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Talkin’ Bout a Revolution

Ok. We here at gave ourselves through this past weekend to grieve and curse and throw our George W. Bush action figure across the room at the wall (again and again), but now it’s time to get off our blue-state asses and do something. Anything. Either more of what we’ve been doing (’cause clearly it wasn’t enough) or just something completely new (’cause clearly what we’ve been doing hasn’t exactly worked). But something. Anything. We’ve been thinking about this a lot the last couple days.

And here’s what we think: we’ll never be as organized as the far-right – they’ve got fanaticism on their side. They’re used to marching in lock-step and failure is not an option for them. When they lose a political race you don’t hear them pledging to move to Canada – they just regroup and fight harder. Opposition brings them closer together and, throughout, they keep their eyes on the prize. Behold the power of religious fervor. This is not to say that everyone who voted for Bush is a zealot and it’s not to say that the Democrats are all woefully unorganized. But let’s get serious for a moment – we Democrats could learn something from the zealots. We could learn that election season is only game-time. We can’t just show up for the game and expect to win – we have to go to practice. The 2008 presidential race starts now. Don’t move to Canada. Stay here and fight. The world won’t get better if you drop out and set up shop in Manitoba.

To help us all figure out exactly how we’re going to turn this all around, we’re starting a resource page here on the site. Use it to get involved and educate yourself about the options. It’s a little light on content right now, but we’ll keep adding to it as we find new information. Send us your links & ideas, too (send ’em to revolution [at] mirandala [dot] org). Let’s build the world we want.

[Tracy Chapman lyrics = 1]

{ 6 } Comments

  1. RSLS | November 8, 2004 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    My first step was to order Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate–The Essential Guide for Progressives by George Lakoff.

  2. spike | November 8, 2004 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    i know…. i’m not doing nothing this time (not that i did nothing last time, but this time it’s really critical). the good news is (i guess) is that he didn’t “win” by some huge landslide. so many people are angry and ready to take action. how about adding to your politics list… it’s the site for progressive democrats of america. good organization. 🙂

  3. Miranda | November 8, 2004 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Good one – I’ll add it today. 🙂

  4. Darx | November 9, 2004 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Amen, Mirandala and co!! The only thing that will help me feel better is to DO something anything. I’ve started putting out feelers locally to get involved, and I will check out the resource page for more ideas and ways to get involved. I also am planning to order the Lakoff book; based on the first chapter I read courtesy of MoveOn, I think it should be required reading for all of us.

  5. karen | November 9, 2004 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Geez. One week away from Carole’s pub
    and look what happens…nice!
    Very productive.

  6. Jesse | November 9, 2004 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    The revolution page looks good. How about adding a page on the scary transformation our judiciary is about to undergo at the hands of W? For a starting point, you can point people to my organization – we’ll be keeping tabs on a lot of this stuff in coming years and offering commentary on the pending attacks on the courts and judges that are supposed to DEFEND rights in the worlds of civil liberites (oops…Patriot Act), gay rights (oops…FMA), and offer rational, reasonable criminal sentences (oops…mandatory minimums)!.

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