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I am so tired of all the posturing on either side of the political divide. I am so tired of those taking sides, vomiting up, along with their bile, the inevitable "lesser of two evils" mantra. Obama, Boehner... whoever... I'm sick of them all.

Whether Republican or Democrat, really, haven't we had enough of epically bad governance? No? No, apparently not... epically bad governance isn't compelling enough. We still have to try to lessen the stupidity of one side by magnifying the screwball antics of the other.

keyrist. i am so tired of it.

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Epically bad governance and insane partisanship is the perfect cover for zero accountability of the powerful. It generates so much noise that we become lost in all the crap headed our way or that we are enduring or have endured in these last decades... and all of it is a direct DIRECT result of lack of accountability. This is due to both brand Democrats and Republicans and all those on the professional left and right, including those putrid partisan pundits of the corporate owned media.

So, what happens tomorrow? Hang onto brand Democrats? Let's be clear about one thing: this isn't about Obama, but Democrats (most of them anyway) and, while I hate to be partisan, ALL Republicans.

So what's going to happen tomorrow? What will we do? Come up with innovative strategies? Figure out where to position ourselves to mitigate this mess and exert influence?

Or will we continue to have hope that somebody else is gonna take care of things? Will we allow more blah blah and the promise of lower interest rates on student loans to keep us inert? Maybe Liz is one of the good ones... but so far, it's a lot of things that sound great... but where's the beef?

What's gonna happen tomorrow? What's our ground game? If we can crush Rush, if we can turn out voters to win elections, then why are we still losing????

What will happen tomorrow? And tomorrow and tomorrow? Will we stay stuck? Or will we decide to change the game? Spend our money differently, find citizens in communities who are interested to serve those communities and their country?

What will happen tomorrow? Before the great migration of displaced people, the destruction of our food sources, the theft of our water? What will happen tomorrow? Will we choose to stay mired and not able to act on our own behalf? Or do we get back to the ground game, the one in which all politics is trickle up?

What happens tomorrow... depends.on.us.

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  •  what lasts? the great ideas, son. (7+ / 0-)

    “Anyone can slay a dragon ...but try waking up every morning and loving the world all over again. That's what takes a real hero.”
    ― Brian Andreas

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” - Mark Twain

    by pfiore8 on Thu May 16, 2013 at 12:55:34 PM PDT

  •  I'm tired of these democrats... (3+ / 0-)
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    pfiore8, AoT, SpecialKinFlag

    And plan on fighting for an open and robust competition for 2016 democratic nomination. Hillary is not automatic, not in my book.

    I want to know where she stands on WoT-related civil liberties, growing income inequality(and what she would do to combat it, specifically) and how to maintain a middle class in this global economy.

    If she can't pass that test, then find someone who can.

    •  If the Neolibs are still in charge of the party (5+ / 0-)

      after 2016 then I'm done with the party. Simple as that. It's near enough time to abandon electoral politics as it is, but that will be the last straw. Third party runs are pointless and if Hillary and the other neolibs are still in charge after 2016 then there really isn't time to salvage the party. We need to recognize that and start refocusing our efforts. I've done canvassing for elections, no reason that can't work for other things too.

      If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

      by AoT on Thu May 16, 2013 at 01:46:51 PM PDT

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      •  They are useless... (2+ / 0-)
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        We've spent the last 5 years talking about bipartisanship.
        How's that workin' out(well, the dems ARE in the absurd position of having offered up folks' social security on a silver platter with no GOP fingerprints, but beyond that)..

        How's that bipartisan vision working out?

      •  Party Within the Party. (3+ / 0-)
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        pfiore8, AoT, crose

        That's how the rightwing did it. They didn't start with the Tea Party or Gingrich but back around Goldwater time.

        The major parties will never produce enough progressive candidates on their own. What we need is to ramp up activism beyond issue or demographic groups to begin creating candidates ourselves, especially at the local levels.

        You can wait till infinity for the party, it'll never get where you want it on its own.

        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 Thu May 16, 2013 at 01:53:21 PM PDT

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        •  exactly right. (2+ / 0-)
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          Lady Libertine, AoT
          What we need is to ramp up activism beyond issue or demographic groups to begin creating candidates ourselves, especially at the local levels.
          we've both been singing this song for a long time... but when do we start doing it?

          “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” - Mark Twain

          by pfiore8 on Thu May 16, 2013 at 01:56:18 PM PDT

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        •  They also failed, utterly and completely (1+ / 0-)
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          pfiore8

          to do anything meaningful. They were a scam from the very beginning and despite all the noise they are making they haven't done anything except give the media and the republican party a chance to pretend to care about the deficit, which is conveniently what the neolibs really want the conversation to be about as well.

          Beyond that, my point was that if the party can't be reformed by 2016 then it's too late. We really should be organizing door to door everywhere in support of progressive issues. Everyone is so enamored with social networking that they forget to organize with people they don't know yet. Well, not everyone, but enough people.

