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I got a call on my cell phone from the DCCC this morning, asking for money. The caller clumsily read a script, saying that the dems were working on ending the war and giving more money for children's health.

I stopped her from continuing with the script. "I'm a very active Democrat," I told her, "and I'm not giving the Democratic Congressionial Campaign Committee a nickel until they stop the war, which they can do now, immediately, but not voting to approve any more funding."

I listened to her response. She was gone. I'm sure she's been instructed to hang up.

Okay, there's no doubt she works at some outcall company hired by the DCCC. Her job is to make as many successful calls as possible. But still, her response seems to perfectly represent the Democratic congress's attitude towards we who elected them-- "Send us money, support us, but don't ask anything of us, don't EXPECT anything from us."

When I write things like this, criticizing the Democrats, I usually get one or two cancellations from Dems who think I am too hard on Nancy Pelosi and her ineffective, non-responsive crew. All I can say is that the Dems will keep screwing us, their constituents, if we don't make it totally clear to them that we are wise to them and their bullshit-- that we know they could stop the war by ending funding by NOT voting on legislation.

Then, there's the latest democrat shame. The senate Dem invertebrates, led by Harry Reid (examples of invertebrates: slugs, jellyfish, bacteria, dung beetles, tapeworms) are going to give immunity to the telecoms that helped the Bush amdin spy on Americans. I'd say that makes them part of the problem.
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What's the solution to Invertebrate Congress?
The solution is to dump a whole lot of incumbents. TO do that, we need to push for laws that make it easier to do. Ideally, we get rid of incumbents altogether, by banning candidates from running for the same job twice in a row. That would get rid of politicians as career people. What a novel idea. Running for office to serve for a limited time, just once, knowing you won't be able to run again.

Failing the elimination of repeated terms of office, we need to make it harder for incumbents to run again and easier for new competition to enter races. And we need to make a level playing field for third party candidates. That means federal legislation requiring equal treatment for third party candidates. Here in PA, an obscenity exists. A third party candidate must get about 30 or 40 times more signatures on petitions to get on the ballot.

Today, it looks like the Dems will fail to over-ride the Bush SCHIP veto. They'll give immunity to to Telecoms who aided and abetted domestic spying. Who are these politicians? Did we really elect them?

Next spring, a whole lot of them should be facing primary fights. Hopefully, a few of them... hell, maybe even a lot of them... will lose. We need to take them on and dump them.

Now, the right wingers are much worse. We need to clear out more of them from congress. A lot have already announced they are not running again. That's good. But this is a bi-partisan thing. We need to get rid of a lot of incumbents on both sides.

If your congressional rep or senator is a "Bush Democrat" who sides with Bush too often, it's time to dump him or her. What are you doing to make that happen. Write an article or blog to report on the status of the efforts for your representative. If nothing's happening yet, then report that and see if you can find others who will work with you. check other sites that are working on this, like dailykos.com, mydd.com, actblue... and don't wait. And if you're not happy with your rep, be sure you're letting him or her know one a regular basis. I check in every week or two with mine. I post to local listserves.

