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Unlike the Republican National Convention, where only business owners and politicians mattered, the Democratic National Convention incorporated the voices of workers, telling their own stories of life in this economy. Not only the union presidents or the people who came up to talk about being an auto worker or a fire fighter, but veterans and more talked about themselves as working people, their struggles as veterans or women being the struggles of workers looking for good-paying, fair-paying jobs, and about the importance of President Barack Obama's efforts to create jobs and promote fairness in the workplace.

In case you missed these important moments in the DNC, here's video and highlights from many of the people who spoke as and for workers.

Cincinnati fire fighter Doug Stern:
I am an Ohio firefighter and an unlikely choice to be addressing you tonight, because for the vast majority of my voting life I have been a Republican. So why am I here?

Well, something happened recently. The Republican Party left people like me. As a member of the middle class, they left me; and they certainly left me as a public employee. Somewhere along the way, being a public employee—someone who works for my community—made me a scapegoat for the GOP. Thank goodness we have leaders like President Obama and Vice President Biden who still believe that public service is an honorable calling.  When I go to work, when there is an emergency, I want someone on my crew who has my back, someone who helps me get the job done, someone who is willing to go through hell with me. I expect the same out of my elected leaders.

Where Stern is struggling with today's Republican agenda and the budget cuts and outright attacks that come with it, Randy Johnson, Cindy Hewitt, and David Foster struggled with Mitt Romney's Bain Capital.
"I don't think Mitt Romney is a bad man," Johnson said.
I don't fault him for the fact that some companies win and some companies lose. That's a fact of life.

What I fault him for is making money without a moral compass. I fault him for putting profits before working people like me. But that's just Romney economics.

To me, making money without a moral compass makes you a bad person no matter how nice you are to your wife and kids. But maybe Randy Johnson is more forgiving than me. Cindy Hewitt took on the inevitable Republican outcry that these workers are just poor losers in our noble and moral economy:
It was a really difficult time for me and my co-workers, but not for Governor Romney and his partners. While we watched our jobs disappear, they ultimately walked away with more than $240 million. Of course I understand that some companies are successful and others are not—that's the way our economy works.

But it's wrong when dedicated, productive employees feel the pain while folks like Mitt Romney make profits.

Auto worker Karen Eusanio:
When the auto industry was on its last legs, I was laid off—and I was terrified. How was I going to provide for my daughter and two boys, or pay my mortgage? How was the Mahoning Valley going to survive when so many of us were out of work—when so many could lose what they'd worked so hard for?

The answer wasn't obvious. And the solution wasn't popular. But President Obama didn't think about polls or politics. He thought about people. And because he put himself in our shoes, we're back on our feet. Some said we shouldn't rescue the auto industry. President Obama knew he had to save it to move our country forward.

Today, I'm back at work. We have three shifts building the cars of the future, like the Chevy Cruze. GM didn't just pay back its outstanding loans—it paid them back ahead of schedule. And the valley is thriving again.

Deputy sheriff Ken Myers:
In places like Carroll County, we do things for ourselves. We're not strangers to hard work. But part of that work is looking out for our neighbors. That's why we need police. That's why we need firefighters and teachers. And that's why we need a president who fights for us, a president who stands up for middle class jobs and middle class communities. President Obama has our backs. And in this election, we have his.
Lilly Ledbetter:
Even though I lost before the Supreme Court, we won. [...]

...this fight became bigger than Lilly Ledbetter. Today, it's about my daughter. It's about my granddaughter. It's about women and men. It's about families. It's about equality and justice.

This cause, which bears my name, is bigger than me. It's as big as all of you. This fight, which began as my own, is now our fight—a fight for the fundamental American values that make our country great. And with President Barack Obama, we're going to win.

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry:
We have a president who fights for women like Maria Patterson. Maria is a custodian from California, and thanks to health care reform Maria's daughter is covered under her health insurance, and Maria's mother will never have to worry that she'll lose her Medicare benefits. We have a president who has fought for hard-working immigrants like Brenda, who came to this country when she was three years old. Thanks to executive action taken by President Obama, Brenda can pursue college or a career without the fear of deportation.
UAW President Bob King:
President Obama understands and supports these basic human rights because these rights help all Americans. Strong unions and collective bargaining lifted millions out of poverty and built the great American middle class. And it's the middle class that keeps America's democracy and economy strong.