          If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

          by AoT on Thu May 16, 2013 at 02:27:43 PM PDT

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    •  The lesser evil or the greater (1+ / 0-)
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      electable good, I want the candidate closest to my views and values who has a good chance of actually being elected president. Anything else is self-indulgent posturing.

      We ought, I submit, to be engaged in politics, at least at the presidential level and in any election that matters and that's potentially winnable, for instrumental reasons, not so that we can feel good about ourselves.

      Shalom v' salaam; peace and wholeness

      by another American on Thu May 16, 2013 at 01:50:32 PM PDT

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      •  i want citizens elected to serve (2+ / 0-)
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        dclawyer06, crose

        the best interests of the country and its people.

        and the people that interest me are strongly secular, have ideas on implementing effective policies that deal with health care, food, water, energy.

        i don't want the gov't privatized. i don't want it torn apart by the absurd bullshit now filling the hallowed halls in Washington.

        it is embarrassing really.

        “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” - Mark Twain

        by pfiore8 on Thu May 16, 2013 at 02:00:51 PM PDT

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        •  And once you have to support, or even (0+ / 0-)

          vote, for someone other than yourself, how do you decide?

          Do you vote for the candidate who most nearly embodies what you want in the holder of the office to be elected, regardless of electability? Or do you accept the responsibility of acting in light of the reasonably foreseeable consequences of your actions for all the citizens of the district, state, or country?

          Shalom v' salaam; peace and wholeness

          by another American on Thu May 16, 2013 at 02:05:48 PM PDT

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      •  And these issues don't win elections? (1+ / 0-)
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        pfiore8
        I want to know where she stands on WoT-related civil liberties, growing income inequality(and what she would do to combat it, specifically) and how to maintain a middle class in this global economy.
        Another example: If we were interested in winning elections we'd all oppose President Obama's/Nancy Pelosi's Chained CPI offer. But we don't. Because we're not looking for "electoral success" or "the greatest good."
    •  But... (1+ / 0-)
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      pfiore8

      how can we be sure we're not being lied to...again...for votes?

      I want to know where she stands on WoT-related civil liberties, growing income inequality(and what she would do to combat it, specifically) and how to maintain a middle class in this global economy.

      If she can't pass that test, then find someone who can.

    •  I won't vote for Hillary. nt (2+ / 0-)
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  •  kids (2+ / 0-)
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    pfiore8, AoT

    I should probably try to be in better touch with my 30-something nieces, but they are fairly a-political. I do my best to "indoctrinate" my daughter but she's 16, its really hard to do that without scaring her half out of her wits. Heh.

    I dont think the kind of change we need will come within the traditional realm of electoral politics, not in time anyway. Young people, I think, know that intuitively. I think the best I can do is try to instill in them some foundations of compassionate values and courage and strength. And spirit.

    Thats all I got.

    Love that pic btw.

    If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution. ~ Emma Goldman

    by Lady Libertine on Thu May 16, 2013 at 01:55:51 PM PDT

    •  it will take all of us. (2+ / 0-)
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      Lady Libertine, AoT

      well, most of us anyway.

      i don't have kids, but i do. step kids, nephews, "adopted" daughters... and it makes me so restless when I think of what we leave them.

      on the other hand, maybe something better is born from this struggle. better, kinder, more whole, more in sync with the other creatures on the planet...

      “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” - Mark Twain

      by pfiore8 on Thu May 16, 2013 at 02:10:18 PM PDT

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    •  My #1 for kids? Critical thinking. (2+ / 0-)
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      Lady Libertine, pfiore8

      I know it sounds buzzwordish, but if you can get people to always ask for underlying details and actually put thought into why they hold the views they do, and what the actual outcomes of various actions will be, I think you wind up with that 'reality favours the left' bias.

      RW 'policy' depends upon acting based on feelings and desires, not logic and evidence.

  •  Your last sentence sums it up. (3+ / 0-)
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    Lady Libertine, jessical, pfiore8

    I would call for each and every Kossack out there to get into local politics.  My own county party is anemic, and at least somewhat out of touch.  What I didn't mention (or at least I don't remember mentioning, if I did) in my recent comments about having attended the last county meeting, was that the county chair kept wanting to pull in identity politics, and try to get people to attend an 'Obama victory reunion'.  We're in Boehner's district, and I'm pretty sure even most Dems here are not terribly thrilled with the President on many issues, but do indeed consider Democrats the 'lesser evil'.

    If we truly want to make the party strong, we have to move beyond personality, and actually address the issues - the ongoing, real and important to everyone on a day in and day out issues, not the 'OMG, look at one small bunch of bureaucrats did to a handful of people seeking to avoid paying taxes!' crap.

    It has to be about creating jobs, matching unemployed people to those jobs, improving the quality of education for children and adults, improving the infrastructure that keeps us safe as we go about our lives, reducing violence and increasing fairness.  Keeping ourselves and our neighbors out of poverty, with clean air, clean water, and power sources that don't alter the biosphere enough to cause droughts, wildfires, and hurricanes.

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