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In 2006 Jerome Armstrong and Markos of Daily Kos wrote a book called Crashing the Gate. I can't find my copy now, but I did find some excerpts from the New York Times then in 2006. Still pertinent, still at it.
The Deaniacs gave it a hell of a try in 04, but it just wasn't the time.
Many of us thought the 2008 election would get us further inside the gate, but it just didn't work out that way.
'Crashing the Gate'
Meanwhile, we've also been plagued by a Democratic Party unsure of itself, lacking the expression of any core principles, and devoid of any institutional machinery to develop and promote its agenda. Democrats have utterly failed to offer a compelling alternative to Bush and his Republican acolytes, oftentimes parroting Republican positions on any number of issues in the mistaken belief that it might help them capture centrist or independent voters. We saw that strategy fail in 2000, in 2002, and in 2004. But the Democratic Party-its leadership in Washington, D.C., its legions of campaign consultants and the single-issue groups that form its traditional base-has failed to learn lessons from these recurring losses. The party's stakeholders resist being dislodged from their entrenched positions of wealth and power. Even as a marginalized minority, they won't surrender their fiefdoms without a fight. Why risk their comfy little gigs and rackets in a bid for majority status when they've already got it so good?
There is someone else trying to bring change while still working within the party.
Great post today.
Bernie Sanders Is Crashing the Gates
A political revolution is coming.
Sometimes it seems like that gate will always remain closed to most of us. Some days things seem more hopeful.
And the diarist's words about Bernie's campaign impress me.
He's crashing the gates. Because someone has to. He's telling the truth about the fraud and deceit and corruption infesting this country's economic and political systems, and that truth is resonating across this entire nation. We’re seeing history being made. America is finally awakening after decades in the darkness of apathy and moral cowardice, the light of moral courage is finally shining, it's shining like a beacon everywhere Bernie Sanders campaigns.
The huge number of recommends there are indicative of just how many want inside those gates.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Jul 2, 2015, 12:32 AM (32 replies)
WORT News @WORTnews 9m9 minutes ago
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Posted by madfloridian | Wed Jul 1, 2015, 09:57 PM (47 replies)
A definition from Dictionary.com
Some synonyms and antonyms from Merriam Webster
Related to RANCID
I don't think it's right to describe Fellow Democrats that way.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Jun 30, 2015, 06:35 PM (69 replies)
I have been aware for over a decade now that liberal had become a dirty word, even among the more conservative Democrats.
I have been taking that word back for several years now. I think there is room for liberals in the party, and I think the party should cherish us. Most of us who call ourselves that stand for the traditional values of the Democratic party...strong unions, a proud public school system, reproductive rights for women, the right for people to marry the one they love, separation of church and government, the belief that all are equal and deserve equal rights. There are many other issues that may change through the years, but those should be the basis of our Democratic beliefs.
I find it hard to take when others celebrate an article like that which appeared in The Guardian in 2012.
A letter to my dismal allies on the US left
Please, radical leftists, spare us the bitterness and negativity; we need hope and incremental victories and you provide neither.
That is not a true statement. I don't understand completely the author's premise. I do know calling the left, liberals names does not help anything.
Just a few quotes:
O rancid sector of the far left, please stop your grousing! Compared to you, Eeyore sounds like a Teletubby. If I gave you a pony, you would not only be furious that not everyone has a pony, but you would pick on the pony for not being radical enough until it wept big, sad, hot pony tears. Because what we're talking about here is not an analysis, a strategy, or a cosmology, but an attitude, and one that is poisoning us. Not just me, but you, us, and our possibilities.
If I had to interpret that it would be "don't make waves".
Believe me, a lot of us already know most of the dimples on the imperial derriere by now, and there are other things worth discussing. Often, it's not the emperor that's the important news anyway, but the peasants in their revolts and even their triumphs, while this mindset I'm trying to describe remains locked on the emperor, in fury and maybe in self-affirmation.
Uh, sometimes the emperor must be called out.
