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  •  Into the streets (4+ / 0-)
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    Timothy J, howd, Old Gardener, joanneleon

    Our leverage is to speak out and to demonstrate. Occupy Wall Street changed the narrative, not by getting Obama to do or say something, but by doing themselves.

    Our job is to get hundreds of people to call or write Obama and their member of Congress, send dozens of letters to the editor, and show up at vigils, rallies, and marches that end up  in front of their Congressmember's office. The Tea Party gets media coverage with a half dozen people, but we probably have to have at least a hundred people. It helps if some of those people are respected members of the community: clergy, professors, union leaders, business people, bankers, celebrities, etc. Sometimes creative actions can help: street theater, costumes, banner drops, Overpass Light Brigade, showing a movie on the side of a building, etc. And sometimes occupying or blockading an office can help.

    We need to do things electronically too: Facebook, Twitter, targeted Google ads, etc. that illuminate what the Congressperson is doing and criticizes it.

    The point is to make a big stink, get some media attention (or create our own media attention) and force Obama and Congress to respond to us.

    •  Yeah...good luck with that. nt (0+ / 0-)
      •  Thanks for helping (1+ / 0-)
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        Old Gardener

        For some reason, Democrats in Washington think that they should cut deals with the powers in Congress. But the currency of Washington is money and power (having monied friends). We don't have much leverage there.

        But we do have people power. That is what won us the election. And that is what we need to rely on to pressure Congress. Relying on Joe Lieberman and the other ConservaDems to cut a good deal for us before December 31 is not a good strategy. Begging Obama to give us some crumbs is also not a good strategy. We need to act like people who just won an election through our hard work, not like beggars hoping for a handout.

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