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This old American democratic tradition already has deep support at the grassroots.


An activist demonstrates against the Citizens United decision in New York.
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The following text is adapted from a speech delivered on February 8 to the Strategy Summit hosted by Progressive Congress (progressivecongress.com), an organization founded in 2009 by the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and leaders of progressive NGOs.

Thanks for allowing a scruffy Texas populist to join you here at "The Summit" for this uptown, down-to-earth, back-to-basics populist-palooza. It makes me happier than a mosquito at a nudist colony to be looking out at you unabashed, untamed progressives. Thank you for fighting on behalf of America's workaday majority, who're being kicked out, knocked down and stomped on by the bosses, bankers, big shots, bastards and bullshitters. They seem to think they're the top dogs and ordinary people are nothing but fire hydrants, so, again, thank you for standing up and speaking out against their plutocratic power plays.

I know it isn't easy in the House to make these fights. Wow -- what a menagerie of Koch-headed, right-wing, GOP mutants you have to mess with! It's enough to make you feel sorry for poor ol' John Boehner. He's as confused as a goat on AstroTurf! What a hoot it was to watch him hype the Republicans' stripped-down immigration bill recently, but have to declare it dead less than a week later because his Tea Party swarm turned on him. Then he blamed Obama for their recalcitrance. After all, he couldn't admit the truth, which is: "My members are bull-goose, howl-at-the-moon lunatics!"

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Jim Hightower is an American populist, spreading his message of democratic hope via national radio commentaries, columns, books, his award-winning monthly newsletter (The Hightower Lowdown) and barnstorming tours all across America.

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Brilliant! Inspiring! Solid advice to well-meaning... by John Rachel on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 5:36:38 PM