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It seems that on the so-called Left there is an obsession with following every dastardly act committed by the truly lunatic and extreme right wing.  You can't escape it.  Daily Kos, Salon Magazine, Bold Progressives, MSNBC, and several other groups and organizations spend an extraordinary amount of time commenting and reporting on everything Republican, conservative, right wing.

And this is all happening as they (the astro-turf, billionaire-financed groups) continue to move their agenda forward, turning the country into a veritable corporatocracy, unmolested.

It's not that I don't think people should be informed about the lunacy and the lunatics on the right, and what they're up to.  What I don't quite understand is the almost compulsive-obsessive attention.

Folks, the forces behind all this stuff are doing an end-run on us, on the country, on democracy.

The argument goes something like this: "We need to point out all the dastardly things the Republicans, and the Tea Party, and the NRA, and the Koch Brothers, and ALEC, ect., are doing in order to inform the populace so when election time comes along we vote in a way that will correct the situation."

And we put our faith in the Democratic party to make those corrections...

If we had a functioning political system, that approach may work, but we don't.  Our democracy is moribund at best.  Both major political parties are mostly corrupt; both, the Republicans (which is the most odious, fascist-like, ignorance embracing party), and the Democrats (which look like more reasonable  but in the final analysis is just another tool of the corporatists).

I think that the reason we are obsessing so much about the odious right wing is because we are being manipulated to focus in utter bullshit, and dastardly acts, but at the end we don't really accomplish anything--just like they want it.

Next week the NRA will be there, strong, with millions of members and followers, financed by tens of millions of dollars from their owners, the gun manufacturers.

The Republicans in swing states are going to move forward to tamper with the electoral colleges, rigging the system even more, so in future election cycles they will keep winning so they can continue to impose their fascist cristo-corporatist system they have been dreaming of.

The totally bought off Democratic party establishment will continue to play the dumb-ass appeasers, looking the other way, while stuffing their coffers (and pockets and purses, and bank accounts) with bribery money, provided to them by their corporatist masters.

Explain to me why the so-called left, the liberals, the progressives, the sane citizens of this country continue to be relegated to complaining and reporting on every single lunatic act of the fascist corporatist right wing?

Can somebody explain to me why we don't have a powerful, mighty, effective, and intimidating progressive agenda and platform?

There is MoOn, and Daily Kos, and Bold Progressives, and the SEIU, and probably hundreds and hundreds of organizations, and many of them do good work and accomplish good things--but it's not nearly enough, given the magnitude of the forces we face.

Why the OWS stalled?  That was very promising, when it comes to confronting the brutal corporatist system head on.

We need to break free of the mental shackles of the corporate media.  A very large amount of the information that enters our minds on a daily basis is deceptive, carefully calibrated to manipulate, to render the citizen ineffective and incapable of discerning the true nature of what we are facing, and the step we need to take to correct it.  It is indeed a form of brainwashing.

Imagine if all the major unions around the country (and why not, around the world) came up with innovative and powerful initiatives to unionize every worker?  Analyse the systemic obstacles to unionization and then come up with ways of overcoming those obstacles.  Why is it hard to unionize Walmart and Target employees?  Could some very aggressive and innovative tactics be used?  About creating a worldwide "virtual union" where employees of companies that are not permitted to unionize (because of structural obstacles as the result of government corruption, including in the U.S.) can join as an interim step?

Imagine if OWS-like small groups around the country got together on a regular basis to strategize about ways of cleaning up the political system, community by community, town by town, city by city, state by state.

We all know what the source of the corruptions is, more or less... Moneyed interest subverting and bypassing democracy by paying and bribing politicians with money, favors, campaign contributions, lucrative jobs for themselves, family and friends.

Of course, informing us about the level of corruption of each politician is mainly the role of a free media, but unfortunately we don't have a free media anymore because it has been corrupted to the core by special interest moneys from their corporate masters.

So how do we go about bypassing the toxic mental garbage being put out by the corporate media conglomerates?  How do we go about helping finance non-profit media outlets?

