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'We Must Do More Than Resist': Bold, Progressive Agenda Championed at #WeThePeople Summit


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'We Must Do More Than Resist': Bold, Progressive Agenda Championed at #WeThePeople Summit

Julia Conley, staff writer

Speaking to hundreds of grassroots organizers at the We the People Summit in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Democratic lawmakers displayed their shift to the left on a number of causes that progressives say politicians must embrace and fight for, in order to win enthusiastic support in upcoming elections.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) all spoke at the gathering, as well as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).


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Here’s the first point –

Bernie Sanders: ". . . and letting party candidates and lawmakers know that a growing number of Americans will no longer support them if they continue to align themselves with Wall Street and other powerful corporate interests.

How does any citizen “no longer support them” if they continue to vote for candidates of the
two national parties?

If it’s not about withdrawing your vote what does “no longer support them” mean…?

And the threat continues to be – because we have no RANKING SYSTEM – that if you vote for a
third party candidate, you will propel the national party candidate you least would like to see in office
right into that office.

Second point is –

If this is going to be based in TRUST that these candidates would do what they say they would do AFTER they are in office, then that isn’t enough.

For instance, I trust Booker about as much as I trust Hillary. Or trusted Obama.


#3

Quaint. Hold a supposedly progressive People’s Summit and invite all the party insider neo-libs as keynotes.


#4

“We the People” is absurd without direct democracy:


#5

What an absolute crock of horseshit. Lib Dems and “progressives” stumbling in the fog because they refuse to admit (or are too stoopid to understand) that neoliberalism and capitalism are an anathema to the survival of human and other species. But they sound really good, gotta hand them them that. Fucken Idiots.


#6

I second you on Booker, in the pocket of Wall st. Gillibrand not much better.


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Pseudo-progressive gathering. I’m more than willing to bet that progressives who are not part of the Democratic Party establishment were pointedly not invited to participate. Where were representatives of the Green and Democratic Socialist Parties of America? Mmm? We are the TRUE progressives, who will not and cannot be bought and paid for like the corporate shills Booker, Harris, Gillibrand, etc. This was a dog-and-pony show put on by the oligarchy to distract and obfuscate from the real progressives and issues.


#8

Starting to think about Resisting instead of ramping up into full attack mode as people are dying? Wow, thats real Progressive.


#9

I don’t get this notion that the Democratic Party is being pulled to the left. If you look at the winners in the Democratic primaries it looks more that the party is moving toward the center. The NY Times had a graphic a week or two ago showing the results of a paper by a political scientist who tried to put every winner on a political spectrum and it clearly showed the centrist Democrats did much better than the more progressive Democrats. The winners were typically to the right of Hillary Clinton who was also included for comparison. There are more primaries to go and this point I don’t think is clear which direction the Democratic Party is moving if it is moving at all. Warren, Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, and Jaypal come from some of the bluest states in the country. They are not representative of what is occurring throughout the country in the Democratic Party. All of them could safely move left and win elections. However, in many states (and districts) moving left can be politically risky.


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This is just food for thought, if you read it carefully. I wrote it a number of years ago, but I think it is worth reading today, as we look at what is going on in this nation and the world today. As today is “Flag Day,” I thought it might be appropriate.

