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I'm taking a poll to see what a "top 5" progressive issues list might look like...

So I'm making a list and checking it tonight....gonna find out what's left and what's right.

Cheesy, I know.

Seriously, though, I want to make a list of our top issues for progressives in the next election cycle. Let's find out which irons are hot, that we might strike them efficiently.

To that end, here's a poll. All comments are welcome, and I will be checking in to foster discussion. Go!

Originally posted to papa monzano on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 09:57 AM PST.

Also republished by CenTex Kossacks and TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans.

Poll

Which progressive issue is nearest and dearest to your heart?

11%20 votes
14%26 votes
7%13 votes
10%19 votes
9%17 votes
14%26 votes
16%29 votes
5%10 votes
9%17 votes

| 177 votes | Vote | Results

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    If only Michael Phelps hadn't smoked that pot...imagine what he could have accomplished with motivation and good lung capacity.

    by papa monzano on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 09:57:07 AM PST

  •  Here's a start: (9+ / 0-)

    my diary from the other day.

    As for me,

    my focus will be on income and wealth disparities generally, and hunger and poverty in particular.

    Love is the part of us that lasts. Share it while you can.

    by Melanie in IA on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:00:46 AM PST

    •  Yeah - income inequality (5+ / 0-)

      (or correction thereof) helps to address directly or indirectly, so many other issues.

    •  Economic segregation (3+ / 0-)

      I'm with Melanie that the fundamental start for helping the most people is starting with jobs, food and healthcare.

      From there, we can spread out to the others.

      My next most visible choices would be civil rights including women's rights, voting rights, free speech.

      However, land use is more key for long term.  Environment, manufacturing, farming, housing, schools.

      •  so then (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Fleet

        jobs: by this are you thinking UI extension, govt training/hiring (public worker hiring and/or stimulus)?

        land use is interesting. seems like it's out of left field since it doesn't get the airtime that some hot-button issues get, but it ties so much together...

        If only Michael Phelps hadn't smoked that pot...imagine what he could have accomplished with motivation and good lung capacity.

        by papa monzano on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:13:30 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  In my area (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          papa monzano

          My town's downtown is not vibrant.    There are unattractive buildings with low revenue businesses.

          A variety of reasons stifle the center of town:  unused parking lots, buildings which rotted and were torn down, a landlord or two who won't renovate the existing buildings nor sell to interested parties, not to mention a plain lack of excitement, except for a certain restaurant I like.

          Meanwhile the outskirts are being built up.

          Finally, the realtors have quite an excess of buildings to sell, the same as 99 % of the rest of the country.

          As for jobs -- all of your suggestions, especially public hiring.

    •  that's great! (3+ / 0-)

      thanks for the link, clearly i missed that diary :)

      for those just joining us (that would be everyone everywhere) here's the top 5 as of this writing from mel's diary.

      energy/environment
      education
      economic issues
      healthcare
      civil/human rights

      thoughts?

      If only Michael Phelps hadn't smoked that pot...imagine what he could have accomplished with motivation and good lung capacity.

      by papa monzano on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:09:24 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  The poor, the disabled, the old and the vulnerable (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    papa monzano, ZhenRen

    Poverty, hunger, and the treatment of those unable to help themselves.  There was a story yesterday on CNN about a disabled woman living on the 7th floor of a powerless, dark, cold high rise with her 2 small children.  Without an elevator she was trapped and dependent on her 10 year old to navigate the dark staircase with a flashlight to bring up food.  Totally alone.  Dependent on the National Guard for meals ready to eat.  We do not even know these people exist anymore.  They are hidden from us.  We see them only when a hurricane exposes them.  

    They are the bargaining chips in the Grand Bargain.

    •  good points (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      greenbell, glorificus

      there's going to be a god-awful reckoning when they find the city of subway dwellers post-sandy.

      all i could think of was all the people from the documentary "dark days" and how they were probably unaware of the coming water that assuredly has filled their tunnel home.

