Yes We Can

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In the aftermath of Hillary Clinton’s narrow win over Barack Obama in New Hampshire, there are indications that voter backlash against the Beltway pundits and media hacks who take such delight in savaging her may have played a role in producing this unexpected outcome.  We’ll never know with any certainty why Hillary won, but the results in New Hampshire provide further evidence that the contempt of Americans for the corporate media is intensifying.

It’s about time.    

Glenn Greenwald:

The very idea of discussing issues, examining the candidates’ positions, or even analyzing voter preferences does not and cannot even occur to Chris Matthews.  That–the most elementary nuts and bolts of standard, healthy journalism–is way, way beyond the scope of what our media stars are able to do or want to do. Petty personality-based gossip and speculative, worthless chatter is all they know.

It’s not just Tweety.  On every network, in every major newspaper and magazine, day in and day out, corporate media hacks display “every repellent attribute that defines the Standard Modern Political Journalist”:

*Jaded, bitterly cynical coolness masquerading as sophistication (no emotion, no passion, is even real)

* Vapid, shallow stupidity (political matters judged exclusively by Drudge-like personality distractions)

* Mindless recitation of idiotic, Kristol-like right-wing talking points (we need manly Tough Guys, not Girly Crying, for our Wars)

* The basest and most glaringly obvious strain of sexism (no mention of the endless crying episodes from GOP Warrior-Cheerleaders)

* Their self-absorbed and almost-always-wrong belief that their own insulated biases are how the Regular Folk Think (hence, Hillary’s “crying,” which voters apparently either appreciated or ignored, was going to doom her candidacy, just as Huckabee’s press conference would doom his in Iowa)

* Herd-like adolescent malice rituals directed towards the Hated Loser (NYT reporters grouping together to chortle and cackle oh-so-knowingly at the Wicked Witch).

On progressive blogs, we’ve been telling the truth about the corrupt media and political establishments for years. We’ve told the truth in our diaries, we’ve told it in our essays, we’ve told it in our comments. We’ve told it time and time again, only to be ignored time and time again.  Most Americans aren’t even aware of our existence, and tens of millions of others are still dismissing us as radical partisans unworthy of their attention.

We’re going to keep telling the truth anyway.  Someone has to.  As we’ve struggled to be heard, as we’ve endured the ridicule of the corporate media, as we wonder at times how much longer we can keep this up, our hope that Americans will finally start listening to us, our hope that we can make a difference, has not only sustained us through these dark years, it has empowered us and will empower us even more as we realize that the power of hope has no limits.  

This guy doesn’t have my vote yet:

Barack Obama

But he has the wisdom to believe in the power of hope:

In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.  For when we have faced down impossible odds; when we’ve been told that we’re not ready, or that we shouldn’t try, or that we can’t, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people.  Yes we can.

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation. Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom through the darkest of nights. Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness. Yes we can.

It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballot; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.

Progressive bloggers have been pointing the way to a brighter future for America and the world ever since our first blog appeared on the Internet.  We’re still pointing the way, we still believe that brighter future is possible.  We are not going to tolerate war crimes for profit, we are not going to clap louder for Madame Complicity, we are not going to allow corporate criminals and their hacks in both parties to block the Impeachment of George Walker Bush and Richard Bruce Cheney.  

Yes we can be heard.  Yes we can make a difference.  Yes we can force Impeachment.  The spirit of progressive blogs is characterized by YES WE CAN.  These simple but powerful words inspired and empowered Americans of every generation as they confronted injustice and joined together to overcome the challenges they faced.  YES WE CAN is empowering us as we join together and intensify our efforts to reclaim the civil liberties and sovereign power the Founding Fathers invested in America’s citizens.


Madame Speaker tells us we can’t end BushCo’s bloody occupation of Iraq.

Yes We Can

Chairman Conyers tells us we can’t Impeach.

Yes We Can

Rahm and Steny tell us we can’t beat Complicit Incumbents, Inc.  

Yes We Can

Rupert Murdoch’s cynical talking heads and jaded scribblers tell us we can’t become the media.

Yes We Can.  Every post on Docudharma affirms that we matter, that our voices deserve to be heard and will be. YES WE CAN rings out every time a new essayist joins us.  YES WE CAN rings out even louder every time they are welcomed and encouraged. YES WE CAN rings out louder still as more and more Americans come here, read our words, and stand with us to proclaim YES WE CAN across this awakening country.  Every time another ignored advocate becomes a leader, every time another soldier speaks out against this criminal government, every time another American realizes that we must be the leaders we’ve been waiting for, YES WE CAN is reaffirmed and we empower ourselves even more.  

Yes we can kick your asses, war criminals in Washington, fascist Republicans and corporate thieves. Start digging spider holes, election hijackers and bible thumping hypocrites, NSA spies and Blackwater thugs, CIA torturers and DOJ goons.  Start packing, voter cagers and robocallers, complicit Democrats and barking Blue Dogs.      

A friend of ours has a message for you:

Lady Liberty Now

We’re coming.  We’re heading your way, we’re bringing democracy with us and plenty of PAYBACK. To every voting booth.  To every precinct in every city in America, from New York to L.A. and everywhere in between, from the urban centers on the coasts to wingnut towns in Wyoming so small the streets have no name . . .



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    • Rusty1776 on January 10, 2008 at 2:13 pm
  1. going to be a great day when I start it off with “yes we can” from Rusty. Thanks!!

