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Wed Jul 4, 2018, 10:18 AM

Working Class Hero/ Peasants Revolt


“Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
And you think you're so clever and classless and free
But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see
A working class hero is something to be.”
John Lennon


I started paying close attention to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's the day that I saw a film clip of her outstanding campaign commercial. After listening to her speak a few more times, even though she was considered an underdog, I thought that there was a chance that she'd pull off the upset. One of the things I was most impressed with was her consistently saying that she represents working class values.

On a few conversations here, I noted that I like her history and her platform. I admire her ability to reach people while campaigning. And I believe her working class values reflect a significant part of the soul the Democratic Party had when I was young, and needs to recapture. She has said that she is an FDR Democrat. She worked for Senator Kennedy She supported Bernie in 2016.

Alexandria went to Standing Rock and Flint in 2016. She was an early visitor to the southwestern border, to advocate for families seeking asylum in the US. She is highly intelligent, a talented organizer, and an extremely hard-worker. She is talented in delivering that powerful message during the flood of media attention that she is getting. And she got a lot of voters that normally do not vote in primaries to the voting booth. It's obvious that she is a working class hero who represents the values and beliefs of a significant portion of our Democratic Party.

The response to Alexandria's upset victory over one of the most powerful Democrats in the House was telling. Rep. Crowley displayed the type of class that one can only hope to see, in congratulating and endorsing Ocasio-Cortez. Trump showed an utter lack of class, by taking a cheap shot at Rep. Crowley, and pretending to be happy Alexandria won. His ilk are hoping that Ocasio-Cortez represents a fracture-line within the Democratic Party that they can exploit. In fact, she represents just the opposite.

The number of losses that we have suffered in state and federal elections over the past decade or so is unacceptable. We should never be comfortable with continuing down the same path that put the majority of Americans in this intolerable position. Continuing to engage in the same thinking and actions that allowed Trump to “win” in 2016, and damage the social fabric every day since, is insanity. And only those who are comfortable in losing could possibly argue otherwise.

The media's reaction to Alexandria's impressive victory has included nonsense about it posing a threat to Democratic Party unity. Some want to ignore Joseph Crowley's endorsement, which demonstrates unity, and pretend this impressive victory represents a challenge to unity, when it is clearly proof of the power of a unified Democratic Party. Having progressives like Alexandria winning in some districts does not translate into their demanding to be in the driver's seat. Rather, it means if your driver makes a wrong turn to the right, they be willing to listen to their passengers.

Rep. Crowley was not alone among Democrats in DC that have for years accepted corporate contributions. He accepted an average of $3 per election cycle from Wall Street, big pharma, and luxury land developers. In fact, many of his biggest contributors are the exact same as those who funded the Trump campaign. Alexandria simply said that there is another alternative – let's try turning left, and finance campaigns with grass roots' contributions. And the people in the 14th district agreed.

When a candidate's campaign is financed by people, that politician works for the people. If a candidate's campaign is paid for by “big business” – such as the Blackstone Group – that politician becomes an employee of big business. It is as simple as that, and the proof is found in Washington, DC. This is a truth that should not be viewed as a threat to the Democratic Party, but rather as an opportunity to institute change. Economic injustices cannot be gained without turning in that direction.

To get people to contribute to Democratic candidates' campaigns – including donating time and money, and showing up in large numbers at the voting booths – we need the energy and excitement brought by knowing that everyone has a stake in the game, and will have a seat at the table after election day.

Voter participation among blacks and Hispanics was down in 2016, from where it had been in the two previous presidential elections. Many of the young voters who participated in the 2016 Democratic primaries sat out the general election. And too many white people – including Democrats in key states that decided the election – voted for the charlatan All of this is unacceptable. But rather than taking a stick-in-the-mud approach that lays all responsibility for the many loses the Democratic Party has suffered in recent times upon those voters, the party's leadership needs to take their fair share.

If things are as bad as most people here think they are – and I believe they are far worse – than we do not have the luxury of being divided by petty resentments. And that includes groups such as the supporters of both Bernie and Hillary who continue to lay blame and responsibility for our troubles at the feet of the other group. Indeed, it is that shallow thinking that poses the largest stumbling block to potential progress.

Although Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is “merely” running in New York State's 14th Congressional District, she is creating the type of excitement that our party desperately needs. The media attention she has had since winning her primary demonstrates this. The republican machine will attempt to use her as a means of dividing our party. And they will use the media in their attempts. Don't fall for that trap.

Again, divided we are like individual fingers that our enemy can easily break. United, those fingers form a powerful fist, capable of protecting all of our interests.

