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To win 2012, we must begin in 1968.  In 1968 Nixon unveiled the Southern Strategy as a plan to revive the Republican party.  By combining the traditionally Republican “run government like a business” economic conservative base with what were politely called “social conservatives” but what were really Southerners bent on preserving white privilege, Nixon hoped to build a winning coalition.  

Today, after so many years of Republican dominance, it is hard to remember that from 1932 until 1992 Republicans almost never gained a majority in the House, they seldom held the Senate, and they only won the presidency with candidates like Eisenhower and Nixon who were, compared to today’s Republicans, flaming social liberals and advocates of big government and high taxation.  In 1972 this southern strategy swept Nixon to a landslide.  

The Democratic sweep of power at all levels in 1976 after Watergate was directly linked to Democrat’s use of impeachment to reveal the depth of Republican abuse of power and corruption.  It was, however, a win whose nature was not understood by Democrats.  It was a reaction to events, not the formation of a winning coalition.

Carter, despite being a southerner, did not dismantle the Republican Southern Strategy.  Carter went on to surrender foreign policy conservatives to the Republican coalition of social and economic conservatives, and Reagan assembled these groups into a base which has been the core of Republican power ever since.  

Carter’s use of bureaucratic rules and regulations, intended to shore up the civil service against political abuses, simply made it a higher priority target for conservative business people.  Democratic inclinations toward effective government and better regulation to protect citizens from corporate abuses pushed anyone resentful of government regulation, especially if that regulation protected hated groups like gays, the poor and minorities, toward Republicans.  Republicans set themselves on revenging and reversing the Nixonian setback of the silent majority by building up what Karl Rove called the permanent majority.  They moved significantly forward toward that goal in the 1980s when they dismantled as much of the government as they could under Reagan and in the 1990s when they impeached Clinton.  Breaking the air traffic controllers union without Democrats taking strong action to defend it was also a fatal error by Democrats.  The move succeeded because the air traffic controllers union was not supportive of Democrats per se and also not a part of the union networks, so it had few friends among Democrats, and Republicans realized its vulnerability.  But breaking that union and driving a wedge between unions and Democrats was part of the longer term strategy Republicans had developed as they realized the success of Nixon’s southern strategy.  Republicans after the Nixon impeachment crafted a long term plan to seize power “permanently” with the Lewis Powell memo.  They have stuck to it.  

Part of that plan was to prevent Democrats from ever again using government to reveal Republican corruption and abuse and particularly to prevent them from using it to impeach a Republican president.  Another part of it was to weaken public unions and unions in general, and so weaken the Democratic party.  Remember, it was dedicated civil service officers like Deep Throat from the FBI who revealed the details of abuses of power under Nixon.  Republicans under Reagan set out to deliberately subvert the political neutrality and the public’s respect for the competence of the civil service.  They did this by appointing people to lead departments like Education and the EPA who were fundamentally opposed to everything these departments were tasked to do.  In the Republican view, anything that could be done to hogtie these departments into inaction, undermine their mandate, or incapacitate their enforcement powers was not only acceptable, it was absolutely necessary.  

They deliberately set out to leave like-minded persons behind permanently by using civil service hiring under Republican administrations in as  partisan a fashion as they could.  The development of “Christian” law schools and opening up other professional courses at “Christian” colleges, and the setting up of alternative “conservative” certifying bodies to the existing legal associations (such as the Federalist Society) was and continues to be part of this long term plan.  These educational and professional bodies indoctrinate and certify the partisanship and ideological purity of the appointees.  Their commitment is to the faith and the Republican party, not to the profession or to good, effective and efficient government under a civil service that functions in good faith to fulfill the mandates Congress and the President direct it to achieve.

The impeachment of Clinton is perceived by Democrats as having backfired on the Republicans.  This is incorrect.  It succeeded fabulously.  In 2000 despite a terrific economic record, and despite winning more votes nationally, Democrats lost the presidency.  

Clinton, a so-called New Democrat, followed up on Carter’s breaking up of union influence on the Democratic party.  Instead of a base, Clinton built up a following (friends of Bill) and turned the Democratic Party into a personality cult instead of a principled coalition.  Obama effectively followed this same strategy, assisted by Rahm whose “southern strategy” consisted of Blue Dog Democrats who were primarily Republican in all but name.  It failed because it had no principles or base to hold it together.  The move presented candidates who were pale imitations of real Republicans, and it was a move driven by Rahm’s personal recruitment of these candidates.  It was Democratic personality politics at the legislative level.  

Democrats have never fully exercised power even when they dominated all branches of government as they did in 2008 to 2010 in part because Republicans have their plants all through the civil service and because Democrats have no clear principles or base either to support their programs or to drive them forward.  Republicans continue to appeal to their base of economic and social conservatives by playing hardball and pursuing hardline goals by any and every means available, even when out of power, and so they hold their coalition together through defeat and victory.  Without a personality to unite them, Democrats fall apart.  They have few principles and no base which unites them through thick and thin.

Democrats demonstrated they fundamentally misunderstood the key components of the success of the Republican strategy when Nancy Pelosi pledged not to use Democratic majority control of the House won in 2006 to investigate and impeach Bush or his cronies, despite obvious and flagrant abuses of power.  Obama furthered this fundamental error in 2008 when he forswore any investigation of his predecessors, and when he dismissed Howard Dean from leading party building across the country.  (See Dean's diary on today's rec list.  He sees what Wisconsin means.)  Even the bank fraudsters, torturers and other flagrant abusers of power got a pass.  Obama cracked down even more on government officers willing to reveal government abuses than the Republicans did.  

These were fundamental mistakes.  When Republicans target civil servants and try to make them and all unions enemies, Democrats have a clear opportunity to present themselves as defenders of the public interest and public servants, and as defenders of the free association of working people to protect their own interests by democratic means of voting and electing their leaders and determining their bargaining positions.  Democrats must stand consistently for open, accountable and fully professional (competent and committed) government.  They must stand for the right to unionize and collectively bargain with corporations.  Obama made a great mistake when he made his first priority a flawed healthcare bill that rested on a deal with pharmaceutical firms and healthcare insurers instead of card check and a strong defense of the right to organize.  He made an even greater mistake when he alienated most educators and educational unions and the other unions who have been staunch supporters of Democrats.  They may support Obama and Democrats because they have little choice, but it is far from clear that Obama or the Democratic Party supports them.  

