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IrateCitizen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-15-05 12:19 PM
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24. What are you seeking? Instant gratification???
Are you expecting things to just turn completely around with the pulling of a lever in the ballot box?

That's one of the huge problems in this country today. People have become so used to instant gratification that they lose sight of how SLOWLY things really change. Abolition of slavery didn't take place in the 4 years of the Civil War -- it could be traced all the way back to the abolitionists of the founding of the United States. Civil Rights wasn't achieved in the 1960's -- it could be traced all the way back to the end of the Civil War 100 years earlier.

You've organized friends who feel the same as you do. That's a good first step. Have you looked to link up with, or form, any broader groups? Have you gotten involved on local, state and national issues? You don't have to get involved in every issue out there -- just take on what you can handle. And more importantly, don't hesitate to support OTHER issue groups who dovetail with your goals, especially groups outside of what you normally encounter.

I'm not discounting the role of electoral politics. I'm just saying that expecting it solely to change things is very unwise. FDR actually adopted many of the policies promoted by the socialists for some time. The Nation recently ran a few good articles on the Rainbow Coalition of the 1980's, I would suggest you peruse their archives to look them up. They will likely answer many of your questions better than I can.
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