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MBS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 08:03 AM
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a little OT (but relevant) article on Warren in NYT mag

It's a good article in general,but the last few paragraphs have broader implications. .
But many of the people looking to Warren, as they did to Obama before her, are expecting material things like readable credit-card pitches or safe bridges or jobs or a vote on a bill to create jobs that are, at the moment, figments as imaginative as dragons and their slayers. And thats dangerous, because when the person we decided was going to fix it all isnt able to change much, its not just that we get blue but also that we give up. We mistake the errors of our own overblown estimations for broken promises. And instead of learning, reasonably, that one person cant do everything, we persuade ourselves that no person can do anything.

The key is not just emotional investment in election-year saviors but also an engagement with policy. A commitment to organized expressions of political desire like those that have been harnessed so effectively in recent years on the right have been absent for far too long in Democratic politics. Now, with labor protests, campaigns to block voter suppression and personhood measures and the occupations of cities around the nation, there seem to be some small signs that liberals are remembering that politics requires more of them, that they need movements, not just messiahs. But their engagement must deepen, broaden and persist beyond last weeks elections and well beyond next years elections if there is any chance for politicians like Warren to succeed.

Because while she might provide her supporters and her constituents a voice that, if properly tuned, will rattle doors that are now gummed shut, what Elizabeth Warren cannot do is fix this mess herself.
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Mass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 08:27 AM
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1. This is a very good observation.
Edited on Sat Nov-19-11 08:42 AM by Mass
But you should also never presume that, because somebody shows some empathy toward you, you will agree with the solutions they see to fix the problem. Ask first or you are not entitled to complain.
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Luftmensch067 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 08:31 AM
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2. This sums it up better than anything I've seen
It needs to be repeated, perhaps in less graceful, more direct prose, loudly and everywhere. I am praying that at least *some* of those in the Occupy movement will get this message and engage in the election process next year. This piece is correct -- the problem demands active involvement over the long haul and in the less glamourous non-election times, too, but next year would be the perfect place for voters who care about reform to dig in and start planting crops.
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