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Our President headlined Millwaukee's Laborfest celebration yesterday and he was on fire, with energy and passion,  sounding like the Barack Obama of campaign 08, and it was a joy to watch and listen.  The speech is 33 minutes long and some won't have the time or desire to watch all of it so I've offered a taste of it below the squiggle.   I'm optomistic some will watch and take to heart his remarks towards the end where he begs us not to let cynicism win over hope.

But you know what, if I were looking for a good job that lets me build some security for my family, I’d join a union.   If I were busting my butt in the service industry and wanted an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, I’d join a union.  If I were a firefighter or police officer risking my life and helping to keep my community safe, and wanted to make sure I came home safely to my family, I’d join a union.    I’d want a union looking out for me.

And if I cared about these things, I’d also want more Democrats looking out for me.  I’m just saying.    Because when the rest of the country is working to raise wages, but Republicans in Congress won’t, it ain’t right.  Not only is it not right, it ain’t right.  (Laughter.)  When the rest of the country is working to open up more businesses, but Republicans in Congress block investments that would help more businesses grow, it ain’t right.  When unions and CEOs, when law enforcement and the evangelical community, when folks who usually don’t agree on anything agree that we should be fixing our broken immigration system, but the Republicans in the House of Representatives have been sitting on a bill for more than a year, it ain’t right.

So that’s why we have to keep fighting.  At the beginning of the last century, people fought against the idea of a 40-hour workweek, they fought against weekends, they fought against workplace safety laws.  80 years ago, people fought against the idea of Social Security.  50 years ago, people fought against the idea of Medicare.  But guess what?  We won those fights.

Cynicism is fashionable these days, but cynicism didn’t put anybody on the moon.  Cynicism never won a war, it never cured a disease, it never started a business, it never fed a young mind, it never built a road or a bridge.

Cynicism is a bad choice.  Hope is the better choice.  Hope is what gives us courage.  Hope is what gave soldiers courage to storm a beach.  Hope is what gives young people the strength to march for women’s rights, and worker’s rights, and civil rights, and voting rights, and gay rights, and immigration rights.  

Hope, the belief that there are better days ahead; the belief that together, we can build up our middle class and hand down something better to our kids -- that’s what built America.  And America’s best days are still ahead.  I believe it.  You need to believe it, too.  Let’s get to work.



         Two months to go.   As every Democrat knows, we win if we get out the vote.  But we also know the GOP  has done everything the Koch money can buy to keep our people from the polls.  Isn't it time to pull together and give all we can in time and money to hold the Senate and increase our numbers in the House.  Losing is not an option.

Originally posted to Lying eyes on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 01:22 AM PDT.

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  •  I hope that the next President give us more than (6+ / 0-)
    •  Did you read the speech or did you immediately (43+ / 0-)

      go to goggle looking for something negative to post?  Seriously, you link the Washington Times?  Surely you know that's a rightwing rag.    As for WAPO "voices", the only ones I find interesting are the ones my daughter, a teacher, has published there.

      Silly me.    I actually thought I could get away with publishing a pro-Obama diary in the spirit of elections around the corner.  Shouda known it would be a magnet for malcontents.  Dumb, dumb, dumb.  

      Proud to be a Democrat

      Anyone arguing that there's no difference between the parties is a fucking moron who can simply go to hell. -- kos

      by Lying eyes on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 02:24:36 AM PDT

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      •  I read the speech but rhetoric doesn't get you to (3+ / 0-)
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        •  President gave basically same speech to AFL-CIO (7+ / 0-)

          in 2010.  He even vowed twice in that speech to keep fighting for EFCA, which was deader than a doornail by then.

          There's nothing meaningful that's new about this speech.

          Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

          by RFK Lives on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 07:42:06 AM PDT

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          •  It was new to me and I suspect (6+ / 0-)

            to the people in the room and others watching on TV.  I suppose "meaningful" is in the ears of the beholder.

            Proud to be a Democrat

            Anyone arguing that there's no difference between the parties is a fucking moron who can simply go to hell. -- kos

            by Lying eyes on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 08:32:29 AM PDT

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            •  The reality is that in the Wall St has been (0+ / 0-)

              bailed out and is enjoying consecutive record annual profits. Workers making less then $395 k/year have been left out out of the economic recovery. The top 1% has benefited greatly while the income of the middle class as a share of the GDP is lower then it was 6 years ago and continues to shrink. The poverty rate is at 15%

              We can hear speeches for the next 2 years but the reality on the ground has not changed.

