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I am a long-time reader, infrequent commenter/poster on this site, and I am thankful to have found this place.  It's been a real reprieve from the madness that otherwise surrounds us these days, and has often inspired me to remain hopeful that we can work together to change the current situation our country finds itself in.  But I'm losing it.

I am a long-time reader, infrequent commenter/poster on this site, and I am thankful to have found this place.  It's been a real reprieve from the madness that otherwise surrounds us these days, and has often inspired me to remain hopeful that we can work together to change the current situation our country finds itself in.  But I'm losing it.

I'm a recent American expat to Iceland, where I moved with my (Icelandic) husband because I couldn't obtain health care coverage while I was pregnant and unemployed, due to my "pre-existing condition."  I care very much about the future of the US, but I am at a loss as to what to do going forward, not only for 2012, but beyond that.  I know I'm not the only one who feels this way, but there seems to be so much focus on what is going wrong -- which is obviously necessary to  make informed decisions -- but less of a focus on what we do about it.

I appreciate efforts to circulate petitions and hound our Congressmen and Congresswomen, but it almost feels silly to think that Congress will change the very mechanism to which it has become enslaved, regardless of political party.

So my questions are these:  What other efforts are you seeing locally or nationally to actually effectuate change, to coordinate, to raise awareness, to act?  What can I/we do to improve these efforts? **

And, I guess, from a larger angle, is it time that liberals rally for an alternative party to compete with the Democratic party (and Republicans, obviously)?  Why or why not, and if yes, how do we act now?  

I feel helpless and am quickly losing hope, and I imagine that at least some of you may be feeling the same.  I want to take action other than/in addition to signing petitions, because it feels as though our voices simply aren't being heard anymore.  I'm not inferring anything dangerous or illegal, but there are obviously peaceful means of protesting and having our voices heard.

** I realize that my geographic isolation makes it difficult for me to participate to some extent, but I'd be interesting in learning, generally, what we can do.

Originally posted to reykjaviking on Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 12:17 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    I'm over this lunacy.

    by maya354 on Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 12:17:53 PM PST

  •  I agree that we need to do something, but don't (2+ / 0-)
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    GWboosebag, maya354

    know what that something is.  We could starve the beast, as it were.  Didn't work to get Glenn Beck off the air.  Could not work during the insurance fight because we couldn't drop coverage for fear of not being reinstated.  But a nationwide strike against the monied interests could be a place to start, but do we hurt our fellow countrymen and women?  It would be interesting to see if there are any common sense responses to your diary that could set us in motion.  Because we need motion.  Letting the corporations dictate the narrative is something I cannot sit back and do nothing about.  I do find it interesting, not in a good way, that those who gained the most wealth over this Great Recession are Wall Street and Congress.  Very interesting connection.  

  •  Look around where you live now. (2+ / 0-)
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    maya354, AnnieR

    The Icelanders have done a pretty good job of making themselves heard the last couple of years.

    •  True, but... (2+ / 0-)
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      goinsouth, AnnieR

      Icelanders rallied in Reykjavik, though it's relatively easy to do so, given the size and concentration of its population.  During the "pots and pans revolution" in early 2008 and 2009, Icelanders protested outside of their parliament, the equivalent to the Capitol in D.C., and literally banged on pots and pans or anything else that made noise, day and night, until parliament agreed on a referendum calling for a new election.  People didn't give up.  It was very inspiring from an outsider's perspective.  

      It's more difficult to coordinate in the US, but I also haven't seen many efforts to do so.  That's my question:  how do we do this?  Where do we start?  What are people's experiences with this?  

      It's discouraging to see so little response to this post.  We seem to be good at pointing fingers and identifying issues, but not at solving them.

      I'm over this lunacy.

      by maya354 on Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 04:11:21 PM PST

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      •  Well said. (0+ / 0-)

        However, I think we are still reeling from this last election and the lunacy involved. People in Florida - a retirement state - voted in a governor who defrauded Medicare. This is insanity.  But there are a lot of good and intelligent people at this site who, once the sting is off, may be able to come up with something.  It would have been interesting, I agree, to have seen some suggestion here.  I think this is the regroup period.

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