The Republicans? Just look at Wisconsin. They want to take us back to a time when workers couldn't stand up for themselves, couldn't speak with one voice, couldn't speak out for fairness, justice and middle-class opportunity. That's why unions matter, and that's why I'm so proud to be a union member and proud to lead the men and women of the UAW.

AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka:
Look around this convention, at all the hard-working men and women who make this place run—the ones keeping us safe, serving our food, driving our buses, and cleaning up after the party's over. When we go home tonight, the workers will be mopping and vacuuming, and picking up our trash. So when you have a chance, thank a worker! We know that every worker—here in North Carolina, just like in every state in this country, and every country in the world—deserves the right to organize and bargain collectively. And the Democratic platform—unlike its counterpart in Tampa—makes crystal clear that Barack Obama and the Democratic Party will fight to protect and strengthen this fundamental human right.
Note that one thing these speeches have in common is a focus on community, on unity and solidarity, on rights not just for ourselves as individuals but for those around us. At the RNC, Paul Ryan might have given a moment's lip service to that idea, but everything else argued against it. Even as the official Republican refrain was "we built that," the real message was "I," "me," and "my." "We" was a poison concept. As imperfect as the Democratic Party is, this simple difference of emphasis gets to the root of the policy differences between the two parties—the party of "you're on your own" and the party of "we're in this together."

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 05:55 AM PDT.

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  •  Glad to See Firefighter Stern Brought Up Again. (16+ / 0-)

    His speech was so good we both agreed it was a serious failure that they didn't schedule him later.

    --Till we saw how good what came later turned out to be.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 05:56:56 AM PDT

  •  next car is American (8+ / 0-)

    the US auto industry has done a great job reinventing its offering. I'm thinking a Chevy Volt since i only commute a few miles. Next year.... this year, to tough for big purchases, but next will be okay. I don't think I'm the only worker feeling that way. It's been a tough slog, but I'm pretty positive about the next years unless Romney wins.

  •  GOP is the party of me. Dems the party of we. (17+ / 0-)

    I'd think that would make a theme.

    I can’t decide who’s cuter – the dead guy with the arrows in his chest, or the guy in the ditch with the seeping wound. -- Game of Thrones (Heard on Set)

    by prodigal on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 06:13:32 AM PDT

  •  I'm an educator. Mitt thinks I'm unAmerican. (17+ / 0-)

    Romney said of Obama,

    “he wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”
    http://www.theatlantic.com/...

    Remember, you can't have crazy without az.

    by Desert Rose on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 06:14:55 AM PDT

  •  He must be the world's oldest firefighter... (6+ / 0-)

    ...if he remembers a time when the Republican Party stood with, or at least not against, people like him.  

    Most political conversion stories lack self-knowledge to the extent they blame the collectivity for changing, when it's usually that the individual changes to the extent of realizing his or her past ideas were wrong.  This is something where "it's not you--it's me" is generally more appropriate.

    Romney '12: Berlusconi without the sex and alcohol!

    by Rich in PA on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 06:15:48 AM PDT

  •  The current GOP is cornered in their HATE (11+ / 0-)

    A Rattlesnake, if Cornered will become so angry it will bite itself.  That is exactly what the harboring of hate and resentment against others is - a biting of oneself.  We think we are harming others in holding these spites and hates, but the deeper harm is to ourselves.  ~E. Stanley Jones

  •  I just realized something. (9+ / 0-)

    Remember the big buildup to the Donald Trump convention  surprise?

    We all knew what it was.  Film of him firing the lame Obama impersonator.

    Tampa came, and went.  No trump.  No surprise.

    Interesting.

    Think they dropped it because everybody knew, or for some other reason?

    Still enjoying my stimulus package.

    by Kevvboy on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 06:28:54 AM PDT

  •  I still cannot wrap my head around (9+ / 0-)

    some things:

    How any teacher, firefighter, police officer, public utility worker, union member can vote, have voted republican for the last four decades.   Yet they did, they do.  My mind remains boggled by the percentage of WI union households that voted pro Scott Walker TWICE.    Did no one learn from what Reagan did for the PATCO union members AFTER they endorsed him for president?

