Hello Fellow Kossacks,
After further discussion, a fellow Kossack and I are beginning to develop a base full of Democrats and progressives who are interested in bringing a productive dialog into the progressive dialog and fight. Mind you, the goal of ours, like everyone on Kos, is to elect Democrats, ideally progressive Democrats.
However, our goal here is to place emphasis on the more ideal and practical approach to politics, which consists of diplomatic discussion, productive activities and discussing how IT can be used in innovative ways to bring activism to a level that invites new voters to register as Democrats and vote for Democratic candidates. Instead of yelling at these potential voters, liberal or conservative, inviting dialog without throwing the target under the bus is the approach.
In other words, if you are looking to speak with conservatives, understand where they come from, what their views are in detail and how they might apply to the dialog that can be discussed amongst us progressives on Daily Kos. Granted of course we cannot change all conservatives, it's more likely for them to vote for Democratic candidates so long as people make the case for the candidates in as less of a partisan way as possible. Basically, we're asking people to defend their views honestly.
If you are progressive, then you should prove it. If you want to be in the fight for progressive activism, then you must be ready for debate or willing to learn. We cannot afford to lose additional seats or not win additional seats in 2014 if we on Kos are too busy spending time venting on President Obama not being liberal enough or saying, "Oh, this district is not liberal enough."
Folks, the November 2012 presidential election was over but that doesn't mean we aren't going to focus enough on 2014. I am not going to sit around and twiddle my fingers, shoot Nerf missiles and moan and groan on the Internet for no purpose other than just venting while other Republican U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senators continue to obstruct President Obama's agenda, which actually went off to a good start in the years 2009 and 2010.
This is not what the Knowledge Democrats group is about. We will be active on Daily Kos but we will open the dialog to any who actually want to be practical, rather than yell at each other and debate who on Kos is more progressive. Again, remember, the goal on Kos has been and always will be to elect Democrats.
As far as actual topics the Knowledge Democrats will cover, they range from the following:
*Covering all races in the country, local, state and federal. No district or state is left behind, no matter how red it is. We're not going to wait for the DCCC, DSCC, DNC, Democracy for America or anyone else to start a 50 state strategy.
*Discussing how IT can be used as a means of communicating and bringing the cause of activism. This means of course we don't want just Internet tools, we want innovation engines. This includes us thinking of ways to communicate more aggressively and even productively.
*Focusing on issues and concerns in general for citizens in states as far as how their associations and organizations should be improved. For instance, take a look at the EDD (Employment Development Department). This is an example of a poorly run state organization which while serves as an important resources for the unemployed to receive benefits, is the worst organization for communicating in all the state of California. The EDD may use Twitter and You Tube but it's internal and overall communication is flawed to say the least and the website is horrible as far as concise and sufficient enough information and resources for those unemployed to get back in the work force.
The Knowledge Democrats movement is started by me in response to my recent efforts covering the Congressional race between Rep. Darrell Issa and Democratic challenger Jerry Tetalman in California's 49th Congressional District. Tetalman is an example of a Knowledge Democrat, one who while being very progressive, still is not that much of a partisan compared to a number of other Democrats who ran in races in 2012 and in previous years. We need productive progressive dialog.
A few videos of Jerry Tetalman should give you an idea of what the Knowledge Democrats are going for:
To get an idea of how productive dialog can exist amongst progressives in the Knowledge Democrats movement, look no further than to George Lakoff:
Anyway, if you are interested in joining the Knowledge Democrats group, feel free to message me on Daily Kos's messaging system, my e-mail at email@example.com or post a response here and I'll contact you for further details.
Remember, what's our real goal in 2014?
No, it's not to give Barack Obama the short end of the stick. It's to elect more Democrats to Congress and hopefully progressive ones.