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The other day Robert Gibbs made some comments on the "professional left"-- that they're on drugs, crazy-- then backed off a bit, then made some weak excuses and explanations. Here's my take.

Gibbs reflected the conversations he's hearing inside the White House. He reflected what Obama, Emanuel and the other DINO lying corporatist, bankster-suck-ups are saying behind closed doors. We got a brief glimpse into how they truly think. With the defeat of Colorado's Romanoff, the White House's attitude that the progressives are unnecessary may have been reinforced.

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Progressives and liberals and Democrats have always been reputed to be disorganized-- "like trying to herd cats." It's part of our nature as independent souls. But we need to find a way to get organized, find discipline-- at least along enough lines to work together to demonstrate, manifest and take charge of our power-- enough so we become a force to be reckoned with.

One thing we can start doing is reacting, as a unified progressive echo chamber, as stridently as Fox News does. The White House, Pelosi and the Dem leadership are terrified of being skewered by Fox News. We need them to be just as, if not more terrified of being lambasted and criticized by their base. That would be a big change from their current contemptuous attitude.

Bottom-line, Gibbs confirmed what we've generally believed and been saying. The White House attitude is totally unacceptable. We have to take more powerful, more dramatic steps to show them that they can't get away with it, that the price will be far too high.
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We need leaders who will stand with us. I'm not sure there are any in Congress. They all folded in the face of pressure on the health bill, even the best progressives among them. Still, we must identify leaders and give them the power and support to take our progressive movement to the next level.

 

