Don't Let Karl Rove Steal Another Election!

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Our TV's, radios, and mailboxes are being inundated with lies and smears against Democrats.

Who's paying for all those attacks? Rightwing billionaires like the Koch brothers, rightwing corporations like FOX News, even foreign corporations dedicated to stealing our jobs.

Who's "the architect" of this effort? Karl Rove.

Karl Rove stole the White House for George Bush in 2000 by getting 5 Republicans on the Supreme Court to throw out 175,000 votes and appoint Bush. He stole Congress for Republicans in 2002 by forcing a divisive vote for invading Iraq based on his WMD lies. He stole the White House for Bush again in 2004 through phony terror alerts and the Swift Boat smears against war hero John Kerry.

And now he's at it again. He turned FOX News into a 24x7x365 Republican political machine, and even appears on FOX to smear President Obama personally. He set up a criminal secret slush fund to take millions from billionaires and corporations and spend it all smearing Democrats. (We are urging Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.) He vigorously defends other corporate slush funds like the Chamber of Commerce.

But we can beat Karl Rove in November, just as we did in 2006 and 2008. Here's what we must do, starting immediately:

  1. Vote straight Democratic
  2. Tell everyone we know to vote straight Democratic
  3. Even tell strangers to vote straight Democratic

Here are all the resources you need:
http://www.democrats.com/2010-gotv

In many states, early voting has begun so you don't have to wait for Election Day. After you vote, you can zap political ads, throw out political mail, and spend your free time telling friends and strangers to vote straight Democratic. This will be good for America, good for your mental health, and good for your soul.

 Thanks for all you do!

Update 1: This video is awesome:

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blue dog Democrats and their value to the party.

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Here in Mississippi, the only Democrat on the ballot is of questionable value to the Democratic Party. Nevertheless, I held my nose and voted for Congressman Gene Taylor.
i urge everyone to vote for their very own blue dog Democrat.

Numbers matter. Although Lincoln, Taylor and a handful of others seldom vote like a Democrat, they are in fact Democrats. If we sit home and surrender their seats because their brand of politics disgusts us, Republicans win the seats...they win control of Congress. We cannot let that happen.

Vote a straight Democratic ticket in November.

Sincerely,
Gary Addis

Don't forget Valerie Plame

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 I have to agree with every point Fertik makes, though he is perhaps giving Rove too much credit.  But also I have to add the case of Valerie Plame, the covert CIA agent that he criminally conspired to reveal, because her husband was a political opponent of the fraudulent case the Bushites were creating to justify the invasion of Iraq. 

Rove's sins against our country and our democracy are many.  Mere defeat of Republican candidates in 2010 is not sufficient rebuke for him, but for now, that's all we can do.  In our area, there is no Senate race and our Congressional candidate is winning easily, but I would gladly contribute to a campaign specifically planned to demonize this rascal and drive him from politics forever. 

you're exactly right about Plame

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and Rove committed other heinous crimes, like corrupting the entire Department of Justice and  destroying all White House tapes. but the message above just addressed his election thefts.

Our best hope right now

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If moderates vote Democratic and the right wing splits between their candidates, we have a fighting chance on the economy and the environment. Unfortunately, this is not a time to vote for the Green party or anyone else you share values with only to loose to a Tea Party candidate! We have way too much to loose.

How the Gingrich Stole The Election (Until we voted Democratic)

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All the Whos
Down in Who-ville
Liked their freedom a lot... But the Gingrich,
Who lived North of Who-ville,
Did NOT! The Gingrich hated Freedom! And the Election season!
Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be his head wasn't screwed on quite right.
It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small. But,
Whatever the reason, His heart or his shoes,
He stood there Election Eve, hating the Whos,
Staring down from his cave with a sour, Gingrich frown
At the warm lighted windows below in their town.
For he knew every Who down in Who-ville beneath
Was busy now, hanging a flag or a wreath. "And they're reading their ballots!" he snarled with a sneer.
"Tomorrow’s the Election! It's practically here!"
Then he growled, his Gingrich fingers nervously drumming,
"I MUST find a way to keep Voters from coming!"
For, tomorrow, he knew... ...All the Who girls and boys
Would wake up bright and early. They'd rush to Vote!
And then! Oh, the noise! That's one thing he hated! The NOISE! Then the Whos, young and old, would sit down to a feast.

They would stop a war, and work toward peace.
This was something the Gingrich couldn’t stand in the least! And THEN
They'd do something he liked least of all!
Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small,
Would stand close together, with the Liberty Bell ringin.
They'd stand hand-in-hand. And the Whos would start singing!

