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  •  We aren't corporate heads.. (0+ / 0-)

    therefore we are being ignored. When is America going to call the ball on Washington and kick some corrupt, political butt? That's MY question. These jackals ignore the American public and will continue to do so until we stop this kind of atrocity.
    Besides that, this is a TOTAL waste of time. This issue is a no brainer...oh, wait, I think I just answered my own question....

    The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. George Washington

    by bluebuckeyewmn on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 09:22:43 AM PDT

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    •  We are going to kick political butt (0+ / 0-)

      when we stop complaining, get off our own butts, and create Better and More Democrats among the electorate. We know how, and some of us are actively doing just that. It's a lot easier among voters than incumbents, which means that we need a lot of work on getting voters to toss out incumbents.

      But when a bill comes before Congress, we don't have time for that. The question is always how close we can get to what we want out of the sausage grinder with the Congresscritters we have.

      Here in Indiana, for example, our Blue Dog Sen. Donnelly has come out (yes, I know, ha-ha) for LGBT rights, and is halfway there on firearms (good with background checks, against any form of registry, which we already knew we couldn't get this time). If we can turn him on abortion at any point, we might even make a Democrat of him. If Indiana evolves at the same rate as the rest of the country, we could equalize Democratic and Republican voting strength in ten or twelve years, and then (assuming the Republicans are actually still around) pull out ahead. If we actually GOTV here as hard as we can, that day can come sooner.

      There are at least a dozen Senators of whom one can say much the same as about Donnelly: not 100% Democratic or Republican, choosing their issues very carefully based on some combination of personal views, campaign contributions, and what they think voters in their states think, and how likely they are to vote that issue. We are making the case that the public is overwhelmingly for more gun safety regulation, and that the NRA and GOA will no longer have elections in swing states all to themselves.

      Now we need to get thousands of letters and phone calls to each of them every time the question arises, to equalize the pressure, and then apply even more on our side. I called Donnelly and also Coats before the first cloture vote, and intend to do it again before critical amendments, cloture on voting, and the vote itself.

      Similarly in swing House districts. Did I mention that we need more contested districts? Oh, right:

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 11:09:22 PM PDT

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