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The Hangover: a Post-Election Message from Drinking Liberally

Following last night's election, many folks are going to need a drink.

More than at any point in the past two years, they will be seeking out their liberal community. They may be frustrated and need to vent. They may be reinvigorated and want to share ideas. They may be eager to learn from peers. They may be ready to get to work beating back the right-wing.

Good thing we have Drinking Liberally.

Here's the thing: elections come and go. Candidates often vanish after election day. Grassroots groups sometimes power down until the next campaign.

A real community is there month-after-month, year-after-year, and Drinking Liberally is a real political community for liberals all over the country, and increasingly around the world.

I feel now a little like I did on November 3rd, 2004. There are some results that sadden me most, as I'm sure there are for you. I am uncertain where to focus my energy next.

Fortunately, now -- as then -- Drinking Liberally is there to give me a home. In 2004, we saw surging attendance as liberals got together to organize, re-engage and, of course, drink.

We still play that role.

We're not sure what strategy will most effectively push our country on a progressive course, and who can say what the next two years will look like? Nonetheless, we still have each other.

Drinking Liberally chapters can expect strangers to show up for the first time and familiar faces to return to the fold.

Our chapters will be going strong, providing a home for everyone who wants to raise their liberal spirits and raise a few liberal pints in the times ahead.

There will be more special projects and announcements in the times ahead. For now - we just want to say, keep drinking liberally.

You Can Drink After the Polls are Closed

Rand Paul supporters tackle an activist
and stomp on her after she's down --
when they all shout "Don't tread on me,"
they really mean, "Stomp on others."

Many Americans tired of the raging Right
are ready to "Rally to Restore Sanity,"
led by a comic who just interviewed the Prez
and who tells more truth than most reporters.

Others want more than sanity - we want progress:
investment in infrastructure, compassion in policy,
sensible budget priorities, a 21st century economy
...but those take more than protests & rallies
-- they take voting, volunteering & work.

So tell the right: Don't Stomp on Me.
Rally for Sanity & protest the insanity.
Then find ways to do more on Election Day.

News around the country may make us want to drink
but we need to do more than drink this Election.
Besides, we can drink when the polls are closed.

Learn how to get involved, share your ideas
as we share one last pre-election drink
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Find - or start - a chapter near you.

The Right-Wing Bill of Wrongs

Christine O'Donnell challenges the understanding
that the First Amendment establishes
a separation between church and state.

Sharron Angle agrees on the 1st Amendment
& also wants to see us undo the 14th Amendment
which protects the citizenship rights
of people born in America.

Rand Paul thinks everything is unconstitutional
from Social Security to the minimum wage...
there are a half-dozen Amendments he'd undo
& some scarier ones he'd add on in.

That's who the conservatives are running:
a roster of radical reactionaries,
array of archly anti-democratic attack dogs
...a bullheaded, bullyish Bill of Wrongs.

It's time we set our country right...and left.

Come on out to toast our rights
& discuss how to right these wrongs
with a welcoming circle of liberal drinkers
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Find - or start - a chapter near you.

We Toast American Values - Time for Our Candidates to Do the Same

The incredible rescue of Chilean miners is a testament to
international collaboration & mass investment of public resources
...which the right derides as "big government liberalism" in the US
but we liberals know are hallmarks of a stronger society.

As Carl Paladino & other GOPpers attack gay Americans,
while Dem leaders halted & hesitated on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell,"
a judge bravely issued a decision for equality & justice --
in a ruling that's closer to the maturing mores of the American people
than are the half-measures in DC and the hatred from the right.

While banks foreclose on hard-working homeowners,
the Administration wavers, conservatives blame the victims,
but Americans fundamentally believe that it is better
to find a way for families to stay in their homes.

Investment in the public good, equal rights, fairness,
standing up for the regular American against the moneyed powers
...you can call these liberal values -- or call them American values
-- but candidates: start calling them "your values."

With only a handful of weeks until the midterms,
come refuel, re-engage and ready yourself for the campaign trail
as you share politics, values & a few beers
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30pm onward
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
[back booths by the DL banner]
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org

The Right-Wing War on Working Americans -- They Don't Only Bully the Poor Anymore

Turns out the banks who aided in mortgage fraud
now participate in wholesale foreclosure fraud
unjustifiably kicking people out of their homes.

Republican candidates from Connecticut to Alaska
are calling to end or reduce the minimum wage.

"Deficit hawks" spread fear about Social Security
to bully the deficit commission into restructuring
the most successful social safety net in American history.

