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Last night we had yet another demonstration of how unlimited political spending is not compatible with democracy. A huge number of people actually believed, despite all evidence, that Walker had balanced the budget and was creating jobs.

What should we be taking away from recent elections?

1) We absolutely must, at all costs, retain control of the presidency and the Senate. I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that either we overturn Citizens United or we give up on the concept of one person, one vote; to that end, we need to make sure that the next few SCotUS justices to retire are replaced with people who will actually rule according to the law rather than according to what the republican party wants.

2) We need to stop playing nice. We're already at a disadvantage due to the total lack of ethics on the other side. Obviously that doesn't mean we should sink to their level - election fraud should remain a republican-only pastime - but we need to use any ethical means at our disposal. The day after the republicans announced their intention to filibuster the stimulus should have been the day we abolished the filibuster for anything other than lifetime appointments; if we'd done that, there's a fair chance we'd now have a fully recovered economy and a Democratic supermajority in Congress.

3) We need to be contesting every election; there should be no race, be it for the school board or the state legislature, where a republican is running unopposed. Even if it doesn't look like we can win, you never know when the bad guys will have a macaca moment, and we also keep people in the habit of turning out for when opportunity arises. Don't dismiss the importance of those local races, either; imagine how much better the week would be going if, when today's voters were in school, they actually learned about the importance of unions.

The phrase "most important race of the year/decade/ever" gets thrown around way too much, but I think we really are at a tipping point: either we find a way to return to reality-based elections or we accept the effective end of our experiment in democracy.

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  •  yes, contest every election and every primary (2+ / 0-)
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    joe wobblie, mumtaznepal

    at least with the blue dogs, let's make sure they'll vote our way almost all the time. Some blue dogs are better than others. I understand that in some places we can't expect a liberal Democrat to win an election but we shouldn't put up with someone who's going to stab us in the back.

  •  It's all over. (1+ / 0-)
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    joe wobblie

    We're looking at a generation of corporate Republican rule. We will never see another Democrat in the White House after this year. We will never see a Democratic majority in either house of Congress after this year. Most certainly, we will never see a Democratic majority in the Supreme Court for generations.

    •  I am a Wisconsinite...I shed a few tears last (3+ / 0-)
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      joe wobblie, mumtaznepal, baspringer

      night, and picked myself up this morning.  A million other Badgers did the same thing today!  Your "prophesies" are guaranteed to be self-fulfilling if you keep being an "Eeyore"!

      Good Grief!  Go read about the Gilded Age and then some labor history.  Read about past Americans and their struggles against an entrenched Oligarchic Corporatocracy.  

      You can give in to what you see as inevitable; you certainly have that right.  

      For me.. They may win, but it is going to cost them dearly. I refuse to go down without fighting back!   If Wisconsin taught anything...it's that when you fight back, you will feel better and be prouder even if it ends in defeat.  

      "I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are?" Barry Goldwater

      by ranton on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 09:53:00 PM PDT

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    •  After the smoke of battle has cleared (3+ / 0-)
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      mumtaznepal, koNko, blueoasis

      and it's now all over but the crying, many have taken resort to rationalize
      and try to make up logical reasons and at least plausible explanations
      for the debacle in Wisconsin.
      There is not enough lipstick to put on it...
      To me the one salient factor is the power of propaganda!
      Let me tell you about an ugly little man, crippled and deformed in childhood
      with a club foot:  A Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels was a man of high intellect,
      great learning and political astuteness; having earned his Ph.D. from Heidelberg University at the age of 24.  His mastery of 'propaganda' is undisputable.
      "The most brilliant propaganda technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - it must confine itself
      to a few points and repeat them over and over."
      - Joe Goebbels
      How can the effects of constant and interminable lies and propaganda repeated over and over endlessly, and supported by totally unlimited sums of money
      be assuaged?   ANSWER: They cannot be!      Beware in 2012!
       

      ! The swinistic greed and racial hatred of the American ruling elite is abysmal !

      by joe wobblie on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 10:01:55 PM PDT

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      •  Then we eliminate unlimited money in campaigns (3+ / 0-)
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        mumtaznepal, joe wobblie, blueoasis

        while we still have the power of the vote.

        "I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are?" Barry Goldwater

        by ranton on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 10:25:05 PM PDT

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    •  Fortunately (1+ / 0-)
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      joe wobblie

      The republican party this year wasn't capable of nominating anyone competent for the presidency. I wouldn't write it off quite yet.

  •  wmspringer - how do you plan to overturn (0+ / 0-)

    Citizens United. It can't be done with legislation.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 09:51:31 PM PDT

    •  Corporate money in elections is one of the few (1+ / 0-)
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      wmspringer

      things that working class Americans can agree on.  We encourage all voters to withhold support unless a candidate pledges to work for a Constitutional Amendment mandating public financing of all elections.  Screw party leadership.

      Another tactic is to organize a grassroots movement to pressure state legislators to pass resolutions calling for the adoption of a Constitutional Amendment and a Constitutional Convention if Congress fails to pass an Amendment mandating public financed elections.  Every Congress has addressed an issue that gained THAT kind of support.  There is a reason that we have never had a state-called Constitutional convention since the first one.

      Hell...we could encourage deep-pocketed Corporatists to finance their "free speech" as much as they wanted to as long as a 100% tax was imposed to help finance public funded elections.  It's also possible to legislate that any media company using public-owned resources (bandwidth, air-waves) provide an equal amount of free advertizing (in the same time spot) for any paid political ads or speech.  We might as well have those willing to spend help pay for public financed campaigns.

      "I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are?" Barry Goldwater

      by ranton on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 10:16:50 PM PDT

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    •  Like I said - keep the presidency and the senate (1+ / 0-)
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      joe wobblie

      Hope for some conservative justices to retire. Then have the court reconsider the case and overturn the previous ruling.

      (I still favor a constitutional amendment that essentially says "corporations are not people and money is not speech", but I'm not sure how realistic it is to think we can pass that)

      •  wms - retiring justices are likely the shortest (0+ / 0-)

        path. There is no current political will to amend the constitution to deal with Valeo or CU.  However, Kennedy will not retire if the President is re-elected so it will be about the election in 2016, if Obama has a second term.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 08:14:05 AM PDT

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  •  Exactly right (2+ / 0-)
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    mumtaznepal, koNko

    This is what I  have been saying for months now  online and on my radio show.  If Romney wins and the Dems lose the Senate, 2012 will be the last free election for generations, if ever.  Multiple Republicans have said their goal is to eliminate the Democratic party.  That is why they are destroying unions.  That is why they are disenfranchising students and minorities. They want  to win... forever!  And they don't care about governing.  Government to Repubs is a treasury to be looted and a power to reward their theocratic allies.

    The Conservatives have been working toward this moment since 1973 and they have in their grasp to permanently take over the US government.  Dems always bring a knife tgo gunfight, and now we are in a nuclear war.  We must use every trick, lie, smear, and dollar to retain the Senate and the White House and then embark on a campaign to never lose an election anywhere from now on.

    We can govern when we are in office, but we have to do anything it takes to campaign.  How about disenfranchising the Repub suburbs for a change.

    The best gift you can give your friends is your friends.

    by doctor o on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 10:09:37 PM PDT

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