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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 12:28 PM
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Forget the campaign already -- it's time to build our platform: our NEW DEAL
"Throughout the nation men and women, forgotten in the political philosophy of the Government, look to us here for guidance and for more equitable opportunity to share in the distribution of national wealth I pledge myself to a new deal for the American people. This is more than a political campaign. It is a call to arms." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt upon accepting the 1932 Democratic nomination for president.


Facing economic collapse and global war, we stand at the edge of history. It's time we look past the nomination of the Democratic candidate (we know it's going to be one or the other) and focus on the platform to be created at the convention -- that document which serves as a manifesto for our party's direction in addressing the challenges faced by our country and citizens.

When I say "we stand on the edge of history," I'm not blowing rhetorical smoke. The disaster inherited from George W. Bush and his Neocon coterie threatens the extinction of the America as we know it.

In the last few years we have seen the privatization of the whole of public welfare. There's not one nook or cranny of the public good that hasn't been pimped out for profit. The SEC was too beholden to monied interests to put a stop to the global mortgage fraud known as the "subprime" crisis. The FDA is funded by the corporations it's supposed to protect us from -- and so we die from unsafe meat and snake oil medicines. Hell, the military doesn't even have the infrastructure to carry out a mission without private companies divvying up profit.



Either the insanity stops now, or there won't be anything left to fight for. We must rebuild our country. We must provide jobs, education and healthcare. We must abandon the fairy tale of "globalism" and restore our manufacturing base. We need RELIEF, RECOVERY and REFORM -- the original "three R's" which were the foundation of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal.

This fact bears repeating: we face economic collapse and global war. We need immediate and drastic solutions. There's no room for error, and so we must use ideas that have already been proven to heal our nation. We can't piss away this moment, our platform must be unwavering in it's intent to return power to the people, and restore order to our economy.

We need immediate relief for people losing their homes, losing their jobs and losing their access to healthcare.

We need real economic recovery that will restore America's stature as a world power.

We will achieve this through real reform that recognizes only people have inalienable rights. Corporations are not people, they are human constructs that must be disciplined.

There is no choice presented to American business between intelligently planned and uncontrolled industrial operations and a return to the gold-plated anarchy that masqueraded as "rugged individualism."...Unless industry is sufficiently socialized by its private owners and managers so that great essential industries are operated under public obligation appropriate to the public interest in them, the advance of political control over private industry is inevitable.-- Donald Richberg, head of the National Recovery Adminstration.

"Gold-plated anarchy."

When CEOs make 400, 800, and a thousand times the salary of their average worker -- what have we, but gold plated anarchy? When banks aren't required to actually have money that they lend, what have we, but gold-plated anarchy? When average people can't see a doctor because there's an insurance company stands in their way demanding profit, what have we, but gold-plated anarchy? Stacked courts, bought politicians, needless war -- gold-plated anarchy.

History called us to fight this battle before, and it's calling us again.




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Read more about it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Deal

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Works_Progress_Administrat...
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AzDar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 12:30 PM
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1. K & (FD) R.....
:kick:
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 12:31 PM
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2. tee hee -- good one!
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The Traveler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 12:31 PM
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3. That was so cool
K & (FD)R

:rofl:
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The Traveler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 12:34 PM
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4. What a cogent post
Powerful points well made. And right on the target, I as I conjure it. K&R'ed (dare I repeat (FD)R'ed) with pleasure.
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 12:38 PM
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7. thanks, i've not had anything to say (really) about the campaign... i've slowly realized
Edited on Thu Feb-14-08 12:38 PM by nashville_brook
that it just doesn't matter. what matters is action. pragmatism.
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Lars39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 12:36 PM
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5. K&R
Excellent! :thumbsup:
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 12:37 PM
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6. my invitation -- state your PLANKS -- DU as convention think tank!
something that captures my imagination, is that the original new deal ended prohibition. seems to me we could clean up a giant mess be decriminalizing marijuana and emptying our prisons of possession offenders. medical marijuana should be legal and taxed.
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The Traveler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 12:42 PM
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9. nash ... if you keep this up rationality
might break out in a rash all over DU. A rash of rationality. :)
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 12:52 PM
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10. that's a good one!
as it happens, though -- myself and the b/f got into poison ivy REAL bad about 2 weeks ago. just the mention of rash, makes me feel bumps!
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The Traveler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 12:57 PM
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13. Ouch!
Sorry for the unfortunate reference. ;(
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 01:03 PM
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15. not at all! i have to laugh at how bad we got it!
wish a rash of rationality would break out so easily!
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 01:44 PM
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18. couldn't resist -- here's a pic of what a "rash of rationality" could look like....
depending on what someone's immunity will allow -- :)




it's my boyfriend's arm -- he got a systemic reaction.
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The Traveler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 02:53 PM
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20. OMG ... that looks really bad
I am fairly resistant to the stuff but if my wife even sees poison ivy she breaks out. Has a real bad reaction to it. This reaction, though, looks even worse.
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 04:37 PM
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26. it's horrible isn't it? we whacked thru vines as big as crepe myrtles not realizing
Edited on Thu Feb-14-08 04:37 PM by nashville_brook
what they were. the toxic black lacquer was dripping everywhere when we went back out to identify the plant. he'd never been exposed before, so it too a full week for the rash to emerge. i've never seen anything like it.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 12:39 PM
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8. "K & (FD) R" ... Amen
:thumbsup:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 12:54 PM
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11. Thank you for a rare constructive post. (Not from you, but on DU in general lately. LOL)
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 12:56 PM
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12. oh god. i know.
i miss the constructive atmosphere and cooperative nature that used to flourish here.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 01:00 PM
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14. Yep. There's a reason why ppl don't see me around much any more.
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 01:04 PM
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16. that being the case, i am all the more happy to see here pop in here!
Edited on Thu Feb-14-08 01:05 PM by nashville_brook
:toast:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 01:12 PM
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17. :^) *cheers to you too*
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SalviaBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 02:01 PM
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19. K&R
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knight_of_the_star Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 02:55 PM
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21. Kick for FDR
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 04:34 PM
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25. "aiming too low and hitting" -- there isn't a better description of the last decade
thanks for reading :)
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 03:34 PM
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22. Kicked and recommended.
Thanks for the thread, nashville_brook.
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 04:20 PM
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23. you are very welcome!
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Kansas Wyatt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 04:23 PM
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24. K & R
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 05:38 PM
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27. shameless self-kick...
for evening folk...
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-08 09:10 PM
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