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The Romney Rule: Dislike Unto Others As They Dislike Unto You

All Romney had to do was take stands against
women seeking healthcare, Hispanics seeking respect,
African-Americans seeking justice & gays seeking equality
...and it worked: he finally beat Newt Gingrich.

The Republican Party has already targeted
seniors, homeowners, working families, immigrants,
Muslims, women in the workforce & low-income earners
…so they've decided it's time to beat up on students.

The right-wing has screamed that Obama is
soft on China, North Korea, Russia & Mexico,
passive on Iran, Egypt & the whole Middle East,
& now wants to fear-monger about France.

Romney's polls show that everyone dislikes him.
So he & the GOP decided to dislike everyone.

Dislike others as they dislike you --
it's not exactly the Golden Rule,
but Mitt Romney's not exactly golden.

Share reactions, make predictions,
share a drink & make a a friend
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Reflecting before the #LL12 Living Liberally Celebration

by Harry Waisbren
Originally published at The Job Party

This year's Living Liberally celebration is coming up on May 10th, and it has me reflecting on what my favorite Living Liberally moment was from 2012.

Although there are many of them, I have to say that my experiences at the OWS Drinking Liberally chapter at Zuccotti Park easily take the cake. Moreover, I found OWS Drinking Liberally on the whole to be indicative of both what is best about Living Liberally, and Occupy Wall Street itself.

It was a perfect match. OWS is an idea, one whose time has come and which never could be evicted. And this is precisely why OWS is made manifest through so many cultural formats, which are so naturally able to express a central idea like this one.

Living Liberally is a platform to celebrate liberal culture, which finds direct alignment in the Occupy idea. Namely, that our political structures should serve us, the people — all of us.

This is why I am so proud to have been able to contribute to both OWS and LL by hosting a few of those fantastic OWS Drinking Liberally’s.

Zuccotti Park was still first getting off the ground, and we were able to provide as inviting a format as possible for like-minded new-comers to learn about Occupy. This was crucial then, and there remains a need for more of these kind of endeavors today. The Occupy movement is so innovative and different that it can be very difficult to understand and intimidating to approach, which is why being able to experience it in a shared cultural setting like OWS Drinking Liberally was such a perfect way for so many to be introduced.

The OWS Drinking Liberally crew proved to be a perfect part of the solution for this at the most crucial of times last Fall, and I particularly relished being able to take so many amazing and influential liberals across the street and give them their first tour of ‘Liberty Square’.

So if you can make it to New York City on May 10th, come join us in celebrating this and all of the other ways that Living Liberally has touched the core of American society!

The 2012 Living Liberally celebration will not be one to miss, and there couldn’t be a better time to show your support for this increasingly impactful cultural fixture in contemporary America.

The Living Liberally Annual Celebration - May 10th in NYC

Support the work of Living Liberally, honor our great progressive allies The New Organizing Institute and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and join a great party at the Living Liberally Annual Celebration on Thursday, May 10th in New York.

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Maybe Government Should Be A Little LESS Like Big Business

We chide corporate execs for their excesses,
then confront a GSA that rocked too hard & learned
what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas.

We blast Big Business for not playing by the rules,
then our esteemed Secret Service is caught
casually cavorting & corrupting their cause in Colombia.

We demand more respect from vulture capitalists,
but contend with the disrespect our military has shown
in incendiary, outrageous acts in Afghanistan.

People say government should behave like Big Business:
selfish behavior, greedy excesses & poor judgment --
maybe we've got too much corporate culture already.

Let's be a little LESS like Big Business for awhile.

We hope our CEO takes responsibility & takes action
or we know there's a Bain CEO anxious to send him packing.

Share your take on the week's events
& take your share of the pitcher on the table,
as we spend a night with liberals and libations
at our local progressive social club.

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War On Budget vs Warrenn Buffett

With Santorum out, the presumptive GOP nominee
pledges to bring Bain's vulture capitalism to DC,
while more Americans would just like to see
offshore corporate accounts brought back to the US.

Paul Ryan's ranks line up behind a radical plan
to slash investment in a stronger American system,
while President Obama backs an equally radical notion
that the wealthiest 1% should pay their fair share.

And as deficit hawks shout, "Cut, cut, cut,"
Americans agree: cut corporate tax loopholes,
cut excessive bonuses & cut the bull.

