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How Democrats Can Become Relevant Again (And Rescue the Nation While They're At It)


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AWAY AWHI
- 2969 days ago - alternet.org
We can't let the Republicans try to set the working middle class against itself.



   

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Carol H (229)
Friday March 4, 2011, 4:06 am
we need to put a stop to what is going on now for sure!
 

. (0)
Friday March 4, 2011, 4:20 am
Noted Cal, thank you.
 

Mike S (86)
Friday March 4, 2011, 5:45 am
Noted and thank you Cal.
 

patricia lasek (317)
Friday March 4, 2011, 8:08 am
The Dems need to remember who made this contry. It was the working class. Stop caving in to the wealthy! Grow some gonads already!
 

Linda G (187)
Friday March 4, 2011, 4:08 pm
WE have to tell them to hold tough. We need to let them know in no uncertain terms that we will not allow the GOP to destroy the middle class and turn this country over to multinational corporate puppet masters. The middle class and working poor must unite their voices and stop this nonsense. Where are good American jobs? Where have the tax cuts for the uber wealthy gotten us? Where is our manufacturing base? If the working class does not stand united for itself then we have lost.... The apathy from the middle and left in the 2010 elections cannot afford to stand.
 

Marti Williams (170)
Friday March 4, 2011, 4:14 pm
Noted...
 

Trish K (93)
Friday March 4, 2011, 4:22 pm
Noted & signed the Thank you to Wisconsin Senators. I think we can refuse to pay taxes as the poorest members of our society compared to Oil , Banks and others who pay no taxes at all. The tax code is unfair and we should refuse to pay taxes until the old book is burned and a new understandable code is written by the people not the corporations.. I refuse to pay taxes when the Bank of America calls me a dead beat for paying my bill in full and on time every month. Taxation without Representation. I have paid more for land that I own in taxes than the original cost of the land. Revolution & Power to the People
 

Stefano Vescovini (0)
Friday March 4, 2011, 4:59 pm
thanks
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 4, 2011, 5:01 pm
I might have missed how democrats can become relevant again. Also, the breakdown in the government is as President: 4 yrs R to 5 yrs D; Senate: 4 yrs R to 5 yrs D; House: 5 yrs R to 4 yrs D so I think democrats have as much to explain.
 

Dave Colorado (11)
Friday March 4, 2011, 5:19 pm
As long as Dems persist in ignoring well-substantiated strong evidence of treason (prior knowledge of 9/11 -- WHATEVER IT WAS! -- at the highest level of the U.S. government), Dems (and the [alternative] media) ARE irrelevant, long have been, and should forever remain so!!!

(WHY can't more people recognize, see through, move beyond, and rise above a fake, phony, staged, charade of a 'fight'? Once a pro wrestling fan, forever a pro wrestling fan??? ... Reps impeached Clinton over a fib about a blow job. Dems said that "impeachment is off the table" -- and cannot be made to notice -- even after Bush repeated publicly inadvertently confessed to treason!!! How could Dems possibly be any more worthless to the Constitutional Republic than that?)
 

l L (1)
Friday March 4, 2011, 5:26 pm
Guys: Republicans want to cut all of the programs we the people have set up for ourselves, in order that the private sector will get even more tax breaks and incentives to give us jobs. Now does that mean that we will be stuck with a useless government and increased power to corporation with a dictatorship? They are dismantling our democracy of we the people government. Dam those Nazi's. I'm losing confidense in President Obama, He keeps giving the republicans what they want. It is only so much I can excuse. Like when is he ever going to be for us and not the republicans?
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 4, 2011, 8:44 pm
The Democrat's obvious 'blind eye' treatment of the Republicans' glaring violations of Democrat dignity indicates to me that the Democratic Party is a partner in the problem. Cowards and doormats will never be respected. When Democrats grow some webbles, I will support them again. If they are not a part of the solution, they are a part of the problem.
Let 'the problem' worry about itself.
What are 'we' going to do about the problem of a 3 party government that represents NONE of the people?
Time to disband and reorganize, no bail-out for failed political systems.
Let it fail and rebuild a new political system.
One with NO CORPORATE PARTICIPATION AT ALL and limit campaign funding to equal government contributions only.
 

Carmen S (69)
Friday March 4, 2011, 9:04 pm
Robert Reich is a very, very smart man. Too bad he is not in Congress. And I still have hopes for Obama. It is hard really to realize what he has to contend with. I feel he has something up his sleeve and we will eventually start rezlizing what it is to our benefit.
He is a good man, he is trying, not enough for us but we do not really know the forces that are against him. Just some like the Republican party and the insults to him and his family, I wonder would we be as strong?
 

Dave Colorado (11)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 2:38 am
Good observations/points, John, except for one thing:

According to the phony Dem-Rep script (so take the following with a pound of salt...): Reps are the party of the chiefs, and Dems are the party of the indians.

But there are at least 10X as many indians as there are chiefs. Clearly, the only way for the outcome of elections to ever be in doubt, or even be up for grabs, and thus for the Rep party to survive for long, is to get indians to vote for the party of the chiefs (and/or do away with VNS, and rig the e-voting machines...), which could not happen (or be believed, or even believable) if "Democrats grow some webbles". Dems *must* 'fight' with at least one arm tied behind their backs at all times, lest Republicans become extinct, opening up the possibility, and space, for a potentially-honest [labor?] party (one against which current Dems could not compete) to emerge.

