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    Democrats! To the ramparts! Obstruct, obstruct, obstruct.

    November 14, 2005

    Full Stop .. Full Stop!

    Stephen Pizzo
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    Blog: http://www.newsforreal.com

    I spent the long weekend thinking about damage control. No, not the countless damage control operations underway within the Bush administration now. I was thinking about what we, the nearly 60% of Americans who believe President Bush is doing a bad job, are going to do now. Bush has three more years at the wheel. How are we going to keep this guy from creating any more messes we, our children and grand children will have to clean up.

    I'm serious. We need a damage control strategy, and we need one fast. I wrote a piece many months ago entitled, "Obstructionists of America, Unite!" I suggested that sometimes obstructionism can be the passive aggressive exercise of true patriotism. I must have floated the idea too soon because the response to that piece was underwhelming.

    Not now though. If ever there was a time to employ massive obstruction, it's now. After all the damage the Bu****es have already done, are we really going to just let these Typhoid Marys continue infecting everything they touch, everything Americans consider dear?

    I proposed back then that House and Senate Democrats stop running from Republican charges they are being obstructionists, and instead turn obstructionism into a virtue. When Republicans accuse them of obstructing administration plans, programs or appointees, instead of launching into some convoluted, triangulated response, just thank them for the compliment.

    Then use the opportunity to ask them why, in light of the administrations abysmal track record, they are not helping obstruct this out of control wrecking operation. In case they forgot, or weren't paying attention the last five years, hand them this list:


    First-term Damage Report


    They blew the Clinton $5.6 trillion surplus
    Cut taxes by nearly $2 trillion benefiting mostly wealthy earners.
    Ran up national debt to over $8 trillion - and growing $3.5 billion a day.
    Created record high energy prices and record high earnings for energy companies
    Started a war on false pretenses.
    Global warming is on a tear (just ask the folks in Florida and Louisiana.)
    Treats real scientists the same way the Catholic Church treated Galileo.


    And he's not done. We know now that George W. Bush is not trainable. What we see is what we get – and that's exactly what we're gonna get for three more years unless we stop him. Under our system of government, the only legal way to stop a sitting President is to block his every move and abscess him off from the body politic.

    We must especially stop him from creating damage that will persist long after he's finally out of our hair. That means stopping him from stacking the Supreme Court with right-wing Christian Ayatollahs. The confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito is certain only if Democrats allow it to come to a vote.

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 - A coalition of liberal groups is preparing a national television advertising campaign against the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. that seeks to move the debate over his selection beyond abortion rights and focus instead on subjects like police searches and employment discrimination, several leaders of the coalition said. (Full Story)

    If Senate Republicans try blackmailing Democrats out of filibustering Alito by trying to change Senate rules – the "nuclear option" – limiting the filibuster, Democrats should shut the whole damn place down again, just as Harry Reed did two weeks ago. Then, once behind closed doors, tell Republicans that if they persist with the nuclear option Democrats will shut the Senate down everyday from that day forward until they relent. Nothing will get done. (Which is win in itself, considering most of what the administrations wants to get done shouldn't get done anyway.)

    But real obstructionism is not for sissies. Democrats are going to have to be ready to confront the GOP counter-attacks. They will accuse Democrats of everything from "hurting our troops overseas," to "giving aid and comfort to terrorists," to "putting all Americans at risk," to flat out accusing them of being "unpatriotic."

    To which Democrats must respond, "bring it on." Unpatriotic you say? Well Mr./Ms. Republican explain this to American voters:

    How patriotic is it to get US kids killed to fulfill some neocon wet-dream of democratizing the Middle East?

    How patriotic is it to lie to the US Congress, to the United Nations and the American people to justify that deadly fool's errand?

    How patriotic is it to get over 2000 America kids killed just so we can turn Iraq over to convicted embezzler, serial liar and human scum like Ahmed Chalabi?

    How patriotic was it to appoint a certifiable imbecile to run America's lead emergency response agency?

    How patriotic is it to turn America's once robust middle class into a bunch of underpaid Wal-Mart serfs?

    How patriotic is it to allow nearly 50 million Americans, men, women and children, face life without even the most basic health coverage?

