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  •  there is an enormous constituency waiting for... (20+ / 0-)

    somebody to step up and do the right thing for the 99%.  there are lots of politicians with pretty words and detrimental actions which will ultimately lead to cynicism.  

    it is unlikely that a party can go from being the party of the common man to the party of the lesser evil and remain successful for long.

    i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

    by joe shikspack on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 07:14:04 AM PST

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    •  When we hear (10+ / 0-)

      so many people saying that they have lost faith in the system and that there is little difference in the parties, we should take heed.  I honestly believe that the big losses in 2010 were due in great part to many "occasional" voters realizing that nothing really had changed and refusing to participate in the system.  

      It certainly happened in my state of Florida, and the result has been a long term disaster with gerrymandered districts, both at the congressional and state levels.  In the meantime, the statewide social safety net has been severely compromised, public education is being dismantled, and our environment is being given away.  I am not very optimistic for my own state and perhaps some of that pessimism is being transferred to my views of our nation.  

      But we have seen in the past that what happens at a state level is usually a precursor to what we will see down the road at the national level. It will be done under the guise of cutting the debt, but of course austerity is the least effective tool for doing that.  We know it and the folks in DC know it.  It is all a sleight of hand to continue the transfer of power and public wealth into private hands.

      "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

      by gulfgal98 on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 07:29:25 AM PST

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    •  like Obama's former CoS Rahm Emanuel said (3+ / 0-)
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      joe shikspack, fuzzyguy, gulfgal98

      "where they gonna go" and I think that is the mindset.
       As long as Team Red keeps putting out nut cases as opponents Team Blue can keep keeping moving rightward into failed (not for the 1%) neoliberal ideology.
      It would make sense for some Dems to contribute to crazy opponents in their primaries so they can get an easy reelection when they meet on election day.
       The Dems have moved so far right (aka wrong) there is only room for Repubs on the crazy extreme side, because they've (Dems) already adopted Repub positions of the 90's.

      without the ants the rainforest dies

      by aliasalias on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 01:44:10 PM PST

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