Republicans have taught us that protecting and extending the base should have, and always must have, the first priority.  Pharmacy firms and insurers are not the Democratic base.  Unions are, or at least they should be.  Unlike Republicans, Democrats have in most instances appealed to a nebulous and fickle “moderate” or “independent” voter instead of their base.  They have no plan to reveal abuse of government under Republicans.  They have no commitment to clean, transparent government in specific terms, including use of political power to investigate corruption.  They do not plan to reverse the construction of alternative educational structures that are, in effect, madrassas in America.  There is no understanding of, defense of, or even articulation of the role of professional and non-political civil servants dedicated to the public good.  They do not see unions as core components of the Democratic party base.  As far as I can tell, they have no plan to build a party base.  Obama has his campaign organization, built around him.  It is another personality cult and doomed to be just as ephemeral, mercurial, and ultimately, ineffective as Clinton’s.  It is no basis for a party.

Democrats have failed to plan, and as the saying goes, that is a plan to fail.  And so they do.

What Democrats need in 2012 is a “Commitment to Revive America with  Effective Government” spelling out in specific terms what they will do if they win back majority control of the House, Senate, and Presidency.  They need to articulate a clear plan for what they will do if they run government.  They need to clarify who their base is and they need to motivate them to vote and support their candidates.  

Wisconsin shows what a motivated base can do despite enormous funds and effort by the opposition.  President Obama has shown that he is more than willing to be led instead of lead, especially when it comes to legislative initiatives.   This plan needs a clear articulation of what will be done to revive America, and why it must be done this way and not the Republican way.  

Here is a draft of some of what we need to tell voters in 2012.  Please add in the comments what you think needs to be said to get voters to vote for Democrats in 2012.

The Democratic Plan for America
Curing an illness depends on getting the diagnosis right.  If your doctor treats you for a hangnail when you have cancer, you die.  America is suffering from cancer, but Republicans insist it’s just a hangnail.  Republicans have said since Nixon that American government should be run like a business.  When a business gets in trouble, it fires people, kicking them out the door without any concern for what happens to them, their families, their homes, their health or their lives.  Republicans insist firing public servants like teachers, policemen and firemen is what must be done.  They insist handing Medicare over to private business, privatizing Social Security, and privatizing even education is the cure.  Today youngsters begin their working lives owing huge debts to private firms for the education they must have simply to compete.  

Yet Republicans insist private bankers and businesses must save America, even though it was bankers and businesses who, with the full support of Republicans under George Bush, got us into this trouble in the first place.  And ever since Republicans won more power in the elections of 2010, they have done all they could to defund and downsize government and turn it over to private business, but where are the jobs they promised would follow?  Instead of getting out of trouble, we are now in worse trouble than ever due to Republicans refusing to admit America has cancer, not a hangnail.

When will Republicans admit that America is not a business?  When will they admit that government cannot and should not fire Americans and just forget them and walk away?  When millions are without homes, without jobs, without healthcare, and without decent education or protection from disasters that are not their fault, government must act.  It must act when businesses will not or cannot.  And so to think that government is and must be run like a business is to fundamentally misunderstand the role and purpose of government.

Government must be run for the benefit of the people as whole, not for special interests, not just by and for the wealthy.  Ever since Reagan Republican government has stepped in to shift wealth toward the already wealthy and away from everyone else.  Republicans weakened unions, let inflation erode the minimum wage, gave tax benefits to businesses to take jobs overseas, and shifted the tax burden from the rich to the poor.  Today the top 2 percent of incomes dominate more wealth than any time since 1929.  The 400 richest families have more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans put together.  This is not fair and it certainly does not make everyone better off.  Government by and for the greedy has not led to good government or good economics.  

The American cancer is lack of ability by the average American to pay for the things they need to survive.  American incomes have fallen so low they cannot afford the housing, transport and education they need.  America’s crisis is not a crisis of debt, it is a crisis of demand and it is a crisis of fairness.  It is time for the rich pay their fair share of taxes.  It is time for business to lose all those special tax breaks they get to send your job overseas.  It is time you get paid what you deserve, a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.  It is time for government to be run like a government for the benefit of the citizens, not like a business for the benefit of the shareholders, and forget the employees.  

You voters employ us; we don’t employ you, and we will never forget that.

Democrats pledge that if you vote for them they will fight for you.  Democrats will make the wealthy pay their fair share.  We will end Republican tax policy that sends American jobs abroad.  We will run government like it should be run, for all the people and not just for business, special interests, or the wealthy.  We will protect your right to organize and fight for a fair wage and safe workplace.  We will fight for your right to a good and free public education and higher education at an affordable price.  We will continue to fight for your right to a place to live and a good doctor or hospital when you need one.  We will fight for safe streets, safe food, and clean air and water.  We will fight for you to get back what you pay for in Social Security and Medicare.  You paid for it; you are entitled to it.  

We want good government, working for the good of all and not just for the profit of a few.  We believe government should be run like a government, for the citizens, by the citizens.  That is why we are Democrats, and why we want your vote and your help to make America better for all of us, not just some of us.

Originally posted to monkeybrainpolitics on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 10:25 AM PDT.

Also republished by Strategy Kos and Community Spotlight.

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  •  Tip Jar (35+ / 0-)

    America needs a UNION NEWS channel. We (unions) have the money, we have the talent. Don't buy 30 second time slots on corporate media, union leaders; fund your own cable news channel and tell the real story 24/7/365

    by monkeybrainpolitics on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 10:25:09 AM PDT

  •  Here's a plan: (25+ / 0-)

    Start embracing Democratic values, instead of eroding them, and hey...you just might get your base back.

    It really is that simple.

  •  I couldn't care less about 2012 (3+ / 0-)
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    zedaker, Dump Terry McAuliffe, becxx

    The Democratic party has demonstrated over the last 2+ years that it is, in it's current incarnation and taken as a whole, cowardly and useless.

    The 2012 election looks to me like a contest to see who gets the dubious honor of implementing the previously-GOP-now-bipartisan-consensus austerity agenda.

    Does it really matter which group of soulless bastards wields the hatchet?

    I agree that it's not particularly courageous to solve a problem on the backs of people who are poor, or people who are powerless, or don't have lobbyists, or don't have clout.

    by teknofyl on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 11:16:43 AM PDT

    •  the point is pushing all the soulless bastards (8+ / 0-)

      over to where they belong--the Republican party.  Having a strategy that focuses on a base and principles is the first step toward building the Democratic Party into something effective, and as Howard Dean showed, it can be done.  Unions, teachers,  public sector workers, everyone who has an interest in good government, good citizenship and fairness for all would make a powerful coalition able to counteract the soulless bastards who have taken over both parties.  Giving up is not a strategy; it is exactly what the soulless bastards want you to do.

