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dreamnightwind Donating Member (863 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-11 02:21 PM
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80. Though this is a great graphic, it is partisan
I agree with the graphic for the most part, but it's not how people like us react to it that really matters.

It's what I call an "me good, you bad" story. We really do have to get past that, now more than ever.

The first phase of needed reforms quite possibly involves amending the constitution to remove private money from the political process. To that end, we need to educate the non-rich right wingers that we are fighting for their interests as well as ours.

They have a very different view of the OWS movement, and partisan graphics like this will alienate them rather than recruit them. They think Soros, MS-NBC, and to some extent, Obama, are all behind OWS. So they would take issue with the info in the chart, and it would just polarize them against OWS.

We need to bring in as much of the 99% as possible to do this. It doesn't mean bringing in their values. If we limit the first phase of reform to a massive push to remove private money from elections, we can incorporate people from the right in this effort (and it's a heavy lift, we will need all the help we can get in this fight) since their interests are aligned with ours at least this far along the road.

After that, we'll have the political mechanisms restored to where we can use electoral politics to elect reps and enact legislation that is about the people of this country, not the 1% at the top. That will be more the time to fight for progressive policies.

We'll never remove the money from politics without help from the non-wealthy right wingers. Let's do everything we can to bring them into this fight at our side.

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