The dems in congress are not doing enough and are too often doing the wrong thing, making the wrong choices. What are you doing, every day, every week, to make a difference? If you are doing something, leave a comment to share your ideas and strategies. IF you aren't doing anything, or as much as you could, what are you waiting for... blackwater knocking at your door... or mine?
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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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I agree with most of what you say, but IMO a blank... by Gary Kleppe on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 11:47:52 AM
Better mass communications mechanisms for candidat... by Charlie L on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 12:15:22 PM
Rob you are singing to the choir, but man I am so ... by Michael Chavers on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 12:02:54 PM
Short of a revolution, we need to show these guys ... by Judy Ramsey on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 12:04:20 PM
there's already laws in place against the revo... by Better World Order on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 12:08:02 PM
Rob, I think they might have hung up on you becaus... by Charlie L on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 12:17:59 PM
The Democrat Party is JUST like the Republican Par... by steve scheetz on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 12:24:13 PM
Hi Steve, You wrote:"The Democrat Party is JU... by Barbara Peterson on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 1:22:55 PM
Rob,My Rep is Lynne Woolsey, and overall she's... by Jim Arnold on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 12:24:26 PM
out of politics," how do you suppose that tha... by Richard Mynick on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 12:46:40 PM
is to get, at the federal level, legislation passe... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 3:04:11 PM
I agree, we need a citizen initutive, however that... by Robert N Smith on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 10:52:07 PM
It's more likely than expecting them to vote f... by Jim Arnold on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 1:23:10 PM
Is bang on..  I dare say that there are quite... by steve scheetz on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 2:57:16 PM
She's one of the rare few, but is such an exce... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 3:00:25 PM
We're slipping past the point where we as Amer... by Kevin Gosztola on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 12:34:53 PM
yes u are right..don't give them a penny until... by MikaG on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 12:49:51 PM
I saw the writing on the wall in 2005 when I start... by Timothy V. Gatto on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 12:59:25 PM
My proposal that would take the business out of po... by Ron DeYoung on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 1:03:31 PM
== The Best Green in U. S. Politics Isn't the U. S... by LarryWBryant on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 1:10:25 PM
Not one thing you mentioned will work. I don't... by Mr M on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 1:51:40 PM
the busiest business day of the year is "blac... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 3:09:31 PM
I think that's a great day to do it. Just far ... by Mr M on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 8:02:31 PM
rob at opednews dot com we'll talk ... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 8:19:24 PM
Thom Hartmann made a great point visavis this sort... by ardee D. on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 8:44:52 PM
Indeed you're correct that in this country&nbs... by Mr M on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 2:27:34 AM
and how is James anyway? ;-)I support any action a... by ardee D. on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 8:35:45 AM
Expand the Iraq Moratorium now playing in a countr... by Kathlyn Stone on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 8:15:15 AM
But good luck getting a large number of people to ... by Cathy K. on Saturday, Oct 20, 2007 at 11:18:38 AM
The disaster that has been the 21st century is sol... by Guitar Chris on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 1:51:47 PM
By the time I read this with 15 comments, perhaps ... by Margaret Bassett on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 2:02:54 PM
I just served as an "official" at the Canadian ele... by ladybroadoak on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 2:06:50 PM
Great Comments; agree with all.Rob you did have gr... by MysticGem on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 2:15:33 PM
Go to Youtube and watch "Ron Paul a new hope&... by john riggs on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 2:50:30 PM
I agree wholeheartedly with Mr M.  We need so... by Max Girouard on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 2:58:29 PM
The only way to make multiple parties a viable rea... by jdoss on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 3:48:13 PM
   Rob, if you keep voting for Democrats... by rhalfhill on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 4:35:50 PM
are a must, but we need to get them equal treatmen... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 5:33:35 PM
Rob,IRV has resulted in two-party domination in al... by Clay Shentrup on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 11:30:07 PM
I am against Instant runoff unless ... by Anton Grambihler on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 3:27:55 AM
trying to work within the two "parties" ... by steve scheetz on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 8:59:51 AM
   Trying to win impeachment and an end ... by rhalfhill on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 11:51:22 PM
Thanks for voting for Nader. If every person poses... by Kevin Gosztola on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 5:49:19 PM
It's interesting to read suggestion after sugg... by Jim Freeman on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 6:23:03 PM
http://www.oct27.org/Philly, Boston, LA, Chicago, ... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 8:26:06 PM
Indeed street protests were effective when we clog... by Mr M on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 8:41:57 PM
I can just see Alexander Hamilton sitting home and... by Jim Freeman on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 5:32:01 AM
Sorry Rob, this article isn’t one of your be... by Andris on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 10:53:29 PM
There is no doubt or debate in how Nan Pelosi has ... by Dusty Nathan on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 at 11:38:01 PM
As long as you say third party or independent cand... by Mark A. Goldman on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 12:18:35 AM
Hi Rob,While you make some good points, why waste ... by Art Feierman on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 2:21:01 AM
Since Congress is not going to act and Impeach the... by Anton Grambihler on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 3:38:07 AM
They hung up on me too!  And I was just getti... by bmobley on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 7:18:00 AM
FRAUD BY FRIGHT White Collar Crime --[ T18CFR371 ]... by Kimball on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 10:48:33 AM
There is really only one solution--quit the party,... by Thomas Deane Tucker on Friday, Oct 19, 2007 at 11:46:02 AM