Keith Olbermann was back on the air less than 4 days after he was suspended, in large part due to the Bold Progressives petition. The Tax Bill for the Rich Petition, stalled just below 150K.
With as much righteous indignation that I read on this site concerning the coming fight over the Bush Tax Cuts, you wouldn't notice it from watching the count of signatures on Bold Progressives petition to fight their extension.
It took less than 4 days to get 300,000 signatures on Bold Progressives' petition to MSNBC to reinstate Keith Olbermann (to which he was extremely grateful).
It has been over a week since they put out their petition to the President concerning the possibility of an extension of tax cuts for those making over $250,000 a year.
Its count is 144,000 plus.
I think even Keith would think that this is pathetic. "Me more important than stopping the tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% in this country? Really?"
I find it fascinating that people who write on this blog rail at everything under the sun regarding how things are not progressive enough in this country, but when it comes to actually doing something about it the response seems to be "Eh, not so much."
This is one of the easiest things to do. Most people here have probably signed up for one petition or another from BoldProgressives.org. They already have your e-mail, so signing it won't add you to any more e-mail lists. As a matter of fact, you probably were sent an e-mail or two already from them. If that is the case and you feel strongly about it, then click on the damn link.
We all need to move on through the rest of the stages of grief and not get stuck in "Anger". I know most of you are pissed, but that doesn't mean that you stop trying. Or did you not try in the first place? Are some of you the kind of "summer soldier" or "sunshine patriot" that hangs around until the going gets tough, but walks away after the disappointment hits?
I know this last election was hard. For those who think that all is lost, I have something to tell you: This kind of thing happens. It happened in 1994 and 2002. It sucks. However, we came back and we can do it again.
I, for one, am getting a bit tired of the negativity on this site. I realize the President is not perfect, but I truly do not believe that he or the Democrats have given up.
I would have reacted the same way after something like this. He might be saying to himself, "Well, we got beat, but that which does not kill me, makes me stronger." He has been humbled. We all have. I, for one, am glad that he feels that way. His predecessor sure didn't. President Obama realizes that he made mistakes. He has learned from this.
I think it is worth noting that just the other day he called Sen. Carl Levin and told him to put DADT back in the defense authorization bill just hours after the senator withdrew it from the same bill. The President wants this and he is working the Senate to get it done. This does not look like someone who is ready to quit, like a certain half-term governor from Alaska who is thinking of replacing the President.
I know there will be lots of snark with this diary. Fine. Get it out of your system. Get back up, dust yourself off and get back to work. This ain't over by a long shot. And if you didn't help or vote during this last election cycle, I want you to seriously ask yourself why. Decisions are made by those who show up, not those who just bitch about it.
You can start here.