              Of course there is no alternative other then speaking out an holding office holders feet to the fire.

      •  "it's obamatown, jake..." (3+ / 0-)
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      •  silly you (21+ / 0-)
        I actually thought I could get away with publishing a pro-Obama diary in the spirit of elections around the corner.
        really?  haven't you noticed what happens when positive O news is posted here?

        sometimes this place is as predictable as Fakes News.  No matter what Obama does, people will rush to say it isn't enough, or it is too late, or it is just rhetoric, or some other predictable criticism that I could hear on hundreds of hateradio stations just as easily

        if Elizabeth Warren had given a speech making these same points about labor, there would be 500 comments calling her to run for President

        but when the man who is currently president gives this speech, talking about things he actually did, the critics use it to sharpen their claws

        Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
        Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights to talk about grief.

        by TrueBlueMajority on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 07:00:26 AM PDT

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        •  Yeah, I've noticed...................... (9+ / 0-)

          And it's been horrible.  The only reprieve  he's gotten here since day one is  when his detractors pivoted to train their verbal guns on Hillary instead of him.  

          Proud to be a Democrat

          Anyone arguing that there's no difference between the parties is a fucking moron who can simply go to hell. -- kos

          by Lying eyes on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 07:17:20 AM PDT

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        •  Well, to be clear, (3+ / 0-)
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          a Democratic President whose policies are self-described as "mainstream moderate Republican from the 1980s" (Univision interview, December, 2012) is going to get a little bit of criticism now and again from the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party.

          It's not like (many) folks here are arguing for financial institutions to be nationalized and their assets liquidated, distributed amongst the needy. The stuff that I see on this site that is critical of Obama (and his erstwhile successor, Sec. Clinton) primarily revolves around not doing stuff that should be a no-brainer for Democrats

          That would include: don't further enrich the military-industrial complex, don't further extend the American Empire overseas, don't further reduce the already-laughable safety net of Social Security.

          So, yes, it is laudable- and remarkable- that a Democratic President in the year 2014 gives a labor-positive speech on Labor Day, America's very own Communist-free International Workers' Day. It's laudable because everyone, including the wealthy, should get on their hands and knees and thank laborers each and every day.

          It's remarkable, though, because President Obama has so rarely invoked labor apart from Labor Day and election season.

      •  Why bother watching the speech (5+ / 0-)

        when Obama has been consistent about undermining teachers' unions, and has refused to walk the line like he said he would?

        And when you post a diary that misleads about Obama then you will get push back, yes.

        The idea that Obama is pro-labor is absolute nonsense.

        My preferred pronoun is 'They', what's yours?

        by AoT on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 08:06:11 AM PDT

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        •  I did not post a diary that "misleads about (6+ / 0-)

          Obama".  I posted a video of him giving his speech and a paragraph giving my opinion of it.  The rest was text of the speech followed by my plea that we work together to get out the vote.  

          Please do not accuse me of something I did not do.

          Proud to be a Democrat

          Anyone arguing that there's no difference between the parties is a fucking moron who can simply go to hell. -- kos

          by Lying eyes on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 08:20:51 AM PDT

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          •  A speech full of nonsense (3+ / 0-)
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            that has nothing to do with what he's actually done for labor. Note that the only labor related program he mentions in the speech is Race to the Top, which is being used to bust teachers unions.

            Calling the diary misleading was inaccurate, that is true. It is the speech that is misleading.

            My preferred pronoun is 'They', what's yours?

            by AoT on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 08:36:49 AM PDT

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      •  The reality on the ground (2+ / 0-)
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        just does not bear out the lofty rhetoric. I think everyone needs to acknowledge just how much of Obama's Democratic base has been let down by his policies, repeatedly and consistently over the last six years. People justifiably feel abandoned by him. On issue after issue he did a 180 degree turn after his election, and people do notice. They notice especially when he tries to trot out the populist rhetoric a second or third time.

