Haley Barbour, Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, FOX "News", right-wing hate radio, and people like Ann Coulter. We need to struggle for our beloved nation.

We need your money, Democrats. Twenty million of you giving $20 a month will help us win the ultimate battle.

I ask you, my dear friends and fellow community members, to join me in this endeavor. I will devote myself to it unswervingly. And by the way, let me pledge the following:



I know a lot of you are down today. I know a lot of you are angry, and in despair. So let's DO SOMETHING POSITIVE.


This minute.


Here are places where you can contribute to the revolution against the Tea Party fanatics:





And if you prefer to go outside the Democratic Party's structure, go here:

ACT BLUE. (By the way, Act Blue has raised $172 million in six years. I am pushing to get more than that EVERY MONTH.)



Think anyone's going to keep this old guy on the floor? LIKE HELL. I'm ready to fight back and do my part to recruit 20,000,000 patriots to come to the aid of our country.

Won't you please join me in this?

The America you save may be your own.

NOTE: By the way, the viciously anti-American U.S. Chamber of Commerce head, Tom Donohue, is bragging that his war to destroy President Obama is merely in "the second inning". The Chamber will step up its spending on anti-Democratic lies and smears in 2012.

Originally posted to Yosef 52 on Fri Nov 05, 2010 at 05:51 PM PDT.


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  •  I've already sent a direct appeal for help (16+ / 0-)

    to Markos, Steve Benen, Atrios, John Cole, Digby, Bartcop, and Andrew Sullivan. And I am contacting OFA and all the committees I've listed.

    I'm serious about this. As serious as a G-d damned heart attack. Hope you are, too.

    $20 a month x 20 million Democrats=VICTORY

    by Yosef 52 on Fri Nov 05, 2010 at 05:51:56 PM PDT

    •  This is all well and good, but.... (0+ / 0-)

      the question you didn't ask was, "Why weren't we doing this on January 21,2009"?  We knew Rove and his ilk were going to start the shit storm just after Obama's hand came off the Bible.

      We KNEW this!!!  Karl Rove IS an unprincipled little prick with a treasonous streak a mile wide.  Why did we let him do his thing?  Why did we even let him get started?  We have only ourselves to blame for Tuesday.  

      Like the Republicans' vow to not give an inch, so must we not give an inch - ever again.  Because if we don't solidify our party and our movement, the country will die before our eyes.  There will be NO recovery because all the jobs, technology and money will be elsewhere in the world.  The modern robber barons of the right and corporate America are already building their mansions along everybody else's Riviera, not ours.

      "Have a beginner's mind at all times, for a beginner knows nothing and learns all while a sophisticate knows all and learns nothing." - Suzuki

      by dolfin66 on Fri Nov 05, 2010 at 08:57:15 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I just donated 50 bucks... (5+ / 0-) the Democratic National Comitee so they can afford that second "m".

    Any veterans out there feel like matching it?

  •  for those (5+ / 0-)

    who prefer to go outside the party structure, how about aiming specifically for specific primaries, esp in blue districts.

    Donate to DFA, not DSCC/DCCC

    by grrr on Fri Nov 05, 2010 at 06:07:45 PM PDT

  •  I will commit to give $20 (6+ / 0-)

    a month to ActBlue.  I do not want anymore Blue Dogs.  I am an OFA volunteer and canvassed made calls in California and we have a Democratic Govenor, two Senators, etc.  I wish we did this after Nov 2008, now we know and won't make that mistake again.  What the Right wing MSM did to Keith Olbermann is just the beginning.  We may not have any liberal voices by the beginning of 2012.  We need to fight with everything we person at a time.  

  •  We should also pledge to write (8+ / 0-)

    posts on sites other than this, sites that are seen by independents.  These letters should fight the lies with facts but not vitriol, containing simple to read graphics like these.  I am sorry I don't remember who produced these.  The failure this past election was in the 4th estate failing in its role.  We have to change that.



    •  LTE's as well, please. (1+ / 0-)
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      Can't hurt, and could help.

      We are about to be attacked by Al Qaeda. Wave flags if you have them. That always seems to scare them away. I'm kidding. - Kurt Vonnegut

      by not a cent on Fri Nov 05, 2010 at 06:16:31 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I thnk the first chart was Ezra Klein's (1+ / 0-)
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      yella dawg

      in the Washington Post.  Not sure about the second, but you make a great point.

      When I was canvassing for Sestak, I kept a couple charts with me to show people, including Ezra'z and one on job growth/loss under Bush and Obama.  I think I'll look up a dozen or so and leave them in a folder in my car so they'll be handy when I need them.