      America needs a UNION NEWS channel. We (unions) have the money, we have the talent. Don't buy 30 second time slots on corporate media, union leaders; fund your own cable news channel and tell the real story 24/7/365

      by monkeybrainpolitics on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 11:27:35 AM PDT

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      •  Damned if you do damned if you don't (2+ / 0-)
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        zedaker, Mighty Ike

        The fact of the matter is that the GOP is evil and the Democratic party is cowardly and useless. That's what we are staring in the face.

        Obama and about half of the Democratic caucus want to cut SS, Medicare and Medicaid... want to cut tax rates... and do not want to have their names on spending to reduce unemployment. That's just how it is.

        We are fucked, and there is no two-party solution out of it, certainly none that involves President Obama, who is basically a Blue Dog Democrat.

        I agree that it's not particularly courageous to solve a problem on the backs of people who are poor, or people who are powerless, or don't have lobbyists, or don't have clout.

        by teknofyl on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 11:55:17 AM PDT

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        •  that means we have "about half" of the (6+ / 0-)

          Democratic caucus to begin to build with.  The Progressive Caucus did much better in 2010 than the Blue Dogs, so we just need to recruit and support candidates who will commit to joining the Progressive Caucus to soon control the House democrats.  I think all the Kos supported candidates should commit to join the caucus, or not be supported by kossacks.  And if the Senate doesn't have a Progressive Caucus yet, maybe Al Franken should start one and help us find other candidates to support for it.  Tea Party members don't lay around waiting for the Republican representatives to listen to them; they get in their face and demand that they do so.  Time to learn from our adversaries, not surrender to them.

          America needs a UNION NEWS channel. We (unions) have the money, we have the talent. Don't buy 30 second time slots on corporate media, union leaders; fund your own cable news channel and tell the real story 24/7/365

          by monkeybrainpolitics on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 12:17:57 PM PDT

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          •  Long-term you are right... (2+ / 0-)
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            we have about half of a party to work with.

            Of course, the Super Congress will be done with the current Congress. And, of course we'll either have a Blue Dog president or one that made in through the GOP-TP primary.

            So yeah, austerity is coming.

            I agree that it's not particularly courageous to solve a problem on the backs of people who are poor, or people who are powerless, or don't have lobbyists, or don't have clout.

            by teknofyl on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 12:39:39 PM PDT

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    •  It's so tempting to agree with you (6+ / 0-)

      but that leads to destruction. Example: November 2000, when the fight was between "soulless bastards" Gore and Bush. Hardly any difference, everyone said, and many, many principled liberals sat on their hands. Net result: a potentially strong leader with many progressive values was shunted aside in favor of a howling idiot who gave us eight years of catastrophe, collapse, and death.

      I will never buy into this argument again. In this day and age, the worst Democrat is better than the best Republicans.

      This is no class warfare, this is class genocide. The middle and lower classes are being decimated. -- @sunshineejc

      by Black Max on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 11:01:35 PM PDT

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      •  And that's why we get the worst Democrats. (0+ / 0-)

        I agree that it's not particularly courageous to solve a problem on the backs of people who are poor, or people who are powerless, or don't have lobbyists, or don't have clout.

        by teknofyl on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 08:20:58 AM PDT

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        •  Not, obviously "you" specifically... (0+ / 0-)

          but the fact that that situational choice persists and is the only choice we get to make... between Democrats who stand for nothing and Republicans who stand for horrible things, which results in Democrats being bullied, cajoled and outright compromised/corrupted into enacting that bad GOP agenda.

           The whole situation is reminiscent of the big fight in Ghostbusters. The GBs got to determine the form of Gozer (Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man), but Gozer was coming to fuck them up regardless of which form they chose.

          We can pick whether Democrats or Republicans will be in office, but either way they are going to fuck us. The only real question is whether the will say "Go to hell" or "I really hate to do this" as it happens.

          I agree that it's not particularly courageous to solve a problem on the backs of people who are poor, or people who are powerless, or don't have lobbyists, or don't have clout.

          by teknofyl on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 08:25:51 AM PDT

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  •  Great Post, Here are my ideas (7+ / 0-)

    I am glad that you placed the emphasis of weakness in the Democratic Party on the lack of planning. Your other point that the Democratic Party is also weakened by individual personality cults which unfortunately take priority over the goals aqnd welfare of the Democratic Party. These two problems have been hamstringing the Democratic Party for decades and account for the reason that the Republicans have been able to secure such a strong position among voters. Years ago the majority of working class people  proudly declared themselves to be both DEMOCRAT and  UNION.  Nowever, in the opening days of the 21st centurn this is no longer true.  A substantial group of these people now-a days prefer the label of INDEPENDENT voter.

    Essentially these INDEPENDENTS have grown weary of the Democratic Party's inability to produce a plan for any large task without creating another huge super complicated bureauracy. These INDEPENDENTS have also become disallusioned by what appears to be big government totally isolated from the public. However this isolation is due in fact to the insular nature of the entrenched "Personality Cult" cherished and unofficially encouraged among elected Democratic officials.

    The Republicans on the other hand embrace the concept of membership in the Republican Party as a great honor. Republicans are bound together tightly with the impregnable chords of shared ideology. This is why Republicans from all locations in America use the same talking points and goosestep to the same sound bites uttered by their national spokesmen. The newer Republicans elected to congress do not share the overwhelming desire for chairmanships that consumed  congressional Republicans of the past. They are fanatically bound to their ideology, and would rather leave office than compromise on any issue.  

    In the paragraphs above I have described the weakness of the Democratic Party and the strength of the Republican Party. IMHO no plan to defeat the Republicans will ever succeed without first addressing those problems that weaken the Democratic Party. Dean's 50 state plan appeared to have success, however when Obama became president, many of those so-called blue-dog Democrats just could not embrace him as their leader. This was evident in the relations between Harry Reid and the White House in the early days of the Obama presidency. It literally took Harry Reid a year to warm up to the prospect of accepting Obama as the POTUS. Hence a great deal of time was wasted and political capital was lost in the Senate Democratic caucus alone.  