        I know that he faced an obstructionist congress, etc. etc. But look at his appointments, look at his cabinet, his chief of staff. Look at his approach to transparency and whistleblowers, look at his foreign policy.

        I'm to the point where I cannot listen to his rousing rhetoric because it has been belied by his actions, plain and simple. Not just once or twice, but consistently.

        •  THEN STOP LISTENING TO HIM!!! I think he has (1+ / 0-)
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          accomplished a lot in the 6 years he has been president so far.  He was able to bring us through the financial debacle left by the Bush Administration.  He helped the car companies survive, even though everyone figured he should just let them go under and sacrifice all of the jobs they created.  He helped keep the financial markets from crashing and causing a worldwide catastrophe.  He helped provide stimulus to help the economy get back on it's feet.  Lest you forget, he had to fight the Republicans tooth and nail all the way and ended up doing what he could on his own, since he knew Congress would never agree with him or even come up with an idea themselves.  They were too busy throwing roadblocks in his way and he had to find ways to dodge them.  How can he accomplish something by himself, when Congress don't want to work with him or the Democrats.  All the Republicans can seem to do is look for ways to block anything he or the Democrats want to do and try to Demonize him and the Democrats.  Think how much could be accomplished, if they could work together, come up with ideas together, not fight to take credit for the good things that happen.  How much money have the Republicans wasted trying to repeal the ACA and all the other things, including the government shutdown and the billions of taxpayer's money they wasted, since President Obama has been in office.  They claim to be for the American people and small government, but they are always right there, to look for scandals and drag their feet.  All things considered, I think he has done a great job!!  Maybe he wasn't able to do everything he wanted to do, but then no one person can do it by themselves!  It takes cooperation with Congress, for him to achieve some of the goals he had hoped to achieve.  I shudder to think what would have happened, if  John McCain would have gotten in as president, and GOD FORBID CARIBOU BARBIE, AS VICE PRESIDENT!!!  Especially seeing how much they care for the American people and how freely they spend and waste the taxpayer's money.  What it boils down to, is a lot of people don't want to see him get credit for anything.  When the ACA came out, the Republicans wanted him to at least postpone, for a year, the employer mandates, then when he decides it is a good idea, they turn around and sue him for doing it!!!  Does that make sense?

      •  Our President has given a lot of us (2+ / 0-)
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        emotional whiplash. I have a list. It's taken him 6 years to learn how to fight dirty without getting dirty, that's a pretty neat trick. Let's stay firmly behind him and see what we and he can accomplish during his remaining term.

        Political Realities are an excuse to vote against progress

        by Wood Gas on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 03:03:06 PM PDT

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    •  How fashionable of you. (4+ / 0-)
      Cynicism is fashionable these days, but cynicism didn’t put anybody on the moon.  Cynicism never won a war, it never cured a disease, it never started a business, it never fed a young mind, it never built a road or a bridge.
      •  And believing the president's rhetoric (4+ / 0-)
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        on unions never did anything for anyone. He's been an enemy of labor, not a friend. Realism is not cynicism.

        My preferred pronoun is 'They', what's yours?

        by AoT on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 08:07:50 AM PDT

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        •  Realism? Made me look. (1+ / 0-)
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          You mean this?

          Realism is a school of International Relations theory. Realism, as described by Haslam, "is a spectrum of ideas"[1] which revolve around the four central propositions of Political Groupism, Egoism, International Anarchy and Power politics.
          Erm :-/ okay. So Realism didn't put anybody on the moon either. I really do learn something new every day. Thanks.
          •  I didn't mean the IR theory (1+ / 0-)
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            Although I am a fan of that in some contexts. And the reality is that Realism did put someone on the moon. The space race wasn't a race of hope, it was a race against the soviets because they were ahead of the US.

            And without the other kind of realism, the one I was talking about, no one would have gone to the moon. Hope doesn't get you anywhere except started.

            My preferred pronoun is 'They', what's yours?

            by AoT on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 09:47:18 AM PDT

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            •  "Don't boo, vote." (2+ / 0-)
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              What he said resonates with simple folk like me perhaps. Sorry you can't find anything to like.

              The Bully Pulpit, 1961

              Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belabouring those problems which divide us.
              Both sides, all sides, every side. Whatevs. Peace.
              •  It resonates with me too (1+ / 0-)
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                It just has nothing to do with his policies.

