(11 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
Found a wonderful article by Norman Soloman. Just when all my beer was salty from tears:
In recent months, the responses from the progressive base to the Obama presidency have often resembled stages of grief — with rotations of denial, bargaining, anger, depression and acceptance.
Mobilization of progressive movements to pressurize Obama in the White House and Democrats on Capitol Hill has always been essential. It hasn’t happened. Instead, among Democratic loyalists, reflexive support for the latest line from the administration has made it easier for Obama to move rightward.
In 2010, we should concentrate on generating the kind of public information, vigorous debate and grassroots organizing that could shift the center of political gravity in a progressive direction.
At every turn, progressives should be putting up a fight — not only in all kinds of venues outside the electoral system but also inside the Democratic Party. Winning elections will require doing the methodical and difficult work of running candidates in Democratic primaries, sometimes against entrenched incumbents.
For instance, that’s what stalwart anti-war progressive Marcy Winograd is doing in her challenge to Congresswoman Jane Harman in the Los Angeles area. Across the country, dozens of strong progressives are running for Congress with a real chance to win. They need our volunteer help and our financial support.
What a great idea, that there really ARE progressives out there.
Who knew? We’ve been watching the Sell-Out Crew ™ in DC so carefully, we’ve been forgetting (well I ain’t seen it) to talk about these on-the-ground good guys.
I’ve commented a couple times that I’ve given up on the DC crew — and why not? It’s 24/7 “Sell the People Out” hijinks. I’m going with non-profits for now, positive change from the ground up.
This article has some good ideas, I think, for those still fired up about political change. GIve it a read:
Flares in the Political Dark
by Norman Solomon
Published on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 by CommonDreams.org
You know, I was at my local WA State Representative’s home tonight, to borrow a book from her daughter. We were talking about the sorry state of the DSHS here. That’s the Dept of Screwing Over Every Child in Sight, in our state, dunno about yours. But I digress.
I might be a little fired up about helping her to win again. She truly is a Progressive. Which means she must be in the sights of well, someone, the next time she needs to run.
Let me know what you think of this article.