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  •  The DNC and other traditional Democratic... (24+ / 0-)

    organizations are becoming less relevant everyday while organizations like Color of Change and Occupy Wall Street are becoming more.

    I just read one of the most inspiring articles I've read in a very long time!  It is inspiring not because of its great prose, or poetic beauty, but because it restores my "faith" in the possibility that maybe, just maybe, the progressive movement may have finally grow a spine to really take on the corporatist-led attack on what is left of our democracy.
    And, from what I've seen, both of the aforementioned are endowed with not only a spine -- they also have big brass testies!

    Thanks for the diary.

    That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history. ~ Aldous Huxley

    by markthshark on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 04:11:15 AM PDT

    •  They're More Relevant Than Ever to the PRESENT. (5+ / 0-)

      It's unknowable whether the people really have some kind of potential for significant revolution, but if we do, those dinosaur institutions are irrelevant to the initial shaping of the future.

      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 Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 06:14:42 AM PDT

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      •  It's not so much that there are irrelevant, but (4+ / 0-)
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        that they are totally corrupt; part of the corporatist hegemony.

        •  Exactly. If they were more organized and (4+ / 0-)
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          capable, I have little doubt they'd be actively fighting organizations such as Color of Change, etc.  They are part of the status quo and want it kept like it is.  They're invested in that.

          "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

          by gustynpip on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 01:58:34 PM PDT

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      •  Actually, not so sure about this (0+ / 0-)

        A friend of mine who's worked for a long time inside and outside the system, said to me recently "There is no Democratic party.  There's just a bunch of people running around trying to find short-term solutions to immediate problems (the implication was, for their own individual good)."  His notion is that there's no united platform, no united strategy, no united anything--and he didn't mean in a nice, functional "big tent" way.

        Of course, I'm not so sure about this b/c it seems to me the Dems' messaging has been more unified than ever before since around Sept. 2010.

        Being ignored is the difference between being a one percenter and an American.--sweeper

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 03:27:49 PM PDT

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    •  Been that way on the Repub side forever... (0+ / 0-)

      ....NRA, CofC, FRC put the boots on the ground and the Repubs go along with it.

      Frankly, the Dems have relied on the unions too long to carry all the weight.

      If Obama doesn't deserve credit for getting Bin Laden because he didn't pull the trigger, Bin Laden doesn't deserve the blame for 9-11 because he didn't fly the planes.

      by Bush Bites on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 08:24:04 AM PDT

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    •  As it should be (2+ / 0-)
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      A party should represent (from the street up), not control the limits of our discourse.

      We aren't the party's "members", the party is our extension.

      Seems we've forgotten that over the last 30 years trying to imitate what the other party does.  We aren't like them, we can't succeed using their methodologies.

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