Talking Ourselves Out Of It
Great piece from Robert Reich over on BillMoyers, where he sees the following as the ‘general consensus’ and why that is wrong.
We shouldn’t try for a single-payer system We shouldn’t try for a $15 an hour minimum wage We shouldn’t try to restore the Glass-Steagall Act We shouldn’t try for free public higher education We shouldn’t try to tax carbon or speculative trades on Wall Street We shouldn’t try to get big money out of politics
Most importantly is the core message. Just like everything that is important to you in your life. Never, ever, give up. Remember in 2008 …
Obama won a decisive victory over McCain, winning both the popular vote and the electoral college, with 365 electoral votes to McCain’s 173; he received the largest percentage of the popular vote for a Democrat since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
At the time, there was a lot of reporting (one example) that the Dems had finally sent the ’pubs packing and this was the turning point. Two years later and for six more years, we have had a national stalemate. And I though wouldn’t exactly say that the Republicans are coordinated in their opposition for 2016, they are hardly broken. They fought back. They did not give up. By the way, this was written on 2012 - and makes for a fascinating read with all that is going on around us today.