  2. Thanks for the positive message, Rusty.  I need to hear it about now.  I’m getting weary of the Candidate Wars & hoping that people will soon get back to the “Issues”.  I just saw the Iraq war casualties on CNN.  US troops total is 3921, and then heard some fool on C-Span saying that “Al-Queda in Iraq is ‘on the run'”.  

    IMHO, the worst things about the primary wars are the length of time that progressives’ energy gets channeled from the issues to the personalities of the candidates and the wedges that get driven between the groupies of each candidate.  People get so focused on elevating their candidate and tearing down the other candidate(s) that they get “off message”.  I hope that it will soon be time to get back to the Issues–holding the incumbents’ feet to the fire about the issues.

  3. Can’t say thanks enough for your positive attitude Rusty, I have been in a huge funk since reading Chris Floyd’s piece referenced to by inky99 yesterday over at Orange, and Valtin here today. To state the obvious, one of the neatest things about the web and all the blogs is that there is always some light somewhere to dispel the gloom that comes from the realization of your worst fears.

    Today you are the light Rusty, and once again, can’t say thanks enough. And, YES WE CAN!

  4. WE ALL NEED TO GET IN THAT “YES WE CAN” MODE!  Maybe, we should be bustin’ down editorial offices of newspapers, as well.

    Thanks for this exhilarating PUSH!


    (P.S.  There’s a big chance that NH was “had!” You may recall that it appeared that Kucinich was on top in NH, but only wound up with 1% of votes.  It is interesting to find out that one man owns the sole company running and servicing the machines in NH — more here  Maybe, we need to crash the offices of this company!  

    • pfiore8 on January 10, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    • pfiore8 on January 10, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    and it hits me like this…

    until somebody in power leads the country at large to face the very tough reality in which we find ourselves, then hope is just another prop. no more platitudes and inspirational speeches needed imo…

    maybe we think we can fix our problems. but how can that be really? most of us aren’t at the place where we acknowledge the true depths of those problems and what it will really take to start working them out.

    bring me there, then politician. to see the coming shitstorm and invoke the power of my hope::: NOT giving up::: to set me at work, to toil, wanting to do my share in restoring our government, the environment, the economy… and, while i’m at it, to learn to live a little bit leaner.

  5. the Latin, Hispanic or spanish community encompassing the population of the other half of North America and those descendants of the ‘conquistadors; who have been here for 400 years, or those who lost their land in the annexation of Texas and California,looks as though it will become the rallying cry of? who or what?  Is Obama about to become the preferred candidate of the ‘progressive’ blogosphere? what ever happened to poor old John Edwards or Dennis Kucinich, and Dodd and Biden et al,Old Uncle Tom Cobbley and all. Have we switched our allegiance so fast.

    As i keep saying I am terminally cyncial probably due to the fact that i have been through this shit in the workplace, the marriage bed, suburbs and city, America and the world for my allotted   span of life according to the bible.  I accept that is sooooo’Yesterday’, but then I always loved that song as well as ‘Don’t stop Thinking About Tomorrow’. All I know is that is is not yet ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’.

    I am not quite ready to embrace anyone based on their stirring rhetoric. Been there done that.  Before i jump on anyone’s bandwagon I want to know where the money comes from, who is running the organisation, what are the specifics of positions. I want specificity not clarion calls from the walls of jericho.

    So, Yes, we can, but yes we can do what? raise up our voices and sing, sure, but first of all I want to know the words of the anthem,. Is that too much to ask. And anyway, those chauvinistic snarling pitbulls are not talking to us, they are trying to wrest ratings away from the likes of Rush, and Billo, Sean and Glen. None of them give a damn for anything but their massive paychecks and bleating followers. And in the blogosphere we are still mostly talking to ourselves.

    It is a welcome sign though to see the adults step up to the plate and say enough already. But if anyone thinks that will make them shut up and sit down my cyncicism tells me you are sorely mistaken.  They bring guns to school these days and don’t listen to their elders and betters.  And I fear the lunatics have taken over the asylum.

    It is becoming really hard to speak from the heart in the blogospere without being accused of racism, sexism, and every other ism known to man.  That cannot stop anyone though. Who knows when one drop of water will fertilze a seed.

    • documel on January 10, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    The run for the buck in our condensed media has left a void–truth–good reporting–guts.  When the goal is profits, not exposes, we have the death of democracy.  When competition is decreased in the media, we have fewer chances to change the situation.  Our country is in a final decline–no candidate is advocating impeachment–ergo–no candidate is a democrat (lower case).

    O Canada–cold, not really democratic, but less embarassing to me.  I’m relearning my French and considering migrating north.  At least they didn’t invade Iraq.

    • Edger on January 10, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Love the picture of Lady Liberty!

    Yes we can kick your asses, war criminals in Washington, fascist Republicans and corporate thieves. Start digging spider holes, election hijackers and bible thumping hypocrites, NSA spies and Blackwater thugs, CIA torturers and DOJ goons.  Start packing, voter cagers and robocallers, complicit Democrats and barking Blue Dogs.  

    They have no idea who they’ve messed with.

    Bob Dylan said: “To Live Outside The Law, You Must Be Honest”.

    And when too many in power are too corrupt and dishonest, people out of necessity end up writing documents that begin with words like “We the people…….”

    There was another George who found that out… and the current George and his friends haven’t a clue what the they’ve awakened.

    We’re coming, motherfuckers. For you…

    They’ll stone ya just a-like they said they would.

    They’ll stone ya when you’re tryin’ to go home.

    Then they’ll stone ya when you’re there all alone.

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