Rebuild The Dream
As I wrote earlier in Ten Years Ago We Were Paying Off The Nation’s Debt. But Then We Elected Obama., the The American Dream Movement is rolling out their Contract for the American Dream. The Tea-Party-fascinated press is largely ignoring this, but this movement represents the majority of the public, and can’t be ignored for long.
Today on a call with bloggers and the press to announce the The American Dream Movement Van Jones described the movement’s origins. He has been traveling around the country giving talks and talking to people, and found that it seemed that the American people had smarter solutions to our problems than our politicians seemed to. So he helped set up an “open source” process to gather ideas from regular people. 131,203 participated, held 3,600 house meeting, and came up with 29,000 ideas. These ideas have been distilled down to the ten most popular ideas, which are now the Contract for the American Dream.
No Help From FOX News
Unlike the Tea Party, they had “no help from FOX TV or the billionaire Koch brothers.” And unlike the Tea Party, which began with much smaller numbers, the American Dream movement is getting almost no press attention.
The Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act
The House and Senate – with significant Democratic support – recently voted to condemn MoveOn. This “brands” MoveOn as a radical, extremist, unpatriotic, unAmerican organization. And it does the same to MoveOn’s members. So from now on any Democrat receiving an endorsement, money, volunteers or other support from MoveOn or any other segment of the Democratic base is open to attack.
Here are examples – just from today – of what any Democratic politician should expect from now on. This will turn into a drumbeat.
Baltimore Sun: MoveOn dust-up hits Bean race,
In an ongoing attempt to bludgeon Democrats with MoveOn.org’s controversial “General Betray US” ad in the New York Times, Republicans seized on a Politico.com report today that pegged 44 congressional Democrats — including Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Ill.) — as having voted to condemn the MoveOn ad even though they accepted the group’s campaign cash.
Bean voted for a House resolution condemning the ad, which accused the American commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, of “cooking the books for the White House” on the war. One of Bean’s prospective GOP opponents, businessman Steve Greenberg, called the vote “blatant hypocrisy” in a press release today, because Bean has taken more than $80,000 from MoveOn and its members over her congressional career.
SF Bay Area ABC: Should Politicians Say No To Controversial MoveOn.org Cash?,
Presidential campaign cash is the focus of a new republican attack plan. First they went after a controversial ad from MoveOn.org and now, they are calling on democrats to refuse political contributions from that organization.
…The GOP is targeting those democrats who voted to condemn the ad. In the Bay Area there is only one; 11th district Democrat Jerry McNerney from Pleasanton.
… Jerry McNerney did vote to condemn the MoveOn ad and he has taken more than $50,000 dollars in contributions from MoveOn and will continue to take their money.
Denver Post: MoveOn.org critics accept its donations,
Forty-four congressional Democrats who voted to condemn MoveOn.org for its ad branding Army Gen. David Petraeus “General Betray Us” have accepted more than $3.9 million in contributions from the anti-war group and its members since 2002, reports Politico.com. In Colorado, it’s Sen. Ken Salazar, right, ($318,700), Rep. John Salazar ($102,900), and Rep. Ed Perlmutter ($5,000). In Montana, Sen. John Tester ($350,200).
Wingnutopia: Townhall.com::Hillary Clinton (D.-MoveOn.org) Is A Radical
She is a radical, and one far outside the mainstream of American politics. In the growing recognition of the true nature of her political ideology is the obvious strategy for whoever the GOP nominee is: Throw the light on what she believes and proposes and keep it there.
First, Hillary refused to denounce the MoveOn.org assault on General Petraeus’ patriotism…
… Hillary is not mainstream. She’s not even on the far left bank of the mainstream.
She is way, way out there –a genuine ’60s girl, and the ideas and staff she would bring to the White House would represent a sharp break with all that has gone before in American politics.
MoveOn.org Bullies Crack Down on Critics,
MoveOn.org, the left-wing extremists who bashed the commander of American forces in Iraq as a traitor, should get out of the political kitchen.
… Acceptable speech to MoveOn.org: Likening President Bush to Adolf Hitler, as they did in 2004.
Note that they’re talking about accepting contributions and other help from MoveOn or its members.
The Democrats who voted to condemn MoveOn — their own base — have seriously, seriously damaged their own efforts and the efforts of every other Democrat.
Have you visited MoveOn’s website lately? MoveOn.org: Democracy in Action
MoveOn is run by its members – you and me. Completely. They only have 17 employees. MoveOn is about what YOU want the organization to do.
From their About page:
With over 3.3 million members across America – from carpenters to stay-at-home moms to business leaders – we work together to realize the progressive promise of our country. MoveOn is a service – a way for busy but concerned citizens to find their political voice in a system dominated by big money and big media.
… Every member has a voice in choosing the direction for both MoveOn.org Political Action and MoveOn.org Civic Action. Using our ActionForum software, you can propose priorities and strategies. Both organizations also take the initiative to organize quick action on other timely issues that our members care about.
If you are not a MoveOn member this is a good time to sign up.
The Left Coaster: Hillary Stands In The Line Of Fire,
It’s no secret Hillary Clinton is often the target of the center/left netroots, who have accused her of not being an ally. Yet when Bill O’Reilly attacked Kos as being akin to a Nazi organization, it was Hillary who stood with the blog. And tonight, after Barack Obama threw MoveOn under the bus for their attack of Gen. Petraeus, following close on the heels of the Edwards campaign sending Elizabeth out to do the same, who’s left standing, refusing, as Jane Hamsher writes, to help the right wing out by repeating their talking points against one of our own? Hillary.
This speaks to character. She’s continually attacked by the left, but by refusing to take the right wing bait and criticizing MoveOn, a mistake Democrats seem to make often, she refuses to splinter the base…
Congress is about to let large telecommunications corporations decide which web pages you can and cannot see. Don’t think they won’t use this to keep non-corporate and non-right-wing sites from being seen! You can see what has happened since the Republicans let a few large corporations take over all of the major news sources.
MoveOn is organizing people to fight this. Please visit MoveOn.org Civic Action: Save the Internet
Save the Internet
Congress is now pushing a law that would end the free and open Internet as we know it. Internet providers like AT&T and Verizon are lobbying Congress hard to gut Network Neutrality, the Internet’s First Amendment and the key to Internet freedom. Net Neutrality prevents AT&T from choosing which websites open most easily for you based on which site pays AT&T more. So Amazon doesn’t have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to work more properly on your computer.
Many members of Congress take campaign contributions from these companies, and they don’t think the public are paying attention to this issue. Let’s show them we care – please sign this petition today.
Please visit MoveOn’s petition page.