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View Diary: I wasn't in favor of OWS. Now I am. (206 comments)

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  •  I don't agree (2+ / 0-)
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    ozsea1, ca democrat

    I think we need to redefine who are better Democrats.  The problem with politicians is that too many of them are overprivileged and career-obsessed.  Even with the best of intentions, they tend to start from a position the diarist so eloquently explained.  They tend to think of public office as their career.  We need to elect people who will refuse to be corrupted, who will not think constantly about the next election, who are willing to stand up and possibly lose an election so long as the public becomes better informed and our democracy is strengthened by their service.  They must challenge the "way things work" instead of using that as an excuse for inertia or limited mental capacity.  I do not expect some miraculous savior.  But true threats to the system, like the OWS protesters, are what we need.  People who, from the outset, intend to challenge the status quo and will use the public soapbox to do it when necessary.  

    •  The system (4+ / 0-)

      will spit them out before they can accumulate enough power to do any serious good.  The only way they can amass enough levers to do anything serious is to "play ball" -- and in a corrupt system, you know what that means.

      •  in CA we still have the initiative process (1+ / 0-)
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        Creosote

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        by ca democrat on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 03:44:27 PM PST

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      •  Little steps are still forward movement (0+ / 0-)

        If we had politicians who were willing to challenge the accepted "truths" who had public support, even if they accomplished only small achievements, those achievements would chip away at the fortress.  There would eventually be a cumulative effect.  Just as we should not get discouraged if OWS does not achieve immediate results.  It will have a cumulative effect.  Already, it has put the isue of fairness and equity in the public discourse.  That will have a ripple effect.

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