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    • #76266

      40% of americans  are true believers in trump and his “conservative” enablers. many of those enablers are religious leaders with cult followers.  they are empowered by a constitution that gives Alaska as many senators as California and allows gerrymandering that fits all of the democratic voters in many states into one congressional district.

      those very asymmetries will carry into anything like a constitutional amending process, and if a constitutional convention is held the direction of its results can not be positive. so forget that.

      if trump dies (most likely given his age and health) or is defeated there is no shortage of conservative leaders to take his place, and little chance that they will destroy each other in the melee.

      on the other hand, most of trump’s opposition : schumer, Pelosi, biden, and most of the othe presidential hopefuls are nearly as bad as the conservatives, and seem to be looking for any chance to avoid progress on any issue.

      at my local level the cemocratic machine ensures dominance of a corrupt elite, at the state level some of the most rabid conservative reptiles would be quite happy to declare a theocracy.

      to change any of this would require generations of progressive education policy to even begin. I may have a few years left, but as you reach your later 60s you will note a great decrease in energy and resilience. i’d be almost useless in a revolution.

      any glimmer of hope would be greatly appreciated.

    • #76268

      I don’t know how we fix the corruption in the Democratic party. That is our biggest obstacle.

      I’m not worried about conservatives. The Bernie movement of 2016 made me realize people that want progressive policies are actually in the majority. We have the numbers.



    • #76270

      “I’d be almost useless in a revolution.”

      The Gray Champion

    • #76271
      Two way street

      Reduction of Social Security benefits is hidden in the talks presently happening between our lawmakers in Congress over the national budget.

      Bernie will soon be presenting his new Social Security Policy on saving and improving benefits for the aged and disabled.  I think that will revitalize a lot of us to set up, stand up and spread the word/walk the talk.  Loss of any amount or a reduction of my Soc. Sec. benefit to pay a Wall Street Gang, would be devastating to me and all others in our age group.

      2020 Campaign Season: We the People are in the fight for our lives and livelihoods.

    • #76273

      We have to start with a progressive president.  The incremental bullshit of saying oh, just try to elect a few progressives every election – yes, and in only 50 years we MIGHT have progressive government.  But doubties.  And from what I can see, Bernie is it.  Warren loves that capitalism and markets, and has really only enabled us to see just how bad the banks are screwing us.   Revolution?  The “bipartisan” oligarchs have all the money and the guns and the information.  Look how quickly the FBI was pounding on OWS doors, once they refused to endorse Obama.   Sorry, I do not know the answer, but today’s politics is just the bread and circuses of ancient Rome.  The people who run the country are above politics.

      Maybe accelerated climate change will render all of this moot.

    • #76277

      Education is the only way any of this can be fixed.

      Educating the fleeced that they are actually being fleeced.  Some of that took hold when people had to pay tax this year instead of their promised “tax cut”.

      Educating the young that climate change denial is going to make their future very bleak.  Again, this is taking hold with younger voters.

      Educating the working class that the only way to get ahead with WalMart and Amazon is to legislate it into their pay rate.  Good news on this front, as the fight for $15 does not seem to be giving up.

      Educating everyone that the health insurance industry is built around taking their money and then denying them a benefit.

      The  big problem with education as a solution is that often it takes a long time for the lesson to sink in and people to wise up.

      • #76419

        Well said. “Educating” via Fox News and the rest of the RW media has created a far-right conservative base. Educating (with actual facts and science) is how we should counteract that in the long run.

        They are called 'human' rights not "if politicians do not feel threatened" rights. Many politicians see national sovereignty/security as more important because they protect their power and wealth. Human rights often do just the opposite.

        National issues (slavery/racism, income inequality, pandemics and pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war, pandemics) are not resolved with more national sovereignty.

    • #76278

      @two wat street – ms Pelosi and Mulvaney ar meeting with the Peterson foundation this week. Bernie (or ms warren perhaps) must win this election to stop the problem that will leave a lot of us in bad shape so that some hedge funders can skim off the cream.

    • #76396
      Flying Squirrel

      Have faith in the young people. They will save the day.

    • #76447

      Any revolution will be suppressed anyway. The change

      has to start with a strong antiwar and anti-MIC movement.

      We have to remind everyone we know or meet that more

      than 50% of their federal taxes go to the war machine

      instead of to them. We also have to ask them whether

      they believe that the US is bringing democracy and

      human rights via bombing countries, which have

      NOT attacked us, would be successful if applied

      to us. Most people don’t like our perpetual wars.

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