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  •  Excellent analysis (9+ / 0-)
    Democratic and Republican parties are part of The One Big Club, and their combined efforts to beat down the Amash/Conyers amendment cast a big, bright light on the real field of play:  not left v right, but above v below.
    And the way that left/right looks to most traditional Democrats is government regulation/corporate power.

    But what we are seeing is corporate-captured government plus corporate power/ordinary people.  And that is an above/below  (Pete Peterson/Social Security recipient) struggle.

    Problem is that no conventional political categories get it.  The civil liberties bunch that are enamored of Assange and the Pauls (and even Amash) don't get the danger to civil liberties that are taken as normal in every "private" corporation (which have been given their privilege of limited liability and divine right of management by the state governments and federal court precedents).

    And the question for folks who have been active in Democratic campaigns is how much longer are they going to be foot soldiers in defending against greater catastrophe only to see the party establishment destroy the party with its corruption or fail to direct resources to key vulnerable areas or tolerate massive betrayals by the neoliberal wing of the party.  (I think in particular the rewarding of Blue Dogs after they were claiming that Obama was too socialist or too extreme for them.  Which played into the narrative of the Tea Party candidates that defeated them. And then they get rewarded with appointed positions.)

    And a lot of folks have been foot soldiers from the battles of the 1960s and have seen the situation continue to unwind since 1963.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 06:37:54 PM PDT

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