And the more the Gingrich thought of the Who-Freedom-Sing
The more the Gingrich thought, "I must stop this whole thing!
"Why for too many years I've put up with it now!
I MUST stop the election from coming!
...But HOW?" Then he got an idea!
An awful idea!
THE GINGRICH
GOT A WONDERFUL, AWFUL IDEA! "I know just what to do!" The Gingrich Laughed in his throat.
And he made a quick Uncle Sam hat and a coat.
And he chuckled, and clucked, "What a great Gingrichy Scam!
"With this coat and this hat, I'll look like Uncle Sam!" "All I need is a Tea Bag..."
The Gingrich looked around.
But since he was out of Tea, there was none to be found.
Did that stop the old Gingrich...?
No! The Gingrich simply said,
"If I can't find a Tea Bag, I'll make one instead!"
So he called Karl Rove. Then he took some red thread
And he tied a big paper bag on Karl Rove’s head. THEN
He took bags of cash
From Corporate sacks
And he hitched up Karl Rove To an election Stack.  Then the Gingrich said, "Giddyap!"
And the stack started down
Toward the homes where the Whos
Lay a-snooze in their town. All their windows were dark. Quiet hope filled the air.
All the Whos were all dreaming sweet dreams with heath care
When he came to the first Polling place in the square.
"This is stop number one," The old Gingrichy hissed
And stuffed the first ballot box, Corporate cash in his fist. Then he reprogammed the Black boxes. A rather tight pitch.
But if Bush could do it, then so could Gingrich.
He got stuck only once, for a moment or two.
Then he stuck his foot in his mouth and now there were two.
Where the mail-in Who ballots all sat in a row.
"These ballots," he grinned, "are the first things to go!" Then he slithered and slunk, with a smile like fish glue,
Around the whole town, and took back every issue!
Regulation of Polluters and Banks! Health care reform! American Cars!
Teachers! Infrastructure! And schools!
And he stuffed them in bags. Then the Gingrich, like a Fox,
Stuffed all the ballots, one by one, in the box!  When he stuffed the Ballots, he took Social Security, Please!
Like everything else! We will privatize these!
He emptied Social Security’s Safety Net.To gamble on Wall Street as a privatized bet!Then he stuffed all the boxes with the ballots to brag,
"And NOW!" grinned the Gingrich, "I will stuff up the Flag!" And the Gingrich grabbed the Flag, and he started to shove
When he heard a small sound like the coo of a dove.
He turned around fast, and he saw a small Who!
Little Cindy-Lou Who, who was not more than two. The Gingrich had been caught by this little Who daughter
Who'd got out of bed for a cup of cold water.
She stared at Gingrich and said, "Uncle Sam, why,
"Why are you stealing our Election? WHY?" But, you know, that old Gingrich was so smart and so slick
He thought up a lie, and he thought it up quick!
"Why, my sweet little tot," the fake Sam lied,
"There's a star on this flag that won't shine on one side.
"So I'm taking it home to my workshop, my dear.
"I'll fix it up there. Then I'll bring it back here." And his fib fooled the child. Then he patted her head
And he got her a drink and he sent her to bed.
And when Cindy-Lou Who went to bed with her cup,
HE went to the ballot box and stuffed the flag up! The one thing he left,
fossil fuel for the fire.
Then he left the last polling station knowing they would mope.
Of their dreams he left nothing but belief, and some hope. What was left of the Senate
and even the House
was hanging by a chad too small for a mouse.
Then
He did the same thing
To the other Whos' states Leaving crumbs
Much too small
For the other Whos' fates! It was quarter past dawn...
All the Whos, still a-bed
All the Whos, still a-snooze
When he swelled up his head,
Packed it up with their health care! Green jobs? Green training?He set loose corporations and left Acid Raining! Three thousand feet up! Up the side of Mount Crumpit,
He rode all the way to the tiptop to dump it!
"Pooh-pooh to the Whos!" he was gingrich-ly humming.
"They're finding out now no Election is coming!
"They're just waking up! I know just what they'll do!
"Their mouths will hang open a minute or two
"Then the Whos down in Who-ville will all cry BOO-HOO!" "That's a noise," grinned the Gingrich,
"That I simply must hear!"
So he paused. And the Gingrich put a hand to his ear.
And he did hear a sound rising over the snow.
It started in low. Then it started to grow... But the sound wasn't sad!
Why, this sound sounded merry!
It couldn't be so!
But it WAS merry! VERY! He stared down at Who-ville!
The Gingrich popped his eyes!
Then he shook!
What he saw was a shocking surprise! Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! Without any safe-net at all!
He HADN'T stopped Freedom from coming!
IT CAME!
Somehow or other, it came just the same! And Gingrich, with his Gingrich-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so?
It came without food! It came without tea bags!
"It came without corporate cash or price tags!"
And he puzzled three hours, `till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Gingrich thought of something he hadn't before!
"Maybe Freedom," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.
"Maybe Freedom...perhaps...means a little bit more!" And what happened then...?
Well...in Who-ville they say
That the Gingrich's small heart
Grew three sizes that day!
And the minute his heart didn't feel quite so tight,
He whizzed with his load through the bright morning light
And he brought back the ballots! And the flag and the bell!
And he... ...HE HIMSELF...!, well,
The Grinch maybe won’t burn in Hell?

