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AntonBursch posted What happened to the energy of hope here at Daily Kos? the other day, and well ... I think "hope" is diminished because the system and process we believe we are a part of is broken ... because we are in a war.

AntonBursch asked "Where is the passion for a better tomorrow?" And the assumption is that it is gone.  It may well be gone.  It should be gone.

The party we worked for in 2012 won the Presidential election with Obama.
The party we worked for in 2012 won the majority of Senate elections.
The party we worked for in 2012 won the majority of votes for the House of Representatives, but due to completely legal gerrymandering did not obtain a majority of reps in the House.

Just this past weekend when confronted with a question about Congress's historic low popularity the Speaker set the bar to "repeal of laws".

People, you should not have "hope" that the system we are participating in will generate results.  That system and its processes are intentionally broken to achieve results we can't abide.

The sad fact is that we are in a Civil War. That shooting and killing is not as bad as it is in Syria does not change that we have no way to achieve our political objectives, and it is not an accident.  

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    Dawn is breaking everywhere Light a candle, curse the glare We will get by. We will survive.

    by MikeBoyScout on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 09:31:38 PM PDT

  •  And yet (2+ / 0-)
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    mookins, brabc1

    the Roberts Supreme Court recently struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Republicans are doing the best they can to rig the system even more, and now is not the time to lie down or quit. Each and every one of us must speak out against the Republicans publicly and protest.

    The GOP has got to go!

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 10:21:44 PM PDT

  •  HEY HEY HO HO, THE TEA PARTY HAS GOT TO GO! (0+ / 0-)

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 10:26:49 PM PDT

  •  You haven't seen anything yet. Republicans have (1+ / 0-)
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    brabc1

    a way of pissing people off. But they are greatly underestimating the American public. Sad to say, but sometimes people have to suffer more, or see the rats buck naked in the sunlight before they act. One thing about people like these republicans, they think they have gauged the system with their win in 2010, but they are overreacting and rushed to gain complete power much too quickly. Have to take time to make suckers out of more people first.

  •  They are doing what they said they were (1+ / 0-)
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    unfangus

    going to do...become a permanent majority.  They will nullify every election they don't win make it impossible for a Democrat to govern.  That is real tyranny,

    "Republicans are the party that says that government doesn't work, then they get elected and prove it."-- PJ O'Rourke

    by nocynicism on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 02:01:45 AM PDT

  •  This is incredulously ... silly. (1+ / 0-)
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    ExpatGirl

    To blame the GOP is to blame but one of the devil's sock-puppets.

    To incite political action against the GOP is to incite political action (again) against but one of the devil's sock-puppets.

    If you want meaningful, lasting change, you need to go after the puppeteers themselves in ways that, sadly, cannot be discussed openly in such "civilized" (read: "cowed into pitiful submission") societies as DK (read: "Drool Kup").

    Proponents of gun violence own guns. Opponents of gun violence do not own guns. What part of this do you not understand?

    by Liberal Panzer on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 02:40:40 AM PDT

  •  Go back to bed. We're not in a civil war. (0+ / 0-)

    I don't see how imitating the Right's stupid rhetoric is at all helpful.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 03:52:53 AM PDT

    •  You must be in bed. (1+ / 0-)
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      PSWaterspirit

      What do like more about Pennsylvania private prisons, fracking, voter suppression, or stagnant wages?

      Can you cough it up loud and strong
      The immigrants
      They wanna sing all night long
      It could be anywhere
      Most likely could be any frontier
      Any hemisphere
      No man's land
      Ain't no asylum here
      King Solomon he never lived round here

    •  I wish u were right & I was wrong (1+ / 0-)
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      unfangus

      but that's not the case Rich.

      My post was more out of frustration than a justification for my use of the term "Civil War", and for this I am to blame.

      But we are.
      We are divided between ourselves.
      As was written above it is not Democrats vs. Republicans, that's just a political form it appears to be.

      The war is between haves and have nots.  
      And the haves are utilizing their power to nullify a democratic political process.

      ps.  I was born and raised in PA.  Likely we could together compare and contrast the living conditions "yesterday v today" for people in cities and towns we know.
      I left PA 30 years ago because the future there was less bright than other places.  I miss what PA was.

      Dawn is breaking everywhere Light a candle, curse the glare We will get by. We will survive.

      by MikeBoyScout on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 11:11:57 AM PDT

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