These things can happen!  I know many people reading this may feel that it is too hard, that the system is too corrupt, that the fascist corporatist taking over the country are too powerful.  Other may thing that there is no such a thing; that everything is fine; that the Democratic party is not corrupt--to the core.

But again, anybody that feels like that does so because of the effect of the mental shackles we're under as the result of the most powerful (scientifically-designed) propaganda machine the world has ever suffer: the corporatist owned U.S. media conglomerate.

We don't have to have indefinite detention of U.S. citizen laws.  We don't have to have and accept the use of drones killing thousands of innocent civilians, and the extrajudicial assassination of U.S. citizens.  We don't have to have and accept a surveillance police state, with the proliferation of spy cameras in hundreds of cities (small and large) around the country.

This is all being done, in the final analysis, at the behest of the corporatist oligarchs, to enslave the population.

You want security?  Educate your mind; educate your children.  Stamp out the endemic pay-to-play corruption that plagues our entire political system.

We can do this...  

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  •  I think this statement by L. L. Runner is (7+ / 0-)

    true:

    “Progressives and principled liberals need to face an essential truth: the Democratic Party, as now constituted, is no longer an agency for realizing their ideals.”
    We spend hours and even days arguing about what is best for the Democratic Party, hoping that the people in D.C. who represent us are listening.  But that is just a pipe dream.  

    I think the problem is that progressives are divided; many just cannot believe that Obama has sold them out, so they keep clinging to the hope that he will finally be rid of the obstructionist Republicans and he will emerge as a progressive hero.  But it will never happen.  He is not a progressive.  In fact, he is more moderate Republican than Democrat.

    The progressives who believe we are on the wrong track need to unite and form a PAC that is large enough to influence the decision making process in D.C.  But. that is not easy because it is easier to herd cats than it is for us to settle on a single course of action.

    •  Obama is a mixed bag. (4+ / 0-)

      I agree with both of you that he has caved to the moneyed interests and those of the security state. A recent article that I read on wind generation shows that programs he put into place has had an effect in some areas, at least over the short term. I suspect a few crumbs here and there is what can be expected from the current lot of Democrats.
      The Left and Right (i.e. the people of the United States) can work together on a local level, but even areas such as childhood education, where they have worked together in the past, are becoming politicised. I think that overcoming this tendency would be very difficult, but agree that it should be attempted.

      "There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in". Leonard Cohen

      by northsylvania on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 01:52:14 AM PST

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  •  Why we dont have a progressive platform? (0+ / 0-)

    Because progressives treat Democrats who only give them a little of what they want(no matter how impossible getting everything they want right now is) as enemies to be defeated, rather than someone who has given them something to build on.  That's why.

    And OWS has repeatedly declined to get involved in the electoral process, which is EXACTLY why it stalled out.

    "The future of man is not one billion of us fighting over limited resources on a soon-to-be dead planet. . .I won't go back into the cave for anyone."

    by Whimsical on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 01:45:12 AM PST

    •  Perhaps OWS did not want to become (4+ / 0-)

      a tool of either one of the obviously connected to the monied interest parties and I don't blame them.

      Now that the elctions are over,  maybe they will jump back in to help start a social justice/labor/ common man movement which either retakes the Democratic Party (doubtful) or simply becomes it own thing whether it culminates in becoming an actual party or not.

      We need them. They focused in the right places.

      “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

      by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 04:36:52 AM PST

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      •  When I think of all the good they couldve done (0+ / 0-)

        had they not wanted to remain "pure", I DO blame them.

        "The future of man is not one billion of us fighting over limited resources on a soon-to-be dead planet. . .I won't go back into the cave for anyone."

        by Whimsical on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 05:26:31 AM PST

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        •  Right wing meme lacking evidence. (0+ / 0-)

          That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

          by enhydra lutris on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 07:49:57 AM PST

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          •  Spoken like someone (0+ / 0-)

            who never went to an OWS meeting, or for that matter, read much of their press.