    I know that in every occupation, in every union there are a few dufus types who will never get it.   But 40%?????  

    Now I am dealing with some who are being spun by their church to vote against themselves...some who are collecting SSI, are dependent on Medicaid and are openly supporting Romney.  

    I was glad the workers, the people at the convention for labor who spoke up but still I am reeling from reading how despite all Scott Brown has done to betray the union  dumba**es in MA who endorsed, that race is still close.  

    What the heck is going on??

    •  Not surprising if you look at the history (6+ / 0-)

      How many union members were threatened by social justice policies that tried to make up for years of discrimination with hiring quotas and promotion policies? How many of them felt they were the ones being discriminated against?

      How many of them were told their tax payer dollars had to be spent on people they felt were poor because they were too lazy to work or couldn't be bothered to study in school?

      How many of them wanted to know where was the help for them to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads?

      A lot of this is basic human nature - including racism - but a lot of it is driven by cold calculation to exploit the politics of resentment for political gain.

      The entire Republican emphasis on individual responsibility is a strategy to divide and conquer - if you think you don't anyone anything, you shouldn't expect anyone else to help you.

      "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

      by xaxnar on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 07:04:18 AM PDT

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      •  I guess, I am thinking (6+ / 0-)
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        that basic human nature is not so consistent, at least not for me.  

        I was a teacher for 40+ years in public education.  I came from an immigrant family, my mother having been born in Sicily, my paternal grandparents from the poorest parts of southern Italy.  I was the first in my family to go to college.  Neither of my parents graduated from high school.  My mother was pulled out of school in 6th grade to work in factories.

        Neither of my parents were union members as the textile mills where my mom worked had no unions.   They tried when I was a little kid to organize and then the mill moved to the south.   My dad was a cop and back then there were no unions, no collective bargaining for the police who were paid quite poorly.

        I guess it's hard to wrap my mind around something I simply do not get, or feel, or even understand.  I know there are plenty of examples (even in my own family) of people who seem to forget their own history, who forget the sting of bias they or their parents felt, and join in with the right wing hate.  I find myself appalled when I heard Alito used his immigrant ancestry to justify his right wing worldview.  I shudder with sadness at the sound of Scalia's Italian surname.   I do not get these people who lean so far right they are in Mussolini territory.

        So no matter how much someone tells me it is human nature, it still does not click for me.  Not saying it is not true.  It just continues to stun and confuse me.

        “Fear of serious injury cannot alone justify suppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burned women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.”–Louis Dembitz Brandeis

        by Jjc2006 on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 07:53:46 AM PDT

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    •  Some people who are union member don't (1+ / 0-)
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      appreciate what they have. Some of them don't deserve to be members.

      Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

      by Dirtandiron on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 07:18:32 AM PDT

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  •  Really, now? (1+ / 0-)
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    Then explain to me why Charlotte, NC union workers tried in vain to get the Democratic party to even acknowledge them let alone support them during the convention? Explain to me how this so-called "Peoples' Convention" was underwritten by many of the same massive corporations that had underwritten the GOP convention?

    People, there's no difference whatsoever between the parties and none between Willard and Obama.

    And speaking of which, here's your daily hypocrisy, starring Barack Obama.

    JP
    http://www.welcomebacktopottersville.blogspot.com

    Defending bad taste and liberalism since 2005.

    by jurassicpork on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 06:43:25 AM PDT

    •  good luck w rMoney then. (4+ / 0-)
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      "Say little; do much." (Pirkei Avot: 1:15)

      by hester on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 07:12:41 AM PDT

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      •  The problem is... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...that when these idiots try to demoralize the left into either staying home or voting third party, the rest of us will get stuck with the results of their insane attempts to impose purity tests on the left.

        Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

        by TexasTom on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 08:37:53 AM PDT

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    •  Do you think Dems can win without funding? (2+ / 0-)
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      In an ideal world, yes. In this world, sadly no.

      So you would prefer only Republicans take corporate donations?

