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  •  The states must be abolished. (1+ / 0-)
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    gtomkins

    If the US were more homogeneous and the constitution not so constructed this might be something worth arguing for, but from a practical political perspective its very much a waste of time.  We need to play the hand we are dealt to the best of our ability, which shouldn't be that difficult given that the numbers are actually in democrats favor.  We need to better motivate democrats to more focused progressive goals that are more immediately achievable so that a momentum for progress can be established.

    Certainly mobilizing renters, should they actually prove to be a favorable demographic for dems, could be a good priority.  I have no problem with this as I am a landlord.  A healthy, fair, and stable rental market is good for landlords as well as renters.  We need to spend less time on the us versus them aspects and better sell progressive wares as the logically better alternative.

    •  We don't get to choose if there's a fight or not (0+ / 0-)

      We only get to choose whether to fight back or not.

      Politics isn't a cooperative venture.  One side wins and gets to implement the policies it thinks are best, while the other side has to suck eggs, at least until the next election.  Except that the other side has shown quite a bit of interest lately in insuring itself through disenfranchisement against having to pay any price at the next election for policies it seems to know will be horrible for most of us.

      Politics is nothing but us versus them.  We were spoiled after the New Deal destroyed the other side, by two generations of RINOs who didn't dare fight against the New Deal because FDR had so thoroughly beaten them into submission.  They gave up after they couldn't beat Truman with Dewey, and turned to a New Deal Democrat to switch parties and run as a RINO to save the party from total irrelevance.

      Those days are over.  Their side is no longer ashamed or afraid to declare that the New Deal and the Great Society are socialism that must be destroyed.  Two generations of fake bipartisanship are dead and gone, and our politics is back to being a fight.  Well, their side is fighting.  We seem to still imagine that, any day now, the other side will calm down and go back to being RINOs -- and all we have to do to make that happen is to not get too excited or too negative.  

      The states must be abolished.

      by gtomkins on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 08:29:07 PM PDT

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