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First WE Have to Take Back the Democratic Party to Take Back America

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I'm spending a few days in Portland, a very liberal, very blue town. There's something very different about it. I look around and there's a good chance the people I see voted for Kerry, against Bush.

Earlier in the week, I met with some Quakers. Their philosophy is to be tolerant of all, to find the good, the God in all, even the most obnoxious. I don't do that very well with right wingers. When I'm in my red section of Pennsylvania, it feels different, when I know that the odds are two to one that the people I see in stores and on the street are right wing a**holes.

If I go to Philly, it's better. I know that the people there voted Democratic by about 85% in the last presidential election. But They are different than these Portlanders. The Philly Dems are party machine Dems. They listen to what they are told to do by the local committemen. It's the old boy system. It's old, it's doddering and very unhealthy. Here in Portland, you can almost smell the freshness of the new energy.

I've come to realize that there are a lot of Democrats who I oppose almost as much as the bulk of republicans. These Dems are destructive, sabotaging, weakening the Democratic party, and that is, in a way, supporting and strengthening the right wingers.

If you're a registered Democrat, you need to take a close look at the leaders of your local Democratic organization. If they are more interested in the directions they get from the Party central-- at the state and national level-- than they are in your needs, than the local community's interests, get rid of them. Replace them with fresh blood-- people who wouldn't even think about being part of the machine, part of the old system.

Tip O'Neil said "all politics is local." He was right. Make sure, that in addition to paying attention at the national level, you are doing some work, gettng active locally. It will trickle up and make a difference.
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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 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, (more...)

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