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Dear Mr. President (althought this kind of goes out to Esteemed Democratic Members of Congress and the Senate of the United States, too):

Got your note. Thanks. I understand how you'd like our help holding Republicans' feet to the fire on tax rates, Medicare, Social Security and the like. I know you want to keep the safety net, and a minimum fairness. I get all that.

That's why I voted for you.

That's why we all voted for you.

We trust you to have a care of at least some of the needs of most of the people.

Maybe not universal health care, but a universal chance to buy some kind of insurance at an imaginably achievable price. Maybe not real demilitarization, but just a war or two fewer per decade. Maybe not a return to Glass-Steagall but a minimum of Thou Shalt Nots upon the bankers.

We trust you to occasionally offer something to the average citizen, and to fight against those who would close us out of the few opportunities we still enjoy.

Like voting. But I digress. . .

Anyway, when I get the emails from you and your organizations, exhorting me to pressure the Republicans on issues of taxation and opportunity and fairness, I, like a lot of my countrymen, naturally ask, "Isn't that why I voted for you?"

You see, unlike folks at this and similar sites, most citizens out here are really, really preoccupied with the details of surviving. Like most humans throughout history, we just want a little peace and a few good seasons to fatten the livestock and fill the corncrib. We pray for a little bit of breathing room

And we don't have a lot of time to think about running the country and getting the blowhard billionaire-toady nutcases in line.

That's why we voted for you. Because we've always been able to count on Democrats to run things reasonably rationally, cut off a few ends for the little guys and stifle the McCarthys.

So, yeah, I'll help as I can. A letter here, a call-in comment there. But mostly I want to get back to my job(s), okay? Keeping things going and wrangling the nuts is yours.

I feel ya.

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    •  Yep If Our Real Work Begins Day After Election, (15+ / 0-)

      what the fuck's the point of representation?

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 08:33:24 PM PST

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      •  Okay, you want to relax and let the DC crowd (5+ / 0-)

        handle it, fine. Just do me a favor and take 5 minutes out of your incredibly busy schedule to read my diary, and sign my petitions.

        Then you can go back to your sofa, watch some TV and eat Cheetos. But some of us have work to do.

        I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -John Wayne (-9.00,-8.86)

        by Jonathan Hoag on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 10:43:03 PM PST

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      •  The Dems in power are dealing with reality (3+ / 0-)
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        of what is now so, not what they or we wish it to be

        System is broken. They lack power/ability to fix it. They are doing a work around

        Better we engage with them in work around rather than risk opposite...failure of DEm agenda and ideas, success of REpublican party before country goal.

        Perhaps don' t lament the Dems request but also push them to find ways to FIX the system...though I think there are none.

        I think they are doing the best they can. Too bad the system was not designed for current REpublican far right behavior in  a majority politcal party.

      •  Relays aren't won by running to the front to rest (1+ / 0-)
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        We sent Ubama there to do what we as one can not. He won because enough of us supported his back. The maneybaggers will not stop trying to corrupt our government to their uses now that the election is over. We need to win more elections and then more, we need to give Obama and the Democrat president who will follow a mandate so strong it will rattle our founding fathers bones and tickle their heavenly spirits.If we do not keep fire under the feet of the Republicans to join the rebuilding of the American middle class they will yield to the pressure of their moneybags puppet masters as they have in the past.

        Our money system is not what we have been led to believe. The creation of money has been "privatized," or taken over by private money lenders. Thomas Jefferson called them “bold and bankrupt adventurers just pretending to have money.” webofdebt

        by arealniceguy on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 06:29:01 AM PST

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        •  oops (1+ / 0-)
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          Delta Overdue

          I just got back from the hospital and was so eager to get back to posting I did not check for spelling as good as I should. I can not figure out how to re edit but will be more careful in the future.

          Our money system is not what we have been led to believe. The creation of money has been "privatized," or taken over by private money lenders. Thomas Jefferson called them “bold and bankrupt adventurers just pretending to have money.” webofdebt

          by arealniceguy on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 06:37:44 AM PST

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  •  True, although (16+ / 0-)

    if people who live in R districts call their representatives, that is always a good thing. They are more likely to crack if their phones are ringing off the hook with their constituents telling them to cut a deal, or whatever.

    (I didn't get the note, so I'm just assuming that is what he was asking for...)

    Those of us who live in safe D districts aren't really as useful to the cause after election day.

  •  I'm represented by three (14+ / 0-)

    idiots. Hatch, Lee, and Bishop. A box of toothpicks has more brains and integrity than those three, still I'm constantly emailing and pushing.

    Remember these are the guys who live in such a total alternate universe that they all believed Romney had it totally in the bag. If they do hear distant voices from the shores of sanity now and then they forget we are even here.

    Then there are the total blue dogs, they aren't going to support the President or us if we don't threaten, cajole, and hint strongly that their nice cushy job might be on the line. There is a point to asking us to do something to make sure the election doesn't fade from their memories. Right?

