This is for those of you who consider yourself to be progressive but have given up on politics because it seems rotten to the core. You may prefer Obama to Romney but don’t think there’s a huge difference between the two, so you may not even vote.
Your cynicism is understandable. But cynicism is a self-fulfilling prophesy. If you succumb to it, the regressives who want to take this nation back to the 19th century win it all.
The Koch brothers, Karl Rove, the rabid Republican right, CEOs and Wall Street titans who want to entrench their privileges and tax advantages – all of them would like nothing better than for every progressive in America to throw in the towel.
Then America is entirely theirs.
The alternative to cynicism is to become more involved in politics. Help create a progressive force in this nation that grows into a movement that can’t be stopped.
We almost had it last year in the Occupy movement. We had the arguments and the energy. What we lacked was organization and discipline.
I’ve spent years in Washington and I know nothing good happens there unless good people outside Washington are organized and mobilized to put pressure on Washington to make it happen.
This isn’t new. In the election of 1936, a constituent approached FDR with a list of things she wanted him to do if reelected. “Ma’am,” he said, “I’d like to do all those things. But if I’m reelected, you must make me.”
We must make them.
I suggest a two-step plan.
Step one: Vote for Barack Obama for President and vote for every Democratic senator and representative in Congress. Get off your ass and make sure your friends and relatives do the same.
"Ugh. From Mittens’ insightful analysis last night we now know tumult is everywhere, Pakistan is important, Syria is Iran’s route to the sea, we have never dictated to the world and he wants to get bad guys. Talk about genocide by rhetoric. We learned Obama knows more but wants to get bad guys too, preferably by robots from the sky. Missing: Climate change, kill lists, Palestinians, Europe, Africa, hunger and (focused) female moderators."
“This guy, Romney, has no evidence of history in his brains. He doesn’t understand why the Iranians hate us… you go to a movie theater today, you’ll learn it from Argo. They talk about the history of the United States with Iran… I don’t think Romney wants to know ‘why’; I think he has this mechanical reaction that’s based on mimicry instead of true understanding… and I really think we have a problem with him in terms of the neocons. Look how the neocons took over W.: they have brain power; they take over people who don’t have it, people who have an emptiness in them. They feed them an ideology…. These people know how to use people of THIN wit.”—Chris Matthews
“The truth of the matter is that equal pay is the biggest economic stimulus this country could possibly have. If women were paid equally for comparable work, there would be $200 BILLION dollars more in the economy. Each white woman on the average would bring home $147 more a week; each woman of color would get $250 dollars more. And these women are going to spend their money; they’re not going to invest it in China or send it to Bahamas. They’re going to spend it and create jobs.”—Gloria Steinhem on tonight’s Hardball with Chris Matthews