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A Win For Hillary And Democrats In Senate Races Isn't Enough


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​Even if Hillary wins on Tuesday and Democrats regain control of the Senate it won't be enough. Conservatism and the GOP will not be defeated at the national or state level. And while Donald Trump's nationalist populism has hurt the mainstream rightwing political establishment in the minds of many Americans liberalism is not seen as advancing the interests of ordinary people. They see government as too big and intrusive and Wall Street and Global Capitalism as destroying their livelihoods and communities. How do we change this narrative ? How do we talk about smart, responsive government as a force for good ? How do we develop and support liberal minded Democratic politicians like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders who are not afraid to challenge income inequality, unfair trade, and corporate power ?

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The best way to change the mind of the electorate is at the grassroots level, doing the hard work that party people and volunteers do. It takes years.

 

Revolutions are dangerous. People die. And because the political infrastructure is damaged, they're vulnerable to takeover by dictators.

 

If you want change in a democracy, you have to do it from the bottom up. Over and over. Patiently, no short cuts.

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Free education through college, for those with the inclination and ability.

Campaign finance reform.

Fight to attain Democratic state legislatures and governors. An area in which Republicans have outperformed Democrats for quite some time.

End gerrymandering and suppression of voter turnout.

Add a paper trail to all electronic voting machines.

Bring back the Fairness Doctrine https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairness_Doctrine

End media consolidation and domination by a few giant corporations.

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The best way to change the mind of the electorate is at the grassroots level, doing the hard work that party people and volunteers do. It takes years.

 

If you want change in a democracy, you have to do it from the bottom up. Over and over. Patiently, no short cuts.

 

Got that right.

 

"All politics is local" - Tip O'Neill

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Things we can do:

 

Push to end Citizens United.

Push to get big money out of elections and government.

Push for real voting reform, including reform to encourage multiple 'alternate' parties.

Beginning at a local level and then upward, push for candidates who support true progressive values.

Support progressive candidates, regardless of party.

Let parties know that if they will not field progressive candidates, they will not get your money or your vote.

Write letters, make phone calls, send emails, go to offices in person. Let your representatives know who you are and what you need them to do.

Support "alternate" media (ie, liberal/progressive media not owned by conservative corporations).

Protest, march, speak, act.

Live your values and let others see them.

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Things we can do:

 

Push to end Citizens United.

Push to get big money out of elections and government.

Push for real voting reform, including reform to encourage multiple 'alternate' parties.

Beginning at a local level and then upward, push for candidates who support true progressive values.

Support progressive candidates, regardless of party.

Let parties know that if they will not field progressive candidates, they will not get your money or your vote.

Write letters, make phone calls, send emails, go to offices in person. Let your representatives know who you are and what you need them to do.

Support "alternate" media (ie, liberal/progressive media not owned by conservative corporations).

Protest, march, speak, act.

Live your values and let others see them.

 

I like your focus on local politics because it has made the difference in efforts to raise the minimum wage. I also agree with you about the importance of protest because grass roots activism is vital.

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