    As recently demonstrated in the Wisconsin recall election, Progressives have a long way to go to GET INDEPENDENTS back into the Democratic Party. This is my suggestion for a PLAN. It is simple, it does not fight Republican money, and it ignores the "personality cult" mess of elected Democrats down in Congress. WE need to CRAFT and HONE a message of what we as DEMOCRATS stand for and what we will FIGHT for. It must be a message that will so INSPIRE INDEPENDENTS that they will enthusiastically return to the DEMOCRATIC PARTY of our defined vision. We will also use the essence of these messages later on to write new platform planks for a renewed Democratic Party.

    Simply put we need to repopulate the Democratic Party with enough new enthusiastic people so that we can recreate the Party from the ground up. We need to write a new set of 21st century progressive "PLANKS" into the Party's statement of policy PLATFORM, Further we need to require every candidate seeking office under the Democratic banner to publically pledge that they will uphold every single one of those newly written Party PLANKS.

    •  I think a platform is good, but we've had good (7+ / 0-)

      platforms before.  What would be better is a pledge by candidates to join the Progressive Caucus.  If they won't take the pledge, then they don't get the support.  Grover Norquist has used his no tax pledge to drive the Republicans rightward, we could also use a "I'll vote for card check" or "I'll vote for a public option" pledge to push candidates toward a Progressive stance.  We need a simple pledge, or at least, a series of checkoffs with a minimum number which must be checked to get Kos related Act Blue donations.  Maybe in the next diary I'll put together a poll to see which check offs most of us would support.

      America needs a UNION NEWS channel. We (unions) have the money, we have the talent. Don't buy 30 second time slots on corporate media, union leaders; fund your own cable news channel and tell the real story 24/7/365

      by monkeybrainpolitics on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 01:56:11 PM PDT

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      •  So do we ask them... (1+ / 0-)
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        monkeybrainpolitics

        What would it take to get you to join the progressive caucus?

        •  I think it's better to have a checklist (1+ / 0-)
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          SadieB

          or if they are an incumbent, a rating.  The NRA and many other powerful lobbies give incumbents a rating according to their votes on bills.  Maybe it's time for a KOS rating or a Progressive rating by a mix of Democracy for America, Kos and some of the other progressives.  Maybe a Mother Jones Progressive Score?

          America needs a UNION NEWS channel. We (unions) have the money, we have the talent. Don't buy 30 second time slots on corporate media, union leaders; fund your own cable news channel and tell the real story 24/7/365

          by monkeybrainpolitics on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 05:28:08 AM PDT

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  •  I have serious doubts about voting for Obama again (3+ / 0-)

    If the Republicans nominate a non-crazy, they may get my vote.  The Democrats and the Democratic president blew the biggest electoral victories that either party had obtained in 30 years.  They are weaklings, whiners, and losers. I admire you for your faith and clear sincerity but the Democratic party doesn't deserve it.

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 05:10:53 PM PDT

    •  There are no non-crazy Republicans (1+ / 0-)
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      Kentucky DeanDemocrat

      But agitating for real progressive candidates for not just national, but also state office is a sane response

      An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head. -- Eric Hoffer

      by MichiganChet on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 08:59:48 PM PDT

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    •  Yes they are, and I will vote for them anyway (2+ / 0-)

      because nowadays, as I said upthread, the worst Democrat is better than the best Republican. To stay home and not participate is to give the forces of chaos, tyranny, and nihilism your support.

      This is no class warfare, this is class genocide. The middle and lower classes are being decimated. -- @sunshineejc

      by Black Max on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 11:03:30 PM PDT

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    •  A non-crazy would have to run to be nominated, (1+ / 0-)
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      monkeybrainpolitics

      and so far I don't see anybody who fits that description.  Maybe Huntsman?  To be honest I don't watch TV (or the debates, consequently) and only know about them what I read in articles, opinion pieces, and from my own memory and impressions - ie Romney can't stick to a decision, Bachmann is from the craziest part of the crazy wing of the party, Gingrich is incompetent and an opportunist, Paul is anti-war but otherwise nuts...

      So far not a lot of gems to pick from.  Best bet remains to try and fix the democratic party from within.  Of course, some of us have been trying to fix the democratic party from within for a very long time now only to see it going further in the wrong direction, but adventures into alternatives (ie green party) have proven self-defeating.

      So fixing from within remains the only real, viable option.  Unless a third party (most likely moderate) can gain some traction and pull away conservative dems - in which case the Democratic party can be left in the hands of those who truly embrace its values.  I doubt it will happen.  Both parties do their best to enshrine the 2-party system (just look at the Super Congress).

    •  Bullsh*t Real Democrats are not weak (4+ / 0-)

      From an earlier post of mine - read this list and tremble - these are True Progressives and Liberal Democrats - not the watered down centrists who have temporarily hijacked the brand today:

      John L. Lewis
      Mother Jones
      Cesar Chavez
      Samuel Gompers
      Rudy Lozano
      Eugene Debs
      A. Phillip Randolph
      Addie Wyatt
      Martin Luther King
      Robert Kennedy
      John F Kennedy
      Franklin D Roosevelt
      Noam Chomsky
      Alan Grayson
      Henry Wallace
      Thomas Paine
      Thomas Jefferson
      Lyndon Johnson
      Muhammed Ali
      Jackie Robinson
      Billy Jean King
      Arlo Guthrie
      Woody Guthrie
      John Lennon

      The list goes on and on and on and on and on...

      Liberal's  ARE the fiercest and best Fighters.  We have to be - we are the ones driving progress despite the resistance of the neanderthal conservatives...and in the long run we win EVERY SINGLE TIME.

      I WILL NEVER vote for a CONSERVATIVE ASSCLOWN.  NEVER.

      Solidarity

      "But such is the irresistable nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing." -Thomas Paine

      by Tommymac on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 05:20:06 AM PDT

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      •  exactly! We have to openly distinguish (1+ / 0-)
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        us from them that dinos.  We also have to remember that most of the fights we're most proud of on the left were pushed hardest from outside the democratic party.  We have to have feet in both the democratic party and in something outside it pushing it.  Hell, our party leaders have one hand out to shake ours while the other is taking Wall St's money and one foot on the ground and one kicking our ass.  Honestly, I don't think they're even shaking our hands in my little word-picture above but doing some kid of Ju-Jitsu knock us down.