                Obama has consistently worked to undermine Teachers' unions. You may not care about that but I do. Giving a speech doesn't fix that and voting for someone who lies about supporting unions doesn't fix it either.

                My preferred pronoun is 'They', what's yours?

                by AoT on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 10:10:29 AM PDT

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              •  Thanks for the memory................. (2+ / 0-)
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                I cast my first presidential ballot for John F. Kennedy.  "Those were the best of times.  Those were the worst of times"/  John, Martin, Bobby.   Their deaths broke our hearts but their memories inspired us to believe change was possible.  I, for one, still believe it.  

                Proud to be a Democrat

                Anyone arguing that there's no difference between the parties is a fucking moron who can simply go to hell. -- kos

                by Lying eyes on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 10:25:41 AM PDT

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    •  Democratic House and Senate will enable him (0+ / 0-)

      lip service it may seem but full-throated super progessive confrontation with the Repubs gives them the scary angry black man that will rouse their base just that bit extra that could tip things the wrong way... or would it?
      Would there be some now cynical on the left who would stop sitting on their votes, so to speak, and vote in Nov to counter a base turnout increase on the right? The more fear based BS that FOX can gin up from whatever they can lie about the more votes for Republicans....  And would middle of the roaders and independents be less likely to vote Democratic if the message was more progressive?... stay home or vote GOP? the fake independents... the Republicans in hiding would certainly vote GOP anyway but which way would more go if there was more "Lip service" from Obama and other Democrats?

      Dems are still walking a tightrope... perhaps weathering November in decent shape will allow more progressive talk and action leading up to 2016.

      Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

      by IreGyre on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 08:21:22 AM PDT

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      •  Enable him to what? (3+ / 0-)
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        Further undermine labor with trade agreements and race to the top?

        Card check got pushed aside the second he was elected, even though the Democrats dominated the government. Why should anyone expect different another time around?

        My preferred pronoun is 'They', what's yours?

        by AoT on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 08:41:11 AM PDT

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  •  One gets the sense that he doesn't really (1+ / 0-)
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    care to do presidenting any more.

    We need Howard Dean in the oval office.

  •  It's something, isn't it? (32+ / 0-)

    Democrats outnumber Republicans. That's a fact.
    All we have to do is vote.
    In his speech, did the President lie? I didn't hear any lies.
    By the way, when he's talking about cynicism, he's talking about some of us.
    For years, I've read every talking point, all kinds of reasons to not vote. Right here on DKos. There's people right here who, if I follow their train of thought, don't want me to vote.
    I guess I'm just not sophisticated, not smart enough. I believe if I don't vote, I lose my voice. My vote is my voice.

    Anyone arguing that there's no difference between the parties is a fucking moron who can simply go to hell. -- kos
    •  You're right. I always vote. (3+ / 0-)

      And when I decided to vote my conscience last Presidential cycle, I caught endless hell from hard-core Obama supporters for doing so.

      It's a bit galling that the timing gap in Obama's interest in campaigning for labor issues in Wisconsin coincided with an uprising critical for labor's survival here. And it's not doing well. Too bad the issue was too hot to handle for awhile.

      "All war is stupid" - JFK

      by jorogo on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 05:13:04 AM PDT

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      •  Your conscience had you vote for Mitt? (0+ / 0-)

        You are one sick son of a bitch. How does voting for a pompous financier that doesn't understand that huge fortunes gathered by people like him are doing more damage to the country and world than disease and drought combined.
        I think you have no idea what the President does or any regard to the rigors he needs to go through to get anything through Congress.
        I did like your sig line, however.

        • know. (6+ / 0-)

          I did not vote for Mitt. That would have been sick; and accusing someone of voting for Mitt not far behind. And I forgot to compliment President Obama for having the guts to show up in Wisconsin in support of labor, though about 3 years late.

          "All war is stupid" - JFK

          by jorogo on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 05:45:13 AM PDT

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          •  It's all they've got. Smear anyone left of (4+ / 0-)
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            Ben Nelson as a Rand-loving idiot/traitor.

            How about if this New Democratic Party stands for something more than:

            B-b-but Republicans!!1
            Cuz that sure as shit didn't produce good results last mid-term.