    •  This is the heart of the problem (1+ / 0-)
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      yella dawg

      The lack of voter education is literally the greatest threat to our democracy. The indies that thought it was a good move to vote for the GOP and the Democrats who did not show up, are united in their lack of engagement with the facts of what's going on in Washington, D.C.

      Most Americans think their taxes went up, when the opposite occurred. Obviously they can't believe their lying paychecks that reflect more money in their accounts and they can't believe their lying TurboTax, that indicates where they are paying fewer taxes. They rely on their friends, Fox and blogs that are lying to them.

      The actual votes and the actual policies coming from DC--they didn't originate TARP, they cut $122 billion from the deficit, they instituted a spending freeze--never reach most voters.

  •  Not a penny from me to these (5+ / 0-)
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    Yosef 52, Lujane, Kcox, erush1345, BusyinCA






    I will donate to specific candidates and special liberal organizations.  

    Enough already. Stand up and fight. If you lose, you lose, but at least you tried. That's all I ask.

    by gooderservice on Fri Nov 05, 2010 at 06:14:43 PM PDT

  •  We need our own crossroads GPS (1+ / 0-)
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    We got plenty of rich dems, that the way to be most effective, we need to be able to hit back hard.

    "There is nothing wrong with America can't be cured by what is right with America" -Bill Clinton

    by SensibleDemocrat on Fri Nov 05, 2010 at 06:19:05 PM PDT

  •  actually stopped and read this (2+ / 0-)
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    Yosef 52, Lujane

    during my reccing up every non-Olberman diary here today.

    Thank you/hotlisted

    I've been involved in a number of cults, both as a leader and a follower. You have more fun as a follower. But you make more money as a leader. ~Creed Bratton

    by mydailydrunk on Fri Nov 05, 2010 at 06:21:54 PM PDT

  •  I'm in, but to MoveOn, Act Blue and PCCC (0+ / 0-)

    I'll also support Obama when the time comes.

  •  I also pledge $20 month to... (1+ / 0-)
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    Yosef 52

    ACTBLUE for the next two years. We need to treat this as a progressive superPAC that our representatives will recognize as a counter balance to Citizens United / CoC. As an added benefit, maybe this will be the catalyst for minimizing special interest influence on Dems so they can confidently work for the American people interest. One can always dream!

  •  Just signed up for $40/month (0+ / 0-)

    I think this is a very painless way to make sure that we regain the House and retain the Senate and White House come 2012. Thanks for reminding us that we can contribute in this fashion.

  •  This went to Act Blue n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  I also think you should... (0+ / 0-)

    re-post this once every month

  •  give to crucial Senators (1+ / 0-)
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    yella dawg

    The 2012 Senate landscape is looking tougher for Democrats than this year was, and it was heartbreaking to lose Russ Feingold and tough to see us not pick up Sestak and Fisher in PA and OH which are major swing/Dem states.

    We need to look now at creating that same type of "firewall" to protect the Senate that we built this year.  I don't think we'll win the House back completely in one shot in 2012, but we might lose the Senate if we don't prepare.  Let's get Mass. back from Scott Brown.  Let's pick up Maine if Snowe is primaried by a teabagger.  
    Then let's try to hold all those great new Senators that brought us victory in 2006 (well, except for Ben Nelson - screw him - we can't waste money on super-corporate Dems like that). - We've got tougher states with moderates like Carper DE, Nelson FL, Casey PA, Tester MT, Conrad ND, and Webb VA. - Then we've got a whole bunch of great liberals in Sherrod Brown, Menendez, Klubuchar, Whitehouse, Stabenow, and Cantwell.  Then solid Dems like Cardin, McCaskill, and Bingaman.  And we may have to find strong replacements if people like Kohl, Akaka, and Feinstein retire because of age.   - My money's going to protect Sherrod Brown and Bob Menendez.  2 liberals I can count on.  And Sherrod Brown, without Kennedy, Wellstone, and Feingold, is quite simply my favorite U.S. Senator.

  •  I have no income. I am my mom's parasite. (0+ / 0-)

    Her keeping me in my house while I fight Chase with NACA for over a year has helped me tremendously. But I can't give a penny to anyone, anywhere, though I sure would like to donate.
    So carry on.

    "I've yet to hear a TV News report about the Gulf Disaster where everything is right, or even close, or even allowed by the laws of physics." - Fishgrease

    by hotheadCA on Fri Nov 05, 2010 at 10:20:21 PM PDT

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