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  •  The president is not the party! That is why (12+ / 0-)

    our party is at war with itself. He was elected to represent our values, our wishes, not the other way around.

    Democratic values define our party. I think the Obama supporters have forgotten the values that were listed in the 2008 Democratic Platform:

    We Democrats have a special commitment to this promise of America. We believe that every American, whatever their background or station in life, should have the chance to get a good education, to work at a good job with good wages, to raise and provide for a family, to live in safe surroundings, and to retire with dignity and security. We believe that quality and affordable health care is a basic right. We believe that each succeeding generation should have the opportunity, through hard work, service and sacrifice, to enjoy a brighter future than the last.
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    The American Dream is at risk. Incomes are down and foreclosures are up. Millions of our fellow citizens have no health insurance while families working longer hours are pressed for time to care for their children and aging parents. Gas and home heating costs are squeezing seniors and working families alike. We are less secure and less respected in the world. After September 11, we could have built the foundation for a new American century, but instead we instigated an unnecessary war in Iraq before finishing a necessary war in Afghanistan. Careless policies, inept stewardship and the broken politics of this Administration have taken their toll on our economy, our security and our reputation.

    But even worse than the conditions we find ourselves in are the false promises that brought us here. The Republican leadership said they would keep us safe, but they overextended our military and failed to respond to new challenges. They said they would be compassionate conservatives, but they failed to rescue our citizens from the rooftops of New Orleans, neglected our veterans, and denied health insurance to children. They promised fiscal responsibility but instead gave tax cuts to the wealthy few and squandered almost a trillion dollars in Iraq. They promised reform but allowed the oil companies to write our energy agenda and the credit card companies to write the bankruptcy rules.

    These are not just policy failures. They are failures of a broken politics –a politics that rewards self-interest over the common interest and the short-term over the long-term, that puts our government at the service of the powerful. A politics that creates a state-of-the-art system for doling out favors and shuts out the voice of the American people.

    So, we come together not only to replace this President and his party –and not only to offer policies that will undo the damage they have wrought. Today, we pledge a return to core moral principles like stewardship, service to others, personal responsibility, shared sacrifice and a fair shot for all –values that emanate from the integrity and optimism of our Founders and generations of Americans since. Today, we Democrats offer leaders – from the White House to the State House – worthy of this country's trust.

    The president has turned his back on the commitments we made as a party to the American people when we wrote that platform. Instead of returning us to values that embrace human worth, he has repeatedly sided with the republicans, and now, we have the largest income gap in American history. He has broken almost every campaign promise he has made. If you don't believe it, just read how many of these promises have been pushed aside during his term in office.
    We will start by renewing the American Dream for a new era – with the same new hope and new ideas that propelled Franklin Delano Roosevelt towards the New Deal and John F. Kennedy to the New Frontier. We will provide immediate relief to working people who have lost their jobs, families who are in danger of losing their homes, and those who – no matter how hard they work – are seeing prices go up more than their income. We will invest in America again –in world-class public education, in our infrastructure, and in green technology –so that our economy can generate the good, high-paying jobs of the future. We will end the outrage of unaffordable, unavailable health care, protect Social Security, and help Americans save for retirement. And we will harness American ingenuity to free this nation from the tyranny of oil.
    •  Well stated (11+ / 0-)

      The party is its followers, not its leaders.  The reason corporatists hogging all the power positions is deeply damaging to the party is that their actions threaten to lose many followers who disapprove of those actions.  This, by definition, hurts the party by shrinking it.  

      Obama has shown little or no interest in party-building since he was first elected.  His campaign apparatus has been oriented toward his personal use, and did piss-all for the party in 2010.  We saw how that went down.  Leaders and those choosing to follow them can blame others for drifting away when they don't feel heard or represented.  But the fault lies with them, not with those walking away.  If a party can't attract a majority of voters, it fails in its most basic task.  The leaders have to take the fall for that.

      We have always been at war with al Qaeda.

      by Dallasdoc on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 10:02:16 AM PDT

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      •  Absolutely. Every good company realizes that (7+ / 0-)

        signs of poor leadership is a sudden exodus of employees from the company.

        •  I'll be interested to see (4+ / 0-)
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          registration numbers overall as we approach 2016.

          IMO, I've thought for awhile now that all of this shit is by design--this "dividing the left". We're more easily divided than the right anyway, because we are so much more diverse to begin with.

          But we couldn't have had a Lefty Tea Party. It would have actually been popular. It still frosts me to this day how that corporate astroturf bullshit cheapened something as real as the Tea Party Revolt.

          "The “Left” is NOT divided on the need to oppose austerity and the Great Betrayal. The Third Way is not left or center or even right. It is Wall Street on the Potomac."--Bill Black

          by lunachickie on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 10:50:39 AM PDT

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          •  IOW a Republican org became... a Republican org. (1+ / 0-)
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            With all due respect, since what you're talking about is Ron Paul's "tax day tea parties" (old Republican grumps in mock-colonial garb whining about taxes) being replaced by Dick Armey's Teabaggers (Aetna employees in Aetna blazers chanting slogans against health care), you're merely discussing astroturf replacing astroturf.

            Frankly, several Democratic Party "camp-followers" have already founded a few well-funded vanity projects of that sort that are currently sucking the air out of the political atmosphere, & I for 1 want nothing to do with those people.

            Occupy was/is true grass roots — & you can tell how much the neoliberal establishment hated & feared them by how brutal their hired goons have been to its outward signs. What it needs now is a constant, society-changing street-presence.

            •  Astroturf is astroturf (1+ / 0-)
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              and words and phrases matter when you have blanket coverage from coast-to-coast. The words "Tea Party" have been re-defined in terms of "audience reaction". Kind of like "impeachment" has.

              There's a whole sub-chapter of propaganda devoted to that sort of thing...

              "The “Left” is NOT divided on the need to oppose austerity and the Great Betrayal. The Third Way is not left or center or even right. It is Wall Street on the Potomac."--Bill Black

              by lunachickie on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 02:18:54 PM PDT

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        •  Absolutely (2+ / 0-)
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          And good companies don't blame the employees walking away for their leadership failures - they blame the poor leadership.

          However, the Democratic Party Third-Way Beltway Corporate-Coin-Operated Party and their apologists continue to blame the voters for not continuing to suck it up and stand in line for hours to vote for a party that repeatedly fails to represent their interests.   We work hard to elect people to represent our interests and when they repeatedly support policies that don't they cannot expect people to support their re-election.

          Yes, the other guys are worse.  Much worse.  But continuing to work for and vote for those who treat us like chumps says more about us than it does about them.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 04:39:46 PM PDT

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