The GOP'a plan

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The republicans have been planning since the reagan administration to get us into another mess that goes against the American people! Early in that administration, the republicans devised a strategy called "Starve the beast". The goal was to run up the debt so high that it would create a budget crisis! They could then use that crisis say the cutting/privatizing SS, Medicare etc were the only options!!! In effect, they want to squeeze entitlements out of the budget and have big business make the money the government would have normally spent on the people! . http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10054/1037783-109.stm http://www.dlc.org/print.cfm?contentid=251788 You can google "starve the beast" too!!

Republicans have accomplished the first part of that goal. About 80% of the current national debt was run up under just the last 3 Republican presidents. The total number is around $11T worth of debt!! Of course, the gop is lying about this but the facts are all documented! http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/histdebt/histdebt.htm http://www.lafn.org/gvdc//Natl_Debt_Chart.html AND http://zfacts.com/p/318.html

Currently, the GOP is complaining about spending, yet it is clear that the huge majority of debt was run up under reagan/bush/bush!! DELIBERATELY!! NOW they are openly discussing eliminating/privatizing the entitlments---- all according to their 30 year plan! This would be DISASTROUS for the elderly, the sick, the working poor---- in short, everyone who isnt well to do!! If it looks like a duck and walaks etc etc etc.........

What is truly frightening is that voters seem to believe the GOP when they say they will change things for the better. Their plan is BETTER?????? Notice, I havent listed anything else the gop has done, like crash the economy, lose 8M within about 18 months due to their recession, and many other things!

Why do voters want to put the fox back in charge of the chickencoop even AFTER he's eaten so MANY chickens????? Havent we had ENUFF????? WAKE UP AMERICANS BEFORE YOU LOSE IT ALL TO THE GREED OF THE MONIED ELITE!

polls show

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Republicans in Congress are even less popular than Democrats in Congress. So Americans are not embracing the Republican agenda of NO.

Democrats need to deliver on their promises for jobs, healthcare, education, and the environment. That would motivate voters to keep Democrats in charge. 

It's been hard for Democrats to deliver because Senate Republicans have filibustered just about everything - which is unprecedented in American history.

So the first thing Democrats need to do after the election is abolish the filibuster.

Great Post!

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The Republicans have been trying to undo everything Democrats have accomplished since FDR, and now they're quite open about what they're really up to.  They'd have no middle class with everyone working til we're in our 70s to pay for their billionair lifestyle.  So much is at stake here, I hope voters do wake up in time.

Medicare and Social Security opposed by GOP's Joe Miller

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If Democrats wan to win, galvanize the older who people who outvote the younger ones. 

Make Joe Miller the poster boy for what Republicans stand for and what seniors will get. He is endorsed by the national GOP organization to be th3e next senator from Alaska.   Make him the symbol of GOP. 

On TV's "Face the Nation"  he said that he thinks Social Security and Medicare are unconstitutional.  

Buy the footage and plaster it around the nation. Show him making that statement along with the official GOP endorsement.

Warn seniors what they will lose if the GOP win.

Call attention to other GOP names who campaign for stump for him.  Call attention to major donors and who else they donate to. 

Stop using the "tea party" label. He is an offically-endorsed Republican supported by the national GOP organization. 

Here is the reference:

http://thedailyconservative.net/2010/08/30/alaska-gop-candidate-joe-mill...
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Alaska GOP candidate Joe Miller: Social Security, Medicare are …

But Joe Miller, who’s holding a slim lead over incumbent Lisa Murkowski in the still not finished primary, took it one step further… indicating that he thinks Social Security and Medicare violate the U.S. Constitution. …

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The official Republican candidate. 

SS/Medicare

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migs.........  See my Above post!    The GOP have been planning to abolish SS/ Medicare since the reagan administration!! Then the plan is to privatize them! That's why t hey've been on this campaign ro raise the national debt so they can squeeze all the entitlements out of the budget!!  Spread the word!!

Democratic Messaging

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 The biggest problem that the Democrats have is that they do not have the people to correctly frame sounds bites, key phrases and on target points. How is the Republicans can do this so easily? Sure, they make a lot of stuff up and tell half lies, but the Democrats have yet to get anyone in this administration's PR office who can run rings around the Republicans. Someone should find Barry Nolan who is the Director of Communication at the Joint Economic Committee. There's someone who knows how to do this.

 

you're right

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Democrats are terrible at "framing."  i think it's because their decision-making process is so weak.

Democrats play politics like kids play soccer - everyone chases the ball, no one stays in their position. and to make matters worse, there's no coach to teach Democrats how to play the game.

that's why we created Democrats.com - to be a force within the party from the bottom up.