      If only Michael Phelps hadn't smoked that pot...imagine what he could have accomplished with motivation and good lung capacity.

      by papa monzano on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:23:07 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  yes. (2+ / 0-)
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      greenbell, glorificus

      "are we supposed to care for the least among us"

      there seems to be a root argument lately in this country about whether we are even supposed to try and help the least fortunate. this should never have become a "progressive" issue. this is an american issue and a larger human issue.

      thank you for reminding me to include it.

      If only Michael Phelps hadn't smoked that pot...imagine what he could have accomplished with motivation and good lung capacity.

      by papa monzano on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:25:08 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Climate change (2+ / 0-)
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    papa monzano, Agathena

    Though not a tradition 'progressive issue', climate change is sadly an exclusive province of progressivism, and it's up to us to push it into national politics.

  •  other issues (1+ / 0-)
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    teknohed

    adding on:

    election access/voter id/disenfranchisement

    climate change

    energy sourcing

    public education policy

    ---

    once we get a shortlist, i'll be trying to hash out the best progressive policy ideas on these issues and then attempting to frame those solutions for ready pitching to consevative voters. good ideas are good ideas, they just get covered in trigger-phrasing.

    too often we get the national policy discussion equivalent of taking a bite of something, declaring it tasty, then spitting it out when you find out it's called something we were told was gross.

    If only Michael Phelps hadn't smoked that pot...imagine what he could have accomplished with motivation and good lung capacity.

    by papa monzano on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:19:34 AM PST

  •  Its best not to constrain ourselves (1+ / 0-)
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    papa monzano

    We have a president that doesn't have to worry about the conservitard noise machine anymore. He can really lead us forward on a variety of fronts.

    Confronting fundamental fairness questions should be a top priority.

    That being said, I hope he does something about the gun fetish in America. Using only executive power, he can ban gun sales in the US.

    •  yes (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      glorificus

      my fear is if we don't constrain ourselves, our efforts will be too diluted. i'm not the president but i want to get something done, so i've got to pick my battles.

      If only Michael Phelps hadn't smoked that pot...imagine what he could have accomplished with motivation and good lung capacity.

      by papa monzano on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:32:13 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I can see that (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        papa monzano

        but I think you underestimate the power that the president now has.

        He doesn't need the obstructionist, seditious congress for 99.9% of what needs doing. He is a smart man, and he knows this. The reason he didn't before is he had to win reelection, and he couldn't do alot of the things that need doing, as they may have been unpopular.

        He doesn't have to worry about that anymore.

        •  agreed (0+ / 0-)

          i'm having to temper myself so as to not be a total pollyanna, but i'm SO SO SO thrilled at the idea of a lame-duck Obama.

          If only Michael Phelps hadn't smoked that pot...imagine what he could have accomplished with motivation and good lung capacity.

          by papa monzano on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 11:07:30 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Pres. Obama can do NO MORE than he could before. (2+ / 0-)
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          Odysseus, papa monzano

          His power to issue executive orders is the same.

          However, he still cannot pass laws. Congress must do that.

          Looking at it one way, the HOUSE needs to be significantly threatened to pass anything that helps the 98% of citizens in this country, as was made clear during the past 4 years.

          He cannot wave a magic wand and close Gitmo. Nor can he fund Obamacare or overturn Citizens United by himself.

          I believe he has fewer constraints now, but the system still exists.

          "I believe more women should carry guns. I believe armed women will make the world a better place. Women need to come to think of themselves not as victims but as dangerous." Anna Pigeon

          by glorificus on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 04:53:57 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  Top 5: Climate, Climate, Climate, Climate, Climate (5+ / 0-)

    What is really disappointing to me, is that this isn't even on your list.

    You can't move forward on anything without addressing this. It is such a pervasive, overwhelming problem that it will impact any issue you might mention in more compelling ways.

    You want to know what Citizen's United and political corruption is doing to us -- look at the oil and gas interests.  Infrastructure? You can't do any smart investments without including climate adaptation strategy. You want social justice? Start with environmental justice and helping the poor and middle class folks who get devastated by tragedies like Katrina and Sandy. If you don't do this, you're pissing in the wind.

    Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you: Armisticeproject.org

    by FischFry on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:21:22 AM PST

    •  agreed (2+ / 0-)
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      Moravan, glorificus

      i was just spitballing a list together to start the conversation, but you're completely right that climate change must be on there. just the admission that it's happening has become a progressives-only issue, and that's possibly the most frightening single thing in years. it speaks to our larger national problem with education being equated with elitism and the wholesale denial of facts and science.

      If only Michael Phelps hadn't smoked that pot...imagine what he could have accomplished with motivation and good lung capacity.

      by papa monzano on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:29:17 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I voted for drug policy. I don't use illegal (2+ / 0-)
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    papa monzano, Odysseus

    drugs (I smoked pot in college long ago), so I am not a member of the stoner caucus. Wine and chocolate are my psychoactive drugs of choice.

    Drug policy is the most effective voter suppression tactics. Millions of mostly poor and disproportionally minority people are in prison or ineligible to vote. If we could get young people and minorities voting at a reasonable rate the conservatives would be history.

    The other effective voter suppression mechanism is gerrymandering. Democratic congressional candidates had a 5% advantage in the popular vote but didn't win a majority of the seats. That is an impressive fail on our part. It is because the Republicans have mastered the art of gerrymandering minorities into safe seats, which means that their votes don't have as much effect. Compare the results of the House election to the presidency and Senate, where gerrymandering has no effect.

  •  immigration (2+ / 0-)
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    papa monzano, glorificus

    we need to be on top of this issue and force it with republicans.

    they are already having a civil war over it.  we should push it front and center early next year maybe in March.

    -You want to change the system, run for office.

    by Deep Texan on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:26:47 AM PST

    •  top 5 progressive issues is different (3+ / 0-)
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      papa monzano, glorificus, Odysseus

      than top 5 democratic issues

      i think progressive issues are in a bubble of their own.  democratic issues are political.

      top 5 democratic issues:

      1. middle-class tax cut (even though taxes should go up, we have an opportunity to show america, republicans don't really care about the deficit)
      2. immigration reform
      3. jobs bill
      4. energy bill
      5. the fed budget

      -You want to change the system, run for office.

      by Deep Texan on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:32:41 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  One. Climate Change and the enviornment (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    papa monzano

    2. civil rights
    3. tax fairness
    4. Healthcare
    5. Citizens United

  •  Environmental protection (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    papa monzano
  •  It has to start with Citizens United. (2+ / 0-)
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    papa monzano, glorificus

    Without dealing with that, all else becomes much too difficult (witness what happened to financial reform -- an excellent bill became only an OK bill).

    Next has to be filibuster reform.  The Senate is broken (by the GOP).  The only way to fix it (and fix our system) is to end the logjam.

    I know many want to deal with policy issues, but, without dealing with process reform, we cannot deal with the rest.

    After those two, my top 3 are climate change, tax fairness/infrastructure (based on the Progressive Caucus budget proposal), and immigration reform.

    Ultimately, the only thing that matters with respect to preserving choice is who will be nominating the next Supreme Court Justices.

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:51:06 AM PST

  •  things to think about (0+ / 0-)

    this comment is just a general list of thoughts so i can refer back later....

    process issues rather than specific policies...

    stop and reverse gerrymandering

    forcing change in texas rather than solely beating our heads against the federal wall

    climate change (science and education aren't evil dammit)

    now, the way these things need to be pitched to win support in texas may not be the way they need to be framed to win nationally. I, for one, need to learn to speak to my audience and not preach to my assumed choir.

    also, i have to say you guys are wonderful. thanks everyone for so much input. it's great.

    If only Michael Phelps hadn't smoked that pot...imagine what he could have accomplished with motivation and good lung capacity.

    by papa monzano on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 11:04:52 AM PST

  •  Affordability of Higher Education (1+ / 0-)
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    papa monzano

    The cost of higher education has exploded over the last 20 years, to the point that the cost of a college degree may outweigh the benefit.

    The current higher education model (guaranteed federal loan money) promotes unchecked increases in tuition, and has led to abuses by for-profit colleges. Pres. Obama has hinted at reform, but has not suggested any concrete changes. Something needs to be done.

