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Mon Sep 29, 2014, 08:17 PM

What is DU's Purpose?

Is it to entertain like minded Democrats and Progressives? Nothing wrong with that on its face I guess. I have enjoyed countless hours reading, watching videos, and conversing with some very smart and interesting people.

Is it to educate? Sure it is, I know because I have learned much here and still have much more to learn. There are many informational exchanges taking place that I would have missed altogether had I not been a regular reader.

Is it a place for charity? Absolutely. The people here are some of the most generous I have ever met! Much more so than most of the so called, "Good Christians" I have known.

Is it a place to organize, plan, and start Progressive movements that can benefit all Americans and that can make great, positive, and lasting changes in our politics, environment, and social welfare? Not so much I am afraid. As we are being dragged in another deadly, costly, war, our elderly and disabled are barely able to survive, wages have gone backwards (if you can even find and keep a job), and we are faced with starvation and mass extinction from unchecked climate change. All while our politicians continue to naturally due the bidding of those that sent them and keep them in Washington, their Donors! With the exception of a few brave DU'ers who participated in OWS, most here, if they do anything at all, will sign petitions that will be presented to these corrupt politicians who probably laugh as they toss them in the trash.

I have proposed fighting for Publicly Funded Federal, State, and Local Elections (PFE's) and outlawing campaign contributions. Certainly not an easy proposition, but one which will attack the root of the problem and put us in direct opposition to the PTB. Bernie Sanders has said that PFE's are his #1 issue! If enough of us here put our intelligence and efforts in getting out the message and supporting Bernie, other politicians will take notice and join the movement. Bernie doesn't have to win the election, or even the primary, to actually win by getting this battle started. You don't have to march and be arrested to help, just do what you can do to fix the one problem that is causing most of the others. Or, you can continue to complain that Republicans in the Senate filibustered immigration again. Boner in the House will not bring Equal Pay to a vote... The midterms are a great time to be asking these candidates what are they going to have to do for all of that money Wall Street gave them? Is anyone here willing to make a difference, instead of just bitching about how bad things are? I hope so because I am not good at this stuff, but I am willing to get out there peacefully and stare down riot police if I have you guys with me!
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Would you be willing to help fight for Publicy Funded Elections in whatever way you could?
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Dustlawyer Sep 2014 OP
JEFF9K Sep 2014 #1
daleanime Sep 2014 #2
Dustlawyer Sep 2014 #4
BKH70041 Sep 2014 #3
Dustlawyer Sep 2014 #5

Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 08:22 PM

1. Publically-funded elections won't help much ...

as long as Republicans receive billions in free false advertising from Fox News and talk radio.

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Response to JEFF9K (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 08:25 PM

2. +1

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Response to JEFF9K (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 08:34 PM

4. Depends on whether people are fed up enough to do something despite propaganda.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 08:27 PM

3. I voted to ask the question.

As for the purpose of this site, I think that's up to the individual. I would put "to entertain" in at least 9 of my top 10 spots.

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Response to BKH70041 (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 29, 2014, 08:35 PM

5. Not having done a poll before it was just supposed to be "yes"/"no". However, I see your point,

Maybe it should be polled this way.

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