KARL ROVE AND THE RIGHT-WING CABAL

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For more years than I can remember, I've been warning about the right-wing trap that's been set for this country.  It's like putting together a jigsaw puzzle--nothing seems to fit until it does.  Years ago, in the Schafly era, I used to listen to the preachers on right-wing radio and watch their shows with their vast hallelujah audiences.  Like most religions, the Christian fundamentalists just accepted whatever their self-appointed preachers said, never thinking, just hoping foregiveness for their sins and waiting for  the resurrection of Christ.  That's where Israel comes into the picture as well. So many Jews now vote with these types of Christians because they will help pour billions into Israel's defense, never mind that back here, they're destroying our country and it's once laudible values as a democracy.  And let's go forward in time and see what's happened.  People like John Boehner, McConnell, Bush, Rove, Kyle have tried to sneak in bills that allow for discrimination in public schools with public funds, they've tried to rewrite history and the textbooks so that children learn to read and write, but don't think..  Karl Rove who should be sitting in a jail cell with Bush and others who stole elections and started preemptive wars and assassinated Hussein and others, is again out destroying so many lives like he did Governor Siegelman's and Governor Anne Richards.   Along with Murdoch, Beck, Hannity, the Koch Brothers and now so many others, Rove and his Supreme Court stooges are ruining the lives of good Democrats and turning this country into secret societies that operate behind the scene run by global corporations who care only about greed and excessive profits.  While they talk about their hatred for government, they love stepping into a woman's right to choose, being the first to push back against entitlements healthcare for these same children and the rest of us, and the first to send these  children off to unjustified wars that their cronies in the military pursue and fund with money that could be used to build our society, not tear it down, the same wars where we never see the injuries and body bags so we don't oppose their misdeeds.  It's not that all Christians, Muslims, and Jews are bad--far from it--it just seems that those who moralize the most, are the ones that are doing the most destruction.  And Karl Rove with his evil ways is back, but he is what half of this nation has become thanks to encouragement from him Murdoch, Fox, and others like them.

yes the scary thing

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is how many people have been brainwashed by FOX into thinking like Rove - simply destroy everything you don't like. 

GOP 101

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GOP 101 - The rich get richer, the middle class gets poor and the poor, uninsured, unemloyed and unwhite should have the courtesy to drop dead. It's hard to rile up Democrats but WE MUST GET OUT THERE AND VOTE or we will wake up with that same sick feeling we woke up with the morning after complacency allowed Bush to get RE-ELECTED. The last thing the US needs is another dose of Rove - drink the kool-aid, it'll be all right. 

Status of our Democracy

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As I have been declariing to  all who will hear and listen, our democracy has been taken over by the theocorporatist fascists that have filled our government at all levels, but most dangerously and permanently, our supreme court.

It will take much, much energy, effort and FUNDS to overcome this takeover of our country.  The effect of this extends over the globe.  Democrats in congress that are, in fact in congress with the Republicans such as Shuler, Baucus, et. al., are not acting in a spirit of working for the well-being of humanity but are selling out to the Rovians.  Blue Dogs my a**!  They are the lap dogs of the same theocorporatists as the Repubs who have thrived with the help of fundamentalist christians and the powerful corporations.  Democrats, get some guts and throw them out.  The only real representatives of the people are the likes of Franken, Sanders, Etheridge, etc.

 

 

Rove is a PIMP!

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Rove, Cheney, CIA Foggo all involved in using my escort service to Sextort officials like they did with DC madam Palfrey.

http://www.defraudingamerica.com/robin_head.html

 

Prostitution, Blackmail, and Political Corruption 

By Agents of the United States


Sex Slavery, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, extortion, blackmail―of the most egregious kind―of U.S. Citizens by the U.S. Government Brothel of Bureaucrats

My name is Robin Head, previous owner of Playboy Escorts in Houston,Texas. I was approached by various law enforcement agency's, FBI, ATF, etc... who wanted me to abet them in entrapping "State and political officials" having sex so they could extort, control and blackmail them, not to charge them with misdemeanor prostitution. At the same time, women at my service were being tricked and trafficked overseas to Bangkok and called me collect from a jail in Vienna. 

A madam from Alabama was found hanging in a federal jail cell in nearby Brazoria County. When I refused to abet in the extortion, I was thrown in jail, no bond, a 'Life' sentence filed on me, and then my son and family were harassed and attacked endlessly in some kind of gang like Mafia style. 

I went to the FBI, but it was like reporting the devil to the witch, they said they would help me but only if I would help them, again, to set up officials. They had no interest in the corruption aspect. Some very high profile names were involved, people seen on TV news commentary. 

Who are these agents with this monstrous agenda and what do they want? This is not a left/right wing thing it is a most vicious entity in this country. 

Voting and Blue Dogs

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As luck is with me this year, I do not have to face the dilemma of whether or not to vote for a Blue Dog.  I have one great Democrat and one good Democrat in two races.  While I firmly believe that many Democrats do not deserve my vote.  I also believe that We the People do not deserve the catastrophe that will follow a GOP takeover of Congress.