    "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

    by high uintas on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 09:02:55 PM PST

  •  Called mine the other day, (7+ / 0-)

    at the behest of.

    Two I knew were solid good positions--
    but I figured they might need some positive input.

    The other--R. Portman, [R-Bunghole]--
    his office said that he hadn't issued a statement yet
    regarding his position about cutting Medicare, Medicaid,
    and Soc.Sec.

    I literally lol'd in that poor staffgirl's ear.

    But yeh, and here's the thing:  I don't Want to have to do
    this stuff.  

    We voted for the guy who we thought would stand firm
    on Not cutting Earned Benefits.  The guy who kinda vowed
    to let the tax breaks for the upper 2% expire.

    I campaigned.  I donated.  I put up signs.  I talked to people.  I even Facebooked.

    And we won!  Our side Won!  Our positions were apparently
    favoritely thought upon, our issues most popular.

    So what's the deal here?  What is the problem?

    Just crack some heads and get it done, already.

    After all, gwb declared that he had a friggin' Mandate
    and a lotta capital to spend with a helluva lot less votes.

    We have spoken.
    Now get it done.

    •  Help us crack heads. (not crack-heads,...) (0+ / 0-)

      I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -John Wayne (-9.00,-8.86)

      by Jonathan Hoag on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 10:47:05 PM PST

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    •  answer: Oppostion party to Dems is treasonous (0+ / 0-)

      basically
      When Reps are in, Dems, patriots in general, oppose. They don't in general put party before country.

      The Current Republican party has lurched so far to the right that they sacrifcie good of country for political goals, as we have seen.

      Our system is not designed for a majority party to behave that way, IMO.

      Also, this behavior so far gone as it is is new. Dems have to learn ways of dealing with it.

      THAT is the difference. Don't blame Dems. The NEW CHANGE is the change over the last decade or half decade in REPUBLICAN behavior, which is unprecedented.

      we need to accept this reality and help our leaders work with it rather than ONLY being annoyed at them for not "getting it done"

      Basically rules are different now for Dems and REps because of Reps behavior. Dems are reasonable in oppostion, Reps are not..they are lock step intransigent wanting to win at all cost. No way Dems in minority would have done that dept ceiling thing they pullled last time.

      Dems need help in messaging especialy. They need to get out to the public (since MSM sucked at it) how HORRIBLE and especially UNPRECEDENTED what the REPS did with that and any other UNPATRIOTIC things they do.

  •  That's the thing (7+ / 0-)

    Boehner and the pundits want it to be about Obama instead of the people.  I just figured this is Obama's media strategy to keep it in everybody's mind that the failure is congresses fault.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 09:33:25 PM PST

  •  I had the same initial reaction- now I kinda see (7+ / 0-)

    maybe it's to remind the Boehner and such that they really are being watched from beyond the Beltway and not just by the astroturf Freedomworks bunches.

    Occupy- Your Mind. - No better friend, no worse enemy. -8.75, -6.21<> Bring the Troops Home Yesterday

    by Thousandwatts on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 10:04:15 PM PST

  •  CV, you know I love ya but (16+ / 0-)

    Don't you remember back in 2008, when candidate Obama told us over and over that he couldn't do it alone, That he would need our help?  Then after the election, he closed don the structures that would have encouraged/allowed us to help, and look what happened.  Republicans conspired from day one to thwart him, to damage the country in order to thwart him, because they feel, as Romney said, ENTITLED to seize power and do as they pleased...

    Well, so now he's learned his lesson.  He can't do it alone.  Time we learned the lesson too, and pitch in and lend a hand (and pull our weight and all those other cliches).  This whole democracy thing gets to be a lot of hard work at times, but yes, it really is that important.

    The past 50 years we: -Ended Jim Crow. -Enacted the Voting Rights Act. -Attained reproductive rights (contraceptive & abortion). -Moved toward pay equity. Republicans want to take our country back. I WON'T GO BACK!

    by petesmom on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 10:05:00 PM PST

  •  Closed DOWN the structures, not closed don (3+ / 0-)
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    But you probably knew that...

    The past 50 years we: -Ended Jim Crow. -Enacted the Voting Rights Act. -Attained reproductive rights (contraceptive & abortion). -Moved toward pay equity. Republicans want to take our country back. I WON'T GO BACK!

    by petesmom on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 10:06:33 PM PST

  •  Bite me. Now, before the next congress is (2+ / 0-)
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    seated is when we are needed.

    Go back to your TV, have some Cheetos but don't get in the way of those of us who are working on your side.

    I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -John Wayne (-9.00,-8.86)

    by Jonathan Hoag on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 10:50:18 PM PST

    •  Unpersuasive rhetoric, there. (2+ / 0-)
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      Azazello, carver

      Pardon our dust. Sig line under renovation.

      by Crashing Vor on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 06:08:27 AM PST

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      •  Lead, follow or get out of the way. Some of us (0+ / 0-)

        are working here. Go post some cat pictures.