    How patriotic is it to saddle working families with skyrocketing energy prices while energy companies pocket obscenely large profits? (Might this be why they insist on keeping secret the Vice President's energy task force proceedings?)

    How patriotic is it to toss tax-cut crumbs to hard working Americans while giving the already wealthy windfall tax cuts?

    How patriotic is it to stand by while your nation runs secret dungeon-prisons offshore and tortures foreign prisoners in America's name?

    How patriotic is it to let large drug companies monopolize the market on life-saving drugs and then pass a law prohibiting bankrupt Medicare from negotiating lower prices for such drugs?

    How patriotic is it for top administration officials to lie to a federal prosecutor?


    Democrats should tell GOP attackers they will be happy to explain to them why obstructionism is patriotic just as soon as they answer those questions. That is, if they still need such an explanation.

    This is THE moment.

    The time is at hand for Democrats to either prove to us they are up to leading and governing. But it's not that clear to them yet. A debate is raging at the highest levels of the DNC. One side-- let's call it the Hillary faction – argues that taking clear-cut positions on divisive issues is dangerous. They contend that Republicans are screwing things up so much that Dems need do nothing but wait until the next election. By that time, the Hillary faction argues, voters will be so disgusted with the GOP they will turn them out of office in mass. (Voters in Louisiana, where politicians of both parties are famous for their lack of ethics, have a saying when they turn one party out office: "It was just time to let the fat hogs out and the lean hogs in." )

    The other faction, call it the Feingold faction, argues that America can't wait that long. That Democrats need to take unambiguous stands against this administration's ruinous policies. And then they must steel themselves to fight the predicable counter-attacks, which by now they know will be both personal and vicious. (Sissies need not apply.)

    This is where the rubber of real politics meets the road. It's Profiles in Courage time for Democrats. If they are not willing -- or able -- to lay down on the tracks and stop such a provably disastrous, wrong-headed, ideological juggernaut, then they are not worthy of power themselves. And, if Democrats can't even stop further damage, how can we expect them make the tough decisions it will require to fix what the Bu****es have already screwed up?

    Memo To Democrats:


    Blah, blah, blah. For five years, blah, blah, blah. Talking isn't governing. Talking isn't leadership either. Enough with the talk! Time for action. Just do it. Obstruct, obstruct, obstruct. No pain, no gain. So unless you feel the burn you're not trying hard enough. Obstruct, obstruct, obstruct.

    Stop them. Stop them now before they infect the Supreme Court. Stop them now from further harming to the environment that sustains us all. Stop them now from channeling yet more national treasure into the bank accounts of modern-day Robber Barons. Stop them now from turning America's once-proud working class into indentured workers and Wal-Mart into America's company store.

    Stop them. Stop them. Stop them now! Bring them to a full stop. Then run out the clock.

    Enough
    already! No more. No mas. Basta!

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    Re: Democrats! To the ramparts! Obstruct, obstruct, obstruct.

    thats pretty intense and fired up....

    i agree the damage is amounting to never before thought of amounts, and the long term damage will be horrible. Its a sad blemish on our country, but it just shows you how ignorant of the real world the south (in general) is.

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    Re: Democrats! To the ramparts! Obstruct, obstruct, obstruct.

    i watch c-span ALOT and i have to admit the old dems just dont get it!they are taking the wrong approach and relying on the old ways.i wish it were true for them and the party but it is not.for one thing they just cant set back and watch the repubs make a mess of things without feeling they have to PARADE the the whole thing in indignation to the public.and then add to the mess by tryin ta capitalize on any seen leftover issue by using it as a spring board for action!(unnecessary and selfdefeating action).why?because they dont have a plan.not that a closed loop plan is needed.it just seems impotent of them.and plays right into the hands of the right who then use this impotence to further their own agenda.and by the way.the bill up for vote concerning the iraq situation is a great example by the right of staying ahead of the chopping block.why not accept the opposing minoritys amendments(with editing).how wise is that!!they coulda done this way back and avoided the whole country torn conflict.all anyone wants is consideration.but shutout will get you a REBELLION!!no one ever said the dems know what their doin!why do they need too!?god knows what their doin!!isn't that enough!!but as far as the advice to ubstruct........i find it counterproductive as an attitude.people and the world are fed up with dominating agressive tactics.bin laden loosed the tiger on the world by way of the usa.it's up to the dems to lure it back to it's cage.you dont do it by retaking porkchop hill.you do it by letting everyone see that hill as a worthless piece a dirt.no grandstanding,no counterattacking.just common sense gentle persuasion.common sense is not a plan.it's common way of life.that promises peace. :D :eek: :rolleyes:

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    Re: Democrats! To the ramparts! Obstruct, obstruct, obstruct.

