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    I hear this all the time about how the young people and minorities are going to be the saviours of the liberal cause but I want to remind you what happened to the early baby boomers.  We thought we were "the ones".  We sang and marched and demonstrated.  We helped bring about racial equality and end the Vietnam War.  Then like the Occupy movement we folded our tents got our degrees and joined Wall Street.  Sold used cars and insurance and did whatever to raise a family.  We became disillusioned and dropped out of politics or as we got more we wanted even more and became conservatives who vote against our interest and our earlier stated principles.  

    I have a whole slew of Facebook friends that I went to HS with, graduating in 67.  Most of them hate Obama except for my closest HS circle of 4 real friends who if anything have, like me, gotten more liberal and we don't do the Facebook thing.  We talk directly.

    Saul Alinsky said there are the Haves, the Have Nots and the Got Some Want Mores.  I think you can figure out what that means.  As the minority groups and young people come into their own prosperity they will become the Got Some Want More's who will vote against the Have Nots in hopes of becoming Haves.

    Don't automatically count on them remaining progressive.  We have to give them reasons to believe that collective progress also increases personal progress otherwise we will find ourselves in the mirror image of what the GOP is facing.  

    A bad idea isn't responsible for those who believe it. ---Stephen Cannell

    by YellerDog on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 10:55:24 PM PST

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