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  •  While unoriginal, AndySchmooklerforCongress (2+ / 0-)
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    makes a crucial, all-too-often overlooked point. A good reason for the 50 state strategy to "concede nothing" anywhere is simply to ensure that progressive views, values and ideas are being represented in the public square...everywhere, every election cycle, when opposing views are being promoted.

    I made this very point in a wrap-up at a fund-raiser I organized for a dozen Democratic candidates here in Utah--for candidates for County, State and Federal positions--back in 2006.

    As someone who has increasingly less regard for the efficacy of electoral politics, I still think it is important for progressives to compete in the open market of ideas, not just in choir grandstands, and the campaign season is one of the best opportunities and most important times for doing just that.

    This is why it is important to field a good candidate / spokesperson for progressive ideas, give them adequate funding to publicize those ideas, and show up and support them throughout the season, during GOTV, and on election day, including the evening local and state gatherings while the results come in. Even when you know they are a long shot.

    Another reason? It'll make it easier to recruit the next long-shot candidate, a solid one, if you can demonstrate that the last one wasn't left to wander alone in what sometimes can be a truly hostile wilderness.

    "Concede nothing" must include the battle over ideas, not just electoral victories, and election campaigns are a good and necessary medium for waging that battle.

    Add the median effective tax rate, healthcare costs (20%?), education costs, and other things guaranteed in Denmark & Sweden, we pay MORE for LESS. Somebody's gotta pay the billionaires. They don't grow on trees. ☮ ♥ ☺

    by Words In Action on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 12:47:52 PM PDT

    •  Hmmm. (2+ / 0-)
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      I didn't mean to imply that "AndySchmooklerforCongress" was unoriginal but that his thesis was...

      Add the median effective tax rate, healthcare costs (20%?), education costs, and other things guaranteed in Denmark & Sweden, we pay MORE for LESS. Somebody's gotta pay the billionaires. They don't grow on trees. ☮ ♥ ☺

      by Words In Action on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 12:54:15 PM PDT

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