            "The future of man is not one billion of us fighting over limited resources on a soon-to-be dead planet. . .I won't go back into the cave for anyone."

            by Whimsical on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 10:39:47 AM PST

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            •  They did not, as an organization, indulge in (1+ / 0-)
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              electoral politics. That says nothing about what the individuals did on their own. It also does not discriminate between things like voting and going en-masse to phone bank.

              That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

              by enhydra lutris on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 11:17:17 AM PST

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              •  I think whimsical is wrong (2+ / 0-)
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                about the progressive platform. I think that it is really really hard to create a vision around which we can all rally and a platform is just that. We all understand the pieces that we want but we are unable or just flat unwilling to put forth some ideas about a cohesive vision that we can all live with. And Occupy has been working on a vision. You can go to Interoccupy and click on the Vision hub. But mostly when people get a vision going it becomes a target of all those who wish to tear down cohesiveness.  Pieces are safer in our discussions.

                There IS a progressive caucus run by Rep. Raul Grijalva in the house. And their take is pretty comprehensive. My Rep. Cleaver is in it, but he is closer to blue dog than progressive.

                As far as OWS and the electoral process - NO NO a THOUSAND TIMES NO! History has shown that one or the other parties will gobble up a movement, co-opt it and make it powerless. AND in the end offer nothing in return or very little.

                When I ask people what they are willing to put out there as a must have or even a vision I get crickets. It is as if we have been conditioned to criticize but not to build on something. And people have yet to find that "line in the sand" where it is their last straw within the dKos community as a whole.  

                American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

                by glitterscale on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 01:01:07 PM PST

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                •   truly progressive movement cannot commit to (2+ / 0-)
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                  either (or any) political party because they lose control and become mere foot soldiers for an outside organization which can change policy without their consent and do so in an instant.

                  Beyond that, no political party is ready to adopt a truly progressive agenda. Similarly, any political party will negotiate away chunks of any progressive agenda it holds.

                  Nonetheless, members of a progressive movement can and usually do, on a personal and ad hoc basis, get involved in electoral politics, if only as far as voting.

                  That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

                  by enhydra lutris on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 01:57:56 PM PST

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  •  Progressives Lack a Potent Means to Exert Power (7+ / 0-)

    An important lesson from the last election was Progressive money was supporting anti-Progressive entities. People were often surprised concerning whom they were supporting through their purchases. This information needs to be more readily and easily available.

    Politics follows economics. The battlefield for Progressives is not the ballot box. It is the wallet which is a power wielded every day rather than every year or two years. OWS was in the ballpark. Progressives should coordinate to exert economic pressure cutting into the bottom lines of anti-Progressive corporations while padding those with Progressive records or who support unions. Once economic clout is achieved, the ballot box will follow, or at least some concessions.

    •  This is so important (2+ / 0-)
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      If you could elaborate a bit and post a diary on this it would be a great discussion on some avenues of action.

      Everyone! Arms akimbo!

      by tobendaro on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 07:36:10 AM PST

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    •  YES!! (1+ / 0-)
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      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 07:52:24 AM PST

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    •  Well it should also include a call to action. (2+ / 0-)
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      Like supporting strikers and protesters even when the strikes and protests are inconvient. Rediscovering the true value and meaning of nonviolent action (IE the point of non violent action is to get arrested or confronted with violence). You do not expect that marching in way that is not confrontational is useless. You have to do it in way that is not ignored. That forces people to consider your issues in way that can not be ignored.

      It means rediscovering solidarity. The reason OWS failed was that it did not make a big enough impact. OWS was too small. A strike that paralyzes Wall Street completely for a day or two, now you are getting somewhere. There will be violence but it will be on the other side. Dr King understood this. So did Gandhi. OWS was at its most effective when it made the police overact. The pepper spraying cops. The beatings. When the power establishment starts that average Joe and Jane pay attention. It is sick and wrong and twisted and evil but there it is. Taking to the streets to block traffic is non violent. Jamming Wall Street with protesters so no one can get any work done is non violent. Being non violent does not mean not breaking the law and avoiding jail. And that is how the civil rights movement won. The antiwar movement deviated from this path