But I will never again vote for a flea-ridden Blue Dog or any other candidate simply because a D is next to the name.  They only give aid, comfort and cover for the hard right program of the uber conservatives who have turned America into a predator feeding on working Americans.  Never again will I vote for a Max Baucus, a Kent Conrad, a Blanche Lincoln, a Mark Pryor, a Ben or Bill Nelson, a Dianne Feinstein, a Heath Shuler, a Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, etc., etc., etc.

America is killing us with restricted access to quality health care.  America is destroying our economy by stealing productivity gains from working Americans by distant, ivory tower CEOs.  America is impoverishing us by MonsterBanks' filling our 401(k)s and IRAs with junk they knew will blow up in our faces.  America is dumbing us down by forcing far too many to work far too many hours and leaving us with far too few hours of recovery and leisure to take the time to think about the reality facing us.  America is brainwashing us with the standard storylines propagated by the self-absorbed, hyper-conservative establishment and blared night and day by their concentrated media (NYT and WaPo included).

We have our work ahead of us; we will have to wrest control of our government away from the MegaMonster corporate predators.  But if we place our trust in merely the letter D, we will lose.  We need a social movement that owes nothing to a particular candidate or party, that comes together for the long haul and not merely for this issue or that one.  We need to remember the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s, the Farmers' Alliance of the 1880s and 90s.

We the People must forge an ongoing presence in our Democracy.  This will required a lot from our fellow Americans.  Voting once every four years for Tweedle Dee or Tweedle Dum is just not going to cut it.  It will also demand a lot from us.  We will have to steadily inform our fellow Americans about the issues in a language they understand.  Even though we may understand wonk, we must not speak wonk.  We need framing and messaging in terms of moral and community values just as we did in the civil rights movement, as the Populists did in the late 19th century.

The future is now.  The SCOTUS gave us a great bonus in Citizens United; they pi$$ed everyone off.  Citizens United is a decision foo far.  Let's seize this opportunity and stuff it down the throats of the corporate predators and their puppets in the media and Congress.

How can I vote for Patty Murray?

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Here in WA state, Murray is opposed by Rossi, who I most definitely DO NOT want in that seat. But I also have serious objections to Murray. How can I, in good conscience, cast my vote for a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee who actively screens and rejects all attempts at communication on any topic from a constituent who is also a combat veteran? I see no other alternative except to vote a write-in (Bob Burr, endorsed by our Progressive Caucus).

I have tried to see if Murray's campaign staff could act as a bridge to resolve this, without success. What should I do?

we need a system of accountability

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for all the Democrats we elect.

our new site has a powerful infrastructure that you can use - just click "local" and you'll see a column for your State and another for your Congressional District (CD).

click the megaphone icon in the state column and tell everyone what Murray is doing. then send the link to everyone you know in WA to start organizing.

you should call the person in charge of her state office, and get everyone else to call the same person. insist on a face-to-face meeting with Murray. if they don't schedule one, find out her local schedule and greet her with protest signs wherever she goes. write letters to the editor. call talk shows. keep up the pressure until she responds.

Foreign Influence in US Elections

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Reagan/  Bush Supreme court  has  allowed this travesty  . Foreign companies have NO right  to  influence  our elections   Maybe B P can chose  our next President  Thats the direction we are going in   Shame on  our courts for selling America  down the river .  Its truly  Despictable 

When will the Greed- lack of Patriotism - and the selling out of  USA  STOP ?  Never   until voters wake up  and stop buying into thel ies- smears - hate - of this duly elected President- who tokk on worst economy since 1929 .  Will it take a revolt  ?  When did we lose control of our  economy- our legislature- our counrts - our lives  ? It all began  with 1981 Reaganomics  - wealth favoring deregulation  policies- huge  debt-& tax cuts-   Then Bush  pushed it  to a  whole new level  

he waged  2 very long wars for profiut-  using fear  tactics to  manipulate us - giving huge tax cuts  NOTHING PAID FOR - ALL BORROWED FROM CHINA-  the  just dumped it all on Obama and we the people . That  is almsot treason  Likes of Rove -FOX BECK RUSH  plus  highly paid GOP consultants use  hot button words - they know how to reframe an argument to suit their agenda which is giving  our power to the ruling class  the last 28 years  That transfer of wealth lowered  our wahes  -while the top  were greatly enriched beyond their wildest dreams  But its never enough  they crave more   money - more power-  more control   Green monster  has taken us over   When will we stop them  ?     Is it too late  ? Are we too gullible- too ill informed to even notice what we have lost  ?

I am  very afraid  for my country

The Following Democratic Candidates Need Your Help!

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Their races are very close in the polls. People living in any of these states, check out the candidates' web sites if you want to learn more about them. Please go out and vote for them, and tell your friends and neighbors to do the same!

