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I am going to keep this short and sweet.  The Recall election proved that the United States is a plutocracy

The Recall election proved that the United States is a plutocracy, not a democracy.  Walker outspent Barrett 7:1 most of that money coming from out-of-state billionaires.  This will make the working class want it more.  Fight on!

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Comment Preferences

  •  Fight on? How? (1+ / 0-)
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    Plenty of people gave their heart and soul into this election.  What more could they have possible have done?

  •  Can I not just rest for a few weeks (2+ / 0-)
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    cardinal, Dirtandiron

    and then fight later?

  •  Was it really the money? (0+ / 0-)

    It's had soooo much media coverage even in MN that weren't people already decided?  I don't understand what motivated independents I guess.  I'm just doubting it was the TV ads.

  •  Learn from this. (0+ / 0-)

    Sixteen months ago there was a powerful people's movement that scared the hell out of Walker and the Fitzgeralds.

    The problem was that it also scared the Democratic Party and the union bureaucrats in DC.  They got on their planes, headed out to Wisconsin and turned a nascent, bottom-up insurrection into yet another quixotic electoral contest devoted to "more and better" Dems.

    Local union organizations were talking general strike, something that hadn't been heard since the Great Depression.  The Capitol was occupied by an amazing cross section of Wisconsin citizens.  People were drawn from all over the country to fight against the effort to screw working people.

    All of this was subverted, diverted and subjugated into a top-down movement devoted to undertaking one hopeless electoral contest after another.  How serious the Democratic Party was about all this became evident during the past month when Obama snubbed even the Establishment Dem candidate and the DNC held onto its money.  If anyone ever needed proof that the Democratic Party's main purpose is to serve as the Washington Generals of politics, perennially undermining grass roots movements, especially truly Leftist ones.

    The union bureaucrats in DC, of course, will learn nothing from this.  Their salaries depend on them not seeing the truth.  But rank-and-file workers need to take their fate into their own hands, relearn some union history from the era before labor's solution to every problem became hoping that electing Democrats would make things better, and get back to militant organizing and direct action.

    This series of failures and disappointments in Wisconsin may serve a valuable purpose.  It can teach people some important lessons:

    1) We do not have a real democracy in America.

    2) Institutions that purport to represent workers and the Left are frauds.  They have become bureaucratized shells that look to the interests of those who personally depend on their funds for a living.  Their members and supporters are treated like clients and consumers to be handled and manipulated rather than equals who must be honestly represented.

    3) The forces arrayed against us are powerful and ruthless, no less so than those that dominated the country in the 1890s or the 1920s.  They will not be defeated by what Howard Zinn called "two minutes in a voting booth."  Blood will be shed before this will turn around.

    Learn from this.

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