        NAFTA broke our party, and Obama is pushing more free trade deals?  To quote a teacher I has in the military, "Hell, Fuck, Piss, NO!"  That is the end of my tiny thread of a rope tying me to our party's leaders.  Better dems are needed because more just keep selling us out.

        "Pelosi was the only damn one of the entire lot who showed any ounce of leadership the last two years"-- The Dead Man

        by musicalhair on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 11:24:37 AM PDT

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    •  The Democratic Party is not a sports team, and (1+ / 0-)
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      it sure as hell is not a family. It's a battlefield. Why on earth should it be surrendered without a fight?

      Truly the destruction of the earth only results from the destitution of its inhabitants, and its inhabitants become destitute only when rulers concern themselves with amassing wealth. Caliph Ali, 7th century

      by SadieB on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 06:29:37 AM PDT

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  •  I voted "all of the above", and that's the problem (1+ / 0-)
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    ... because we end up seeing to a "laundry list" of needs and groups, any one of which can fracture away in a fit of pique and we lose our cohesion.

    I outlined some ideas in an earlier diary--
    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    --and what we need is a solid message that we stick to, that can resonate, and --god help us-- can be used to form quick, coherent sound bites to do battle with the Twinkie-level attention span of most people who only believe what they see on TV.

    •  All above and more besides (2+ / 0-)
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      * White males who are not crazy rabid racists
      * Christians who follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and not Pat Robertson or John Hagee
      * Business owners and operators who put country and citizens before profit

      Etc. Don't give over such large swaths of the citizenry to the GOP and the "independents."

      This is no class warfare, this is class genocide. The middle and lower classes are being decimated. -- @sunshineejc

      by Black Max on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 11:05:25 PM PDT

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      •  Yea, there are a lot of fair-minded Christians, (3+ / 0-)

        but the vocal ones are rabidly insane and get all the press.

        You can't go to a gay pride parade without seeing a handful of progressive churches actively recruiting.  And you even hear of a lesbian or gay minister in the news sometimes.  

        I wish moderate voices and progressive voices in the religious community could get more attention - but there's that cliche about the squeeky wheel.

    •  That diary, which I missed when it was new, (1+ / 0-)
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      is full of very good ideas.

      One thing I'd like to say, however, is that such strategy shouldn't be used as an excuse to throw under the bus members of the left who are derided as "special interest groups." You don't have to stress things like abortion rights or GLBT rights when you're doing outreach, fine. However, that doesn't mean that any human rights of which wingnuts don't approve can simply be tossed to the wind because they're politically inconvenient.

      I'm not accusing you of this, mind you. But it happens far too often, and I don't want to see practical advice on base-building mutate into the usual sneers about people who "want ponies" (translation: people who aren't in privileged groups wanting to be treated with the same dignity and respect as people who are).

    •  You're looking at it backwards. (0+ / 0-)

      The Democratic Party is the People's Party, the only one that stands up for dignity, humanity, and self-determination. That is WHY "all of the above" form the base of the Democratic Party.

      Take a look at the list again, and see how "dignity, humanity, and self-determination" play out for each of those groups and you'll see the unity behind the diversity.

      Truly the destruction of the earth only results from the destitution of its inhabitants, and its inhabitants become destitute only when rulers concern themselves with amassing wealth. Caliph Ali, 7th century

      by SadieB on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 06:33:39 AM PDT

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  •  Unions cannot lead us (3+ / 0-)
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    The problem with unions leading the Democratic base is that most of the high value services that the American people need ( like heath care, disability coverage and pensions ) become part of the union bargaining process, so the union members can get those needs met while the rest of use fend for ourselves as unaffiliated citizens.

    No matter how strongly you feel about the special place of unions in the Democratic party, you are not going to motivate the rest of us to support you unless you start to fight for all of us , and not just your own members.   And please don't tell me about all the "trickle down" benefits that will accrue to the unaffiliated citizen because you are well paid and have great benefits.

    Part of the reason we did not get a good public health plan is that the unions did not want their benefits or bargaining power undermined by universal benefits that might not be as good as they had before.

    Religion gives men the strength to do what should not be done.

    by bobtmn on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 05:26:28 PM PDT

    •  The solution would be to unionize (3+ / 0-)
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      the unaffiliated workers, I'd think. And most of us need those kinds of protections right now.

      •  There's that trickle down argument .. (0+ / 0-)

        Not everyone has a job that can support a union.  How do you expect them to get the rights and benefits the union members want?  They will never get them, because you can never organize everybody.

        I think unions would be pleased with how many people marched behind them if they would only learn to fight for everyone.

        That would be a movement.

        Religion gives men the strength to do what should not be done.

        by bobtmn on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 10:26:58 AM PDT

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        •  that is not trickle down, that is way too much (0+ / 0-)

          of an oversimplification. Unions raise the pay rates of everyone around them.  Unions made the middle class, and made what no longer works a politically powerful working class whose citizenship wasn't taken for granted.

          As for unions fighting for everyone, they're sick of fighting for everyone while watching our party parrot the republican lies about free trade.  You want unions?  Repeal NAFTA and GATT and MFN for China, that was when our party said "fuck you" to the unions after they had turned out for our party for an entire generation.

          "Pelosi was the only damn one of the entire lot who showed any ounce of leadership the last two years"-- The Dead Man

          by musicalhair on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 11:28:37 AM PDT

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    •  You make good points (2+ / 0-)
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      No matter how strongly you feel about the special place of unions in the Democratic party, you are not going to motivate the rest of us to support you unless you start to fight for all of us , and not just your own members.   And please don't tell me about all the "trickle down" benefits that will accrue to the unaffiliated citizen because you are well paid and have great benefits.
       Unions need reform alongside our business rules.  For example, business Chief Executive Officers and Directors of boards should have a rule that says they cannot sell any shares or options paid them until 5 years after they receive them, and may only sell up to 10 percent of their shares in any one year.  Second, all companies after 5 years must pay dividends of at least 10 percent of global profits to shareholders.  This would force companies to repatriate some of their overseas profits, and thus pay taxes (and the shareholders would also pay taxes).  Third, union members should be appointed to company boards like in Germany (same or similar rules as there).  Finally, unions should have compensation tied to quality and profits.  Workers should be compensated with shares, with same rules on no sale of stock for 5 years, etc as Directors, with stipulated levels of profit triggering share distribution according to seniority and rank.  