            And per Meteor Blade's signline, by "stands for" I mean more than rousing and/or snarky rhetoric in front of supporters.

            How much has national Dem structure supported Rob Zerban, the guy going after Paul Ryan?  The guy who pushed Paul Ryan harder than any previous challenger last cycle and is going after him again.  Last cycle, DCCC Chair Steve Israel actually got in the way of a wealthy private individual wanting to put on her own fundraiser for Zerban.  No, Zerban isn't DCCC material so Israel told her 'Zerban isn't running (!?!) so 'don't waste your time or money.'  WTF?

            How do Steve Israel and the DCCC really operate?

            And now for a little story of how Mr. Israel works his Blue Dog magic. Here’s Klein with an insider tale from the Rob Zerban–Paul Ryan 2012 House race (yes, that Paul Ryan, and yes, this year’s House race). Do you think Zerban, who did quite well, got any help from Israel? Quite the contrary — Israel, who controls the purse of DCCC expenditures on House races, well and truly stiffed Paul Ryan’s Democratic opponent. And he told big Dem donors to stiff him as well. Read on:


            (Howie Klein): Early in the campaign I met a very wealthy, very powerful woman who I had been avoiding for a couple of years. … And then… a wrinkle. It turns out she’s one of the biggest Democratic contributors in California. And, I was told by an intermediary, she was willing to raise big money for Rob Zerban, the progressive candidate against Paul Ryan who was being stonewalled by Steve Israel and the DCCC– and who was a top priority for Blue America.

                I’m easy; I even agreed to meet at the single most repulsive plutocratic watering hole in Los Angeles. I was sitting and reading Chris Mooney’s brilliant new book, The Republican Brain when she swept into the restaurant. The first words out of her mouth, perhaps before even “hello,” were that “your candidate” wasn’t really going to run. She had just spoken with “Steve,” she assured me, and he had told her not to waste her time or money. Rob Zerban wasn’t the Democratic candidate and wouldn’t even be running. The meeting went downhill from there.

            He said, she said?  Let's see how DCCC $$ support played out:
            From last cycle (Oct 2012):

            But Zerban’s FEC filings show that, of the $1.2 million in contributions he’d received as of July 2012 [update below], only $10 in in-kind email services came from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
            ----- -----
            UPDATE (as of 5:05 pm ET on 10/4/2012): Zerban’s campaign released donation figures through September 2012, which showed that he raised over $770,000 between July and September 2012, putting his total donations at just under $2 million to date. In the same period, Ryan raised just over $566,000, putting his total campaign haul at approximately $6 million to date.

            Odd, in 2012 with Obama coattails, not helping to knock out Granny Starving Ryan.  How strange is that?
            Rob Zerban interview, 10 days ago:

            Q: You didn’t get a ton of support from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) when you ran against Congressman Ryan in 2012. What’s your relationship with the DCCC been like this time?

            RZ: You know, that’s a hard thing for me to really open up about — well, not hard to open … I would say that with the primary race this time around, I think that in those kinds of situations, they tend to be more hands-off. Because they, I don’t think, were too interested in getting involved in the primary in this race.

            So, I think they pretty much have ignored it so far but I’m hopeful that they’ll maybe take an interest in the race now that the primary is over. And I think most people have acknowledged that Paul Ryan is widely perceived as being a potential candidate in 2016, and if we can beat him in 2014 that would really hurt his odds of having a successful presidential run in 2016. I think that it has yet to be seen how they’re (DCCC) going to participate in — of course, if they decide to — in this race.

            Why is DCCC still hands off re knocking Paul Ryan out?  New Dem Strategery leaves me confused.

            Please consider helping Rob Zerban defeat Paul Ryan in these last 9 weeks.

            "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition /= GTFO" Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon + JVolvo

            by JVolvo on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 09:39:38 AM PDT

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            •  The demise of the DLC (1+ / 0-)
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              was no more a harbinger of change than the demise of PNAC. In both, the power base is just playing chameleon and many can't see through the camouflage. They get the shuffle and think they see change.

              Thanks for the detail on Rob Zerban. If he wins this time, I think he'll remember who his friends are, and who are not. I'm looking at possibly having Grothman represent my district, so all this is making me feel ill. Let me get a plug and a plea in for Mark Harris.

