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Forum Post: From Alan

Posted 11 years ago on Aug. 30, 2012, 8:41 p.m. EST by ericweiss (575)
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Whenever tens of thousands of members of either party get together, there is a real risk that you'll see nothing but binge drinking, hooking up, and - worst of all - self-congratulations.
We can't let that happen this year. Too much is at stake.
I'm going to go to the Democratic Convention next week. I will do my best to see to it that the focus is on solving the problems of America, and the problems of Americans in need. And I won't be alone.
The Progressive Democrats of America have organized a program next Tuesday called "Progressive Central." I'm on the program. So are progressive Reps. Conyers, Ellison, Grijalva and McGovern, and former Gov. Michael Dukakis. We are what author Jim Hightower likes to call "aggressive progressives." Our goal is simple: to get our leaders, our party and the media to concentrate on what's important.
What's important? Addressing the gross inequality that leads to more than 20 million Americans who can't find full-time work, 50 million who can't see a doctor when they are sick, and more than 45 million who need Government assistance to feed themselves. Taking giant strides, not baby steps, toward justice, equality and peace.
Certain quarters of the Democratic Party have become fearful about adopting anything resembling a platform. Call it "policyphobia." That's wrong. The surest way to win an election is to explain to the voters how you can improve their lives, and convince them that you will actually do it if you win.

We will be your voice at the Democratic Convention.
Alan Grayson



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[-] 4 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Alan is one of the good ones. Progressives are the only good part of this corrupt government

[-] 2 points by SparkyJP (1646) from Westminster, MD 11 years ago

I think he is a straight shooter even though sometimes it's hard to tell, because talk is cheap and actions speak louder. If more of the D's were like him though, I may have stayed with the party. One thing about it is that OWS does need someone on the inside, carrying our words, if our intentions are to make reforms from within the system. Us bitchin' to each other can only carry us so far, unless we want to make reforms 'outside' the system. Working from within the system, he could be an asset.

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

I don't know the best balance. I would encourage us to join up with as many like minded progressive groups!

Politics is more difficult, I only ask that we make a real effort to replace pro 1% conservatives with pro 99% progressives. That's it!

Continue otherwise as the leaders see fit, but do not ignore the election.

[-] 2 points by SparkyJP (1646) from Westminster, MD 11 years ago

I'm definitely with you on replacing the pro 1% people in congress and the election. The problem lies after the election, when they win and then go into their etch-a-sketch mode and erase and rewrite everything they ran on. This happens too much, and the only way to hold them accountable is to wait for the next election. We need the power to intervene in real time. We need veto power.

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

You are right. It always happens that elected officials ignore the people, forget their promises and do the bidding of their 1% contributers.

It also happens that voters disengage & go to sleep until the next election.

So we must attempt to get voters (and non voters) tobe involved by protesting with OWS. This is where a growing peoples movement can make a difference.

It's the only way.


[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago



[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

I like the sales pitch. {:-])

It's got quotes from 350.org and Rush Limbaugh. It's a sharp lookin' shirt, and with it you can bolster your friends and terrify your enemies . . .


[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

And it is even a clear description of the issue - no shades of grey - black and white. Love it.

[-] 2 points by ComeTogetherNOW (650) 11 years ago

Alan Grayson earned my respect many years ago as a congressman. He fights for the middle class and against those who pillage the wealth of our nation while playing the Wall Street Casino Game. These money grubbers are spreading there devious lies because they believe our lives are part of their game. Their counting on us to be stupid of the facts because we'll choose to be ignorant and not pay attention. Learn the truth, the real truth. Find out how. They are betting against us. I'm not selling out my future, or my kids future. The money is ON Mittney to WIN. What say you?

We need Obama back and those Rift Rafting Tea Party Baggarts can go make some real tea outside of Washington. Their five minutes of PAID Shillery is up.


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[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Good answer. Alan Grayson is a great progressive soldier for the 99%. He is never shy in telling the right wing just how it is, and where they can stick it!

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (5843) 11 years ago

Good Post

[-] 0 points by SparkyJP (1646) from Westminster, MD 11 years ago

Sorry Mr Grayson, but the D's (present company excluded) have sold us out, and have proven that by their actions. You're a smart guy, so I think you know what I'm talking about without elaborating on details. YOU KNOW. I've been a D since 1975, and just this week changed to the Green party. Both R's & D's are on the take and love all of this corporate and hidden money coming in (while the rest of us starve).

Knowing that 94% of the time, the guy with the most money, wins; the surest way to win an election nowadays, is to collect as much money as possible, and sell your vote to the highest briber. Convincing voters you actually mean to do what you say is old school and antiquated. These days it's all about the MONEY.

All that being said, I'd like to thank you for telling it like it is and your service. I think you are one of the rare few in the party, but way outnumbered. Most represent their sponsors instead of their constituents. It took a lot for me to leave the party; but would take a lot more to come back. Once bitten - twice shy.

Politics, like religion, holds up the torches of martyrdom to the reformers of error. ~ Thomas Jefferson ~

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

I left the dems long ago (1984). This 2 party duopoloistic corruption has been going on a long time. Grayson, Sanders, and others (found on the progressive caucus) are the few who might do the right thing if more conservatives were replaced by real progressives, and we had a growing powerful peoples protest movement. But we should lift up all pols who are fighting for the 99%.

[-] 0 points by ogoj11 (263) 11 years ago

Grayson, I will be watching how you act when the cops come after our people.

How much you wanna bet this a-hole, who is paid to mislead , throws our protesters under the bus, and stuffs an expensive dinner in his fat face afterwards ?

Obama attacked us in DC. Where was your 'progressive' voice then?

Please people. This Grayson is a typical scumball politician. Look him up. He's one of the richest politicians in the country, a lawyer who wins elections by calling his opponents 'draft dodgers,' a classic move by right wing militarists. He worships the Constitution with lawyerly devotion as if it were some holy document.

Please join me in telling him to get off our site.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Are you suggesting Alan Grayson is a conservative?

[-] 0 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 11 years ago

I second that.

[+] -4 points by brudlo (-454) 11 years ago

alan grayson? what a jerk.

[-] 1 points by ericweiss (575) 11 years ago

damn all of those progressives who fight for the 99%

[-] -1 points by brudlo (-454) 11 years ago

hey houdini, gray is a worthless twit. he fights for himself.