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Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 10/07/2010 - 8:15am.
Turns out the banks who aided in mortgage fraud
Republican candidates from Connecticut to Alaska
"Deficit hawks" spread fear about Social Security
Conservatives used to just bully the poor & unemployed.
Yet Democrats have trouble with working class voters?
Maybe if they came out hard against foreclosures,
With less than 4 weeks until the election,
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 09/30/2010 - 9:55am.
While Dems make Hail Mary passes
While Dems race frantically around the issue
And while Dem candidates suddenly talk issues
As always happens when Midterms come around --
I guess I'd prefer the crammers to the scammers
Share your hopes & fears for the upcoming races
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 09/23/2010 - 9:48am.
On the effort to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell,"
In DC, they've gone with "Don't Act, Don't Solve"
And this has become their midterm strategy:
DADT isn't just their military policy --
The Party of No is the Party of Don't.
While you're at it don't miss the chance
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 09/09/2010 - 5:13am.
Fear-mongering right-wingers whip up a storm
Congressional GOP dictate how to honor the dead
We claim that terrorists attacked our freedom
Politicians claim September 11th is on their minds
They might do better to check their calendar
DL remembers those we lossed on September 11th,
Come share your wishes for the year
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 09/02/2010 - 5:06am.
President Obama declared combat in Iraq over
He declared it was time to turn the page
He didn't say "stay the course" --
The Prez basically said "Mission Accomplished."
Share your thoughts, doubts & ideas
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 08/26/2010 - 8:14am.
On August 28th, 1963 , Martin Luther King had a dream.
A hurricane devastated an American city 5 years ago.
Two years ago, Barack Obama accepted the nomination.
The dream 47 years ago was a powerful vision
The dream has been deferred...
Come out to share a vision, not sow division,
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 08/19/2010 - 8:00am.
A judge delivered news the right-wing has most feared:
Conservatives switched fear mongering from gays to Muslims
And because the right-wing loves to hate immigrants,
These guys on the "Right" are just plain wrong.
Whether you want to wash the taste of the Right away
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 08/12/2010 - 9:14am.
President Obama followed in President Bush's footsteps
The President also walked his predecessor's walk
Then with Afghanistan, where the military urges the Prez
President Obama needs to choose a new pair of shoes.
Maybe f he walked a day in the life of the millions
Come out tonight to share your views over some booze,
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 08/12/2010 - 8:06am.
Pundits obsess with elections. Will the Democrats hold both houses of Congress? Will Obama voters return to the polls in the midterms? Do recent primaries send a warning to incumbents -- and if so, what warning: that they should move left, right or center?
Around the country, though, the politically-minded population has had more than election cycles on their mind. They care about the systemic structural issues in the Senate and the temperament of the administration, issues which won't change with a single vote. They are equally obsessed with local transit and neighborhood redevelopment. They exchange book and move recommendations and argue over favorite news anchors and comedians.
These people belong to America's Liberal Tribe: a growing community of people who share attitudes and culture rooted in common values that transcend single election cycles.
And good news America: the liberal cause is growing.
Over the past six weeks, I have had the chance to meet local liberals around the country, as I've toured with my recent book, "538 Ways to Live, Work and Play Like a Liberal." I have been visiting chapters of Drinking Liberally, the ubiquitous progressive social club. What is really remarkable is how much the members of these groups -- separated by city, state and region -- have in common.
They love Rachel Maddow and are getting to love Ed Schultz. They are split over who prefers Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert. They know when the local green market is open. Many of them are surprisingly knowledgeable about local beers. They can often tick of local and national bloggers as though they were naming network anchors. They are more familiar with their public transportation options, even in cities with anemic mass transit, than the average barfly.
And yes, their commonalities extend into more conventional politics. They debate whether they are disappointed in the President's resolve, or whether they sympathize for him being hemmed in by a constitutionally-conservative Senate. They are often as versed in the contours of their local races as they are in the contests to send representatives to DC. They know the name "Alan Grayson." They also know the name "Michele Bachman."
I visited groups that were majority senior citizen and groups that were recent college grads. I visited the classic "red state" of Kentucky, the urban liberal oasis of San Francisco, and states Obama tipped over like North Carolina and Indiana. While the accents varied with the beers on tap, many of these cultural-political markers remained the same.
The politicians themselves differ -- a Democrat in Orange County, California, may not offer the same assessment of what it means to be a Democrat as one in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The candidates focus on different issues and hedge their talking points.
The self-identified liberals, though, aren't defined or divided by narrow parochial issues. They may diverge on many issues: limits of gun ownership, best ways to improve public schools, which favorite local industry to invest in. However, they share a larger set of values about investing in common resources, pursuing shared goals, and building diverse, inclusive, sustainable communities that connect them more than any local differences may parse them.
I had a conversation with a woman in Indianapolis active in neighborhood organizing in the city's Near Eastside. What she expressed as their goals, resonated with conversations around the country: improved transit, which is a major effort in DC and Cincinnati; more community gardens, a hot button issue in New York and San Francisco; greater neighborhood involvement in schools, which I heard in Durham and Los Angeles; and the hope to draw more options for fresh, affordable food into the area, which was a conversation in Covington and central New Jersey,
She would immediately feel comfortable at a Drinking Liberally chapter anywhere around the country. Wherever she went, people would discuss Olbermann's latest special comment. They'd laugh and vent about Andrew Breitbart. They'd give recommendations for local movie theaters, music venues and bookstores. They'd share a tasty local beer.
They'd know she was part of their Liberal Tribe, and they'd welcome her home.
As I continue to travel through the midterm elections, I'll report back about our Tribe -- and if I come to your town, join me for a drink.
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 08/05/2010 - 5:42am.
On President Obama's 49th birthday,
A Federal judge threw out Prop 8,
And as heterosexuals wake up today,
Happy Birthday, Mr. President.
Now, let's fight to protect more equal unions
Toast the decision & the future newlyweds
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