              Glenn Grothman's 10 Most Outrageous Moments

              1. Claims women earn less because “money is more important for men.”
              2. Advocates for seven-day work weeks.
              3. Worries gays are using sex-ed classes for recruitment.
              4. Warns of a “war” on white men.
              5. Wants to classify single parenthood as child abuse.
              6. Thinks low-income people are fleecing taxpayers.
              7. Champions voter suppression.
              8. Opposes water sanitation.
              9. Thinks Planned Parenthood is targeting Asian Americans.
              10. Will not abide by Kwanzaa.

              I kinda thought saying people exercising their right to petition their government were smelly and slobs should have made the list.

              "All war is stupid" - JFK

              by jorogo on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 02:36:10 PM PDT

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  •  Hey (6+ / 0-)

    There's the guy I remember from 2008 and 2012. His absence at all other times has been particularly conspicuous, however.

    It's almost like he spouts empty rhetoric.

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."

    by dankester on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 05:30:32 AM PDT

  •  Thanks so much for this - (19+ / 0-)

    I saw his speech and I loved it.

    I don't believe he has had one easy day since becoming president. He has had to try and clean up some pretty bad messes.

    And now the 2012 elections.

    It isn't easy to keep people interested in politics. It isn't easy to get people to understand the differences between the two parties. It isn't easy to get people to understand how important it is for them to be engaged, for their own good. It isn't easy to make people understand how essential it is to vote. It isn't easy to get them to vote. Particularly in an off year.

    That is what he is attempting to do. And he needs our help.

     Hardest working president I ever remember.

  •  Wow, is he touting (3+ / 0-)
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    "Hope" again?    Whoa!

    I'm optomistic some will watch and take to heart his remarks towards the end where he begs us not to let cynicism win over hope.

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    by divineorder on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 07:24:34 AM PDT

  •  Thank you. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Dance lightly upon the Earth, Sing her songs with wild abandon, Smile upon all forms of Life ...and be well.

    by LinSea on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 07:28:05 AM PDT

  •  So he's abandoning the Trans Pacific Partndrship? (6+ / 0-)

    He's going to put a stop to South Korea dumping steel in US markets, killing US steel worker's jobs?

    Awesome! Oh, wait.

    Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

    by Betty Pinson on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 07:38:36 AM PDT

    •  TPP = What Obama wants but won't say. (5+ / 0-)

      The schism here at Kos, with respect to the Obama bashing, seems to rest with a twist on Reagan's 11th commandment: don't speak negatively of a member of your party, or on Bush's: you are with us or against us.

      By any measure, Obama's actions have not lived up to his populist rhetoric. The pattern remains good speeches but inadequate action, and in many cases actions contrary to his rhetoric. The litany of these are well known here: failure to actually support unions when they were under attack; failure to support public school teachers; preventing the prosecution of mortgage fraud; implementing the fraud that is HAMP; supporting cuts to Social Security; the substance of his trade deals (and the absolute secrecy in which he conducts them), etc. Yet for each of these the many speeches he has given extolling the value and need for doing the opposite.

      For those of us playing the game at home, we have no way to know what Obama really wants to DO because what he says he often won't do and what he does he often wouldn't say.

      •  It's the same with Social Security cuts (2+ / 0-)
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        Though there have been supporters of chained CPI here who have attempted to defend it.

        Every good Democrat has a line that, when the Party crosses it, feels obligated to speak out.  Many lines have been crossed in recent years and the crticism our party leaders face is something they need to address, or we'll do for them.

        Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

        by Betty Pinson on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 09:20:39 AM PDT

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  •  Good news here - (9+ / 0-)
    Reuters) - U.S. manufacturing activity increased to its highest level in nearly 3-1/2 years in August and construction spending rebounded strongly in July, in further signs of vigor in the economy.

    The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said on Tuesday its index of national factory activity rose to 59.0 last month, the highest reading since March 2011, from 57.1 in July.

    Separately, the Commerce Department said construction spending increased 1.8 percent to an annual rate of $981.31 billion, the highest level since December 2008.
  •  So glad you posted this - powerful speech! n/t (3+ / 0-)
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    "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition." Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon

    by Denise Oliver Velez on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 12:55:20 PM PDT

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