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  •  So? Go ahead and spend enormous resources (0+ / 0-)

    (time and money) and someday you might elect a ton of Democrats...who will still support owners over workers.  It's a waste of time and lots of people realize that, hence so many non-voters.

    The way to build workers' power and to beat back the depredations of the owners is to build our power.  Organize and fight back where it counts (in our workplaces and communities) and leave the polls for the pols.

    The politics of direct action is based, to a certain degree, on a faith that freedom is contagious. - David Graeber

    by An Affirming Flame on Fri Feb 24, 2012 at 09:00:51 AM PST

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    •  Chicken & egg. We need our own Tea Party. (0+ / 0-)

      The Democrats now in office respond more to the middle-class office types than to waitstaff, janitors, etc., because it's the middle-class office types who turned out & voted them into office.

      Progressives are there, in the primaries, but they don't win the primaries. E.g., in Arkansas, in the Blanche Lincoln (Blue Dog) vs. Bill Halter (progressive) primary runoff, less than 5% of adult Arkansans bothered to turn out & vote for Halter.

      Change who votes > change who wins (or change what the winners do to save their own asses) > change policy.

      Ironically, the Tea Party is showing us the way on this. They're a small minority of Americans, and probably even a minority of Republicans, but no Republican candidate dares cross them. We need a progressive Democratic version of the Tea Party.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Fri Feb 24, 2012 at 09:45:32 AM PST

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