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    do is wish and continue to act in our work to save the "social safety net" programs.

    What concerns me greatly is that so many from the mainstream media, analysts, and politicians in addition to the organized and well-funded propagandists who are transparent in their efforts, still don't give a vivid or researched account of how many people will suffer from individual reforms.  They become simply an abstraction rather than a documented argument against the rightwing propagandistic accusations of lazy cheaters and immoral bums.

    Luckily the majority of Americans are able to see past the dishonesty in the asserted necessity for the reforms, but until our leaders who can influence the outcome of legislation speak with conviction and specificity challenging and refuting the necessity for cuts then it's difficult to be optimistic.

    I've always believed the greatest impact is in massive physical protest, but if written petition is the only feasible  means then we are faced with the challenge of combining the numerous smaller activist petitions into one or two that can attract enough signers to have impact.  By impact, I'm thinking at least a million or more advocates.  On the national level for important legislation I think that number would have influence.

    Any individual effort is worthwhile, if nothing else as a matter of personal integrity, but until we can consolidate to create momentum I remain sceptical that we can reverse the rightward trend over time.

    More: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it?

    by blueoasis on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 11:35:46 AM PST

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