Being politically active means getting an endless array of petition, action, and "speak out" appeals, which we all know are painfully impotent and largely fall on deaf ears. How many of us marched on Washington to fight the war in Iraq? Remember how that turned out? How many times do I have to "Call Congress", because now is the time my voice really... really... (no! really!!!) counts? feh!
Well Happy Friggin' Holidays Folks! For once, Dems won't cave. Obama seems to have learned that Republicans HATE us. We won the election and all of the pressure is on Republicans to fold. So, let's have some fun, take the opportunity twist the knife, and maybe even flip a couple of votes.
The time has come for "Operation Lemon Juice", and the premise is simple: call Congressional Republicans and encourage them to take us over the "Fiscal Cliff".
PRESIDENT OBAMA WON THIS FIGHT ON NOVEMBER 6
One way or another the President is going to win this trumped-up "Fiscal Cliff" non-crisis, and the beautiful thing is that Republicans are going to win it for him.
In the best outcome for the President, Republicans will cave and he will get his 'Grande Bargain'. This will be a slap-in-the-face for movement Progressivism, because in some way or another the social safety net will take a hit; most likely, Medicaid will get a fairly ugly haircut. But a deal will be a huge win for the President for two reasons: 1. A presidency is, at the atomic level, the sum of a number of accomplishments or failures, this would be one in the "plus" column, and 2. Obama needs a Rolodex of Republicans he can work with if he's going to get anything done on his agenda in the next 2 years: Climate Change, Immigration Reform, Election Reform, and etc.
The alternative is, of course to go over the "Cliff", here's what Jonathan Chiat had to say about this option:
on January 1, 2013, we will all awake to a different, substantially more liberal country. The Bush tax cuts will have disappeared, restoring Clinton-era tax rates and flooding government coffers with revenue to fund its current operations for years to come. The military will be facing dire budget cuts that shake the military-industrial complex to its core. It will be a real-world approximation of the old liberal bumper-sticker fantasy in which schools have all the money they require and the Pentagon needs to hold a bake sale.Sounds pretty good! Either the Obama camp gets to spike the football with a huge win, or else the American people with make the GOP pay for their extremism for as long as they're willing to practice it. The critical thing to remember is that, this whole thing is the Republicans' fault and FOR ONCE the American people know it.
IT'S SO EASY! HELPING DEMOCRATS HAS NEVER BEEN SO MUCH FUN!
This is why, the time has come to tell Congressional Republicans how truly stupid they are, rub lemon juice in their election loss wounds, and make them swallow the poison pill they thought would kill President Obama.
It's a fairly simple calling campaign it takes three steps:
1. Find your Congress Critter: USA.gov provides one-stop shopping.
2. Communicate this idea:
Dear Congressional Republican: I am a constituent and I truly want you out of office. The American people know that your party created the Fiscal Cliff crisis and they will make you pay by removing you from power in future elections. So, Please, please, please, take us over the Fiscal Cliff. I can't wait for Nancy Pelosi to be Speaker of the House again.3. Let us know how it goes: Post your call-in experience, or any twitter feedback in comments.
Thanks and Merry Mayhem!