    Quote Originally Posted by lexx
    i watch c-span ALOT and i have to admit the old dems just dont get it!they are taking the wrong approach and relying on the old ways.i wish it were true for them and the party but it is not.for one thing they just cant set back and watch the repubs make a mess of things without feeling they have to PARADE the the whole thing in indignation to the public.and then add to the mess by tryin ta capitalize on any seen leftover issue by using it as a spring board for action!(unnecessary and selfdefeating action).why?because they dont have a plan.not that a closed loop plan is needed.it just seems impotent of them.and plays right into the hands of the right who then use this impotence to further their own agenda.and by the way.the bill up for vote concerning the iraq situation is a great example by the right of staying ahead of the chopping block.why not accept the opposing minoritys amendments(with editing).how wise is that!!they coulda done this way back and avoided the whole country torn conflict.all anyone wants is consideration.but shutout will get you a REBELLION!!no one ever said the dems know what their doin!why do they need too!?god knows what their doin!!isn't that enough!!but as far as the advice to ubstruct........i find it counterproductive as an attitude.people and the world are fed up with dominating agressive tactics.bin laden loosed the tiger on the world by way of the usa.it's up to the dems to lure it back to it's cage.you dont do it by retaking porkchop hill.you do it by letting everyone see that hill as a worthless piece a dirt.no grandstanding,no counterattacking.just common sense gentle persuasion.common sense is not a plan.it's common way of life.that promises peace. :D :eek: :rolleyes:


    Who are you and what have you done with lexx?

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    Re: Democrats! To the ramparts! Obstruct, obstruct, obstruct.

    Depends if waiting for the next election means the next party gets to have its own "agenda" and blame it on the former party as part of their screw ups. This is a typical way that all political parties seem to operate on. Take advantage of the previous party's screwups to cover up the intentional ones you are doing. Then if you get caught, it was the other government's fault!
    But it would be hard for anyone to out-do this government's hollywood production.

    Something has to be done. Freedoms in America are disappearing faster than Bin Laden. The government is gaining more control over key things and where is everybody to fight this? Out Sick!! too much food and drugs keeping people feeling depressed and only caring about keeping themselves alive and not really caring about the Gdub and his clowns.(compliments of the FDA and our people in power) Rumsfeld did well getting Aspartame in first, and I bet he had a helping hand in everything else brought in to make us feel good too. Keep taking them drugs people, and see the hallucination of everything being peachy keen in America, Dr Bush and Dr Rumsfeld (Dr Feelgood) will see to it.

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    Re: Democrats! To the ramparts! Obstruct, obstruct, obstruct.

    Quote Originally Posted by pwrone
    Who are you and what have you done with lexx?
    thought that would get a rise outa ya!!and of course,i hated myself in the morning.:eek: :p :rolleyes:

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    Re: Democrats! To the ramparts! Obstruct, obstruct, obstruct.

    LETS BE SURE that we understand the kinds of things that will be obstructed...

    While complaining (sort of) about illegal immigration, they will obstruct any effort to build or maintain a fence along the border.

    While hiding their own assets in off-shore accounts, they will obstruct any attempt to cut taxes.

    While ignoring the will of the majority, they will obstruct any attempt to trap and imprison sex offenders.

    While acknowledging the coming crisis in Social Security, they will obstruct any attempt to give citizens the same freedoms with their retirement accounts that they themselves enjoy.

    While complaining about our dependence on foreign oil, they will obstruct any attempt to use any of our own oil.

    While giving occasional lip-service to the 'war on terror', they will enthusiastically obstruct ANY attempt to increase protection or detain offenders.
    Last edited by pwrone; 11-18-2005 at 01:10 AM.