        I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -John Wayne (-9.00,-8.86)

        by Jonathan Hoag on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 07:09:01 AM PST

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        •  You appear to have little knowledge of my (0+ / 0-)

          activities, and an arrogance to match that lack of knowledge.

          While I've read some interesting ideas from you lately, you are beginning to sound more like the fellow you were when you arrived here.

          Chill your high and mightiness a bit.

          Respectfully,

          CV

          Pardon our dust. Sig line under renovation.

          by Crashing Vor on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 11:11:55 AM PST

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        •  Please forgive my earlier response. It was small. (2+ / 0-)
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          I briefly allowed myself to be taken down to the "bite me" level of discourse. Two wrongs, however, make no right.

          My apologies.

          Pardon our dust. Sig line under renovation.

          by Crashing Vor on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 11:48:50 AM PST

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          •  My apologies as well. "Bite me" was rude and (1+ / 0-)
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            Crashing Vor

            uncalled for.

            I am just frustrated because we have a small window where we have built a political machine with technology that the opposition can't match, and IMHO now is the time to use it.  

            Victory is more a matter of timing and an assessment of the oppositions strengths than brute force. If we act now, we can move the agenda irrevocably forward. My objection to your diary is encapsulated in FDR's  "I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it."

            Yes, we won. That doesn't mean we're done.

            Peace.

            I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -John Wayne (-9.00,-8.86)

            by Jonathan Hoag on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 05:25:38 PM PST

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            •  I know. I want him and them to know, too. (1+ / 0-)
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              Jonathan Hoag

              They've got to lead. That's why they get the cool titles.

              thanks for the shout back. peace, also.

              Pardon our dust. Sig line under renovation.

              by Crashing Vor on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 07:11:09 PM PST

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              •  He knowsw, just from what's been in the news (1+ / 0-)
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                Crashing Vor

                latlely. But it means nothing if we don't cash in some of our chips and get get ready for 2014.

                I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -John Wayne (-9.00,-8.86)

                by Jonathan Hoag on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 11:31:27 PM PST

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  •  BOO YAH (1+ / 0-)
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    And thanks, CV, for phrasing it so much better than I ever could.

    Hugs, sir.

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 01:42:16 AM PST

  •  I'm really surprised that this sentiment is (4+ / 0-)

    coming from you, CV. It might be appropriate if the Dems had super-majorities in both Houses. The reason why the economy is still just chuggin' along instead of really moving is because the teabaggers let their opinions be known. You can probably call all three of your representatives in just a few minutes. Your opinion will be noted. With enough phone calls, someone who wants to be re-elected might start feeling a little pressure. File it under "government of the people."

  •  we need to help because it is reality (3+ / 0-)
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    of our system overwhelmed by treasonous (IMO..putting party before country) behavior of one of the two major parties.
    we can complain and not take action but don't expect Dem leaders to be able to implement all our goals alone in this malfunctioning system not designed for Republican intransigence.

    They are asking for help as a work around to the malfunction. Sure, lets also push them to fix the problem (one being Filibuster reform). But much of the problem is the far right over the cliff Republcan party. That MIGHT be partly fixed in coming years by HOW WE VOTE>

    we need to act like adults...ALL of us. We can't PUNISH the Dems for not doing a good enough job by staying home (like in 2010...leading to Republican domination in many states...gerrymandering...and a Republican US House) and/or not taking action when it is requested because we are "too tired".

    Or do that. ANd know you had a hand in the painful result.

  •  My HS US history teacher (2+ / 0-)
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    Crashing Vor, Neon Mama

    Constance Murray taught us: In any major dispute (like the American War of Independence), 10% of the people favor the opposition, 10% favor the status quo, and 80% just want to get the hay into the barn before it rains.

    So change happens when some of the 10% who favor the status quo decide to switch horses (often pragmatically, to stay on the winning side or avoid catastrophe -- or to be able to invite their child to Thanksgiving, which requires inviting the same-sex partner or dark-skinned partner), and/or when a few of the 80% decide to take some action however small to aid one side or the other. Or, sometimes, when the 10% who favor the opposition become more militant -- moving from writing polite letters to the editor to occupying Wall Street, for example.

  •  If/when we don't tell them -- they have to (1+ / 0-)
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    rely on the seers casting animal bones or oracles reading tea leaves,  to know exactly what we want them to do on each specific issue.    

    Pollsters, pundits, and lobbyists are only too willing to tell them "what the American people want."      

    If you have time to post here, you have time to e-mail  or  phone a short, pithy "vote" of yea or nay on issues you do care about.    They aren't mind readers.

    De fund + de bunk = de EXIT--->>>>>

    by Neon Mama on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 11:33:07 AM PST

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