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  •  Maybe it's party because I'm Jewish (10+ / 0-)

    and thus was largely and thankfully spared the garish commercial idiocy that has become Christmas in the US (mind you I'm trashing the commercialized version of Christmas, not the actual, core religious holiday which I think is among the world's great religious holidays), with its overemphasis on things no one needs or really wants and exploiting peoples' fear of being judged stingy and rude, that I saw Reagan and Reaganism as the lie and joke that they always were from the moment I first became aware of both, and couldn't understand how so many people could be swayed by that literally insane liar and propagandist.

    Which is why I made the Christmas comparison. I think it's the same exact thing: commercialized infantilism to appeal to peoples' childish cravings and fears.

    Well, that's finally ending, thank god (heh, and can we hope for a more sensible and less commercialized Christmas too?). Economic conditions mandated that. Reaganism has failed, in every measurable way, except for a relative few (and it has failed them too, by destroying what souls they might once have had). And in his place we effectively have Obama, who whether sincerely or not, has been making a strong case for progressivism, the only ideology in US history that's ever worked, going literally back to the founding (sorry, folks, Hamilton was the progressive, not Jefferson, along with Clay, Lincoln, TR, Wilson, FDR and LBJ).

    Of course, for it to take hold, we're going to need some results. And not the phony ones that Reagan cooked up, but real, bona fide, lasting results that benefit a majority of Americans--even the ones who hate Obama. That's why he needed a second term, to solidify and build upon the successes of his first term. And that's why we need him to fight the Repubs, that zombie party of Reaganite revanchists who would take us off a far worse cliff than this phony one with which they want to hold him and us hostage. It's his first big second term test.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 06:50:16 AM PST

    •  Agree, with one difference.... (4+ / 0-)
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      And that's why we need him to fight the Repubs, that zombie party of Reaganite revanchists who would take us off a far worse cliff than this phony one with which they want to hold him and us hostage. It's his first big second term test.
      And that's why we need to fight the Repubs, the Fossil Fuel Industry, & Wall Street, over & over again, on issue after issue, so Obama can win the votes.

      For example, on climate.  We can't just sit back & cheer or criticise Obama.  He can't make change that's up to the scale of the problem without us rising up and demanding it.  The House will block big change until they can't avoid it.  (check 350.org's new divestment campaign!)

      Same with inequality.  A few tax fixes aren't enough to change the paradigm and Obama can't just wave a wand.  He'll do some good stuff but it's up to us to push for more.  Push the opponents, that is, not just the President.

      It's time to put armchair activism to bed imo, we need to be on the phones, at people's doors, and in the streets.  Then our causes will flourish & succeed.

      •  There are many ways to fight these battles (1+ / 0-)
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        Not all require or exclusively benefit from retail-level activism. We also need some ideological guidance from above, for the perpetually perplexed and thus winnable.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 08:10:46 AM PST

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        •  Maybe. But imo "retail" is where our leverage (0+ / 0-)

          is.  We have way too many pundits nowdays, us & ours included.  I'm not sure we need more opinions.

          We've become a nation of tv-watching observers.  Not to mention typists.  I have much hope that this is ending as people get over their reluctance and fear of getting actively involved.  

          One of the Repubs long-term strategies is to make it uncool to get involved, to make politics so distasteful that regular good people cringe away and let the insiders rule.  They've done a pretty good job up to now, but things are changing.  

      •  you get it hooper, you really do. (0+ / 0-)

        That is what Obama has been saying over and over and over.

        I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

        by samddobermann on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 04:43:01 AM PST

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