      The key issue is to build a system wherein interests are shared between owners and workers, and workers should become owners, especially as a means to afford retirement.  THis should apply to union and non union companies.  The old company pension has gone away, but the new 401k systems are not fully implemented or implemented very well.  I think everyone should be able to have a 401k or equivalent (or self-directed IRA) which would let them choose the manager or self-manage the investment of their retirement contributions without taxes on contributions, up to a substantial level (say the first $20,000 per year) instead of the current system of simply deferring taxes on a very limited amount of compensation that is clearly not enough to afford a decent retirement.  And Social Security should be regarded as a "minimum wage" for retirees with support for people to move up from that (instead of a tax system that punishes regular people for trying to save and invest).  There is plenty of room for reforms.  You are right that unions must start fighting for everyone's interests if they want everyone to share and support their member's interests.  That is why the WWW has a good idea, but also why business and politicians have done their best to restrict and restrain the WWW and like minded unions.  And even the WWW needs to open up its ranks to small business owners who are far closer to being contract workers than really being business owners.

      America needs a UNION NEWS channel. We (unions) have the money, we have the talent. Don't buy 30 second time slots on corporate media, union leaders; fund your own cable news channel and tell the real story 24/7/365

      by monkeybrainpolitics on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 05:48:06 AM PDT

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  •  I'm not as concerned about 2012 a I'm bout 2014/16 (2+ / 0-)
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    Republicans have taught us that protecting and extending the base should have, and always must have, the first priority.  Pharmacy firms and insurers are not the Democratic base.  Unions are, or at least they should be.  Unlike Republicans, Democrats have in most instances appealed to a nebulous and fickle “moderate” or “independent” voter instead of their base.

    SCOTUS means we have to work for Obama in 2012, and I'm glad POTUS is term limited. But 2012 is for House and Senate wins. Incremental gains in either will help us in the midterms, and 2016 means we have a shot, if not for a Democratic president, but a shot at a president who isn't a moderate Republican. And S/he will need a solid Senate majority for confirming nominees, and a House willing to write real legislation that will work on digging us out of this hole we have spent 30+ years digging ourselves into.

    Yes, there is a correlation between President Barack Obama and Neville Chamberlain. Both have brought us "peas in our time."

    by Jonathan Hoag on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 05:27:07 PM PDT

    •  You keep thinking that (0+ / 0-)

      while President Norquist (doesn't matter what GOP drone takes the White House, it will be President Norquist) continues to dismantle democracy so that by 2016, the idea of real participatory democracy will be about as genuine as a sack of plastic dog vomit.

      This is no class warfare, this is class genocide. The middle and lower classes are being decimated. -- @sunshineejc

      by Black Max on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 11:07:14 PM PDT

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  •  We need a long view, to 2016 and beyond (3+ / 0-)

    The problem is that politics, in a sound bite society has become a short term football game.  

    The truth is that any gains really worth making could take a sustained effort requiring much longer timeframes.  Not one or two election cycles, but several and a sense of decades.

    It is much easier for Republicans, since they are very top down command and control in organizational style.  They are most comfortable with marching orders and talking points issued from a top floor echelon.  

    The primary reason that works is because there is a prime directive at the center:  It is about money.  

    On the Democratic side, there are lots of people who psychologically are not prepared to march into the executive suite and start discussing vision and strategy.  Working people don't do that on the average day.  The psychology is different.

    The better future we all believe in is the product of lots of debate and R&D on the local level.  The exact terms of this are not clear until they become closer to being realized.

    It is crucial to understanding the dynamics of what is going on to have a full analysis of history.  The reason for the rise of the evangelical/corporate marriage of convenience and the 40 year development of the organized right wing movement is:

    to protest and roll back progressive reforms of the FDR era through LBJ.  

    It isn't a movement based on a constructive vision.  That is why those candidates sound so awkward trying to make it sound like they have one.  It is all reactionary.

    The current angst among progressives is a reaction to a reaction.  

    Fundamentally, what needs to be done is to defend the progress that should be preserved and in the process to begin laying out a path to the future.  

    Do we want the 22nd century to look like the Mad Max movies?  If not, what are the alternative policies that need to be pursued between now and say, 2050, that are most likely to improve the outlook for America - and for the world's populations.  

    I think most people tend to be reactive instead of proactive.

    Overcoming this rather natural human tendency is pretty crucial to any political success we could anticipate.  

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 05:59:09 PM PDT

  •  Wall Street is the Dem Party Base, go to HELL (1+ / 1-)
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    80 % of success is JUST SHOWING UP; & not playing 11 Dimensional Chess !

    by Churchill on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 08:38:31 PM PDT

    •  If you think that, what are you doing here? (4+ / 0-)
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      "We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers." - Carl Sagan

      by Zutroy on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 08:47:24 PM PDT

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      •  I'm sorry, I'm juts mad @ the Wall Street Dem base (1+ / 0-)
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        it seems like they get whatever they want, and we're the "Professional Left" and the White House either takes us for granted, ignores us, or has contempt for us.

        80 % of success is JUST SHOWING UP; & not playing 11 Dimensional Chess !

        by Churchill on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 09:04:48 PM PDT

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        •  Understood, but that's an exaggeration. (1+ / 0-)
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          We got some of what we wanted. I'm not saying we should clam up and be happy--we should always be pressuring the President, Congress, and their constituents with letters, phone calls, all variety of public pressure, and the like. Foaming at the mouth because things weren't ideal gets us nowhere though.

          Remember, although Obama is a progressive, he is also a pragmatic and the President of the whole country. He can't push back against the teabaggers alone, regardless of how powerful people think his "bully pulpit" or his branch of the government is.

          "We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers." - Carl Sagan

          by Zutroy on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 11:58:07 PM PDT

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    •  I'm uprating this because (3+ / 0-)

      I think it's out of frustration rather than actual hostility, and I don't think the Go To Hell is aimed at the diarist in particular.  But rather at Wall Street - which I think is fair.

    •  No, Wall Street is the Dem Party donor base (1+ / 0-)
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      but they can't win elections without Dem voters, which is us.

      They have money, we have numbers (and brains). We can mutiny if we choose to do so.

      Truly the destruction of the earth only results from the destitution of its inhabitants, and its inhabitants become destitute only when rulers concern themselves with amassing wealth. Caliph Ali, 7th century

      by SadieB on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 06:38:49 AM PDT

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  •  This portion merited publishing to Strategy (5+ / 0-)

    Kos.

    Republicans after the Nixon impeachment crafted a long term plan to seize power “permanently” with the Lewis Powell memo.  They have stuck to it.  

