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Forum Post: Progressives Trying To Pull The Democrats Back To The Left

Posted 11 years ago on Aug. 31, 2012, 10:50 a.m. EST by SparkyJP (1646) from Westminster, MD
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I don't know if you caught it, but Alan Grayson just make a post on this form, promising to carry OWS's word to the Democratic Convention next week; so if you want to be heard, here's you chance to tell the D's (or at least the progressives in the house) what you think.

His Post: http://occupywallst.org/forum/from-alan/

Understand that I have no way of 'knowing' if this is a legitimate post from Alan Grayson, but it sure "sounds" like his words. It was written by ericweiss

He says:

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 shadz66 (19985) 9 years ago

Alan Grayson on the forum ?!!! How'd this get missed, lol ?!! Thanx SparkyJP ! In compliment, see ...

Better to be late than never be ; better burn short and bright then just glimmer for ages and fade away.

fiat lux ...

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (19985) 9 years ago


Thanx. Didn't realise it was your party.

I've a huge number of your boxes btw.

I'll try working through them perhaps.

minima maxima sunt ...

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2697) 9 years ago

My boxes?

Thought you were avoiding me

[-] 4 points by shadz66 (19985) 9 years ago

Yes ''boxes'' - grey & notifiers of replies ! I have more from you than I can count !!

Don't make a rod for your own back, there's a good chap & I don't do ''avoiding'' !!!

multum in parvo ...

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2697) 9 years ago

Right, my bad, didn't understand.

This is entertaining


Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem!

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 9 years ago

LOL @ your Latin !!! That is a funny one but hope its not 'many a truth in jest' lol !! I should let you know tho' that I try not to do real time 'tit 4 tat chit chat' - as this is a forum not a chat room .. tho' I have been known to get drawn in sometimes, lol !

Nice link from you. Thanx. I like AG and had Dennis Kucinich and Cynthia McKinney still been welcome in 'The Dem Party Machine On The Hill' - then those 3 with Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders would have been the makings of a formidable caucus for The US 99%.

quid pro quo ?

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2697) 9 years ago

In any event we should never put our hopes with ANY politician or even party.

The real work is between elections, pushing, agitating, disrupting, fighting ALL pols to pass the policies that benefit the 99%.

Aaaaaaaaah! ok I'll stop.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 9 years ago

We can always actually agree on that and in compliment :


Pols are of the 'establishment' ... The 99% need new reps.

ad iudicium ...

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2697) 9 years ago

And yet here we are.

I am not YOUR enemy.

re: NSA, we have been fighting against this (& other (NDAA)) civil rights abuse for years.

Years of fighting remain ahead.

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (19985) 9 years ago

''I am not YOUR enemy'' either !!! I am able to acknowledge that you too are for The 99% !!

Destination Democracy .. may well have many roads and not just be a two lane highway !

Yes - ''years of fighting remain ahead'' !!! No doubt about that truth !!

But I ... NEVER thought that I'd see the likes of OWS in The USA !!

NOT in my lifetime anyway - and that is the stone cold truth, Ruth !

pax ...

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2697) 9 years ago

You and me both. And Occupy is just the beginning.

In compliment


[-] 4 points by shadz66 (19985) 9 years ago

''And Occupy is just the beginning.'' ! Nice !! As I approach my bed time, it's nice to have a collegiate moment !!! From your link, I quote :

“What we want to show is that progressives are an electoral force and that progressives are willing to hold politicians accountable who are fighting against us on issues we care about,” ... “We do believe that if we can show that progressives can be a strong electoral force on the ground and Democratic candidates aren’t just looking to more conservative entities, then I believe that can move candidates to more progressive positions.” Also fyi :

dum spiro, spero ...

[-] 4 points by misconceptions (11) 9 years ago

be the change you wish to see or the change will never be what you wish.

[-] 0 points by 99nproud (2697) 9 years ago

Sleep tight.

more substance, less partisanship is better for all.

[-] -1 points by Lucky1 (-125) from Wray, CO 11 years ago

Fantastic! The Hard Left is just what the democrats need to win this election! ...Jesus tap dancing Christ.....