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Anguish and Despair

I’m feeling a bit like I am drowning in a thick molasses. Yeah it is sweet, but it sure as hell will drag you down. Desperation is building. When you lose your job, your house, and your livelihood. What the fuck is left? I know that I am not the only person who feels this way. These feelings of undeniable worthlessness is so great. What the hell are we going to do?

 

New Deal, its time to fight back...

 

 

Well there is this….from Joseph Cannon at Cannonfire:

New Deal: It’s time to fight back! (UPDATE)

What do you think of the logo? Can you see this on T-shirts?

Unless there are major objections, this logo (or something similar) will appear on the forthcoming site discussed in the post below.

Just in case anyone reading these words cannot understand why we need a modern New Deal movement, check out this Politico story: “Barack Obama’s deals may leave liberals behind.” When have they not?

Democratic divisions make this task harder since the necessary compromises by Obama will almost certainly come at the expense of the left.

UPDATE: And here’s another example. During the campaign, Obama said “I will take a backseat to no one in protecting net neutrality.” Now, his FCC chairman, Julius Genachowski (who headed Obama’s telecommunications working group during the campaign) has revealed plans to end net neutrality. Big telecomunications companies will now soon be able to prioritize web traffic, creating a “pay to play” internet that will censor the unfunded.

Has there ever been a campaign lie so brazen? Well, yes — Obama’s Great NAFTA Hoax. Remember that?

Hey hey ho ho: Mr. O has got to go. I

t’s time to fight back.

There was some surprisingly respectful discussion of the “New Deal” proposal on Democratic Underground. As you know, many of the commentators there have become disillusioned with Obama — but some don’t want to see him wounded in the general election (presuming he prevails in the primary).

My response:

1. Although Jimmy Carter was a better president than Obama, I’ve never regretted my vote for Teddy Kennedy during the 1980 primaries. Kennedy represented my values. At the convention, when Kennedy spat out the name of Zbigniew Brzezinski (who was Carter’s Kissinger), the crowd responded with a standing boo.

The ever-Machiavellian Brzezinski later mentored Barack Obama.

2. If Obama can’t turn this economy around pronto, he can’t possibly win. If he sensibly takes the LBJ route and bows out of the 2012 race, we’ll need Democrats ready to hop in. Lets make sure that they are New Deal Democrats — Democrats who can claim that they are not cut from Obama’s cloth.

3. Yes, even I must admit that there is a considerable difference between Obama and Palin. Yes, there’s a difference between Obama and Huckabee. Yes, there’s a difference between Obama and Gingrich.

But between Obama and Romney…?

4. If the previous three reasons do not impress you, consider this: The tea party propagandists have convinced at least half the population that Obama is a socialist. The only way to counter that canard is to mount a vigorous challenge to Obama from the left.

We need to pound home the message that Obama’s stimulus went to tax cuts, not to job creation. We need to pound home the message that Obama’s health care plan was nothing like the one we favored. We need to condemn Bush and Obama alike for not buying the troubled banks outright and firing their chief officers.

5. The Republicans revivified their party and succeeded in 2010 not by going centrist. Playing to the center simply does not work. Bipartisanship simply does not work.

What’s that? You say that you would prefer to mount a third party challenge?

Pheh. Come on — think about it: Have libertarians working within the Libertarian party ever accomplished anything? No. But libertarians working within the Republican party have accomplished astonishing things. Astonishing and horrifying.

We must mirror their tactics if we want to undo the damage they’ve done.

The best image we can present is that of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the man in the wheelchair who kicked Hitler’s ass. No image can be more radical — or more American.

Visually, I’m going to drape the modern New Deal movement in red, white and blue. The Republicans have been taken over by the tea party fascists, and the tea partiers are talking secession. They want revolution. Unless and until the Republicans in Congress condemn Ron Paul for his endorsement of disunion, they do not deserve to carry the American flag.

For years, wimpy progressives and moderates have told conservatives: “It’s our flag too.” Here’s a stronger message: “It’s OUR flag — PERIOD.” If the right won’t commit to the union, then they have forfeited their claim to the stars and stripes.

Have you noticed that the rightists no longer call themselves “the patriot movement,” as they did in Clinton’s day? I suspect that they have already become psychologically dislodged from our union.

Some cynics say that we cannot return to New Deal ideals. They say that times have changed. I ask those cynics to look at the video below. Times were even tougher then — yet those years produced a president like FDR.

 

Okay, I have said that we need some sort of FDR or LBJ in office. Having a limp, well I will just say it, dick…does not cut it.  The country is going farther and farther into the abyss. Maybe this could be a bandwagon worth getting onto?

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  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Note to self, I want to get a list of potential Dem future hopefuls….I am sick of hearing about all the Repub. darlings.

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