DFA attracted a very different demographic than the Obama house parties do. In our county the Obama events have electing democrats and supporting Obama's agenda whatever that turns out to be. They are top down and controlled by the local party and affiliate protest groups that are put in place to make local republicans look bad.
The local peace groups have an agenda that supports mom and apple pie issues like the greening of America and peace. Nothing too specific so it all feels good but goes nowhere.
European type salons would be a great way to get together...but a little too easy.
When around these events I keep humming...it's a wonderful day in the neighborhood...the song from
the children's show with Mr. Rogers.
The good Dr. Chu is a big fan of ethanol production..as he puts it on unused agricultural
land in America. The production of ethanol is
causing wheat prices to rise...and starvation in
third world countries.
Archer Midland is located in Illinois and a big
contributor to Obama's campaign. Obama is a big
fan of ethanol production.
When contrasting grown ups and children on the road of life....C.K.Chesteron wrote:
>I was subconsciously certain as a child and I am
consciously certain as an adult that there was the white and solid road and the worthy beginning of the life of a man who afterwards darkens it with dreams
or goes astray in self-deception. It is only the grown man who lives a life of make beleve and
pretending; and it is he who has his head in a
So kudos to the children who can spot a phoney grown up a mile off.
So what you are extending is an invitation to
be a sock puppet for Obama...
Because you were a sock puppet for Clinton.
I don't wanna be a sock puppet for anyone.
Obama wants my vote...he earns it by talking about what I care about...instead of advising his troops to avoid issues and talk about conversion.
In other words tell the voters how they came to worship the Hawaiin Messiah...kinda like how they found Jesus. That's part of the training to work on the Obama team. Conversion politics.
I'm not buyin this crap. Obama's team has decided that they don't need "the base."
So the base has to ask the question...do we need him?
I'm sick of voting for the worst of several alternatives. If I'm gonna be a whore I want to get something back...like a pay raise, medical insurance, a house I can afford, and transportation that doesn't cost me more than food and I don't want to send my kids to Iraq.
What's the Hawaiin Messiah gonna do about that?
So far he's saying nothing.
>young people are willing to get involved, but they don't know what to expect (especially the first time out). we tell people when we are recruiting them that all we want is their presence and a happy, smiling face (which is the most important thing). we'll take care of the rest.<
How about telling them that being pissed off is appropriate these days and instead of we'll take care of the rest...try tapping them for creativity, energy, enthusiasm and brains.
I'm old but dammit Mike's post spoke to me. I'm sick of being tapped to phone bank, canvass, give money and shut up and let "us" take care of the rest.
Mike is onto something important here. The war ended in Vietnam because young people and some old ones too got pissed. I don't remember a lot of happy, smiling faces and that generation didn't trust the power structure to "take care of the rest."
If anything is going to change besides just getting Democrats elected....it will take passion, energy, brains and enthusiasm and appreciation for those qualities in Democrats of any age.
>Now the Bush administration can turn around -- as Washington Post defense expert William Arkin predicts -- and accept the Iraq Study Group recommendation to begin withdrawing troops. After all the carnage and waste, the Republicans may yet escape responsibility for the most significant strategic failure in decades, because the Democrats hesitated and dithered.<
>White House Is Said to Debate '08 Cut in Iraq Troops by 50%<
It would be sadly ironic, wouldn't it if G.W.Bush manages to bring the troops home...and keep the military bases in place. In other words the Republicans will end the war -- which is very kind of them ...I mean we Democrats don't want to appear weak....and I guess the Republicans can end the war and still look strong.