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 07:30:19 AM PDT

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    •  2000 redux (2+ / 0-)
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      People like "jurassicpork" seem to be the 2012 revival of the meme that came from certain elements of the far left in 2000 that there was no difference between Gore and Bush.

      We all know how that turned out.

      Which raises the question:  are people like "jurassicpork" really so foolish that they can't remember what happened under the Bush presidency?  Yeah, I know that Republicans are trying to forget that Bush was ever president, but the rest of us do need to remember...

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 08:36:43 AM PDT

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  •  the sane people should NOT be leaving the party (4+ / 0-)
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    The Republican Party has been taken over by the nutter lunatic fringe.  Soon it will be completely dysfunctional.

    The most vital role that the still-sane goppers can do is to STAY AND TAKE THEIR PARTY BACK.

    To have a functional democracy, we MUST have two functional political parties. I do not like single-party states, even if it happens to be the party I like. So the sane goppers MUST stay in their own party and return it to sanity. It is the only way democracy itself can be preserved.

    (And besides, having all those goppers join the Democratic Party doesn't help us---it just reinforces the Democratic Party's shift into Eisenhower Republicans.  We need a functional Republican Party, but we don't need TWO Republican parties.)

    •  Well Lenny, how many years should they hold on (5+ / 0-)
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      to the idea that they can change in the face of this onslaught of crazy?

      If they fight within the party, they are drummed out. Really bullied. So why not jump ship and hitch a ride with the sane people.

      Perhaps they need shelter for a while, to let the crazy bite itself to death, before they can go back in and conduct what will be a massive clean up.

      I will say that the GOP genuinely SCARES me. I haven't felt welcome in my own country Lenny and I am a Veteran married to another Veteran.

      But every time I turn around, I am being called a slut, an un-American, or a communist, or marxist, or libtard, or what have you. I served this country just like that Fireman, just like police officers and county employees--and we are all being labeled.

      I was in the military and I used birth control. I am a slut just like all the other women who used BC in the military.

      They want to replace science with religious fanaticism and superstition and misogyny, homophobia, and bigotry.

      When they started hauling guns to Health Care rallies--what was I to think? It wasn't about guns, it was about intimidation, and threats.

      Personally, I am not willing to wait around for them to finally get to the point of "Ethnic Cleansing", and I hope others aren't either.

      Right now this party cannot be salvaged in it's current state. Hell that fire is so hot that if we were on a ship, it would have to be ejected overboard to keep it from melting to the hull and sinking us all.

      That is how crazy the GOP has become. There is no reason, no logic, no knowledge--there is only ignorance, hate and emotive insanity.

      •  as many years as it takes. (1+ / 0-)
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        We MUST have two functional parties. Democracy is impossible here without it.

        And besides, I don't WANT Republicans moving to the Democratic Party. I want the Democratic Party to be DEMOCRATIC again.

        If the current Republican Party is indeed dead, then it's time for a new one, rather than taking over the Democratic Party.

        And if the Democratic party IS taken over by Republicans, then it's time for a new Democratic Party too.

    •  Tipped for the comment... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...that we need two functional parties.

      I absolutely agree with that statement.  That said, I'm at a complete loss as to how the Republican Party can be taken back from the lunatics that now control it.  Soit's hard for me to be optimistic about the ability of still-sane GOPpers to take back their party, even though it does seem to be a necessity that they somehow do so.

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 08:40:17 AM PDT

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  •  SEIU workers /organizers (5+ / 0-)
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    have been tireless across the country getting folks registered to vote, and to the polls.  They do very grassroots work, in multiple languages.

    "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now". Rev. William Barber, If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

    by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 06:48:55 AM PDT

  •  We're still screwed though - see Friedman today (10+ / 0-)

    ...that is, if you can stand him.  The Moustache of Wisdom is traveling again, and starts off with a classic Friedman non-sequiter:

    I JUST arrived in Shanghai, but I’m thinking about Estonia and wondering about something Presidents Clinton and Obama have been saying.
    snip
    All of this made me think Obama should stop using the phrase — first minted by Bill Clinton in 1992 — that if you just “work hard and play by the rules” you should expect that the American system will deliver you a decent life and a chance for your children to have a better one. That mantra really resonates with me and, I am sure, with many voters. There is just one problem: It’s out of date.
    emphasis added

    He flails around for a bit before finally getting to the 'insight' of the moment, one that reads like so many previous Friedman columns:

    That world is gone. It is now a more open system. Technology and globalization are wiping out lower-skilled jobs faster, while steadily raising the skill level required for new jobs. More than ever now, lifelong learning is the key to getting into, and staying in, the middle class.

