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I cannot help but confess some measure of dread at the sight of what Republican legislators and Governors are trying to do to organized Labor.  I don't anticipate, really, our side winning all these battles.  Elections have consequences, and the 2010 election, as I warned, had some pretty bitter ones.

But we have a number of emotional and political choices here at hand, even if we don't win this round of fights.  We can be discouraged, or we can become emboldened and motivated to act.  We can become cynical, say, "Of course it must happen this way, our society is screwed, etc."

Or, we can take our fate into our own hands.  The Republicans have shown us that nobody has to accept a "political reality".  They battled back from historic losses to a win of historic scale. We can do the same.  We can move to change the direction of this country, its mood, once again.  Heck, we did it before in 2006 and 2008.

What we're seeing could be the beginning of the end of organized labor, or any number of important priorities of ours, if we decide to just lay down or give up.

Or it could be the kick that finally gets us to stop worrying about our party's inferiority complexes, and gets us to finally do something real and permanent in this country about Republican Power.

I would rather be motivated by these outrages, rather than defeated.  How about you?

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  •  Tip: it also helps if you motivate others... (10+ / 0-)

    ...find out what will get people to believe in liberalism once again, and start pushing the buttons as ruthlessly and persistently as the GOP has.  The GOP's had its chance, now's our turn to take back the country.

    The Republicans: Let's kill jobs and cut deficits until the economy recovers. The Democrats: Let's create jobs and boost the economy until it can help us resolve the deficit. Who needs to win the next election?

    by Stephen Daugherty on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 11:29:51 AM PST

  •  Thanks for writing this. I've read that some (2+ / 0-)
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    greengemini, ribletsonthepan

    of the Egyptian protesters have said that if the military doesn't make the changes they are wanting that they will be back in the streets.  We tried to make some changes in this country in the 2008 election and it doesn't seem to be working out in the way that we had hoped.  I've been very down about it but I realize that the failure to realize what we voted for just means that we have to keep trying. I've noticed a change in attitude around this site since the Egyptian protests started which has been very encouraging.  I believe we are supporting each other in realizing that we will have to fight to keep our democracy.

  •  if we dont win this.... WE LOSE (0+ / 0-)

    dont care how you might want to soften the blow but if we do not win this fight WE LOSE.

    there is no ANOTHER DAY here... each fight we lose in an effort to keep UNIONS is a MAJOR LOSS we will not recover from so PLEASE dont kid yourself into thinking the good fight is all that matters because WINNING THIS FIGHT is our only option.

    •  I'm not saying to throw this fight. (0+ / 0-)

      But if we don't win, and that will be bad, I concede, it needs to motivate us to action, rather than inaction.

      If winning this fight, and this fight alone, is our only option, then one defeat spells the end.

      If winning this fight  is important, but losing it doesn't mean final defeat, we can push back in the next fight, and take the fight to the Republicans in a counteroffensive.

      Don't give the Republicans a convenient center of gravity to flip you over.  Don't make it to where they can checkmate you in one move.

      The Republicans: Let's kill jobs and cut deficits until the economy recovers. The Democrats: Let's create jobs and boost the economy until it can help us resolve the deficit. Who needs to win the next election?

      by Stephen Daugherty on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 01:53:00 PM PST

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  •  Why I don't think we'll lose... (2+ / 0-)
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    greengemini, ribletsonthepan

    Where are the groups of republican state, city and county workers who are supporting republican idea of busting up public unions?  Doesn't it stand to reason that not every teacher or other government worker is an evil liberal?  I would have expected to see vocal "majorities" of these people eating up the airwaves and marching on the capitol to support the man they elected.  Not happening.  Walker may have succeeding in pointing out to the working class what democrats have failed to enlighten people of:  That Republican leaders don't care about you if you make under a certain amount of money.  

    They have given the working class a clear picture of where their interests lie and there are no democrats and republicans in foxholes during a class war.  Only the haves and the have nots.  

    •  Good read on the situation. (0+ / 0-)

      Now translate it into something that motivates and encourages others to take our side.

      We expect people to leap up and take our side with the same fervor we feel, but we really feel what we do because of what we know and have been through.

      We need to offer people an eloquent set of reasons for feeling as we do, tap into the untapped motivation they have to fight back agaisnt the elitist policies of the Republican.

      We need to change the psychological battlefield in our favor.

      The Republicans: Let's kill jobs and cut deficits until the economy recovers. The Democrats: Let's create jobs and boost the economy until it can help us resolve the deficit. Who needs to win the next election?

      by Stephen Daugherty on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 01:55:36 PM PST

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  •  remember (1+ / 0-)
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    “When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always.”
    Mohandas K. Gandhi

    "There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home." John Stuart Mill

    by kuvasz on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 02:10:55 PM PST

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