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  •  How can we get the Dems to grow a backbone (6+ / 0-)
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    and stand up for their (our) poilicies?

    They should know by now that the corporate media is an arm of the Repub propaganda machine. They should embrace it and stop cowering from it. When they have policy to sell they need to go out in mass to the very corporate media outlets that sell Repub talking points 24/7 and use them to their advantage (this doesn't include Faux News, who should be ignored and shamed at all times).

    They need to learn how to beat the Repubs at their own game or they (we) will always lose.

    "Load up on guns, bring your friends, it's fun to lose and to pretend" Kurt Cobain-1991

    by Jeff Y on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 10:07:06 PM PST

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    •  We the People organize and get loud. (10+ / 0-)

      We did it during the elections. Do it, now.

      Republicans are sick snots.

      by redtex on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 10:30:11 PM PST

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      •  I'm in complete agreement with you. (13+ / 0-)

        This is from my diary in 2006

        This place is called Talavera.
        There's going to be a battle here tomorrow.
        You'll fight in it... maybe even die in it.
        But you won't see it.

        [explosion]

        There's a lot of smoke in a battle.
        Our cannon, their cannon.
        Our shot, their shell.
        Our volleys, their volleys.

        [shots]

        You don't see a battle. You hear it.
        Black powder blasting by the ton on all sides.
        Black smoke blinding you
        And choking you
        And making you vomit.

        Then the French come out of the smoke -
        Not in a line, but in a column.
        And they march towards our thin line,
        Kettledrums hammering like hell
        And a golden eagle blazing overhead.

        They march slowly,
        And it takes them a long time to reach you,
        And you can't see them in smoke.
        But you can hear the drums.

        They march out of the smoke, and you fire a volley.
        And the front rank of the column falls,
        And the next rank steps over them,
        With drums hammering,
        And the column smashes your line
        Like a hammer breaking glass...
        and Napoleon has won another battle.

        -Sean Bean as Captain Richard Sharpe

        Sharpe's Eagle. 1993.  

        Does this sound familiar to you?  It should.  It's how America has gone from the Liberalism of the 70s to the Conservativism of today.

        We Liberals are a patchwork of beliefs.  Individually, we may support abortion, or gay rights, or marijuana decriminalization, or alternative fuel sources, or getting rid of mandatory sentencing, or getting rid of nuclear power plants, or getting out of Iraq, or saving endangered species, or eliminating capital punishment, or protecting our environment, or advancing gun control, or saving puppies from being killed inhumanely, or preserving (or advancing!) rights for any of zillions of groups of people (women (or women of child-bearing years), gays, workers, the elderly, people of different original nationalities or skin color or mother tongue, etc., etc.), or advancement of the Arts, or Sciences, or Humanities, or the exploration of Space or of the Oceans.  We may support Organized Labor, or civil rights, or the rights of atheists or pagans or people who auto-identify as witches.  Or not.  Or any combination of the above in whatever order of priority.  We may believe staunchly in one or more of these issues.  Every Liberal is different and the Liberal causes are manifest, and Liberalism is a complex patchwork of ideals.  

        Generally, Liberals discuss and debate and come to concensus.  Sometimes we're right, and sometimes we're wrong.  And sometimes, those who advocate a certain issue strongly may cross the line of what is considered acceptable by the majority of the populace.  They may chain themselves to trees or to gates outside a nuclear power plant.  They may throw blood on people wearing fur coats.  Or dip a crucifix in urine.  Six cars shut down all the bridges in San Francisco when we went into Iraq the first time and kept lots of people from getting home that day.  We may or may not agree with these people and/or their methods, and, it doesn't really matter.

        The important thing about it is that the Conservatives can attack any the extremes of anyone doing any of these egregious things in a 30 second soundbite, and paint all those people who believe in that particular thing with the same brush, true or not.  And, the average American, even the average Liberal, will shake their head in disgust.  

        And once they have smeared one little piece of interest to Liberals, they paint all Liberals with this brush.  And once they can defeat a tiny piece of the "liberal agenda", they can claim to have a victory against LIBERALISM.  

        You can think of Liberalism as a pot of melted Jello.  You can think of Establishment Republicans as a hammer.  The hammer crashes down into the melted Jello and some of it will slosh out onto the floor.  The hammer will emerge with melted Jello dripping off of it like blood.  They can hold the hammer up victorious.  It doesn't matter that most of the pot of Jello remains... because Jello cannot attack a hammer and tear anything away from it.  Therefore, they are perceived as strong and we are perceived as weak.  

        And that hammer is the same hammer that Napoleon used in the quote above.  And they use this hammer again and again.  They hit Dick Durbin with that hammer.  I discussed it in a diary saying that it's time to STOP APOLOGIZING.  

        But, see, Napoleon did quite an impressive job in Europe.  But he didn't win.  The next lines in the scene quoted above are as follows:

        But if you don't run -
        If you stand until you can smell the garlic,
        And fire volley after volley,
        Three rounds a minute -
        Then they slow down.
        They stop.
        And then they run away.
        All you've got to do is stand,
        And fire three rounds a minute.

        Now, you and I know you can fire three rounds a minute. But can you stand?

        Sharpe's Eagle, 1993

        Well, they're not coming at us, kettledrums hammering like hell.  We're not firing three rounds a minute.  Overall, they're the ones with the guns, we're the ones advocating gun control.  Guess who wins that fight when it comes to blows?

        But, we can win.  The problem is that we're too nice.  And we didn't know that we were in a Napoleonic battle with ruthless people who lie.  Their extremists do egregious things too, but we don't call them on it.  Their Establishment is in the process of destroying our nation.  But we don't say anything.  Al-fucking-Gore won the 2000 election, and we don't say anything.

        We have to start saying things, because we're the party of ideas and idealism, and what we believe resonates with the pulse of America.  Our ideas are in harmony with the Great Myth. We're not trying to destroy America, we're trying to save it.  And that's how we'll have to fight back.  And we have to, because if we don't, we, and our nation, are lost.

        The Republican Party: the party of greed, hate, anger, fear, waste, death and destruction!

        by ultrageek on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 10:43:41 PM PST

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        •  Thanks for inspiration. (15+ / 0-)

           I have nothing left to lose. But, I will fight for my kids.  

           Washington was rather shocked by the American outrage over the CEO's. It is time to turn that anger on the Republicans.  

            Frankly, we need to scare the shit out of them. I'm just one old, almost blind lady ready to fight.

          Republicans are sick snots.

          by redtex on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 10:50:26 PM PST

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        •  please repost this. People need to see more of th (7+ / 0-)

          is.

          Martin Luther King Jr.

          You may well ask: "Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches, and so forth? Isn't negotiation a better path?" You are quite right in calling for negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent-resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word "tension." I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and halftruths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, so must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood

          Martin Luther King Jr.

          F#@k this Congress and the limos they rode in on!

          by MinistryOfTruth on Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 12:12:11 AM PST

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      •  peoplesmarchforjustice@gmail.com (2+ / 0-)
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        Give Obama an encore the MSM can not ignore.

        F#@k this Congress and the limos they rode in on!

        by MinistryOfTruth on Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 12:08:06 AM PST

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