Happy 4th of July!
H2O Man

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Reply Working Class Hero/ Peasants Revolt (Original post)
H2O Man Jul 2018 OP
Crutchez_CuiBono Jul 2018 #1
H2O Man Jul 2018 #10
dhill926 Jul 2018 #2
H2O Man Jul 2018 #11
dalton99a Jul 2018 #3
H2O Man Jul 2018 #12
GaryCnf Jul 2018 #4
H2O Man Jul 2018 #13
democrank Jul 2018 #5
H2O Man Jul 2018 #14
Upthevibe Jul 2018 #6
H2O Man Jul 2018 #15
peggysue2 Jul 2018 #7
H2O Man Jul 2018 #16
jalan48 Jul 2018 #8
H2O Man Jul 2018 #17
eleny Jul 2018 #9
H2O Man Jul 2018 #18
eleny Jul 2018 #21
H2O Man Jul 2018 #24
eleny Jul 2018 #25
H2O Man Jul 2018 #26
Name removed Jul 2018 #19
suffragette Jul 2018 #20
H2O Man Jul 2018 #22
H2O Man Jul 2018 #23
Duppers Jul 2018 #27

Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 10:25 AM

1. Whew. Great writing form and content!!

She worked hard, got out and knocked on doors consistently, and has a clean message and I'm very pleased to see it.
Civility=Mr. Crowley calling her to congratulate her. That's Democratic decency at it's finest. Class on both sides. A great model for getting elected in tough situations.

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Response to Crutchez_CuiBono (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 04:44 PM

10. She is amazing.

I volunteered with her campaign, and am hoping to get an interview for DU soon.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 10:28 AM

2. K & R...

great post...

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Response to dhill926 (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 04:44 PM

11. Thanks!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 10:28 AM

3. A Democrat is a Democrat.

Remember the worst Democrat is infinitely better than the best Republican

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 04:45 PM

12. Well said!

Thank you.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 11:28 AM

4. There is no division on the street

 

It only exists where bitterness and denial have been allowed to fester.

In the real world the only thing it takes to get our people to the polls and to win elections is to show that we care about the issues that matter to them and will fight for them.

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Response to GaryCnf (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 05:12 PM

13. Right!

I liked Alexandria describing how two 19-year olds excitedly approached her on election day to say that they had voted for her. People are ready for meaningful change. And right now, the Democratic Party offers the only hope for that change to take place.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 11:28 AM

5. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's words about "running from the bottom"

made me cheer out loud. She caught those "running from the left" words and sent them back like a prize-winning boomerang-er.I love that she does not allow the opposition to define her, something our leaders should emulate.

We have to unite and fight. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez will help lead the way.

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Response to democrank (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 05:15 PM

14. Yes!

I loved that! I am so impressed by her insights on how to navigate a positive campaign.

I saw that Sean Hannity did a bit attacking her as dangerous. Her response was to say she plans to use the clip -- which highlights her platform -- for a youtube commercial.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 12:55 PM

6. Thank you for posting this!

It mirrors my feelings and is beautifully written. You are an excellent writer


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Response to Upthevibe (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 05:17 PM

15. Thank you.

I appreciate that. And that is one of my favorite songs by my favorite musician.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 01:08 PM

7. Words to keep in mind as we move forward

November will be the moment that the electorate as a whole can shout out with our votes;

This will not stand! We have had enough.

Failure to come together is not an option.

Ocasio-Cortez won her district through grit and hard work; she deserves our support in the same way our other Democratic candidates of every stripe deserve our support. Our votes will contain & neuter the clear and present danger residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Make no mistake, we are in danger.

We have one shot at this. For ourselves, for our country, we dare not miss.

Good post, H2O Man. As always.

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Response to peggysue2 (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 05:20 PM

16. "We have one shot at this."

I agree 100%. Opportunities are curious things: once one has passed, it never comes by again. There may be one that looks kind of like it, or sounds, tastes, or smells very similar. But that chance is gone, and will never be offered again. Rubin Carter impressed this upon me, way back when I was an angry teenager. I've never forgotten it.

Thank you!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 01:12 PM

8. Thanks for the post. She seems like a Democrat we should all get behind.

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Response to jalan48 (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 05:22 PM

17. Thank you.

I think that Alexandria will be an extremely valuable member of the Democratic Party's team in DC. I think she will be successful in getting the grass roots to apply positive pressure to insure positive change.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 04:01 PM

9. kick

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Response to eleny (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 05:23 PM

18. Thanks, eleny!

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #18)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 06:55 PM

21. I don't know how I missed it until now

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Response to eleny (Reply #21)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 11:16 PM

24. It keeps going

to the back pages here!

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #24)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 11:18 PM

25. I posted today and it sank like a rock in a pond

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Response to eleny (Reply #25)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 11:22 PM

26. Mine end up

at the bottom of the classified ads quickly.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 05:33 PM

20. Absolute knock-out post. Her energy and swift responses to others trying to define her wrongly

feel similar to my Representative, Pramila Jayapal.

Jayapal has been fantastic and I expect Ocasio to be so as well.

Best to you and yours.

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Response to suffragette (Reply #20)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 11:14 PM

22. Thank you!

I'm mighty impressed with Rep. Jayapal, too. The more I see of her, the more impressed I am.

It was a pleasant and productive day here. I hope that it is the same for you and yours!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 11:15 PM

23. Thank you, auto-removed.

It was just too obvious.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2018, 12:06 AM

27. Sad that I've read people

who have knocked Alexandria simply because her name was linked with Bernie.

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