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Come Together (Joe Cocker from "Across the Universe")

this is what I think of when I think of Joe Cocker (RIP) ...

Obama's Core Supporters - Can You Make the Case for TPP?

I don't see a single progressive voice in favor of TPP, except for that of our President.

It must be confusion on my part, so I'd love to hear our most dedicated Obama supporters make the case - Tell us the good that you see in the TPP.

Populist Sense from Carl Sagan

"If we are not able to ask skeptical questions to interrogate those who tell us that something is true, to be skeptical of those in authority, then we are up for grabs for the next charlatan--political or religious--who comes ambling along.

“It’s a thing that Jefferson laid great stress on. It wasn’t enough he said to enshrine some rights in a constitution or a bill of rights, the people had to be educated and they had to practice their skepticism and their education otherwise we don’t run the government, the government runs us."

The "Name our Populist Movement Poll" Results!

First, here are the results:
NOTE: as there was no single choice that gained a pure majority of votes, there will be a runoff.

The Roosevelt Party - 42%

The Democratic Wing - 19%

The Populist Progressive Party - 10%

The Citizen's Reform Caucus - 5%

The Progressive Caucus - 10%

The Social Democrats - 2%

The Populist Reform Group - 3%

Second, I have to be honest -- I had some problems with the original poll:

1. The original poll was setup without the full approval of the Host Group
2. The existing name of the Group was not offered as an Option till the voting was already done
3. The OP heavily promoted a favorite and may have inadvertantly biased the poll.
4. The poll selection tended to consolidate a specific voter preference under one option, and diffused any opposing preference over several very similar options.
5. A hard deadline was the wrong approach - IMO, there was no need to force a quick decision

That being said the rest of the Hosts (including me) allowed to the poll to stand, so now we have to act on the results.

Third - here are some ideas on those results:

• Since we are a group seeking Reform, the idea of "Reform" should be a part of any name we choose.

• "Roosevelt Party" was most popular, but also most controversial. Still, we should honor the Roosevelt Family as Populist icons.

• Few people liked the "Party" tag. If we get the IDEA right behind the name, then "Wing," "Caucus," "Coalition," etc. matters less.

• "Democratic Wing" and "Social Democrats" both tip the hat to the fact that we are the Democratic Party. We should honor the ideals of our Democratic Party heritage.

• The remaining 4 choices were variations of our Group name. Yes we want reforms, but we want specific reforms. Populist and progressive -- a meeting of two ideals. Our name should reflect both of those ideals.
Finally, based on the above, I propose we vote on a runoff of those ideas, not of those names.
This time the poll will stay open without hard deadline, the only limit being inactivity. When the poll goes a week without a vote, I'll lock it.


Organize your Blackout Black Friday "Hands Up - Don't Shop" protest here:

Find a list of existing protests here:

See an example of a peaceful (but uncomfortable!) protest here:

Bernie Sanders on Saving the Middle Class

From October, but worth another view

Vegetarian fast food restaurant preference:

I have an opportunity to get involved in a vegetarian fast food startup, and need a little market research for our menu. Please take my simple poll:

A Platform to Affirm Fundamental Human Rights

First, let's thank Eleanors38, WillyT, and EEO for their help in creating this platform.

Please review this list of 6 Fundamental Rights:

1. The Right to Live
The fundamental right of an Individual

2. The Right to Equal Justice
Every civil liberty is built on this principle

3. The Right to Equal Opportunity
Personal growth is a basic human need - we must provide a level playing field

4. The Right to a Strong Social Safety Net
The measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members

5. The Right to Responsible Government
Government must be responsive to the Common Good

6. The Right to True Democracy
The fundamental right of a Society

The principles compiled and categorized below, as collectively voiced by this Group, are offered as some means by which our Fundamental Rights can be protected.

A Platform to Affirm Fundamental Human Rights
Right to Live
Abolish the Death Penalty
Strengthen Environmental Protections/Regulations
Abolish Fracking
Protect ANWAR
End Subsidies for big Agro Companies
Affordable housing
Foreclosure Protections
Regulate Property Tax Seizure
Medicare for all/Single Payer
Treat Drug Addicts as Patient, not Criminals

Right to Equal Justice
Marriage Equality
Immigration Reform
Wage Equality
Restore habeas corpus
Sovereignty over our bodies
Sovereignty over our identities

Right to Equal Opportunity
Living wage
Free Higher Education
College Debt Jubilee
Strengthen Union Protections
National Jobs Corps
Rebuild our Roads & Bridges
Rebuild our Telecommunications & Power Grids
Rebuild our Dams, Levees, & Waterways
Rebuild our Public Schools, Libraries, Hospitals, & Community Centers
Rebuild our National, State, & Local Parks

Right to a Strong Social Safety Net
Protect Social Security
Repay the Debt
Increase the Cap
No Chained CPI
Expand Medicare/Universal Health Care
Expand SNAP (food stamps)
Protect Public K-12 Education

Right to a Responsible Government
Tax US Corporations that off-shore jobs
Tax Capital gains as regular wages
Expand tax credits for small-business start-ups
Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit
Top to Bottom Overhaul of Defense Budget
End No-Bid Federal Contracts
End Subsidies for Big Oil, Big Agro, and Big Banks
Invest in Renewable Energy Resources
Restore the Glass-Steagall Act
Restore Fairness Doctrine
Return to Trust Busting
Mandate an Aggressive, Populist Justice Department
Classify Internet as a Public Utility
Strengthen the EPA
Acknowledge and act on climate change
Right to Democracy
Constitutional Right to Vote
Restore All Elements of the Voting Rights Act
Abolish Citizens United
Abolish Corporate Personhood
Campaign Finance Reform
No Foreign donations
Publicly Funded Elections
End Electoral College

Your comments, corrections, and additions are encouraged...

What next?

We collected some solid ideas about a reform platform
We chatted about branding
We collected some basic demographics on our members

What next?

I'd like to have this group target three initial goals:

1. Become the Underground of the Democratic Underground
2. Act as a think tank for Democratic Party reformists

3. Get our message injected into the dialog in the 34 states (24 R / 10 D) with an open US Senate seat in 2016

And that last one is the big ticket item, right?

There are ways we could pursue this at the grassroots level. We could run Roosevelt Dems in those 34 Dem primary campaigns, or we could work to get 1 or 2 of our platform goals on the ballots in each of those 34 states.

Or we could just talk. I respect that. This is, after all, a chat room

MannyGoldstein asked me a good question. He wanted to know where I see this group ending up 3 months from now.

He had a great question, but he target the wrong audience. He shouldn't ask me, he should ask everyone.

Where do you all want this to go? 3 months out, where do you want to see the PRG?

How do i buy a star for another DUer?

I can renew my own, but don't see a way to send one as a gift
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