- Dems let Reps get continually away with the giant blatant hypocrisy of claiming to be for smaller government, for personal responsibility, and for getting the government out of people's personal lives; yet Reps typically insist that the government can make reproductive decisions for women better than women can make them for themselves.

- Dem congress, bowing to pressure from credit card corps, made it tougher to declare personal bankruptcy

- Dem congress, bowing to pressure from insurance corps, did not pass single-payer health care reform; it ordered every American to do business, voluntarily or not, with for-profit health insurance corporations. Which was okey-dokey with Dem Pres Osama.

- GW Bush repeatedly confessed to prior knowledge of 9/11 -- WHATEVER IT WAS! -- at the highest level of the U.S. government, and all Natcy Pelosi, Dem [mis]leader, could do was to proclaim that "impeachment is off the table" and a "waste of time", even though it is an integral part of the Constitution. (Recall that after WJ Clinton told a fib about a blow job, it was Rep congresscritters' "solemn sworn Constitutional responsibility to impeach that lying horny dog"...)

- A U.S. general who ran the Air Force's weapons procurement laboratory did some blast pressure calculations based upon the government's lone-truck-bomb theory of the highly asymmetrical OK City blast damage in 1995 (on Clinton's watch, with the Clinton regime running the inJustice Dept). They show that a destroyed reinforced concrete column (B3 on the chart), capable of withstanding ~ 3500 psi, received a blast pressure (from "the truck bomb") of ~ 27 psi. Yeah, that's right: less than ~1% of it's rated resistance to pressure... Partin sent his report to Congress, which was by then already thoroughly infested with see-no-evil congresscritters...

- Iran-Contra: Ollie North and Fawn Hall confessed to a Dem-controlled congress that they'd held "shredding parties", destroying (shadow-)government documents. John Poindexter, Ollie North, GHW Bush were running a secret/shadow government out of the basement of the Reagan White House. This violated both laws and the Constitution. Did Dems stand up for the Constitution? Nah. Were there impeachments? Nah. Did it harm GHW Bush's political future? Nah... When mention of 'secret' FEMA [civilian detention] camps came up during North's testimony, did Dems pursue it? Nah...

- Prescott Bush, father to GHW Bush, grandfather to GW Bush, in 1942, after the U.S. was at war with Germany, had his Nazi-war-machine companies taken away by Congress under the Trading With The Enemy Act. (This was 'promptly' [mis]reported by the NY Times, in vague terms, not naming names, in a brief piece buried on p.25, in late 1944). In 1952, 10 years later, at a time when the "N" word in [most of] this country was "Nazi", Prescott Bush was elected, as a Rep, from CT, to the U.S. Senate. That would not have been possible without the generations-old complicit slience of the media and by Dems.

Pulled punches are the surest sign of fake opposition. The above constitute a small glimpse into a history of them. One needn't be a conspiracy theorist to recognize that Dems are in cahoots with Reps when it comes to fascism, treason, and other issues corrosive to the Constitution. But one does need to be one heck of a coincidence theorist to ignore all of the above and go on supporting, or even rooting for, Dems, as if they are some kind of honest/loyal opposition, or even some kind of antidote, to Reps -- THAT'S THE BIG LIE. (And a lot of money [and the jobs of so-called reporters, so-called professors, and other intellectual prostitutes and treason whores] are dependent upon the maintenance of that big lie now...)

But there's an even simpler way of looking at it: Who among us thinks that the rich and the richer and the richest and the ultra-rich can only afford to buy and own 1 of 2 major political parties, and that Dems would be impervious to being bought? I used to think of it as a joke -- before I realized how serious our nation's fascist plight truly is -- that we have the party of big business and the party of bigger business (naively assuming that the biggEST businesses couldn't afford to buy Reps AND Dems, or that Dems couldn't be bought, or...).

And on a whole other level: it appears as though the National Security State (created officially in 1947 with a stroke of Truman's pen) conflicts with the Constitutional Republic. Especially in the wake of 9/11, when it became clear that the NSS had trumped the CR, it is pretty clear that all congresscirtters are loyal to something other than the Constitution (...Constitutional separation-of-powers and checks-and-balances require all Congresscritters to have questioned Bush's repeated public 9/11 confession statements, yet none ever have!)... So the Constitutional corruption/cancer may now go far beyond corruption/disloyalty within 2 old fake-opponent political parties.

Who's up for a Constitutional Convention?
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Robert: intellectual capacity is no indicator, much less any guarantee, of intellectual honesty. Reich, Podesta, WJ Clinton and many other very smart Dems (incl Waxman -- head of the House Energy Committee for the past 4 years...) are all tacitly silent and thus silently complicit in the ongoing covert domestic subversion of the Constitution. Any one of them (just as any one of a large number of 'news' providers) could have blown the whistle on it; none have.

Call it a conspiracy of slience (and greed?), if you'd like. I have no conspiracy theory capable of accounting for it -- I'm not a conspiracy theorist. I'm just not a coincidence theorist, that's all...

If you plead that Dems are the lesser of 2 evils, I can't argue with that, except to point out to you that Dems and Reps are 2 heads of the same monster! If I tell you that, by voting for the lesser of evils, you've just voted for evil, can you argue with that?
 
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