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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 09:10 AM
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Kucinich, Paul and Feingold: Progressive Populist vs. Regressive Populist
Edited on Tue Nov-27-07 09:12 AM by tekisui
The rumblings a True Populist Movement are being felt in the Country as *long shot* candidates on each side of the current political divide receive dedicated support from the People seeking change.

The average citizen is waking up to the fact that we lack representation in Our own government. We watch year by year, bill by bill, Our interests being sold to the wealthiest corporations. We suffer through the suppression of information that could empower Us. We listen to Our politicians spoon fed Us sugar-coated campaign slogans that, in the end do little.

We are hungry for honesty and true representation. We are ready to take Our government back. The People will get the power back, as the force strengthens.

Whether it will come through the current Democratic Party or a new Populist Party is largely up to the Democrats.

The time is ripe for representation of the People. That is why so many love Kucinich, and so many fear him.----We all know he is right.

Notice that every post praising Kucinich is answered immediately by a Clinton supporter. If he was as irrelevant as so many like to claim, why the need to consistently, predictably take shots at him and his message?


The idea of Kucinich and Paul running together is mostly the effort of their respective supporter seeking to join forces. It would, however, be a schizophrenic ticket impossible to define itself because of the drastic differences in ideology. It is the difference in Progressive Populism in Kucinich and Regressive Populism in Paul. Many of the Ron Paul supporters appreciate his Populist message, but fail to realize how Regressive he is. Many of these would join Kucinich if allowed to hear his message.

Russ Feingold defined these differences in 1996, and the appeal for Progressive Populism has only grown.

Progressive populism offers optimism and reform. A bedrock progressive belief is that people have the capacity to make change.

They would reject the concept that economic hardships or social ills are immutable conditions of a world that is incurably unfair. Ideas like an eight-hour workday, a minimum wage, pure food laws, workers' compensation, direct elections and improved public education were widely disseminated through the progressive vision.

The essential difference between progressive populism and the alternative offered by some on the Right is, I think, the difference between optimism and pessimism. What you might call regressive populists work the furrows of fear and anger. Their message is one of alarm, a cry that the barbarians are at the gates, come to steal jobs, property, money, a way of life. The progressive populist, on the other hand, presents a positive vision of a just society that is ours to create. It is inclusive, compassionate and practical.

Let me outline some of the elements I believe are fundamental to a modern progressive political agenda:

Fiscal reform - We need to trim government spending responsibly, without exempting a single department, as was done with the Defense Department this year. We must also review and reform our system of tax loopholes, which amount to a $400 billion annual expenditure. I am a co-sponsor of bipartisan legislation to do just that and to modify or eliminate a dozen forms of corporate welfare.

Health care reform - We must push for comprehensive reform. The goal should be universal coverage. I personally favor a single-payer system. My immediate priority is reform of our long-term care system and reduction of Medicaid costs by establishing consumer-oriented and consumer-directed services that allow those needing care to remain in their own homes and communities with their families and friends.

Government reform - We must promote democracy and make government accountable to the American people. We should curb the special access and influence of powerful interests in Washington. We enacted some reforms last year to curb the influence of gift-giving lobbyists, and now, a bipartisan group of Senators, of which I am a member, is pressing for reform of our system of funding Congressional campaigns.

Promotion of economic justice - We must defend the right of workers to organize and bargain collectively. We must raise the minimum wage. We must insist that the workplace be safe and free of discrimination.

Promotion of social justice - We must battle racism, bigotry, poverty, hunger, homelessness and ignorance. We should promote protection of the environment, support for education and the maintenance of programs that help those in need while not being bound to a particular method of achieving those goals.

Populism has both bright and dark sides. People can be stirred to seek justice or merely revenge. It is the responsibility of progressives to take the initiative by offering hope, not through mere promises but through practical action.

We should be mindful of an observation Bobby Kennedy made during the 1968 presidential campaign. "We all share each other's fortunes,'' he said. "Where one of us prospers, all of us prosper; and where one of us falters, so do we all. The task of any new leadership will be to rally the diverse forces within America to the common effort all of us require.''



Right now, Kucinich, and Paul, speak for and to the People. And only Kucinich is promoting Progressive Populism. They are on the crest of a wave, a movement. When the wave of Populism breaks, it cannot be suppressed by money, media or force.

America is catching on.


edit to add link: http://www.populist.com/4.96.Feingold.html
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riqster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 09:13 AM
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1. What an insightful post!
Adds some context to the topic. Thanks for posting!
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 09:36 AM
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2. thank you.--nt
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OHdem10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 10:26 AM
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3. If only people would get behind your throughts here, ebrace them
and form a movement.

I must say, --the Gop use what I call a dark populism, so effectively.
Knowing their real support belongs to Business and the Wealthy,
they created this Religious(Morals) wing. Using very divisioe
issue and deeply emotional ones--create a distraction at election
time. Therefore people vote against their own personal interest
(financial). God, Guns Gays and Religiom have become the darkest
side populisim.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 03:25 PM
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4. shameless kick, for the afternoon.
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slipslidingaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 04:20 PM
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5. K&R thanks! n/t
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riqster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:05 AM
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6. It's also a difference between freedom and oppression
...if you believe that the majority of people will do the right thing the majority of the time if left to their own devices, you are in favor of freedom.

That requires trusting people, which is very difficult for Reeps, who see other people as being like themselves: dark, suspicious, and twisted. Small wonder they seek to control the masses.
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-01-07 08:18 PM
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7. kick
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magellan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-01-07 08:29 PM
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8. If I'd seen this sooner I'd have given it a rec
Very well stated, tekisui. I don't believe we'll see a break-out of the populist vote in '08 unfortunately. But it WILL come, perhaps in '12. And it'll include a backlash against regressive RW control of any kind.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-01-07 09:18 PM
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9. Progressive Populism--- 2012!
I'm ready when everyone else is!
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HCE SuiGeneris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-01-07 09:21 PM
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10. Kick. Love your positive tone in the OP
Wish I could recommend this.
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