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“Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."

Ulysses, by Tennyson

That which we are, we are.  We may be regaining that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven. (H/T to Judi Dench and Skyfall)

We won. We won marriage equality in Maryland and elsewhere. We won Senate seats we should not have won. We worked and organized and returned a black man to the presidency in the middle of a terrible recession.

We should remember and restore our old strength.  Union power to establish fair wages.  Political power in a president who said "They are unanimous in their hate for me--and I welcome their hatred." Righteous power in a flawed president and son of the South who meant it when he said "We shall overcome."

We have been blocked and slowed down before.  After WWII union power and liberalism were hamstrung by the McCarthy Era. Vietnam bogged down the push for civil rights. And we lost John, Martin, and Bobby. Bill Clinton created his own speed bump and set the table for the Bush/Cheney wars.  Gore won but lost.  Nothing similar has happened to the American right.  Much abides. We refused to yield.

Now the tide may be moving with us.  The challenge of our time is to keep the tide moving towards justice, science, and rational economic management. Our battleground is state governments and the House, starting now.  We need to give our President a House majority in 2014 to help our country recover and to set the table for 2016.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    Medicare for All: the cleanest slogan and the best way forward.

    by furiouschads on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 10:37:00 PM PST

  •  A major political realignment may take place (1+ / 0-)
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    NotGeorgeWill

    and it may be taking place already.   Nate Silver has emphasized that the trends in VA and NC and CO and several other States have very important implications for future elections.   The Dems appear to be in a much stronger position now, and for many reasons.

    I couldn't agree with you more - - we could have a much better world if the trends continue.   And there is reason to be hopeful that we can recover the kind of strength that we have had in earlier days.    

    I am not sure about keeping the tide turning "towards science" (and presumably toward technology too?).   We are all in favor of science, and supporting research, but does there have to be a tide toward science itself, and if so what would we be like, if this tide does come?

    Maybe the idea is that there should be a tide toward funding science, and if that's the point, then definitely, yes a tide toward funding science, and perhaps funding medical science and environmental science in particular.

    Is the idea to support a scientific view of evolution, rather than a religious one?  Or a scientific view of something else - or of everything else?

    When it comes to the spiritual dimension of life, many readers would not like to see everything spiritual be explained away by science.   And many would not like to see human nature reduced down to the molecular and biological level.

    In fact, there are many progressives who feel strongly that there is already a bit too much emphasis on technology.   Many of us are spiritually or ethically minded enough that we would much rather focus resources on making the world better for us here on planet Earth, rather than exploring other planets, for example.

    •  2014 mid-terms . . . (0+ / 0-)

      GOP gerrymandering during redistricting means that Dems need to win 55 percent of the national vote in the mid-terms to realistically win the House majority (during the most recent election I believe we had a national edge in voting on House seats by about 500K to 1 million votes -- yet the GOP still retains a 15+ seat majority).  That's an awfully high bar.

      So with respect to future elections, I think it's important to note that in the near future those longer term trends may not have come to full fruition.  We will have our work cut out for ourselves in 2014.  However, in 2016, the Dems should start with some significant built in demographic and electoral advantages.

    •  spirituality without rationality? (0+ / 0-)

      The problem isn't "science" nor even "technology". It's how we use them. How we allow others to use them. How we allow ourselves to play along.

      And we can explore other worlds whilst preserving our own. That sort of science should be the least of your concerns. Indeed, i should think you would embrace it.

      All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes. – Charles Fort

      by subtropolis on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 11:55:09 PM PST

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    •  The idea is to promote scientific culture (1+ / 0-)
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      Iron Spider

      That means, being able to see that science has something legitimate to say about many things.
      It doesn't mean that science explains everything, just that there's a scientific approach which tells us something objective in most domains of human experience.

      Science doesn't say anything about the spiritual dimension of life.

      Reducing human nature to the molecular and biological level is not a scientific choice, it's a philosophical choice. You don't have to accept that biology explains it all - because it doesn't.  But rejecting the findings of biology would be as delusional as rejecting Nate Silver's findings about the state of the presidential race.

      As for technology, well, that's a different question - but I don't think it is realistic to believe that one can make the world better here without technological progress. The question is, in what direction do we want to go, and then technological progress will help us get there.

      In short, I believe that it's a great mistake to think that you have to chose between science and conscience. If people don't know about science, the decisions will be made in favour of big economic interests and they will alwas find unconscionable 'experts' to validate their choices.

      Obama - POTUS quondam, POTUS futurus The Once and Future President

      by French Imp on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 11:55:58 PM PST

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  •  Fare Thee Well (0+ / 0-)

    Captain Sheridan.

    http://callatimeout.blogspot.com/

    by DAISHI on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 12:31:51 AM PST

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