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Let's cut through the haze, and the lies, and the propaganda, and let's define the situation right now in the United States: The American plutonomy is in charge, to the detriment of the citizens.  Both political parties are corrupted to the core, in the pockets of plutocratic special interests from industries like big oil, big pharma, insurance, military contractors, multinational corporations, and organizations like ALEC, the NRA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, among many others.

This plutonomy is putting into place an oppressive regime in the form of an increasingly draconian, punitive, and unresponsive (and corrupt) justice system, a total information awareness surveillance police state, and a 24/7 mind-numbing propaganda machine in the form of the U.S. media.

Politicians at all levels are corrupt, enriching themselves, their family members and close associates, at the expense of the people.  The concept of "public servant" has become pretty much extinct in the current political arena (except for people like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Alan Grayson, among others).

Here are some suggestions... Maybe some people can see the adoption of some of these suggestions as new year's resolutions.

First, stop obsessing and reporting 24/7 about the latest dastardly fascist crazy act by the right wing lunatics, including the Republican party.  Hardly anything is being accomplish by the obsessive compulsive attention on these lunatics by people on the left, the sane, intelligent citizens of this country.

We have to come up with our own agenda, define it, understand it, communicate it, and implemented, onward, constantly, without hesitation or fear.

Don't be afraid, or concerned about maybe not having time, or the emotional strength to get involved at this level.  You don't have to change your life radically in order to become an effective progressive warrior.  You can keep living you life pretty much as you have thus far, just making some slight adjustments depending on your level of commitment.

You can still go to work, take care of your household responsibilities, take time for relaxation and entertainment; you don't have to give up on your favorite HBO or Showtime series!  All you have to do is set aside some "marginal" time and "resources" and see how you can plug them into the larger progressive agenda.

First things first... Let's focus on the endemic, to-the-core, corruption in the Democratic party establishment.  That's our main problem, because within the plutonomy the Democratic party is the instrument we have chosen to help bring about a more perfect union.  On the right, we already know that it is populated mainly by religious fundamentalist wingnuts, infantile gun-totting debased people who fantasize about the day when they can use their guns against the government, while hiding their odious and debased racist, retrograde instincts.  Those folks are gone; there is nothing we can do by engaging them at this point.  Let them stew in their own hate and paranoid anger!

How many politicians are in Congress?  What are their names? What districts they represent?  Who are they meeting in the next fundraiser?  Where is the bribery money that's working to destroy democracy and enslave the population, coming from?

What's the best way to flush out the information.  Here's one great resource: The Sunlight Foundation.  Check out that site and familiarize with all its features.  Especially, check out their project, Political Party Time.

Reach out to Occupy Wall Street and other activist groups and form Progressive Warriors Cells in communities across the country, and very importantly, come up with a way to coordinate research, information, and strong activism actions between all the "chapters."

But here's something very important.  Find a couple of key issues all progressive groups can agree on, and cultivate the formation of a hardcore group of Progressive Warriors activists and strong selfless public servant leaders.

In my view, the root cause responsible for the endemic corruption in out political system is the bribery politicians of both, the Democratic and the Republican party establishment are subjected to every day of the year.

So let's stamp it out; let's start there.  Imagine groups of citizens in small and big towns getting together, sharing research about their local congressman or senator.  When is their next fund-raiser?  Can we identify the nefarious forces and interests who do everything they can to hide the effect of their influence peddling, with the help of the bribed politicians?

Once that information is available, let's place some protesters at every special interest fund-raising event, and let's shame the politicians on the take by revealing the pay-to-play world they help perpetuate.

Most importantly, let's identify and bring about honest politicians with a deep understanding and commitment to the concept of being a "true public servant."

Let's make it clear that you can either be interested in wealth accumulation or be a true public servant; but you can't be both.  By that standard, most of the politicians at the national level would not qualify for office, since most of them are rich!

So, let's remove them, and instead, let's help elect true public servants; people who would never use their position in government to enrich themselves, their close family members, and their associates--as its the case now.

Here's the key, any such movement that applies even a modicum of discipline, focus, and clear agenda, could have immense impact in our politics.  

I have many, many ideas about this concept, in different areas, including business, collectives, government regulation, etc.  My commitment is that instead of writing about the latest defecation by right wing lunatics, I'll be writing about ideas focused on helping bring about a strong and relentless progressive agenda, until we are able to stamp out once and for all the remnants of ignorance, religious fundamentalism, and plutocratic control.

But most importantly, it is not necessarily about "my ideas," but about doing everything I can to awaken the citizen within each of us.  Identifying the root causes is not really that hard; they are almost self-evident if one just clear his or her mind from the garbage being put out everyday the U.S. media corporate conglomerate and pays attention.

Would you join me in that effort?

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  •  Agree with almost everything (6+ / 0-)

    I don't think you focus on the corruption. I do agree you identify a very small list of very important issues, you find candidates who are totally committed to them (by their actions and history, not their words) and you make your volunteer work for them far more important than money.

    Actually, Clinton (not a model for money-free politics by any means) gave this advice to Pelosi in '10, which she ignored. He said identify a short list, get 100 percent commitment to it, and put it on bumper stickers. KISS.

    When Democrats realize they can't waffle--on SS, Medicare, Health care, Medical Privacy, universal rights--and that to do so makes them totally dependent on money rather than enthusiastic shoe rubber--things might just change.

