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What role, if any, do DU members have in shaping and influencing policy

that directly affects the greater good of Americans?

I am an activist in every sense. With my son in a stroller, I stepped off the curb to join a huge crowd demonstrating against the Vietnam war. I participated in many organized efforts during that time.

I was deeply moved by the feminist movement and when they took to the streets, I joined them. Once again, as in the anti-Vietnam era, I attended weekly meetings and joined discussion groups that also trained us how to lobby and do outreach. I actively worked for the passage of the ERA.

Etched in my mind, is one of the last times I took to the streets - ten years ago as Bush with the help of Democrats marched us toward war once again, this time Iraq.. It was a small group that marched...maybe 300 at the most...the organizer got the required permits, a scant few safety forces looked bored...while we marched through downtown Cleveland..led by a bullhorn and waving anti-war signs and chanting...
I will never forget how angry and fist waving drivers, flipped us off at having to wait for us to march through the intersection. There wasn't much support that day.

Do you ever foresee a time when masses of Americans are so united and moved over an issue, that they once again, take to the streets?

I am having a difficult time getting a read on how we are doing...

I cannot figure out what the current state of liberal/progressive politics is, at this moment.

A fellow Dem told me I was blind to the slow success the Tea Party has getting their messages out. She said that by the time the 2014 mid- term elections roll around, all of political arguing will make it feel like 2010 all over again.....because Dems will look weak, and the base will stay home.



Seth was fab, and Our Dear First Lady out of context. Really

why was she involved?

She was beautiful and articulate and out of place...

Just my opinion.

I am soooooo sick of early morning blah blah blah....somewhere

there MUST be a smart TV producer who gets it....

The same faces and voices over and over and over with nothing new or engaging or smart need to be challenged, can be challenged and should be challenged.

With the million and two cable stations available you would think SOMEONE would seize the ripe opportunity.



"Major media" is the head of the rotten fish.

It is my opinion that the retreads featured on the Sunday morning "news" have been given too much power by the lazy media. As long as such shills as Graham & McCain are given a platform week after week to spew their garbage, this country will stay stuck.

The rotten fish is the GOP controlled Congress, tossed together with any number of Blue Dog weak Dem's, and kept alive by the head of the fish, major media.

Will this ever change?






Robert Gibbs answer to Lawrence O'Donnell ?

I cannot find Gibbs quick "no problem here" response to Larry's concern about Simpson/Boles/Medicare.

Any words of wisdom on this?

It's finally happened. Nothing shocks me anymore. I must be in the final stage

of being desensitized. I am turning into a zombie. News of unspeakable violence has become a normal part of my day.

Sob:

I am ready for a citizen's arrest of the GOP who met in Virginia.

they are conspiring with treasonous acts. I believe they are trying to overthrow our government

by trying to change the rules on how electoral votes are awarded. The GOP is attempting to rig the system.

They are getting paid to legislate, and instead, are using the guise of their office for personal gain.

Isn't that treason?

Old white men politicians are losing ground; voters are sickened at the sight of

the spittle and drool coming out of their mouths with the stupidity of their words. Who do they think they impress when they scorn women and their health and workplace issues, and use code words to demean the "others?"

IT'S OVER. SERIOUSLY, IT IS OVER.

The Obama presidency has set a new benchmark for how America views the office and it's occupant. He is young, smart and young. He is not an old wrinkled white man who waited in line for his "turn" at running for the presidency.

I am saying all of this for one reason, and one reason only.

The next president will be Hillary (another woman) or a male 55 years or younger.
If the Dem's run an old white guy, or the GOP does, then they will lose.

Why? Because in 2016, today's 14 year old, will be voting. In 2016, the white population of voters will be overtaken by a more diverse population of voters and will not be comprised of high numbers of "old white men."

Sadly, I do not see an open window for Joe Biden. It is has closed. This is not a commentary on if and why any old white man could or would be qualified.

Rather, it is my view that the office of the presidency will have been recast in the conscious mind of voters after 8 years of Obama and his family occupying the WH. America will be ready and perhaps even eager, to elect a woman.


Round 2: Madam Sec.Clinton before the House. Step right up ladies and gentlemen

And watch, right before your eyes, how to handle the blustering, pompous, so called public servants known as congressmen...she is knowledgeable, she is courageous, she is pissed!

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