    There is a quote attributed to the futurist Alvin Toffler that captures this new reality: In the future “illiteracy will not be defined by those who cannot read and write, but by those who cannot learn and relearn.” Any form of standing still is deadly.

    I've got news for you Mr. Friedman - what you're raving about today is a concept that has been around for some time. Charles Dodgson, AKA Lewis Carroll put a name to it: the Red Queen's Race.  Or as the book has it,
    "Now! Now!" cried the Queen. "Faster! Faster!" And they went so fast that at last they seemed to skim through the air, hardly touching the ground with their feet, till suddenly, just as Alice was getting quite exhausted, they stopped, and she found herself sitting on the ground, breathless and giddy. The Queen propped her against a tree, and said kindly, "You may rest a little now."

       Alice looked round her in great surprise. "Why, I do believe we've been under this tree all the time! Everything's just as it was!"

       "Of course it is," said the Queen: "what would you have it?"

       "Well, in our country," said Alice, still panting a little, "you'd generally get to somewhere else -- if you ran very fast for a long time, as we've been doing."

        "A slow sort of country!" said the Queen. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"

    What Mr. Friedman fails to note when he dismisses the part about succeeding by playing by the rules is that - as Elizabeth Warren knows - the rules are rigged so that the Romneys of the world extract all the 'shareholder value' from the race, and tell the runners to get back on the track for another go-round while they pocket the gains.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 06:51:47 AM PDT

  •  Lincoln Chafee (7+ / 0-)

    Don't forget Lincoln Chafee....Now a Governor, but still a government worker.  Or Charlie Crist.

    The Republican party left me a long time ago....Nice to see more and more people coming to that realization.

  •  The Tea Party is the American Taliban, just as ... (4+ / 0-)
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    ... Aaron Sorkin wrote (for cable anchorman Will McAvoy) in the season finale of HBO's The Newsroom.

    The rest of the party ain't so hot, either, but it's nothing like the obdurate no-compromise/take no hostages/drown government mentality of the Tea Party.

    The rest of the Republicans and the moderates that lean the GOP's way will have to come to their senses and start to disown - and thereby disempower - the Tea Party and its malefactors of great wealth. They and the GOP leadership will have to stop acting like lemmings approaching a cliff. We can do our damndest to elect someone else, but too large a part of the country has followed and swallowed the Far Right's view of social and economic conservatism.

    Excoriating all Republicans and leaners gives us virtually no chance to convince some in the middle to think. And it's the middle who will decide this election, probably the next several elections.
    The alternative is to watch Romney and Republicans get in, screw things up even worse than Bush II. But we'll have a heckuva time unwinding all the damage four or eight more years of governance that resembles the positions of the House GOP from 2010-2012.

    I'm not willing to wait that long.

    Obama and strong Democratic majorities in 2012!

    by TRPChicago on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 06:59:19 AM PDT

    •  Well, a moderate Republican is now considered (1+ / 0-)
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      someone who isn't a member of the Tea party. Or a radical fringe Evangelical Christian sect. Or a Ron Paul libertarian. In other words, someone who would have been considered an extreme conservative 10 years ago (e.g. Richard Lugar, Orrin Hatch) are now considered moderates.

      What's scary is that even under this updated definition, moderate Republicans are a minority, & called RINOs by the rest.

      •  Yup. Well, you work with who you got. (0+ / 0-)

        Years back, I wouldn't have put Dick Lugar in the same category as Orrin Hatch - and I wouldn't agree that Orrin Hatch isn't very Far Right now - but I take your point.