Anchor of Liberty
by
Steve Osborn

I pledge allegiance to the flag… What is a flag? Webster’s describes it as a piece of cloth or bunting with distinctive colors, patterns or symbolic devices used as a state symbol. In general it is an easily recognized symbol of a nation or group. Our flag has gone through many incarnations from the Grand Union flag of the revolution through an ever increasing number of stars as states were added to the Union. The flag of the United States, “Old Glory,” has flown proudly as the ensign on ships protecting our shipping from both the British, and Barbary pirates, in the 1800’s, from the crest of Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima in World War II to the moon and beyond, as painted on Voyager, now on its way to the stars. Sadly, it has flown just as proudly at Wounded Knee, Manzanar and Mai Lai.
Of the United States of America… What is the United States of America? It is a vast country, bounded on the East and West by the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, by Canada to the North and Mexico to the South, not to mention Alaska and Hawaii beyond those boundaries. It is the home of diverse people and cultures and has every extreme of climate and geology.
And to the Republic for which it stands… What is a Republic? “It is a state or nation in which the supreme power rests in all the citizens entitled to vote (the electorate) and is exercised by representatives elected directly or indirectly by them and responsible to them.” What is it that makes our republic so unique in the annals of history? It is the three documents bequeathed to us by the founders of our nation, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the first ten amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights. The founders of this nation had had their fill of autocratic government, unresponsive to the needs and wishes of its citizens. The Declaration of Independence spelled out that every person had the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Inalienable means that it cannot be taken away or abridged. It also declared that every man had the right to rebel against those rights being infringed. After a long and bitter campaign, the United States of America was born. A Constitutional Convention was held in which the framework of government was hammered out. When completed, it was a remarkably brief document consisting of seven articles which concisely spelled out the rights, privileges and obligations of all three branches of government and how each of the three should provide a system of checks and balances on the others so that no branch of the government could assume dictatorial power or infringe upon the rights of the people. Included was the process by which the Constitution could be amended. When the Constitutional Convention had drafted the document, almost as an afterthought it was decided that there should be an enumeration of simple acknowledged principles of the rights of man. The list of an American citizen’s rights was to be an absolute barrier to infringement by the government upon the citizenry. These were added as the first ten amendments to the Constitution and called the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights is the irrevocable law of the land, the nation’s ultimate guarantee of human dignity for every American.
One Nation, under God…The First Amendment declares the separation of church and state, but nowhere does it state that belief in a Supreme Being is something that cannot be professed publicly or shown in public places. Neither does it ban prayer in public. Rather, the separation of church and state was to guard against the growth of any sort of ruling theocracy such as had been seen throughout much of human history, where the church ruled and dictated human behavior according to its particular beliefs. So far it is indivisible as we are still intact as a nation amidst all of our diversity.
With Liberty and Justice for all. Those ten amendments are that guarantee. They cannot be abridged regardless of expediency. Nowhere else in the world does a citizen enjoy the enumerated rights and benefits guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The President takes an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, as do the Senate and the House. The Supreme Court is to enforce those Constitutional guarantees and see that neither of the other two branches of government violates or tries to set aside those rights. It is the duty of every citizen to see that the Constitution and Bill of Rights is protected. Without them, the United States of America is nothing special, just another big country ruling its people any way it sees fit. And the people become no more than servants of the state.
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I would urge everyone to obtain a copy of the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. Study them carefully, then loan them around to others. It is only by knowledge that we can acquire wisdom and only by informed wisdom that we can maintain our unique and inalienable rights and freedoms.
;-})


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We need to work harder so people aren’t suckered into this mirage once again.


#12

Hmmm… Do we really have the 4th Amendment anymore? I doubt it.


#13

That was the first thing that struck me. All those keynoters should have been made to sit and listen in respectful silence, as the people gave voice to their grievances and deliberated a program to redress them.


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A flag is an “empty signifier.” It means whatever the observer thinks it means.


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Yep! If you read carefully what I wrote, you might find the same definition there, along with a good idea as to what we might pledge allegiance to.
;-})


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We may see a version of what played out years ago, and has increased since then, the ouster of the RHINO’S.
The Democratic faithful must embark on that same trip today. Dump the corporate democrats. They no longer have standing as things rapidly now are going south.
Now some are jumping on the “forever wars” program. We would hope that their allegiance to their home state military contractors is not the deciding factor. G


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New world order you say? It is reported here with commondreams that the CFR, Bilderberg Group, illuminati, cabal, has ensnared half of our worlds wealth, more than enough to push their one world order, one currency for all plan. But we are not included in their plan except to serve them. G