When you're a hammer everything looks like a nail, but that's not a good reason to continue to pound down anything in the vicinity. Consider what needs to be raised up as well. Consider our powers, our victories, our possibilities; ask yourself just what you're contributing, what kind of story you're telling, and what kind you want to be telling.
Sometimes there's a real need for that hammer.
This marginalization of liberals has gone on for years.
In his "Saving the Democratic Party" memo of January 1985, From advocated the formation of a "governing council" that would draft a "blueprint" for reforming the party. According to From, the new leadership should aim to create distance from "the new bosses"-organized labor, feminists, and other progressive constituency groups-that were keeping the party from modernizing. From's memo sparked the formation of the Democratic Leadership Council in early 1985. According to Balz and Brownstein, "Within a few weeks, it counted 75 members, primarily governors and members of Congress, most of them from the Sunbelt, and almost all of them white; liberal critics instantly dubbed the group 'the white male caucus.'"
One of the main phrases to keep us in our place is that we want to be right all the time, that we expect purity. One major way is to compare us to the Tea Party.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Jun 29, 2015, 08:05 PM (123 replies)
I was so happy to read this. Arne has gone around threatening to withhold funding whenever a state was going against his policy.
So good for Governor Brown.
Brown says she will monitor situation to ensure federal government does not withhold money from Oregon
Oregon governor signs Smarter Balanced opt-out law
SALEM — Brushing aside critics, Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that lets parents more easily opt their children out of new standardized education tests based on Common Core standards.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Jun 29, 2015, 01:56 PM (7 replies)
her fraternizing with male students.
This principal's behavior makes two charter school systems in Florida look bad. She had recently left one with a questionable reputation.
From the Courthouse News Service:
Secretary Says Firing Was Retaliation
Mavericks school is a charter high school which receives public money.
PALM SPRINGS, Fla. (CN) - A Florida high school secretary claims in a lawsuit that she was fired for reporting a principal who was bringing marijuana to school and fraternizing with students.
The principal, Krista Morton, was arrested in May.
Krista Morton: Controversy prone principal caught in car back seat with student
The principal of The Mavericks High of Palm Springs was arrested on Wednesday after police found her in the back seat of a marijuana-filled car with one of the school's students. Krista Eve Morton, 45 of Wellington, was arrested by North Palm Beach
A Florida charter school principal was caught last week in the back seat of her car with one of her students, according to police, and subsequently arrested. But Krista Morton, 45, was not taken into custody for being with the the student, who was 18, but for possession of marijuana. But these improper acts aren't the principal's first brushes with controversy. That happened at another Florida high school where she was also principal.
Here is more about Milburn Academy and the troubles it has seen.
Florida's failed charter schools: Cracks in the system Part I
The Richard Milburn Academy is seen at its former location in Fort Myers in August 2012. The charter school closed following an investigation that found students were receiving diplomas they had not earned. (Video frame grab provided by WFTX-TV Fox 4 Fort Myers)
NAPLES, Fla. - Seven times since 2006, Richard Milburn Academy of Florida has failed at running a charter school.
I have not been able to find anything about Morton being fired. As far as I can tell, both charter schools still do business in Florida.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Jun 28, 2015, 10:54 PM (10 replies)
in Bolivia. And other countries. Here is more about GCS.
"Our Brand Is Crisis" - Greenberg Carville Shrum in Bolivia, America's Backyard
In 2002, among the many creepy roles of James Carville was his work as strategist at Greenberg Carville Shrum (GCS), when the political consultancy firm he had helped to found went to work to help Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada (nicknamed “Goni”) win the hotly contested presidency of Bolivia. Although they thought the man to beat was Manfred Reyes Villa, the mayor of Cochabamba, certainly the one who most worried Washington was the indigenous leader, Evo Morales. But, what kind of choice was Sanchez de Lozada? According to BBC News, (Oct. 18, 2003), “The US-educated millionaire mining magnate, who speaks Spanish with an American accent, is nicknamed ‘gringo.’” He was hardly the most enlightened choice to make president of a country whose population consists largely of Quechua- and Aymara-speaking Indians (of whom Morales is one), who have been deeply impoverished by centuries of autocratic rulers allied to U.S. policy-makers and to foreign capitalists who have profited handsomely from Bolivia’s rich mineral resources (silver, tin, oil, gas). But, Sanchez de Lozada had previously been Finance Minister and, then, president from 1993 to 1997. He had worked closely with the World Bank and IMF and had miles to go on behalf of international capitalism. He had aggressive neo-liberal plans. None of this would have been news to the boys from GCS. They made their choice knowingly. Never mind matters of conscience or principle.
