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Tom Rinaldo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-12-11 08:53 PM
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11. I believe things are possible that are commonly considered unfeasable
Edited on Tue Jul-12-11 08:54 PM by Tom Rinaldo
To varying degrees, at least on the national level, they would require a sea change in thinking to occurr. Creating that is never easy, especially when the forces that line up against it have bottomless wallets and a chokehold over most mass media. It's even harder if they are shameless about exploiting hot button issues arising from cultural friction by injecting them out of context into important decisions that have very little or nothing to do with those hot buttens.

Power quickly entrenches itself, using that power to weave itself deeper into the fabric of common assumptions about what is and is not possible to change. To my mind though achieving the "fix" that you mention is far from being beyond our shortr term reach, though we should not underestimat3e the power of entrenched interests to make night seem like day and vice versa - we've been watching them do just that bu propping up "the Tea Party".

Sometimes I have to remember that co-existing with slavery in America was at one time inside the box thinking. And recall there was a time when it was unimagining that mostly poor and powerless immigrants who didn't even speak the same languages could somehow come together in Unions powerful enough to take everything the elites could throw at them and ans still win great labor victories. It wsan't that long ago to most of us over 30 that the full legal acceptance of gay marriage was a concept way outside the box of what was considered possible in our lifetimes.
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  - Yeah. That didn't jump out at me at first  Tom Rinaldo   Jul-12-11 08:11 PM   #8 
  - Yes. I haven't been surprised. Appalled, but not surprised.  LWolf   Jul-13-11 11:19 AM   #18 
  - Making America work again  izquierdista   Jul-12-11 05:15 PM   #2 
  - I agree that we need ledership with a mindset ressembling New Deal Democrats  Tom Rinaldo   Jul-12-11 07:23 PM   #5 
  - very thoughtful - as usual  grantcart   Jul-12-11 05:42 PM   #3 
  - grantcart, it's great to "see" you.  Tom Rinaldo   Jul-12-11 07:41 PM   #6 
     - here  hfojvt   Jul-12-11 07:54 PM   #7 
     - His dog had him arrested for parole violations again.  cliffordu   Jul-13-11 11:23 AM   #19 
     - at the bloc cliffordu is known as the 'Vagina Whisperer'  grantcart   Jul-13-11 08:23 PM   #30 
        - Aw, shucks, another fan.....  cliffordu   Jul-13-11 08:25 PM   #31 
     - while I am no longer an 'active poster' I still support DU and stop by  grantcart   Jul-13-11 08:16 PM   #29 
        - I went and read your "going away" Journal post  Tom Rinaldo   Jul-13-11 08:51 PM   #32 
  - How DARE you make a reasoned, eloquent and nuanced post!!!  Taverner   Jul-12-11 05:54 PM   #4 
  - Well I realized that it was nuanced when I almost lost my point a few times while writing it.  Tom Rinaldo   Jul-13-11 11:05 AM   #17 
  - What IS possible though?  hfojvt   Jul-12-11 08:28 PM   #9 
  - I believe things are possible that are commonly considered unfeasable  Tom Rinaldo   Jul-12-11 08:53 PM   #11 
  - Obama just smiles big for the cameras and does absolutely  JDPriestly   Jul-13-11 11:36 AM   #23 
  - Nicely done  Cresent City Kid   Jul-12-11 08:49 PM   #10 
  - I think the Republicans are trying to break the system so  MadMaddie   Jul-12-11 09:27 PM   #14 
  - Well said, Tom Rinaldo.  Kind of Blue   Jul-12-11 09:07 PM   #12 
  - That explains a lot, but not everything  starroute   Jul-12-11 09:26 PM   #13 
  - One thing that I didn't expand on as much as I could in talking about "the Box"  Tom Rinaldo   Jul-13-11 10:04 AM   #16 
  - Tom, that's a thoughtful, interesting read. But, you nail his biggest problem...  KoKo   Jul-13-11 11:49 AM   #24 
     - Essentially Obama demobilized the movement that paved the way for his eloection once he moved to DC  Tom Rinaldo   Jul-13-11 01:25 PM   #26 
        - Deleted message  Name removed   Jul-13-11 01:33 PM   #27 
        - It will be some factor in Obama's re-election. Probably not a major one  KoKo   Jul-13-11 06:06 PM   #28 
  - Excellent analysis, great post, Starroute  JDPriestly   Jul-13-11 11:25 AM   #21 
  - Thoughtful post.  Bobbie Jo   Jul-12-11 09:38 PM   #15 
  - Tom, what do you think of the fact that Obama picked  JDPriestly   Jul-13-11 11:24 AM   #20 
  - It seems he chose nuanced continuity prioritizing stability over change there  Tom Rinaldo   Jul-13-11 01:13 PM   #25 
     - Thanks. Geithner has had far too much influence on Obama.  JDPriestly   Jul-14-11 02:39 AM   #34 
  - I wish more of the discussion  Inuca   Jul-13-11 11:26 AM   #22 
  - nice writing and thinking. I did open your thread only peeking at it through my fingers  Whisp   Jul-13-11 08:57 PM   #33 
 

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