October 16, 2012
Ready for 2016?
Suppose you had the resources of the Koch brothers. What would you do with the money? Or, asked another way, what would you be doing to prepare for the 2016 presidential election as the Obama administration exits the stage? That thought came from a group of voter-activists in Waunakee the other night.
You can bet your bippy that the Tea Party true believers will be working with the GOP to elect a wing-nut like Ryan from November 6 to the debates in 2016. They will not sit and wait, they will be trying out voter suppression tactics, building voter lists, getting the grassroots excited. And, just like this year, they will have a fortune to spend to elect their guy.
Citizens United will provide the resources for another push and I would not be surprised if they are successful in 2016. And, if successful, look out--they will take control.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Party had better take a deep breath and get ready. What the Democrats stand for is step one. What will the party do to deal with Citizens United? It is time for a serious discussion about the two-party system. Is it Buddy Roemer time? Is it third-party time? All I know is that we need leaders and we need a party.
One major problem: High quality candidates will be hard to find. Would you run for a state Senate seat if you had to raise a million dollars? How about a Supreme Court race with a $5 million price tag? Too expensive? Not for the chosen Koch boys.
Maybe we need to have a constitutional convention and start over. Dangerous? You bet, but expecting major changes under the current system is idiotic. We are on the road to fascism. We better get off the road as quick as we can. There is still time but not much.
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I have never figured out how liberals can be so far behind the curve and so far ahead of themselves at the same time.
One damned election at a time, please.
-Griebnotz Doerkpfester | (Glad) I Escaped, WI. | October 16, 2012
We need to break the corporatist stranglehold on the political and economic systems in this nation; this will not be easy since the heavily militarized police forces across the nation function to protect the plutocrats. A general strike might be a good start, starve Wall St. and force change.
If we can find a way to take power from the corporatists then we may get an opportunity to start over with a more democratic constitution. Both Democrats and Republicans have repeatedly shown that our current constitution is easily circumvented by corrupt politicians.
-Ron | SoCal | October 16, 2012
I've already put my third party idea out here. I'm building on that, rounding up funding and getting the platform captured.
Too bad Obama's not like George McGovern, who actually stood for something. Since Clinton, the Democrat party has become the refuge for moderate Republicans, and that trend will continue.
Instead of quoting Reagan and Teddy Roosevelt, Barry O should have been quoting FDR (hell, FDR III and Curtis are still around; FDR III is teaching at Sarah Lawrence College, and Curtis is offering his critique from Paris on HuffPo). Instead of destroying Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid with the Grand Bargain, like the GOP is intent on doing, he won't even pretend they are the cornerstones of his party. He is one of the 1%.
There's really no excuse for Obama or the Dems anymore, which is why after this year I'm done with the Democrats. They really are a pathetic bunch anymore.
-Mad Hemingway | Heart of Badger country | October 21, 2012