    Part of that plan was to prevent Democrats from ever again using government to reveal Republican corruption and abuse and particularly to prevent them from using it to impeach a Republican president.  Another part of it was to weaken public unions and unions in general, and so weaken the Democratic party.  Remember, it was dedicated civil service officers like Deep Throat from the FBI who revealed the details of abuses of power under Nixon.  Republicans under Reagan set out to deliberately subvert the political neutrality and the public’s respect for the competence of the civil service.  They did this by appointing people to lead departments like Education and the EPA who were fundamentally opposed to everything these departments were tasked to do.  In the Republican view, anything that could be done to hogtie these departments into inaction, undermine their mandate, or incapacitate their enforcement powers was not only acceptable, it was absolutely necessary.  

    They deliberately set out to leave like-minded persons behind permanently by using civil service hiring under Republican administrations in as  partisan a fashion as they could.  The development of “Christian” law schools and opening up other professional courses at “Christian” colleges, and the setting up of alternative “conservative” certifying bodies to the existing legal associations (such as the Federalist Society) was and continues to be part of this long term plan.  These educational and professional bodies indoctrinate and certify the partisanship and ideological purity of the appointees.  Their commitment is to the faith and the Republican party, not to the profession or to good, effective and efficient government under a civil service that functions in good faith to fulfill the mandates Congress and the President direct it to achieve.

    The impeachment of Clinton is perceived by Democrats as having backfired on the Republicans.  This is incorrect.  It succeeded fabulously.  In 2000 despite a terrific economic record, and despite winning more votes nationally, Democrats lost the presidency.  

    It flows beautifully, like a horror novel.

    You have a strong ability to see the world not merely as you'd like to be but as it is.

    Obama is neither the problem nor the solution. Any discussion of him as either is a distraction. These are serious times; we need to start talking about solutions.

    by Nulwee on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 09:18:50 PM PDT

  •  The plan is simple: organize (1+ / 0-)
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    Call your local OFA office, bring 3 friends with you and try to convince three more disaffected votes from the base Obama's squandered that we still need him.

    If you can go better than 50% on that we've got a shot.

    •  OFA?!? (0+ / 0-)

      This is a Democratic Party discussion, not OFA.

      Truly the destruction of the earth only results from the destitution of its inhabitants, and its inhabitants become destitute only when rulers concern themselves with amassing wealth. Caliph Ali, 7th century

      by SadieB on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 06:40:04 AM PDT

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  •  I wrote about this, obliquely, the other day (3+ / 0-)

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    The first thing to do is pick an issue. Jobs is good, but roll it into something bigger: "jobs for working families." The issue should be slogan-sized:

    Jobs for Working Families!

    Everyone worth a tupenny damn on this side of the "aisle," from those who think Obama can do no wrong to those whose only positive thought about Obama is that he's better than the GOP, get behind it. Stand on it. Echo it.

    Next, put a sock on all the oh-so-public infighting and thrashing about. No one with any sense believes Democrats could, would, or should get into lockstep behind anything or anyone -- it's anathema to who we are. But stop eating our own, especially in public. Think "coalition," not "herd of sheep." The more united a front we can present to the nation's electorate, the more we can hammer through the screaming and beshitting from the right, and the better we can stand strong against the bullshit. Sure we have policy issues. We can, and should, continue to thrash them out. But our differences should not define us, and should not dominate our discussions.

    Next, mobilize from Honolulu to Bangor and all points in between. Expand the 50-state strategy: think 3130: 3009 counties, 64 parishes, 16 boroughs, and 41 independent municipalities or cities. (I hope this WikiAnswers thing is right, but if not, you get the point.) Need a rallying cry? Look to that crusty old Tory, Winston Churchill:

    We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

    We fight them in every goddamn city and county and town and village and backwoods nowhere municipality and empty lot. We give them NOTHING, and fight for EVERYTHING.

    The rest is determination and details.

    This is no class warfare, this is class genocide. The middle and lower classes are being decimated. -- @sunshineejc

    by Black Max on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 10:57:29 PM PDT

    •  If we don't get to fighting them on every front (1+ / 0-)
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      soon, there will be very little left to defend.

      America needs a UNION NEWS channel. We (unions) have the money, we have the talent. Don't buy 30 second time slots on corporate media, union leaders; fund your own cable news channel and tell the real story 24/7/365

      by monkeybrainpolitics on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 05:51:34 AM PDT

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    •  Except, if our leaders have no intention (0+ / 0-)

      of fighting for jobs, than all you are suggesting is that we try to get out the vote by lying to people.

      Not a long term solution.

      Truly the destruction of the earth only results from the destitution of its inhabitants, and its inhabitants become destitute only when rulers concern themselves with amassing wealth. Caliph Ali, 7th century

      by SadieB on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 06:43:28 AM PDT

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  •  The Democratic base isn't what it used to be (1+ / 0-)
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    because the Democrats essentially abandoned them. It's not a working class party anymore. It's a party that gets elected on the achievements of the New Deal and the Great Society. Democrats are living off of a legend. If you consider the end of the Nixon administration to be the end of the liberal era (Nixon is up there with LBJ and FDR on domestic policy) it's been nearly 40-years since the era ended. Since then the Democrats have assisted in dismantling what Democrats like FDR and LBJ, and Republicans like Eisenhower and Nixon, built, which was the post-New Deal consensus, a country by and for working people.

    To be a Democrat today means nothing more than filing paper work to run as a Democrat. If there is any bare minimum of ideology required to be a Democrat it consists mainly of having the correct views on a few social hot button issues. If you're good on abortion and civil unions and gun control, you can get by with any other views. Bill Clinton floundered as a candidate until he began his "Putting People First" campaign where he summoned the ghosts of FDR and LBJ, then proceeded to sell them down the river with his deregulation and globalization mania, or as Clinton himself put it so memorably--we help the bond traders and hurt the people who elected us.

    The fact is that a large number of Democratic partisans today are overpaid urban professionals who drank the Reagan Kool-Aid but hated the crude social conservatism, latent racism and overt religion. They're essentially libertarians who think themselves progressives. Let's face reality, a lot of important people in the Democratic Party are just socially liberal Republicans. (Clinton said as much when he claimed to be an Eisenhower Republican fighting the Reagan Republicans.) You probably met them in college, people like the Clintons who wanted to do good, so long as they did well. They have about as much in common with a factory worker in Pennsylvania or Michigan as they do the NRA set in Alabama.