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    Re: Democrats! To the ramparts! Obstruct, obstruct, obstruct.

    Quote Originally Posted by pwrone
    LETS BE SURE that we understand the kinds of things that will be obstructed...

    While complaining (sort of) about illegal immigration, they will obstruct any effort to build or maintain a fence along the border.

    While hiding their own assets in off-shore accounts, they will obstruct any attempt to cut taxes.

    While ignoring the will of the majority, they will obstruct any attempt to trap and imprison sex offenders.

    While acknowledging the coming crisis in Social Security, they will obstruct any attempt to give citizens the same freedoms with their retirement accounts that they themselves enjoy.

    While complaining about our dependence on foreign oil, they will obstruct any attempt to use any of our own oil.

    While giving occasional lip-service to the 'war on terror', they will enthusiastically obstruct ANY attempt to increase protection or detain offenders.

    your ACLU dream come true!!i guess we just have ta take your "word" on this!?remember the ol' sayin about......what cha wish for!?ever think about writin a book!?you could call it........how i predicted what i expected!!has a nice ring to it dont ya think!? :eek: :D :rolleyes:

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    Re: Democrats! To the ramparts! Obstruct, obstruct, obstruct.

    How 'bout $700 + BILLION trade surplus with China. And they are
    presently upgrading their armed forces with; guess where they got
    the money? :(

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    Re: Democrats! To the ramparts! Obstruct, obstruct, obstruct.

    "Trade surplus" as in: trade deficit... they want us to buy from them,
    but they buy a H**l of a lot less from us. Also, they steal a lot of
    copyrighted and patented materials.

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    Not boycotting China, but last resort for any product I buy.

    I try very hard not to buy from them. I bought a 100 dollar coffeepot "assembled in USA" then a 30 dollar one made in China. My DVD player holds four more DVDs then I can watch at one time, but it was the only one not made in China. I looked for a park bench and found nice ones....all made in China. So I built my own.

    I live in North Carolina. The textile industry is gone. The furniture industry is disappearing fast.

    Employed Americans benefit our economy more then employed Chinese. They buy more. They support local businesses here, pay taxes here. In most cases since they have some form of debt, they recycle every dollar back into the economy.

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    Re: Not boycotting China, but last resort for any product I buy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rusted
    I try very hard not to buy from them. I bought a 100 dollar coffeepot "assembled in USA" then a 30 dollar one made in China. My DVD player holds four more DVDs then I can watch at one time, but it was the only one not made in China. I looked for a park bench and found nice ones....all made in China. So I built my own.

    I live in North Carolina. The textile industry is gone. The furniture industry is disappearing fast.

    Employed Americans benefit our economy more then employed Chinese. They buy more. They support local businesses here, pay taxes here. In most cases since they have some form of debt, they recycle every dollar back into the economy.
    It would certainly help our country and all americans if we would just do more
    like you suggested that you are consciously doing. I admire such mindfulness.
    Speaking for myself, I have WAY too much "made in china" crap around my
    home as I can get better prices when buying this stuff.
    It's embarassing and shameful in a way. The chinese stuff is certainly
    not of the best quality. But hey! Do you know what? It has really became
    difficult to find a lot of the same tools, clothing and other items that are
    made in the U.S.A. and not in China, Bangladesh, Indonesia, or some other
    foreign place.
    How is it that we have a $700 plus billion trade deficit with China and their
    goods are continued to be allowed to be shipped into our country and
    are sold at such cheap prices, by our government?
    Well, anyhow, this has gotten me thinking, MORE, about trying to do
    what "Rusted" suggested they do. I don't know what good it will do.
    Maybe the situation can be turned around... I don't know, am confused,
    in regard to such a large deficit and our government continues to allow
    this crap to be shipped in at such cheap prices.
    I heard a remark yesterday evening on the T.V. news regarding a
    depressiojn in 2008. Never heard mention of this before. The situation
    wasn't dwelled upon. Who knows?
    If we do experience a depression, where things hit rock bottom and we
    have to, for all purposes start over again, maybe we can get our industry
    and factories back and forget about supporting all of these foreigners
    that don't appreciate us or care about us anyhow.

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