**Don't let the GOP get a financial edge, please make a donation to your candidate(s) if you can!

(The + numbers are percentage point spreads in the polls, D means Dems are ahead, R means the GOP is ahead. These numbers come from www.electoral-vote.com)

SENATE

Alexi Giannoulias (D-IL) D+1 http://www.alexiforillinois.com/

Harry Reid (D-NV) D+2 OH GOD, DON'T LET SHARRON ANGLE WIN!! www.harryreid.com

Joe Manchin (D-WV) D+3 http://joemanchinwv.com/welcome

Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) D+6 http://richardblumenthal.com/?splash=1

Patty Murray (D-WA) R+1 http://www.pattymurray.com/

HOUSE

Harry Mitchell (D-AZ) R+5 http://www.harrymitchellforcongress.com/

Alan Grayson (D-FL) R+2 http://www.graysonforcongress.com/

Charlie Justice (D-FL) R+1 http://www.charliejustice.com/

John Barrow (D-GA) D+1 http://www.barrowforcongress.com/

Phil Hare (D-IL) D+3 www.friendsofphilhare.com

Stephene Moore (D-KS) R+3 http://www.stephenemooreforcongress.com/

Gary McDowell (D-MI) R+3 http://www.votemcdowell.com/

Mark Schauer (D-MI) R+2 http://www.markschauer.com/

Gary Peters (D-MI) D+2 http://www.petersforcongress.com/

Jim Meffert (D-MN) R+0 http://www.jimmeffert.com/

Dina Titus (D-NV) D+2 http://www.dinatitus.com/

John Adler (D-NJ) R+1 http://www.adlerforcongress.com/

Ed Potosnak (D-NJ) R+3 http://www.edpotosnak.com/

Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) R+0 http://sheaporter.com/

Scott Murphy (D-NY) R+2 http://scottmurphyforcongress.com/

Bill Owens (D-NY) R+1 http://www.billowensforcongress.com/

Mike Arcuri (D-NY) R+2 www.arcuriforcongress.com

Larry Kissell (D-NC) R+2 http://www.larrykissell.com/

Steve Driehaus (D-OH) D+1 http://www.driehausforohio.com/

Paula Brooks (D-OH) D+1 http://paulabrooks.com/

Mary-Jo Kilroy (D-OH) D+1 http://www.kilroyforcongress.com/home

Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA) R+3 http://kathydahlkemperforcongress.com/

Bryan Lentz (D-PA) D+3 http://votelentz.com/

Mark Critz (D-PA) R+1 http://www.critzforcongress.com/

John Callahan (D-PA) D+2 http://www.callahanforcongress.com/ShowPage.asp?page=default

Denny Heck (D-WA) D+0 http://www.dennyheckforcongress.com/

Julie Lassa (D-WI) D+3 http://www.julielassa.com/

Steve Kagen (D-WI) R+2 http://www.kagen4congress.com/

But WHY have Dem pols been so spineless the past 2 years?!

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"Democrats need to deliver on their promises for jobs, healthcare, education, and the environment. That would motivate voters to keep Democrats in charge."

Pols in 'our' party -- including Obama -- mostly have blown their opportunity for the past two years to *earn* re-election.  Add only two letters to Bob Fertik's statement, to read "Democrats needED . . .," to see where I'm now coming from.

It's not just the Republicans filibustering, it's also Obama advocating nuclear power more than ANY president before, it's Obama "surging" in Afghanistan instead of fulfilling his 2008 campaign promise to withdraw from that quagmire, it's his reneging on freeing Guantanamo prisoners, it's his Justice Department's re-advocating Dubya's claims of "national security" -- and it's Reid's & Pelosi's falling in line with all that same ol', same ol' shit.  . . . Harry Reid, who fought harder for amnesty for the telecoms enforcing Dubya's warrantless violations of our phonecalls than ANYONE in living memory . . . .

What are we really being offered, this year?  Mostly 'musical chairs' to decide who feathers their nest, next or again.  The "audacity of hope" has become the audaciousness of the elect.

The past two years have made me more cynical than ever before.  Hope someone influential is listening.

one key reason

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for Dem spinelessness was former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. he believed in cutting deals with powerful corporations and bureaucracies so he wouldn't have to fight them. in the end he got lousy deals and they fought the White House anyway - and Obama's supporters (like us) got furious. 

that's why Obama got rid of Rahm. hopefully Rahm's replacement will fight for Obama's supporters. certainly if Obama wants a second term he will have to win us back.

Karl Rove

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An advertisement running for the Republican Connecticut Senate candidate sounds just like the old Freeboater campaign against Sen. Kerry.

Would it be possible to run a counter ad stating that the ad sounds like Karl Rove pulling his old lying trick, again?  

we have no corporate funding

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so we can't run big ad campaigns like Karl Rove does. we encourage our readers to share their ideas with their friends through Facebook and other social networks. we also help you make new friends at Democrats.com  - click on the "local" link and then the megaphone in the State column.