        Your three categories (TEA people, fringe evangelicals and libertarians) do describe the Far and Farther Right. I think their primary strength is just that - primarying. In this respect, they resemble the NRA, whose main threat is that they can focus air waves, dump money and marshal campaign resources into challenging anyone they think is moderate. That threat is foreboding to an elected official who already has difficulties raising money, running a campaign, satisfying constituents ... and having any kind of a real life.

        Besides, going with that flow is easier than dealing sympathetically to a lot of competing policy demands. Those Far Right enablers have your back. Who-needs-the-pain-of-the-alternative? is probably responsible for a lot of Taliban sympathizers.

        We need to call 'em out, to expose the extremism of the company they keep, to make it harder for those castigated as RINO's to hide their extremities.

        Obama and strong Democratic majorities in 2012!

        by TRPChicago on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 11:17:39 AM PDT

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  •  Yet, Repubs Twist Soviet Heroic Worker Art (5+ / 0-)

    into a poster cover of a recent National Review to imply (among many other symbolic references in the cover) that they are the "worker's party."

    Have a look. . .

    Ooops!  Did the right wing make a fatal mistake with one of its own magazine covers?  Looks to me like they've made the Great Leap Backward from being neo-cons to promising a future of neo-Stalinism.  

    Readers & Book Lovers Pull up a chair! You're never too old to be a Meta Groupie

    by Limelite on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 07:00:05 AM PDT

  •  i would say to the ff (4+ / 0-)
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    doug stern that ff in my state also supported republicans in the past and i used to ask them why, while he and other ff were voting for the gop that same gop was hurting other unions and working people, now when the bulls eye hits close to home the attitude changes and now the dems look much more palatable, remember this, when things get better and you think about supporting the gop again, they are always hurting working people and you may be the cross hairs again.

  •  Believe me, Randy Johnson thinks Mittens is bad. (4+ / 0-)
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    "I don't think Mitt Romney is a bad man," Johnson said.
    I don't fault him for the fact that some companies win and some companies lose. That's a fact of life.
    What I fault him for is making money without a moral compass. I fault him for putting profits before working people like me. But that's just Romney economics.
    He's just polite.   That's like saying, "with all due respect" before you MF someone.  

    It's more effective to do it this way.   It doesn't come off as angry as it could have if he had just said he's bad.  He gave his reasons as to why you should make that inference.   Most Americans are smart enough to figure it out.

    He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason. - Cicero

    by SpamNunn on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 07:05:30 AM PDT

  •  THIS WEEK has idoit Rand Paul on. WHY? (4+ / 0-)
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    they just had idiot Paul Ryan on, and he wouldn't answer ANY questions on his tax cuts.  He sounded so defensive.

    80 % of success is showing up

    Corporate is not the solution to our problem

    Corporate is the problem

    by Churchill on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 07:23:22 AM PDT

  •  Romney isn't a bad man at all, but (2+ / 0-)
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    they've still got some tweaking to do on his empathy chip.

    Tradition says that God gave us choice. Some of His disciples act like it is up to them to remove it. ~ kjoftherock

    by catwho on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 07:24:37 AM PDT

  •  Krugman: Paul Ryan was never a man of substance (1+ / 0-)
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    Corey Booker is talking specific tax cuts, actually helping Obama's case for re-election

    80 % of success is showing up

    Corporate is not the solution to our problem

    Corporate is the problem

    by Churchill on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 07:24:45 AM PDT

  •  Idiot CokieRoberts talks over Krugman Nobel winner (0+ / 0-)

    why do they have her on?

    80 % of success is showing up

    Corporate is not the solution to our problem

    Corporate is the problem

    by Churchill on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 07:25:23 AM PDT

    •  I can't understand her, something in the mouth .. (0+ / 0-)

      ..  why yes, its former Pres Clinton's Johnson which has spent more time on her lips than it ever did Lewinsky's.

      There look, Clinton's pecker just popped out of her head like a cuckoo from a cuckoo clock.

      Just once, its only marking the half hour.

      "I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbitch! " -Pappy O'Daniel

      by jakewaters on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 08:30:09 AM PDT

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  •  One more celebrity that seems to be overlooked (3+ / 0-)
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    Was Eva Longoria, co-chair of Obama's re-election campaign.