More about the 2005 "Our Brand is Crisis".
Our Brand Is Crisis
Our Brand Is Crisis is a 2005 documentary film by Rachel Boynton on American political campaign marketing tactics by Greenberg Carville Shrum (GCS) in the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. The election saw Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada elected President of Bolivia ahead of Evo Morales.
A short trailer of the 2005 documentary
A longer 9 minute interview with the producer. It's very good if you ignore the very weird stuff at the beginning.
They are now filming a new version based on the old one. Most news coverage calls it comedy drama. That surprises me.
I doubt it's at all funny to those countries where GCS was messing around.
Our Brand Is Crisis (2016 film)
Our Brand Is Crisis is an upcoming American comedy-drama film directed by David Gordon Green and written by Peter Straughan. It is a remake of the 2005 documentary film of same name by Rachel Boynton, about the American political campaign strategies used by Greenberg Carville Shrum (GCS) in the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. The film stars Sandra Bullock, Scoot McNairy, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie and Ann Dowd.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Jun 28, 2015, 06:23 PM (12 replies)
Now in this video Claire McCaskill does not actually call "us" extremists, but she says Bernie's message is extreme.
That is the same message that was used against another campaign in 2003. That we were fringe, extremists.
I will never forget the memos that came out in 2003 from the Democratic Leadership Council (now defunct, Third Way took its place as the policy shop.)
Howard Dean's campaign was shocking the party's establishment. They were furious with his supporters for being against the Iraq invasion. They were furious with him, though he was one of them for years.
First, Claire's words from Morning Joe this week...she was asked about the huge crowds Bernie Sanders was getting. She said:
"Rand Paul's father, Ron Paul, got massive crowds. Pat Buchanan got massive crowds.
Note the real extremists she chose for comparison. It was an insult.
Now back to 2003 and the memos.
"Activists Are Out of Step" From and Reed 2003
Well, we have had massive losses the last 2 elections...just a reminder.
In 2003 Markos posted a powerful diary. It really laid out the fact that the attacks on Dean were a power play for the party's soul.
The battle for the soul of the Democratic Party
The real danger, of course, is that the establishment will try and sabotage Dean (if he gets the nomination, of course) in order to save itself. The notion of a true grassroots-generated political movement, with decentralized power nodes, threatens to diminish the need for proponents of old-school, top-bottom political structures. There are myriad consultants who may suddenly find themselves obsolete, and they're not happy about it.
The corporate wing of the party might try to do just what Markos said...anything to save themselves and their power.
That was not an accidental interview with Claire. It was the first major public attack, and it's an attack not just on Bernie but his message and on those who support him.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Jun 27, 2015, 03:18 PM (40 replies)
Here is the first part of the interview with Bernie's response.
Halperin was picking on her, he's good at that. However, he was not responsible for the words that came out of her mouth about liberal ideas.
She defined herself.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Jun 26, 2015, 06:19 PM (26 replies)
From Bloomberg.com There is a video of Bernie's response at the link.
Bernie Sanders Responds to Claire McCaskill Attack: This Is a First
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Thursday responded to criticism from his Senate colleague, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, that he is too liberal to credibly challenge Hillary Clinton.
Here's what McCaskill said:
McCaskill, who supported President Obama during the 2008 election, was quick to back Clinton this cycle, and said on MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday that Sanders “is too liberal to gather enough votes in this country to become president.” Her comments came on the heels of Bloomberg Politics polling in Iowa and New Hampshire that showed Sanders gaining ground on Clinton, though the former secretary of state still holds a formidable lead.
Shameful that she compares Bernie Sanders to Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Jun 25, 2015, 07:30 PM (196 replies)