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Who Will Save The Democrats From Themselves?

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Who will drag these mules to water by The Pen

Last week Nate Silver gave his assessment that the Democrats had a 60% chance of losing the Senate in the next election.  Considering the fact that Democratic leaders were bragging last time about how Silver always got it right, this is an ominous sign.  Being in denial hasn't stopped global warming, and it won't work here either.

The fact is that the Democrats have NO pitch, obviously at least not one that is working.  We all know what the pitch of the Republicans is, "Elect more Republicans so we can repeal Obamacare."  What do the Democrats have, "Elect more Democrats so we can ______?"  They've got nothing but flailing at Tea Party pinatas.

Something fundamental has got to change and fast, otherwise here is what is going to happen next:  If the Republicans do take over the Senate on their platform, and if the Democrats try to filibuster, the next election cycle it will get even worse.  And if Obama tries to veto, the Democratic presidential candidate in 2012 will be toast.

There is one and only one possibility for turning this dynamic around.



In 2010, a couple days after the opinion in the supreme court Citizen's United case, President Obama, in his State of the Union speech called for congress to act to reverse that decision.  That means one and only one thing, a constitutional amendment to negate the sacrilege of corporate personhood.  Of all the issues we have EVER worked on, this is the one that has gotten the most response.

There are actually two identical twin proposed joint resolutions on the table right now, S.J.Res.18 (in the Senate) and H.J.Res.21 (in the House), to do just that, but so far they only have a handful of cosponsors. 

IF the Democrats in both chambers were to EN MASSE step up and cosponsor these resolutions, THEN they could go to the American people and say, "Elect more Democrats so we can reverse Citizens United."  Oh, and by the way, this works at the STATE level too, because 3/4 of the states must ratify such a thing.

What we are talking about here is a generational opportunity to transform the legislatures of this country that would precipitate massive positive change in so many ways they are almost uncountable.

We get emails from both Democrats and Republicans in our own inbox, perhaps because the Republicans think we are the slightest bit interested in what they have to say.  All we are getting from Democrats are incessant desperate pleas for campaign contributions, with apocalyptic titles like "Devastating Defeat."  From the Republicans we get not a hint of fundraising solicitations, only Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare, and it's getting traction.

There is NO chance of the Democrats out fundraising the Republicans in his off year election.  Their one and only hope to is to use the Republicans' obscene campaign spending against them, jiu jitsu style.  And if the Democrats are too corrupt to wean themselves from their own corporate sponsors, that is exactly what will doom them in the first place.

Who will drag these mules to water?

It's got to start with you.  You must pick up the phone right now, call your Democratic members of the Senate and House, and demand that they get a clue.  And here is the most powerful way you can do it.

http://www.peaceteam.net/people_lobby.php

This means YOU . . . each and every person who is reading these words right now. 

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Democrats.  The second biggest shi*bags on th... by Don Caldarazzo on Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 1:28:10 AM
I Liked your comment, even though I DON'T like ... by Patrick Walker on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 9:39:39 AM
And at what point are we going to demand better? ... by The Pen on Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 8:25:13 AM
When you look at the freak show circus they call a... by Bill Johnson on Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 9:11:15 AM
Dear Bill,From your graphic is it self apparent t... by The Pen on Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 9:51:17 AM
(D) is for liar.They con you every time.  The... by Samson on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 4:27:06 AM
It might be true (in fact, it's PROBABLY true) ... by Patrick Walker on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 9:56:30 AM
1996  ... when I told that Republican named B... by Samson on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 4:22:42 AM
Part I As admirable a priority as reversing th... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 3:32:34 PM
They told us the special election in Florida rece... by The Pen on Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 5:35:52 PM
That special congressional election in Florida me... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 6:48:03 PM
Oh, really?We were getting a DOZEN urgent emails ... by The Pen on Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 11:43:26 PM
The DCCC is a fund raising organization. They tel... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 11:59:43 PM
OK, we get it, the DCCC are all lairs.  Ther... by The Pen on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 2:47:22 AM
Clearly so. The tell is when you substitute snark ... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 7:16:51 AM
Part II There are probably around four million, ... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 3:32:58 PM
"The Democracy must make it clear that it seeks ... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 3:46:18 PM
I'd vote for FDR.  The problem is, most Democ... by Samson on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 4:31:42 AM
Some Democratic senators that I might like: Eliz... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 8:17:18 AM
Some Democratic Representatives that I might like... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 8:24:18 AM
In another comment I said I usually can find 50 w... by Hosea McAdoo on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 2:01:33 PM
There are more worth keeping. Those that I listed ... by John Sanchez Jr. on Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 1:03:14 AM
Why on earth would anyone WANT to save the Democra... by Samson on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 4:16:06 AM
I think part of the problem here (and I'm sometim... by Patrick Walker on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 8:24:34 AM
It is unquestionable that Democrats should embrac... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 8:42:37 AM
The problem is that the Tea Party served the ag... by Patrick Walker on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 9:11:03 AM
You have to read both parts of the original comme... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 11:26:48 AM
You are, of course welcome to remain affiliated wi... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 8:29:36 AM
Jeff Rock wrote THE reply to this article nearly ... by Jill Herendeen on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 7:41:48 AM
If fundraising is the chief issue, then the true ... by Jill Herendeen on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 7:46:30 AM
That is well and good, but fundraising being the c... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 8:37:25 AM
....and turnout doesn't matter when votes can be u... by Jill Herendeen on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 10:10:00 AM
That is indeed another problem. But until legisla... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 11:15:32 AM
Indeed, with computerized vote "counting," as long... by Jill Herendeen on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 12:42:52 PM
The problem for political parties--one's that r... by Patrick Walker on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 8:48:43 AM
If you're asking ME, I wouldn't  pin any hope... by Jill Herendeen on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 10:15:04 AM
Saying it might take a general strike is an hon... by Patrick Walker on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 10:52:22 AM
Well, I cannot agree that Citizens United is the ... by Jill Herendeen on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 12:04:54 PM
I think the great majority of  Dems are fully... by Jill Herendeen on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 12:12:57 PM