The Democrats need some big changes

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Its not altogether Rove who is doing in the Democrats.  It's the Democrats themselves (and Obama) who are largely to blame.  Where has the fire in the belly approach to governing gone?  Why are we still in Afghanistan and Iraq?  By getting us COMPLETELY out of the war would get the Democrats back in line and bring along a lot of Independents and some Republicans as well. The Tea Party would go back into their slugholes where they came from.  Democrats have a remarkable ability to kill the goose that laid the golden egg.  Obama needs a more level headed core of advisors.  Emanuel was not the right fit.  Holding on to Gates was a BIG mistake.  As were Summers and Gaithner.  Obama needs to clean house from the top down.  Let's get back to being Roosevelt Democrats.  He put America back to work with the CCC.  We need a similar strategy.  Quit the wars, put people back to work rebuilding the infrastructure and we'd be back in business.  The trouble is . . . it's probably too late.  I can't see a second Obama term . . . and I like the guy!  Oh yeah, Reid and Pelosi need to go.  Too many people do not like them.

Obama inherited

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an unbelievable list of problems, starting with an economy on the brink of Great Depression II.

he made some progress (not enough!) towards economic recovery, healthcare reform, financial regulation, ending the wars, etc. 

our strategy is to support Democrats and Obama for re-election, and push them as hard as they can to enact the changes America needs.

but we also have to deal with Obama's foes - FOX, Karl Rove, the Chamber of Commerce, and the rightwing Republicans.

 

Rove should be in jail already

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What ever happened to him being subpoened to testify about his involvement in firing all of those federal prosecutors and telling federal employees to vote Republican and his outing of Valerime Plame?  He should already be in jail for treason during a time of War- which is a hangable offense. Instead, he is again breaking the law of the land by taking corporate money to illegally influence voters with is one sided, untruthful, hateful reporting on the facist network Fox News. 

Prosecute Rove- why has he gotten off when any other citizen would be in prison?

that's an excellent question

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rove and alberto gonzales stonewalled the DoJ investigation.

rove and scooter libby stonewalled the Plame investigation.

neither bush nor obama investigated the Iraq WMD lies.

but we can't let him get away with stealing election2000.

I agree, is Rove really an American at this point?

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How can Rove get away with it? He appears on one channel, writes one-sided books, does one-sided interviews and cannot even appear in public without someone trying to make a citizen's arrest. Is he really an American if he can't walk the streets and face the citizens? He has eluded subpoenas because of top cover from unprecedented overuse of the state secrets privilege, he has trashed presidential records in defiance of the House Judiciary and he has refused to answer the most basic questions about his role in the DOJ scandal, the Tim Griffin vote caging scandal, Plamegate, criminal torture, or alleged illegal surveillance. 

Then too, the Office of Faith Based Initiatives was a sham that took taxpayer money and delivered it selectively in "grants" to  swing state megachurch pastors in for ensuring the flocks pray to cardboard cut-outs of Bush. This was all revealed as no one seemed to care a lick about wasting taxpayer money or expanding unneeded government bureaucracies. Today, the same people go into paroxysms if Obama so much as smokes a cigarette.

But the real kicker was the expansion of neocon propaganda over public airwaves, still expanding today as Sean Hannity unapologetically has turned his show into an overt anti-Obama fundraising marathon.

How can the authorities and the media gloss over the allegations made when Rove was named by Scott McClellan as the director of a massive domestic propaganda operation run from inside the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives to supply "friendly" talk personalities with talking points. This would be illegal if a government source was not disclosed and I never heard anyone ever disclose a single government source in right wing talk, so who was this "massive" operation communicating with during the selling of the Iraq War?

 

Rove is just as American

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as George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales, Condi Rice, and the rest of the Iraq war criminals. 

Why does the Corporate Media refuse to investigate any of their well-document crimes?

1. Because they are Corporations first, Media last. It's all about Profits for their shareholders, not Truth.

2. Because they helped Bush steal the election in 2000, believing he would increase their profits. See #1 above.

3. Because they fully collaborated in the war lies, whether knowingly or unknowingly.

4. Because they want Republicans to return to power asap to increase their profits. See #1 above.


 

Karl Rove

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Rove is a tool of the monied, propertied corporautocracy which through the NSA, CIA, ONI, and other "so-called" government intelligence agencies have scored a military-industrial takeover of the U.S.  We are no longer a Democracy, but rather ruled by a Tory like aristocracy which Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin and many other signers and writers of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights saw as the main enemy of our social experiment.  These Tories were never happay with the Revolution and though many thousands of them emigrated back to England following Great Britains defeat there were many who opted to stay in the "Colonies".  These privileged families and the beliefs they hold in rule by Divine Right and Monarchistic and Regal rule have continued to persistently undermine and reverse America's hard fought political, economic, social, and human rights.  WE the PEOPLE are mandated by those documents to throw off any government which manifests an autocratic rule wich is deemed pernicious and thwarts those rights as set out by those documents.  NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL GOOD MEN TO COME TO THE AIDE OF THEIR COUNTRY!

