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The senators who did their bidding in one way or another did what they are paid to do.  No not the meager sop the public pays them.  The plutocracy that makes them all rich to one degree or another is what commands their loyalty.  In corrupt governments "pay" comes in many forms.  When you do what you are expected to do you will be rewarded.  

Is it possible to step back and look at our system without becoming trapped by the systematic ploys that have held you?  The system is a marvelous thing.  It is not a conspiracy.  It breeds Elizabeth Warren and Mitch McConnel and all the rest and there always is a "debate" going on so your views are "represented".  For some reason you keep on losing.  (For the nitpickers...of course I am included in "you")  

Meanwhile the belief that if you raise more campaign money and work harder to GOTV and...and...and...You can change this.  Of course you can.  Did not Obama prove that the people will do more and more to get change?  A few snags here and there but we have had change:

Banks that steal and young people going to prison for drugs
A new slavery in privitized prisons
ineffective leadership (fillibuster reform for example)
climate change that just won't wait
people buying more guns rather than less
daily lists of killings with guns that should at least be regulated like automobiles and stuff at the drugstore
even more freedoms lost
the suppression of protest
Cutting Social Security
and more
and more
 Writing about this seems to anger some people.  Denial is a primary attribute of addiction.  Read on below and we can see if there is a twelve step program.

A twelve step program for system addicts:

1. You have to admit that you are addicted.  This is hard since you were taught from birth to believe in the system.
2. You have to recognize the way you are abusing things.  A good example is believing you can change by doing more of the same like electing "good people".
3.  You have to reach outside yourself and find others who will join in your struggle to break the habit.
4.  You have to stop blaming others like the republicans.  You and they work together to make all this happen.
5.  Seeing people who oppose your views as malicious and stupid is not going to help you recover.
6. Do not confuse the natural workings of a complex system as ours as being caused directly by the actions of "those bad people".
7. Understand that nothing will change unless you change fundamentally.  That means behavior.  Good intentions are next to worthless.
8. The idea that you can do this as a part time activity is really rather silly isn't it?  If you talk the talk you must walk the walk.
9.  The world is now global so nationalism is a rather outmoded idea.  This is happening as we sit here but rhetoric and will lag behind and action even more.
10.  Real change is not comfortable.  It is painful.  The result is what makes the suffering worth while.
11.  Every addict has many relapses.  Keep your eyes on the prize.
12. The growing literature that supports this program is worth investing time and study.

to describe our political situation as a form of addiction

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, wdrath, Sun Tzu

    An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

    by don mikulecky on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 12:19:28 PM PDT

  •  So, question (0+ / 0-)

    Since the system is broken - why would we want to give them a monopoly on violent power?

    ‎"Masculinity is not something given to you, but something you gain. And you gain it by winning small battles with honor." - Norman Mailer
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    by maxomai on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 12:32:02 PM PDT

  •  I Don't Have A Problem With Drones (1+ / 0-)
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    but the rest of your list I agree with.  If the police would have used drones in Boston the bombers might have been caught.

    "Don't Let Them Catch You With Your Eyes Closed"

    by rssrai on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 12:46:02 PM PDT

    •  "If" is a key word in any such response. (0+ / 0-)

      If the senators had done the job they were elected to do this diary would not exist.

      If drones can be used for both good and evil what do you expect the prevailing use to be?

      An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

      by don mikulecky on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 12:52:28 PM PDT

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  •  Interesting how the despair message (1+ / 0-)
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    includes policies that have not even become reality, as if they already have. Of course, it has to leave out any positive change, or else someone might get the impression that sometimes the system works.

    Yeah, vote's for nonsense. Better luck next time.

    We demanded a plan to reduce gun violence. Now it's time to demand a vote.

    by tytalus on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 12:47:51 PM PDT

  •  If I Cease Taking a Drug I Immediately Become (2+ / 0-)
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    tytalus, FG

    healthier and begin to dry out. If I cease shopping, no goods or services will follow me home.

    If I cease voting, the entire governing machine continues to come down on me.

    One of you "ignore it" types has to offer something concrete that either lets me participate in active change or at least protects me from government. I'm not seeing that yet from anyone.

    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 Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 12:49:51 PM PDT

    •  Glad you noticed. Gives an idea of the (0+ / 0-)

      magnitude of the problem.

      An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

      by don mikulecky on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 12:54:11 PM PDT

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      •  Gosh, what a cop out. (1+ / 0-)
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        Don't come whining to us about what you see as a huge problem, and then blame those of us doing SOMETHING, no matter how ineffectual, for perpetuating the problem.  You got a solution? Spit it out!  

        •  read my an activist and leader as I (0+ / 0-)

          for over 50 years.  That's for starters.  I have risked jail and worked my butt off.  Don't patronize me please.  I'll stack my record against 10 like you any day.

          An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

          by don mikulecky on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 01:57:26 PM PDT

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        •  You don't have any idea (0+ / 0-)

          Who I am, or what I do.  But you assume that whatever it is, I must be contributing to the problem, and I couldn't have possibly been as activist as thou.  Ok.  Good luck.

          •  I only know what you reveal (0+ / 0-)

            That is NOT my doing.  I also can "assume" that you are part of the problem because my premise, if you read the diary, is that we all are.

            I think you would have a hard time matching my record. I was in at the beggining of Black power at the New Politics convention in the sixties.  Worked with Resist, Dr. Spock and many of the others who were in the front lines in the 60s. One aim was to stop the draft.  Led a City wide coalition in Buffalo for years.  Turned in my own draft card on the steps of the Justice Department on National TV the day before the Pentagon demonstration in 1968.  The Black Panthers hugged me and made an honorary member.  It goes on but my only point is that I have accumlated some clout and experience and knowledge over the years and I am using it in my last days.

            An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

            by don mikulecky on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 03:48:40 PM PDT

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  •  Not really, but you still have to fight the fight. (0+ / 0-)

    And though I know it's not a popular viewpoint, I still maintain there is electoral viability on getting Congresscritters to actually do roll call votes on high publicity issues.  If it means Dems are tied down to a vote as well as Repubs, so be it.  It's too easy to stay an incumbent when you can plausibly deny voting on anything, if there is no vote, or only voice votes.  And we've certainly got far too many people who get in and stay in far too long.

    •  It is an addictive drug as I said. (0+ / 0-)

      There are better ways to fight the fight as I have been trying to tell folk for about 50 years now. The evidence seems abundantly clear that thge electioneers have failed miserably.

      An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

      by don mikulecky on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 03:51:00 PM PDT

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