    I'll grant you she was over-shadowed by Julian Castro, but she primed the pump to speak to Latinos, women and small business people. Oh, and she doesn't need a tax break.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 07:26:02 AM PDT

  •  Courier-Journal published my letter on this topic (9+ / 0-)

    this moringingg.

    A striking difference between the RNC and DNC conventions was how they defined “success.” For Mitt Romney, success is great wealth.

    Democrats defined success more broadly. Teaching a child to read, write, and do math is success. Saving a family’s home and rescuing a child or even a pet from fire is success. Turning a young person’s life around from one of crime to become a productive citizen is success.

    I’d love to be rich, but I’m not envious of those wealthier than me. However, the people I respect as successful human beings are not the uber rich but those who enriched the lives of others.

    I don't know what consciousness is or how it works, but I like it.

    by SocioSam on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 07:26:55 AM PDT

  •  OT: Gregory showing some chutzpah in Mitt (1+ / 0-)
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    Romney interview.

    MTP on now.  Mitt is sucking big time.

  •  Call a Club a Club: workers must read Taibbi (3+ / 0-)
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    Everyone knows that he is fantastically rich, having scored great success, the legend goes, as a "turnaround specialist," a shrewd financial operator who revived moribund companies as a high-priced consultant for a storied Wall Street private equity firm. But what most voters don't know is the way Mitt Romney actually made his fortune: by borrowing vast sums of money that other people were forced to pay back. This is the plain, stark reality that has somehow eluded America's top political journalists for two consecutive presidential campaigns: Mitt Romney is one of the greatest and most irresponsible debt creators of all time. In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth.

    Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/...

    Don't roof rack me bro', Now the brown's comin' down; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 07:50:13 AM PDT

  •  Not to be rude to Mr Stern... (1+ / 0-)
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    But the Republican party never was with him. Working class people haven't had any reason to give Republicans the time of day since the 60's or 70's. Why people are too stupid to see this is absolutely beyond me.

    Rich people think they are in charge because they have all the money. The rest of us are really in charge because rich people have nothing without people like us to create their profits.

    Bottom line: We can exist without them. They cannot exist without us.

  •  At the same time Chairman Villaraigosa (0+ / 0-)

    spoke on Monday before the convention began at a special screening of the upcoming Hollywood film “Won’t Back Down” for DNC delegates. He spoke with discredited top union antagonist Michelle Rhee! I don't believe for a minute that mayors like Corey Booker and governors like Deval Patrick or Obama believe that charter schools aren't about replacing union public schools.  

  •  The two different messages (1+ / 0-)
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    present such a stark contrast.

    "We're all in this together" resonates powerfully in a country where the middle class is being decimated. It's more reassuring to 99% of the people to feel that we are part of a community and that we have each other's back if we work together to get moving in the right direction.

    "You're on your own" may evoke a romantic notion of rugged individualism, but if you need health insurance that will cover a procedure that could mean life or death for a family member, and the party of rugged individualism promises to take the means of getting that coverage away in the name of "real Americanism" that rugged individualism isn't going to be of much value to you.

    As happened during the Great Depression, the political party that appealed to the idea that one is having hard times, but that one is not alone was the party that won the White House. This was after the party that only supported big business had destroyed the economy.

    This may be the case again in 2012. The GOP only supports privatization of profits for those "rugged individualists" in the corporate boardrooms and their shareholders, leaving the rest of us on our own.

  •  Mitt Romney is a bad man (0+ / 0-)

    He has made a choice to turn his back on his own ideals about healthcare and women's rights to get elected. This is terrible!

    No Jesus, Know Peace

    by plok on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 08:39:42 AM PDT

  •  Ohio Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel (0+ / 0-)

    has a semi-populist ad out with him speaking to actors equity casting version of the common man. He calls the bank bail out immoral and says he wants to strengthen the blue-collar worker. He won't answer questions about support of unions though and when Gov. Kasich tried to ram through his anti-labor law later repealed by voters, Mandel was in favor of the anti-public workers union bill by saying it respected police and firefighters.

    I'd tip you but they cut off my tip box. "There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.” - Frank Zappa

    by OHdog on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 10:24:57 AM PDT

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