latest video

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I hope this video, a searing comment on failed Republican policies, not only goes viral on the internet, but can be broadcast on tv before the election. Any plans to do so?

we don't get corporate $

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so we can't buy TV time.

but i don't think anyone is watching political ads since there are gazillions.

if you like this video, put it on your Facebook page and email your friends :) 

electronic voting machines (DRE's) and elections

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I do not think that voting a straight Democratic ticket is a good idea on these electronic voting machines.  In various parts of the country, during the 2004 Presidential election, many people voted straight Democratic tickets, only to find that their choice for Kerry had been automatically switched to Bush, when they scrolled back to the top of the ballot.  Want evidence?  Please see Mark Crispin Miller's book entitled, "Fooled Again:  How the Republicans Stole the 2004 Election."  Or you can go to Mark Crispin Miller's website.

there were reports

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of vote-flipping in a few Ohio counties that used very old DRE's. 

very few machines like that are in use. most Americans will vote on paper ballots that get scanned. yes those scanners can be hacked, but party-line voting is no more vulnerable to hacking than split-party voting.

it's important to remember that Democrats won Congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008 on the machines that we'll be using again in November. those machines may have been hacked if election officials were corrupt, but we can win anyway as long as we all vote.

Hey, We Might Be Catching Up Money Wise

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New CBS News Headline: "In Tight Races, Democrats Have Financial Edge, Report Says"

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20019911-503544.html?tag=cbsnewsMainColumnArea

GRAPHS Needed In a Couple of National TV Commercials

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I think the DNC needs to create a few national TV ads that use GRAPHS to illustrate the progress made by Democrats on various issues and policies since President Obama was elected.

That's because "a GRAPH (picture) is worth a thousand words", and a GRAPH will stick in the mind.  Just have each ad show in GRAPH format Democratic achievements in the economy, health care, job loss slow-down, job savings, etc.

An example GRAPH would be one like Rachel Maddow has used on her show called the "Bikini Graph".  This graph shows how many jobs were being lost starting in the last couple of years of George Bush's term, and how it has dramatically turned around starting in February 2009 under President Obama.

Maybe one of the ads could say something like: "This ad may not have lots of scary sounding dramatic music, voice overs, and characters in it.  But what this GRAPH does show is SOLID PROOF that President Obama's and the Democrats agenda has saved the economy from total collapse and has made tremendous progress toward its recovery, despite every possible attempt by the Republicans to block and impede this recovery."

yes i love graphs too

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and if i ran the DNC i'd do lots of creative and different things :)

Investigate Karl Rove!

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When is the U.S. Government going to investigate Karl Rove?  Anyone who attacks Social Security is Anti-American. The rich want to kill the poor off by denying them  health care, a home, food. They want all of us to be homeless. The Right-Wing Republicans and Tea Partiers are attacking average Americans. They are lying to us. They are Anti-American and they want a Dicatorship and Slavery to serve the wealthy Republicans. Is that why most jobs are in the service industry today with low wages? They are getting money from overseas because their loyalties are not to the USA or to our citizens. INVESTIGATE KARL ROVE.  Do not keep letting them get away with their lies. Investigate and prosecute.

Watch MSNBC Political Broadcasts

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Each week day there are 5 very good broadcasts on MSNBC giving the democratic side of things going on in the news. When it is the opinion of the broadcaster rather then facts they are honest enough to say so unlike Fox who rarely report the news in a straight forward way. 

I live in rural America in a very republican area. Many of the people here have no idea about the problems and concerns of things like public education in the big cities. We need someone to come to the tea party town halls and talk about concerns from outside this small area. There are plenty of tea party town halls but no democratic town halls and no one to even stand up at the tea party town halls.

Karl Rove and his cronies are gangsters but people who don't educate themselves about what is going on are at fault too. Let's get everyone tuned in the truth at least one or two days a week. 

rural tea party town halls

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it would be great to get informed people to  these events, but they are all over our very large country so it would be impossible to get national speakers.

the best answer would be for informed local Democrats to attend these events. if you click the Local button at the top you can connect with members of Democrats.com who live near you :)

People need educating about what dems have done

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Karl Rove isn't our only problem. If the Dem electorate was educated the Karl Rove people couldn't be fooled by Rove and the others as they are. I have been an educator for 30 years and knowlege goes a long way. I alone and a few dems can't get to enough people can't get to enough people like the media can. Get on the air and play up the media that talks up the truth. MSMBC.

MSBC tell the folks to watch a few hours a week. Get them away from Fox. Get them on the right radio shows. Get them to listen to sanity. Get them to the right websites. 

MSNBC is there for all to tune into from their own homes without doing much. Help the people who are inactive to just hear the truth about Obama.