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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The paradigm about ' left' and ' right' and ' cent... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 1:16:09 PM
I think we should start calling them welfare queen... by janet o'connell on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 3:59:20 PM
Janet, I thought Gibbs was talking about far left ... by Recce1 on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 10:24:09 PM
If I'm from the "far-left" you would have to be fr... by Jim Arnold on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 12:22:06 PM
Jim, my serious regard for Bachmann is a regard fo... by Recce1 on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 10:21:32 PM
The Dems and Republicans are not very different. B... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 10:08:24 PM
Rob, you can't be serious. Both parties have had n... by Recce1 on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 11:05:23 PM
Recce1 give it up. that want work, you are startin... by GUY P. FRASER on Sunday, Aug 15, 2010 at 6:14:51 PM
Guy, perhaps you're aliterate. Rob clearly tried t... by Recce1 on Monday, Aug 16, 2010 at 11:11:44 PM
In this case, if Obama is having a communication p... by Mari Eliza on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 1:30:07 PM
from appearing to be a decent sorta guy to an AH. ... by ear on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 1:50:01 PM
Obama's endorsements of the ugly blue dog candidat... by Kathleen Bushman on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 10:21:27 AM
Gibbs words are an exact reflection of Obama's con... by Miriam Callaghan on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 12:18:38 PM
the idea that these people are junked up themselve... by ear on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 1:35:19 PM
I hesitate to repeat myself (again), but the idea ... by Jim Arnold on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 3:40:53 PM
I agree that progressives have allowed themselves ... by Don Smith on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 1:39:30 PM
It's only human to want the status quo, to fear th... by ear on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 2:01:36 PM
Seems to me you fear the fight. it's comming and y... by johnypaycut on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 10:42:52 PM
The medicine might kill the patient?! - Oh my! So ... by Kathleen Bushman on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 11:12:59 AM
Bingo - Don brings up a true point - the Obama tea... by Evelyn Pringle on Friday, Aug 13, 2010 at 8:12:34 AM
I don't think Gibbs' statement was reflective of O... by Mary Bell Lockhart on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 1:45:05 PM
gibbs only talked that way to try and throw people... by steve brandt on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 1:52:19 PM
If this "Gibbs moment" is not the thumbnail that i... by ear on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 2:44:40 PM
When President Obama sent Bill Clinton to Arkansas... by greg timmons on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 10:01:07 PM
How quickly we forget!! It's definately not the un... by Lynne Kringler on Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010 at 3:22:48 AM
the truth hurts dont it ..LOL ! progressives will... by steve brandt on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 1:47:31 PM
Just more complaining from another progressive who... by www.dmocrats.org on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 1:49:01 PM
it had better think again. I reference that part o... by Margaret Bassett on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 1:49:49 PM
Rob, I have been around for awhile, so it is with ... by Paula Sayles on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 1:53:30 PM
Folks, in America all starts with voice. Who is yo... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 1:58:01 PM
I had just posted on "Gibbs Need Not Apologise for... by Marika on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 1:59:14 PM
The saddest part of all this is that we Progressiv... by Guitar Chris on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 2:25:30 PM
We really have to get a backbone and get over this... by ear on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 3:08:36 PM
Are we afraid of them? I am. How do we get brave?... by Debbie S on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 5:47:39 PM
Here in Oregon, at least, though many Independents... by Kathleen Bushman on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 10:48:58 AM
We need to make them work for our votes instead of... by Linda Collins on Friday, Aug 13, 2010 at 11:48:01 AM
We need to make them work for our votes instead of... by Linda Collins on Friday, Aug 13, 2010 at 11:50:02 AM
"So, sadly we must rally behind the party and its ... by Marika on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 4:59:49 AM
The saddest thing is that we voted for Obama becau... by Philip Dennany on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 1:15:55 PM
Vote Green.They aren't afraid of the progressives,... by wagelaborer on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 2:15:55 PM
I am in my 60's and I spent most of my voting life... by Kathleen Bushman on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 7:03:43 AM
I'm so very tired of the whining from "progressive... by Ronnie Moehrke on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 2:17:05 PM
"I will never forget the pressure laid on him by h... by Paula Sayles on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 2:38:22 PM
I used to work on Capitol Hill too, so I understan... by ear on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 4:01:11 PM
You are right, but their is one problem. Sarah Pal... by Debbie S on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 7:53:49 PM
Speaking out by persons and groups count big time.... by Margaret Bassett on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 2:21:19 PM
... are leaders who will stand with us. IMHO. ... by Nikk Katzman on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 2:56:26 PM
I wish we could please just get our act together a... by patricia win on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 2:56:28 PM
I share your frustration and fear. For many years ... by Marika on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 1:59:10 AM
The Obama administration seems to be continuing th... by Steven G. Erickson on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 3:57:12 PM
I don't much read any of this hoo-ha anymore, myse... by Irvthom on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 4:01:06 PM
I like what you're suggesting, it makes sense to m... by ear on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 4:20:18 PM
This is the most enlightened comment of this threa... by Bill Cain on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 5:18:43 PM
and I'm working on it. Signing off now to plan my ... by Daniel Geery on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 8:11:11 AM
The Democrats and the Republicans are just the lef... by R A Bows on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 4:09:12 PM
has been used to bully progressives and the poor a... by Michael Shaw on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 4:21:06 PM
When President Obama sent Bill Clinton to Arkansas... by greg timmons on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 5:00:38 PM
Fairly or not, if the Dems lose badly in November,... by Don Smith on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 5:00:50 PM
Gibbs, like all the Press Secty. before him, only ... by Richard Lee on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 5:48:02 PM
Rob,Let's keep our sleeves rolled up and our energ... by Marta Steele on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 5:52:53 PM
OC there are the Republicans who pander to the bas... by Miriam Callaghan on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 6:02:25 PM
Reactions are, most often uncontrolled responses, ... by Donald on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 6:30:07 PM
As a member of the professional left, not to be co... by robert braunstein on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 7:02:07 PM
stop at our shores. We have to support the United ... by GLloyd Rowsey on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 8:42:47 PM
When you think about it, Gibbs is the only person ... by Perry Logan on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 6:07:14 AM
"The current version of the Democratic Party is in... by Maxwell on Friday, Aug 13, 2010 at 1:53:41 PM
Liberals simply MUST stop buying into the "lesser ... by Kathleen Bushman on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 6:34:54 AM
I probably got a step or two ahead of where it's a... by GLloyd Rowsey on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 8:16:59 AM
Folks, we here are not new. We are, what they call... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 8:43:09 AM
your little section of this dialogue. You're an ex... by GLloyd Rowsey on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 8:59:04 AM
why should I be afraid of losing a dialogue? There... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 9:22:18 AM
Mark Sashines:Afraid- really afraid!!! STOPI subsc... by Margaret Bassett on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 9:09:30 AM
Maybe you could use my name - Lloyd Rowsey or GLlo... by GLloyd Rowsey on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 9:34:01 AM
I'd vote for Mark. Besides being a first class com... by Margaret Bassett on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 9:46:25 AM
... to Mike Malloy's radio show, "Steve from Massa... by Brian O'Moore on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 10:16:58 AM
The WH explanation for its failure to implement an... by Miriam Callaghan on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 11:10:01 AM
"I hear these people saying he's like George Bush.... by Maxwell on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 11:46:55 AM
I agree. Cong. Grayson of FL is with us as he said... by Robert S. Becker on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 1:56:55 PM
It's a big problem in the battle between the Left ... by Paul o'Dowd on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 at 7:30:50 PM
It was nice to watch the Republican Party dissembl... by zephyr on Friday, Aug 13, 2010 at 12:04:45 AM