Iowa is just the beginning, folks

January 02, 2008 by barbara

barbara writes

See anything in the photo that you like? Want to wake up each day with "U.S. president" captioning any of these faces? (Yeah, I know that some of them are no longer part of the rat pack.) You say that makes your innards clench? Well, bunky, time to get goin'.

Lest there be any doubt about what my Happy Blue Year wish (earlier post) means, it's not about mental health. Well, not strictly true. Because if the Congressional lemmings continue their blindered march to the cliffs, and if Democrats succeed in giving away the gift of the White House that Junior has presented, we will be beyond blue. We will move into the world of black. No gradations thereof. Just . . . black.

So in the spirit of happy blue year, do whatever you can possibly do to: Read and do!

(1) Ensure a veto-proof majority in Congress.
(2) Ensure that a genuine progressive occupies the Oval Office.

IMHO, that is the pecking order for what must happen in 2008. Because if we don't get control of Congress (and rid ourselves of the "leadership" of Reid and Pelosi as well), then the new prez is going to have a real tussle in the attempt to right this foundering ship of fools.

Here are some things you can do:

  • Read voraciously. The fact that you've found your way here suggests you already do. Get smart and then smarter about what's going on out there.
  • Write letters, relentlessly, to:
    (1) Newspapers -- local, regional, national
    (2) Blogs
    (3) Congress critters
    (4) Friends, family, colleagues, enemies
  • Forward insightful writings (think Krugman, Cole, Greenwald for starters) to Congress critters and others.
  • Make donations to candidates. As many as you can possibly afford at the highest level you can justify. Reward integrity and progressive principles! My personal bias is that the DCC and DSC are useless entities.
  • Get personally involved:

    (1) Attend your local caucus, however distasteful that might be.
    (2) Become a delegate to your local and state conventions.
    (3) Become a delegate to the national convention. Hard, but by no means impossible, to crack insider circles.
    (4) Volunteer for a candidate. You don't have to make phone calls or hit the streets with campaign literature if you're not comfortable with that. Lots of possibilities, including data entry, helping with mailings, acknowledging contributions, etc.
    (5) Spread the word. Talk it up. Know some diehard conservatives? (I do. In my own family.) Overcome your fear of creating a wild rumpus by telling your political truth. Be bold.

  • Have this list tattooed inside your eyelids.

So now let me ask you this. Do you wanna spend the next four years hearing or reading an endless succession of the words "President Huckabee vetoed...?", or "President McCain gave another dyspeptic talk about....", or "President Romney is taking a botox break"?

I didn't think so. Let's roll.

UPDATE:
Read this piece by Eric Black,, a Minnesota journalist who writes for MinnPost -- a bold new venture into online journlism. The second piece is by Michael Moore.. In this case, Moore is more, not less. As usual.

Remember the list above? Share links liberally!!

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Comments

Anonymous (not verified) | January 2, 2008 - 4:22pm

I am afraid that you are assuming "the gift of the White House that Junior has presented" Very premature. A lot will happen between now and November 2008.

Things are not what they seem to be; disappointment will fill the air you.

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barbara says (not verified) | January 2, 2008 - 5:56pm

Read the whole thing and do not quote or interpret me out of context.

"...if the Congressional lemmings continue their blindered march to the cliffs, and if Democrats succeed in giving away the gift of the White House that Junior has presented, we will be beyond blue. We will move into the world of black. No gradations thereof. Just . . . black."

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Anonymous (not verified) | January 2, 2008 - 8:56pm

"Read the whole thing and do not quote or interpret me out of context"

No need to do so. Nothing changes. Black will be your color. Get used to it.

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