You are NOT Powerless

Simulposted at Daily Kos

You are NOT Powerless.

You are NOT helpless.

You are NOT crazy.

And you are NOT alone.

“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.”

Robert Francis Kennedy

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Americans… still believe in an America where anything’s possible – they just don’t think their leaders do.

Barack Obama

There are people here….and indeed in all parts of our lives….who tell us that this or that just can’t be done.

Who tell us that this or that is impossible.

Who urge us to “take what we can get.”

To not ask for too much.

They tell us that we must accept their limitations, their definitions of what is possible, their judgments of what we can achieve.

And that we are crazy if we do not accept their…..description of reality. That we are powerless to change ‘reality.’ That we are helpless in the face of the forces that change the world. They tell us that WE are not one of the forces that change the world.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

Barack Obama

And so that we should not try. That we are wrong to push. That we are wrong to complain. That we are wrong to want more. That asking and working for and wanting more is pointless, hopeless and wrong. That we cannot change the world. That we must take what we are given. That is cynicism.

In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?

Barack Obama

We are The People. This is OUR government. And…Yes We Can change it.

We do have power.

And the more we join together and the more we work together and the more we do not listen to the voices that tell us that we CAN’T….

The more power we have.

Daily Kos, and the blogosphere in general, is a VERY powerful political tool. The MSM realizes it, the pundits realize it, the politicians realize it.

They listen to the blogs, they react to the blogs, and they criticize the blogs in a way that indicates that they FEAR the power of the blogs.

You are not powerless.

The People posting here want to use their power, their power that is amplified, when joined to the voices of others all Yelling Louder for change…for justice, for equality…for freedom. We join together to try to use that power. To try to use Daily Kos to to communicate our power to the other forces that change the world, to make our voices heard.

That is why most people come and participate on Daily Kos.

Others come here to tell us that we CAN’T.

That we shouldn’t.

That we are crazy.

That we are helpless.

That we are powerless.

We are not crazy, we are not helpless, we are not powerless.

These people, I can only assume, feel powerless to effect change, they must feel helpless in the face of power…..why else would they try to impose their brand of can’t, powerlessness, and helplessness on others? They seek to impose the limitations they feel on others. I say if you argue for your limitations….you will win.

But I refuse to let them win an argument for my limitations, for limiting others, for limiting ALL of us….by settling for what we can get, by taking what we are given, by “not asking for too much.”

“There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”

Robert Francis Kennedy

We are political activists. We can make a difference with our activism. We have made a difference with our activism. We WILL make a difference with our activism.

You are not crazy.

You are not helpless.

You are not powerless

You are not alone.


We are not crazy.

We are not helpless.

We are NOT powerless.


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  1. He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.

    Francis Bacon

    • Edger on April 12, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Heh. 😉

    • Edger on April 12, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    You shone like the sun.

    Shine on you crazy diamond.

    Now there’s a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky.

    Shine on you crazy diamond.

    You were caught on the crossfire of childhood and stardom, blown on the steel breeze.

    Come on you target for faraway laughter, come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine!

    You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon.

    Shine on you crazy diamond.

    Threatened by shadows at night, and exposed in the light.

    Shine on you crazy diamond.

    Well you wore out your welcome with random precision, rode on the steel breeze.

    Come on you raver, you seer of visions, come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!

  2. especially in the face of criticism.

    Which is not to say demonize our critics.  Rather, make stronger, better arguments.  And insist that our Democratic candidates do the same.

    On a personal/political note:  I’m having a difficult time sorting out the difference between a Populist and and a Progressive — what the two words mean and how to distinguish between them, even if it’s necessary to do so.

    Blanche Lincoln’s primary challenger, Bill Halter, has me confused as to his political identity on the non-Republican spectrum.  Is he a Populist?  a Progressive?  a Liberal?  Is he even a Democrat?

    He seems to shy away from wanting to label-identify with any of those labels (except the Populist one) and I’m wondering should my “worrydar” be activated.  Shouldn’t a proud and trustworthy candidate be willing to be labeled for what his political values are?  And if he doesn’t, shouldn’t I scrutinize him more acutely?

    If only all the Democratic office-seekers were Alan Grayson easy!

    Questioning, challenging, and insisting on clarification is how we voters and grassroots shoots can effect the change we want.  

  3. is to claim yourself as one of “those we’ve been waiting for” while not being (and I do not speak of you, here, budhy).

    The most effective way to create a politics of cynicism is to decry cynicism with your words, and perform the most cynical possible things with your actions.

    It is very damaging, when you are President of the U.S.A.

    The political environment has been rendered toxic.  The people who claim to be for hope and change, are anything but.  The tactics of the party that has created so many problems, have been adopted, wholesale, rendering adopting their philosophy as well, on the part of those engaged in it, an academic inevitability.  The silencing of dissent has become the cult of personality, in which anything, no matter how depraved, is possible.

    Barack Obama is NOT among the ones “we’ve been waiting for”.  And if he was, he has grabbed a shovel, to shovel horseshit at the people who wanted very much the stall to be mucked out.

    The followers of Barack Obama are the ones saying “we can’t”.  They are the ones who enable cynicism.

    Is there no hope?  I hope not.  But to have hope again needs must face up to the truth, and not tribalism.  Extreme action as opposed to wagon circling.  We have been told that marching and striking won’t work, for example.  

    • Edger on April 12, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    just think of how utterly terrified of you seeing the truth are the people who spend umpteen millions or billions to attempt propagandize you into a state of confusion and helpless…

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