Conservatives used to just bully the poor & unemployed.
Now they're waging war against the working middle class.

Yet Democrats have trouble with working class voters?

Maybe if they came out hard against foreclosures,
for the minimum wage & for Social Security
they'd give regular Americans someone to vote for.

With less than 4 weeks until the election,
take a few hours off the trail & at the bar
to share your thoughts as your share a few drinks
with your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Find - or start - a chapter near you.

Time For Midterms: Some Cram, Some Just Scam

While Dems make Hail Mary passes
on job stimulus they had all term to pass,
the GOP digs in, says No, opposes all ideas
& blames everything on someone else.

While Dems race frantically around the issue
of Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans,
the GOP just lies & says that Dems
want to raise YOUR taxes, whoever you are.

And while Dem candidates suddenly talk issues
they never acted on -- like energy independence
-- the right-wing candidates fear-monger
about mosques, immigrants & Amendments.

As always happens when Midterms come around --
some students cram & some just scam.

I guess I'd prefer the crammers to the scammers
but I also just have to wonder why nobody
was keeping up with their work all semester long...

Share your hopes & fears for the upcoming races
as you have a liberal think with your liberal drink
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Find - or start - a chapter near you.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Think, Don't Try, Don't Vote

On the effort to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell,"
the GOP goes with, "Don't Try, Don't Vote"
as they don't heed commanders & voters,
& don't let a vote even come to the floor.

In DC, they've gone with "Don't Act, Don't Solve"
-- don't work together, don't share ideas,
don't do anything except say No, No, No.

And this has become their midterm strategy:
don't repeal tax cuts on the wealthiest,
don't let healthcare take effect,
don't work, don't help, don't solve.

DADT isn't just their military policy --
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is their core mantra:
don't ask what relief voters really need,
don't tell us ideas to solve our challenges.

The Party of No is the Party of Don't.
It's up to us: don't let them get away with it
...and don't send them back to Washington.

While you're at it don't miss the chance
to share your ideas as you share a few drinks.
Yes, ask us our thoughts; Yes, tell us yours --
at your local political drinking club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Find - or start - a chapter near you.

Remember, Remember That Day in September

Fear-mongering right-wingers whip up a storm
over a building several blocks from Ground Zero
-- but where's the concern about lack of progress
in rebuilding & memorializing the site itself?

Congressional GOP dictate how to honor the dead
while they block aid to the living,
fighting against funds for 9/11 rescue workers.

We claim that terrorists attacked our freedom
so in response we attack our own freedom:
extraordinary rendition & security state steps
that change the fundamental American Way of Life.

Politicians claim September 11th is on their minds
but it's Election Day that really consumes them.

They might do better to check their calendar
& really remember that day in September.

DL remembers those we lossed on September 11th,
toasts those who came to the rescue
& on this Rosh Hashannah, the Jewish New Year,
we wish for a year of peace and healing.

Come share your wishes for the year
at your local political social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Find - or start - a chapter near you.

Mission More Accomplished?

President Obama declared combat in Iraq over
even while tens of thousands of troops remain
in a fractured, tumultuous, uncertain country.

He declared it was time to turn the page
though we still turn to military contractors
and still pour wealth out our national coffers.

He didn't say "stay the course" --
rather, he insisted we completed it,
even as we sink deeper into the quagmire
of the uncompletable Afghanistan.

The Prez basically said "Mission Accomplished."
We've heard that before...
Let's hope the Mission's now More Accomplished
...for his sake, for ours and for Iraq's.

Share your thoughts, doubts & ideas
as you share pitchers, shots and beers
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Find - or start - a chapter near you.

The Dream Deferred...but Not Deterred

On August 28th, 1963 , Martin Luther King had a dream.
Now, in a country still haunted by racial division,
Glenn Beck's taking the steps of the Lincoln Memorial
to fuel fear, suspicion and dishonor the "dream."

A hurricane devastated an American city 5 years ago.
Areas of New Orleans are still abandoned
& its residents still scattered & struggling
as the city now suffers again with the BP spill.

Two years ago, Barack Obama accepted the nomination.
He's pushed reforms & reached out to the world,
but also continued wars & presidential secrecy.
And Americans increasingly think he's Muslim.

The dream 47 years ago was a powerful vision
& the hopes of 2 years ago were a great step
but while we've made strides, we're not there yet.

The dream has been deferred...
but we cannot be deterred.

Come out to share a vision, not sow division,
and share what you're thinking & drinking
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30pm onward
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
[back booths beneath the DL banner]
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org

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