    It's just not a party of, or for the working class anymore. It's not a party concerned with the little guy, with the disenfranchised. It pays lipservice to it because they know it gets them elected, but Barack Obama and probably half the Democratic caucus would not venture to create SS today, they'd advocate Chilean-style, Chicago-school private investments masquerading as social insurance. It's just a party, much like the GOP in the post-New Deal era, that limps from election to election with no real purpose, representing no real constituency, offering merely watered down versions of what the opposition is selling, with no real ability to get elected unless the other side screws up.

  •  This is a great start (2+ / 0-)
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    I would add a bit about embracing science and fact-based decision making.   Seems to be lacking these past 10 years.  

    •  Isn't that the truth! (0+ / 0-)

      thanks for reminding us of this.  We should have a progressive checklist that includes positions and votes on this issue, for sure.

      America needs a UNION NEWS channel. We (unions) have the money, we have the talent. Don't buy 30 second time slots on corporate media, union leaders; fund your own cable news channel and tell the real story 24/7/365

      by monkeybrainpolitics on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 05:52:34 AM PDT

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  •  Fine, but this is an entreaty, not a plan (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't really mean to sound hostile, but I don't really know of any other way.

    Somehow, people (mostly Democrats) have this false notion that politicians LEAD.

    Alright, I'll give an inch, SOME -- a very few, do. Some of them like FDR, Lincoln, and JFK are great. Some like Alan Grayson hopefully some day may be great. I'd even throw Nancy into this group as well.

    The OVERWHELMING majority of politicians TACK. They figure out what the public sentiment is and they tack into those winds to carry them into elective office.

    Obama did it, and he is a tacker par excellence.

    Your "plan," then, is doomed to failure from the get go. There is no dawn breaking over Marblehead on the horizon for our Democratic elected officials.

    The ONLY way you can get what you seek is to start working on PUBLIC OPINION to make it obvious to one and all what is going on.

    Now, I will say this: congress' inability to add revenue to the debt deal is a HUGE public opinion liability for them, but here we are acting as if that is dead meat instead of fanning those embers.

    How you move and shape public opinion has to be the goal, and we, Democrats, liberals all suck at it. We have forgotten WHY we believe that we do in a way that can be sold to the unenlightened.

    THAT must be the "plan." Devise a plan to walk the most conservative people we know to accept our point of view, and you will have wiped out all the negativity we have endured since Nixon.

    Case in point -- has there been any recent polling regarding the personalization of corporations? That might give us a clue about where Americans stand on this issue. IF they stand with us like I would expect them to, why aren't we working toward a constitutional amendment to return corporate personhood to the level set back by the Supreme Court in Santa Clara County vs Southern Pacific RR in 1886?

    What separates us, divides us, and diminishes the human spirit.

    by equern on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 03:05:39 AM PDT

    •  You're very right on public opinion (1+ / 0-)
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      the final part of the article was more along the lines of pledge to the American people, while the plan was above that (and more an explanation for why we need a plan than the plan itself).  A real plan needs to be like the Powell Memo, setting out actions we need to take, including identifying sources of funding to do so.  My sig line calls for one type of action (setting up a union news channel) and identifies a source of funding for that.  But you are absolutely right that we need leaders to devise a plan and not just a bunch of tactics and sales pitches.  And going after the personhood (alleged) of corporations is a good issue to include in that plan.

      America needs a UNION NEWS channel. We (unions) have the money, we have the talent. Don't buy 30 second time slots on corporate media, union leaders; fund your own cable news channel and tell the real story 24/7/365

      by monkeybrainpolitics on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 05:56:56 AM PDT

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    •  The public sentiment is against the wars, (0+ / 0-)

      and for taxing the rich. Yet Obama refuses to do either one.

      How is that "tacking?"

      Truly the destruction of the earth only results from the destitution of its inhabitants, and its inhabitants become destitute only when rulers concern themselves with amassing wealth. Caliph Ali, 7th century

      by SadieB on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 06:45:00 AM PDT

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  •  "Base" is a myth (0+ / 0-)

    The idea of a homogeneous "base" for either of our political parties is really a myth. Yes, working people and unions are an important constituency for the big D. But so are minorities, the oppressed, the under-represented and all those who believe that we can work together, invest together to make this a better place for all of us.

    I identify particularly as a member of that last group. So do most of the YOUNG PEOPLE who have always been important in the D party. It is this group, more than any other, who has been spat on, marginalized and thus demoralized by the O admin.

    Really, all of these groups have been kicked out of the D party.

    The only "base" left, as I see it, are people who put the "personality cult" issue before policy.

    I was co-founder of my college dems, I've been working and organizing for Dems for 15 years, I put in countless hours for Obama and gave him every spare cent....
    I'm not even sure I'm voting in 2012...

    I'm the base. Party, come back to me!

  •  We also need to attack the GOPer base. (0+ / 0-)

    The righties use False Front fakery to pull in voters.

    For one, the anti-abortion voters are getting nothing whatsoever from the national Republican Party. The tiny, useless, marginal claims made in Washington do not earn their support.

    GOper opposition to legal abortion  is nothing but show.

    The simple fact is that there's one party when it comes to abortion.

    The language of the parties differs, but not the actual results that they achieve in Washington.

    Same for same-sex marriage.

    New York has a Republican-controlled legislature. It's Republicans who were the critical votes that put through legalizing gay marriage.

    Legal abortion. Gay marriage. They're both issues where there's one party.

    Angry White Males + Crooks + Personality Disorder psychos + KKKwannabes + "Unborn Child" church folk =EQ= The Republicans

    by vets74 on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 07:10:56 AM PDT

  •  Republicans see government as a cancer, (0+ / 0-)

    We see it as the brain of the country.  Republicans think the country has no brain, but rather the magical "market" will fix everything.  What that means in practice is that the 400 billionaires who have risen to the top rule, and the rest of us become their serfs.

    The tea party is a huge malignant brain tumor taking over the right half our our country's brain.

  •  Great, meaty strategy diary, thanks. (1+ / 0-)
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    monkeybrainpolitics

    I'd never heard GWB's ascension openly tied to the Clinton impeachment before. Fascinating.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 08:43:20 AM PDT

  •  Only way Obama loses (0+ / 0-)

    In 2012 that he become ignorant of his democratic base  , appeasing republican will  only  enrage democrats,so he  should govern  from   left of center ,instead  of right of center

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