Conservatives want to wage a war on the budget.
Obama just wants to wager on Warren Buffett.

When the going gets tough, O gets Buff…

Toast farewell to Rick & share thoughts on Mitt
as your share a beer & left-leaning cheer
at your local progressive social club.

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Would You Strip-Search Moses? Stop-and-Frisk Jesus?

At Passover, we celebrate the Israelites' Exodus,
as they marched without a permit across the Red Sea…
today Occupy marchers without permits are faced
with police netting, pepper spray and mass arrests.

At Easter, we remember a man wrongfully judged & crucified,
while today we make indefinite detention a national policy
& conservatives defend "stand your ground" laws
which are excessive, unjust and extremely dangerous.

This weekend, we'll be honoring dissidents & protesters,
yet today our police go undercover to infiltrate
peaceful protest groups and student organizations.

Moses would have been strip searched.
Jesus would have been stopped and frisked.
The NYPD definitely would've had them under surveillance.

Maybe we do need to read the Haggadah again this year…

Pre-game Passover, anticipate Easter or celebrate spring
by talking liberally, sharing liberally, gathering liberally
at your local progressive social club.

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ObamaCare...the Others Don't

Conservatives go to the High Court with the low goal
of making it harder for Americans to get healthcare,
yet while they threaten to undo Obama's achievement,
the President's own national poll numbers rise.

Republicans realize that Romney's the one
& start to close ranks if not exactly rally --
yet amid talk of car elevators & jokes about lay-offs,
his own approval ratings continue to sink.

The Tea Party Congress does what it promised:
attack benefits, defend the rich, obstruct progress
-- yet as they succeed in stalling all legislation,
those who elected them are having buyer's remorse.

Whatever your opinion of ObamaCare
Americans are relieved at least Obama cares
because Mitt & the Tea Party don't care at all.

If you care, come share -- you know where --
a pint, a point, liberal thinking & a little drinking
at your local progressive social club.

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Etch-a-Sketch Mitt vs. Ever-Sketchy Rick

For once, Romney keeps his own mouth shut
about Cadillacs, NASCAR owners & $10,000 bets,
yet his aide's mistake messes Mitt's momentum
as "etch-a-sketch" becomes the new "flip-flop."

Santorum refuses to shake anything up,
digging deeper in his anti-sex devotion,
doubling-down with radical right diatribes
and drawing the race directly into the doldrums.

Meanwhile Ron Paul & Newt Gingrich
continue to hold their own…and not much more.

Faced with these choices, even Republicans
turn down Paul the kvetcher & Newt the lecher,
choosing Etch-a-Sketch Mitt over ever-sketchy Rick.

But who knows? It could all shake up again.

Shake out your thoughts & stake out a seat
as we share a drink over what we think
at your local progressive social club.

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With Friends Like These, Who Needs Unstable Global Actors?

As we resist domestic saber-rattling on Iran,
Israel issues threats making it as hard
to navigate our closest ally in the region
as it is to determine our next steps with our rival,

As we seek to provide humanitarian aid in Syria,
dealing with fellow Security Council nations
is proving just as difficult as the Assad regime.

And as we try to calm & exit Afghanistan,
our own senseless actions lead to chaos
as dangerous as acts of insurgents.

Global action doesn't become easier
when the folks on your side make it tougher.

Or as the old saying goes, with friends like these,
who needs unstable global actors and regimes?

Or maybe that's a new saying for new times…

Talk about the globe & share a bit of your own world
with new friends & old over a liberal libation or two
at your local progressive social club.

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Super Tuesday, Subpar Every Day

Super Tuesday didn't pick a winner, bit it showed
that lower-income voters dislike Romney,
more and more women dislike Santorum
and everyone dislikes Newt Gingrich.

Super PACs are prolonging, not deciding, the race,
promising a protracted pummeling of the candidates,
leaving them less popular than their party in DC.

Super Delegates still threaten to abandon Romney
and force the GOP to choose a new nominee
the public knows less and therefore likes more.

Super Tuesday, Super PACs, Super Delegates,
yet subpar turnout, subpar support, subpar choices.
Forget Super Tuesday -- they're subpar every day.

Yet, compared with the Tea Partiers in the House,
these guys actually might be right on par.

React, distract & interact with a beer & good cheer
as you share a night with like-minded lefties
at your local progressive social club.

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