      •  There were and are several things that OWS (3+ / 0-)
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        excels in, imo:
        1) Courage - facing armed men in armor is daunting and exhausting and being persistent in the face of such repression takes an awesome amount of courage.
        2) Theater - we are all such spoiled brats we want to be entertained and we were and are with the OWS actions.
        3) Comprehensiveness - the OWS movement includes those who are tremendously knowledgeable about wall street and its affairs. There are people who are activists to their core and know how to put together meaningful actions with desired outcomes. The folks in the east set up universities and the folks in the west shut down the ports. The connections with the unions has been profound.
        4) Community - Occupy Sandy and the buying of medical debt and the foreclosure defenses gives me a sense of what "having your back" means. It gives me a great sense of what community really is and does. We haven't seen this or had this experience, imo, as a norm in this country.
        5) Creativity - the 99% meme, the banks got bailed out we got sold out meme, the light on the building when they took the bridge, the bike generators, the live stream operators and on and on.

        There is more, but this is just off the top of my head. When people give you the meme that Occupy is dead, remember you cannot kill an idea.

        American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

        by glitterscale on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 01:14:18 PM PST

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  •  The reason it can't be done (3+ / 0-)
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    We don't have the leaders to do it.

    Strong, effective political movements require strong, effective leaders and we don't have any. The Republicans are nuts and the Democrats are content to be The Good Germans and let them take the country further and further to the right.

    I agree that Obama is basically a center-right Republican and that many people on this site don't want to admit that. Still, I think a courageous liberal with great rhetorical power could convince them otherwise and successfully take on the president and all the Third Wayers.

    The problem is that such a person does not exist and we can't create him or her out of thin air.

    You can start an effort to make the restaurants in your town great, but you won't succeed without great chefs.

    No effort to make our government great will succeed without great political leaders and we don't have any.

  •  Well, now I'm all confusimated (1+ / 0-)
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    Only yesterday I was reading a diary on this very site telling me and others like me (namely Kossacks of a type the diarist doesn't like) that we spend not a word on vile GOP antics and mass all our evil, brainless keystrokes against St. Barack for not being progressive and why should he be, he's not a librul lefty like some disgusting people who don't count and shouldn't be here or should at least be silent.  Now it seems, Shamed And Reformed Kate must switch back to ignoring vile GOP antics.  Exhausting.  I'm going over to Hullabaloo now to get my head back together.  :::sniff:::

    "Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself." - Ralph Ellison

    by KateCrashes on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 03:31:49 AM PST

  •  Good idea thanks (1+ / 0-)
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  •  The virtual union is a good idea. (3+ / 0-)
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    It worked for seniors - see AARP - although the AARP seems to be waning in political power now.  Making a comparable organization for American workers should certainly be possible.  Less free time for workers, but having the internet is an offsetting advantage.  This is an avenue that maybe a subset of OFA volunteers could explore?  A way to export the OFA technology, without the actual database of names?  Of course, building the database with workers' info would be the work of years.  But the Right Wing took years to build their ugly fundamentalist database and then reaped the benefits.  AARP was able to wield a lot of influence for a pretty small individual annual subscription.  A broad-based workers' organization could surely do the same.

    •  Unfortunately AARP is really an insurance (1+ / 0-)
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      cartel imo.

      American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

      by glitterscale on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 01:16:10 PM PST

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      •  I used the past tense. (1+ / 0-)
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        It may indeed be mostly driven by its associated insurance business these days.  But there were decades during which Social Security was known as the third rail of politics -- it's my impression that AARP lobbying played a considerable role in gaining SS that status.  I would settle for a few decades of political influence for a workers' lobbying organization, even if it then degenerates (as do many human institutions) into something less effective or relevant.

  •  Organized buying, selling and the like is an (2+ / 0-)
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    important factor, as is unionization, but we need broad coalitions, meaning finding a way to get the "moderates" to come along for the ride.

    Unionization too often crases from 2 types of lack of support - workers willing to scab, but also consumers willing to buy non-union, fr example.

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 07:57:07 AM PST

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