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  •  It might be advisable -- (4+ / 0-)

    that if we are asked "do you really want to help the Democratic Party?" we might well respond "what's in it for me?"  Why should the Democratic Party get any sort of allegiance from anyone here, if its sold-out "leadership" is no longer accountable to us?  

    "There's nothing heroic about earning profit." -Odo, from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    by Cassiodorus on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 02:46:17 PM PDT

    •  The Way the Rightwing Helped the Republican (2+ / 0-)
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      Klusterpuck, TracieLynn

      party was to take it over. When they started they realized that even with billionaire backing (or that time's equivalent) they didn't have the strength to beat both parties and get into office that way. So they recruited, infiltrated and did it that way.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 02:53:02 PM PDT

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    •  The system is set up as a two-party system (2+ / 0-)
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      at the margins, and one-party corporate state at the root.  We have to start somewhere, and the best option is to force and enforce change in the least corrupt party.  Then we'll go from there.

      •  You won't be able to force anyone to do anything (2+ / 0-)
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        unless you can carry out a threat to withhold votes.

        "There's nothing heroic about earning profit." -Odo, from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

        by Cassiodorus on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 03:14:02 PM PDT

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        •  From the link: (4+ / 0-)
          “What gets lost in all this faux movement politics,” said Barrett,  “is any real challenge to the growing imbalance of social, political and economic power. Quite the contrary, the ultimate impact of their actions is to reproduce if not  aggravate that imbalance. What we’ve got here is a deeply symbiotic relationship between a pseudo-movement that derives its raison d’etre and financial vitality from a vilification of the right, which it has helped to create and without which it would have no reason for existence. Indeed, the more extreme the right becomes, the better it is for them, since they live off of fear-mongering. To oppose the right in a meaningful sense would put them out of business. That isn’t to say that there is nothing to be feared in the right or that some of these folks don’t think they’re fighting the good fight, but rather that the two work in tandem, much like a good-cop-bad-cop team. As the right becomes ever more extreme, this Democratic Party cum non-profit industrial complex moves further and further to the right itself, thereby giving the Republicans and their ilk ever greater leash and making it easier to frighten the “progressive” masses.”

          "There's nothing heroic about earning profit." -Odo, from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

          by Cassiodorus on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 03:17:17 PM PDT

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        •  Great read and helps to explain the lack of... (1+ / 0-)
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          real progress.

          Plato's " The Cave" taught me to question reality.

          by CTDemoFarmer on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 05:00:03 PM PDT

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    •  Sold out is right (0+ / 0-)

      How long before we realize all pols are the same?  Once in Washington they only care about more power, influence and the wealth that comes with it. Simple.

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