    But we can't be "herding cats." We can't shoot the messenger. And we can't stay home and not vote when we are not 100 percent satisfied. The GOP argues behind the scenes then shows up to vote in lockstep, getting what they want.

  •  Don't agree with most of this. (2+ / 0-)
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    bepanda, FG

    When you say things like everybody that doesn't agree with you is corrupt, you lose me. You come across - whether you meant to or not - like teabagger absolutism. They feel the same way about the ideas, policies and people that don't reflect them. How is what you wrote better than the things they say? You both seem to espouse the position that the other side and their supporters who don't agree with you are out of touch and corrupt.

    I'm a moderate Democrat. I agree with progressive approaches with policies and I agree with some conservative ones. Most people are not some side fits all in their beliefs. For one, I do agree with the President on offering compromise on SS. I actually believe that everything should be on the table in regards on how this country is run. No one side has a sacred cow that can't be touched no matter what.

    Look, I don't know you and you not me. However, I think that the everybody is corrupt thought is nonsense. I think that everyday people with a good idea can still do well in our society. I think the media is lazy and not evil.

    I like your call for people to get involved. people should work on issues that are central and important to them. However, I think we must do it with an open heart and mind to opposite ideas. If you go in with a one way perspective, you lose more than you gain.

    •  You are mischaracterizing what I wrote. Where (0+ / 0-)

      do I say that everybody that doesn't agree with me is corrupt?  Did you read the last paragraph of the diary?

      In a way, progressive vs. conservative are artificial distinctions.  In reality it should be looked more in terms of sane vs. insane, sensible vs. obtuse, intelligent vs. ignorance.

      In a democracy you have government, businesses, citizens, institutions, schools, universities, etc.  All institutions operate under the rule of law, and under a clean and responsive government, free of corruption; at least that's the way is supposed to be.

      It can all work... Business people can do their thing, teachers theirs, government employees theirs, so on and so forth.

      It's sad that people fail to understand the level of corruption we live under.  It's an anomaly; it's not normal.

  •  I'm not sure about this part. (1+ / 0-)
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    CroneWit
    Let's make it clear that you can either be interested in wealth accumulation or be a true public servant; but you can't be both.  By that standard, most of the politicians at the national level would not qualify for office, since most of them are rich!
    The Roosevelt family was quite well-to-do, but I don't think you'd get very far here if you suggested that because FDR was wealthy he wasn't a "true public servant."

    And those Kennedy boys weren't exactly middle-class either... would you seriously suggest that Jack, Bobby, and Ted weren't "true public servants" because they never had to worry about money?

    Why can't "true public service" be the province of anyone who spends his or her political career truly putting the needs of the public first, regardless of how much money they have in their bank account?

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 12:32:34 PM PST

    •  You are missing the point. Fine if we have a few (0+ / 0-)

      rich guys and gals in there, but why do they all have to be rich and wealthy?  Why are they beholden to special corporatist interests in what is basically a pay-to-play corruption scheme?

      There are good politicians, decent, who do the right thing, but they are few and far between.  In general, the political establishment is corrupt to the core, and we the people end up paying the price.

  •  So, when will you announce your candidacy? nt (0+ / 0-)

    "Mitt Romney looks like the CEO who fires you, then goes to the Country Club and laughs about it with his friends." ~ Thomas Roberts MSNBC

    by second gen on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 01:21:07 PM PST

  •  asdf (0+ / 0-)
    We have to come up with our own agenda, define it, understand it, communicate it, and implemented, onward, constantly, without hesitation or fear.
    YES!

    One component - economic power is freedom and every penny saved helps. Think Co-ops. Keep your money at home.

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 03:26:37 PM PST

  •  Yes to this! (1+ / 0-)
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    Ray Pensador
    We have to come up with our own agenda, define it, understand it, communicate it, and implemented, onward, constantly, without hesitation or fear.
  •  how about everyone just join OWS (2+ / 0-)
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    Ray Pensador, indubitably

    and make them the most powerful voice of the people the nation has ever seen?

    But the truth is, as a man who has spent decades as a community organizer I know which things are easy to say and impossible to to do. One can call for what you call for but actually organizing masses of people to do it swiftly becomes a totally different matter. Most Americans are fat and satisfied and aren't about to lift a finger to heed you call. The Tea Party and OWS are two prime examples. The TP has been swallowed by the GOP and OWS never got enough support to make it a viable political force.

    I may be wrong we'll just have to see how many people respond to your call I guess. Good luck. Ideas are a wonderful thing.

    America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

    by cacamp on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 09:50:17 PM PST

    •  I know; the apathy is manufactured by the (2+ / 0-)
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      cacamp, indubitably

      effect of the powerful corporate-owned media, and yes, people don't really see the urgency; it's an (almost impossible) uphill battle.  I salute you for your efforts, on the ground, organizing and for your social activism.

      •  thank you (2+ / 0-)
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        indubitably, Ray Pensador

        it was much easier to get excited when I was young, nowdays I leave it to the younger set of activists.

        I was very impressed with OWS for a time but when my old allies from the left, anarcrists, far left socialists and other hardcore left groups who had previously failed to find a following back in our day, took over in Oakland I knew it was doomed to failure. In the beginning they had center, middleclass, union support but failed to realize that America isn't about to endorse socialism much less revolutionary socialism or anarchy.

        But Americans are ready to hear about Wall Street and its banksters and would be as eager to support a strong but mainstream reform movement. If your call is to work that's the ground it must occupy.

        America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

        by cacamp on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 11:00:10 PM PST

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