  •  For me: (3+ / 0-)
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    papa monzano, Agathena, Odysseus

    Sustainability in all things.

    Economic sustainability - that all workers have a living wage that our so-called economic indicators reflect the ability to live a decent life on a 40 hr. pay packet, that we are actually producing things that people and the planet need rather than shuffling money around and calling that a GDP...

    Environmental and energy sustainability - that we pay attention to our planet and the way we live upon it.

    Community sustainability - that we create not only communities but community spaces and the infrastructure for supportive and invigorating communities beyond leaving that aspect of life to either the churches or the governmental sector.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 12:03:15 PM PST

  •   climate change/environment belongs on the list! (2+ / 0-)
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    papa monzano, Agathena

    Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote. William E. Simon

    by TEMkitty on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 12:28:27 PM PST

    •  thanks! (0+ / 0-)

      it's in the comments and added now. i'm not sure that i can adjust the poll without voiding the results so far.

      If only Michael Phelps hadn't smoked that pot...imagine what he could have accomplished with motivation and good lung capacity.

      by papa monzano on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 12:31:48 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  my top 5... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    papa monzano, Agathena

    1. Climate Change
    2. Education
    3. Health care
    4. Income Inequality
    5. Money in Politics/Term Limits

  •  Hmm... Seems a few items have been left out (3+ / 0-)
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    Agathena, joanneleon, joe shikspack

    Stop the drone warfare terrorism against other states and their citizens.

    Stop killing innocent civilians.

    Respect international treaties: Stop human rights abuse and war crimes.

    End the war in Afghanistan

    Enforce constitutional protections of civil rights, stop illegal spying on citizens.

    Get the Industrial Military Complex under control.

    End the war on drugs

    Provide true universal healthcare: Medicare for all. Make private health insurance obsolete.

    Repeal NDAA provisions which circumvent due process and which allows indefinite detention of American citizens.

    Repeal or reform NAFTA

    Mandate a living wage (a REAL living wage), and enforce it.

    Create legislation to prevent jobs from being outsourced overseas.

    Prosecute bankers for destroying the economy with fraudulent, unethical practices.

    Reinstitute strong, effective regulations on the banking and Finance industries.

    Break up banks that are too big to fail.

    End homelessness (provide all citizens with housing).

    Provide all those with student loan debt a good job, or cancel their debt.

    Come up with a truly workable plan for mortgage debt relief.

    Stop persecution of whistle blowers.

    Abolish the death penalty.

    That's a start.

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

    by ZhenRen on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 12:49:33 PM PST

  •  Moving away from a fossil fuel economy (3+ / 0-)
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    ZhenRen, joanneleon, joe shikspack

    before it's too late.

    ❧To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 12:57:05 PM PST

  •  Employee Free Choice Act (2+ / 0-)
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    papa monzano, joanneleon

    We still need it. It would fix a lot of problems. Obama promised to push for it in his first term, but didn't. No blame, he had a lot of other issues to worry about. Obamacare is a huge important achievement that he protected by getting reelected.

    But the EFCA is the next big thing he should work for. When workers are allowed to organize into unions fairly and easily, they suddenly acquire rights, higher incomes, better lives.

    This issue would be a huge step towards improving our economy quickly, and ensuring that the huge divide between the 1% and the rest of us starts to shrink.

    "Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob." - FDR

    by itsnotbutter on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 02:03:19 PM PST

  •  I take it repealing the Patriot Act, NAFTA, (2+ / 0-)
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    papa monzano, Odysseus

    REAL ID and the Homeland Security Act are no longer on the agenda, if indeed they ever were?  How about getting the U.S. military completely out of the Middle East?  Or ending the U.S.' status as the world's top imprisoner of its own people?  Dismantling the "fusion centers" and the rest of the surveillance state?  Heck, at this point I'd settle for removing marijuana from Schedule I and closing Guantanamo Bay.

  •  It's difficult (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    papa monzano

    I can't rank a lot of these things, they're dear to my heart. I'd note that "abortion" should probably be "reproductive rights".

    Gah. I can't choose!

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