osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

New Matras for Progressives

If you would like to advance progressive economic and social policies in this country, please consider the following useful mantras. If you like them, help popularize them.

"Better than Bush" is not the baseline.

If you want results, you must take the actions that will produce those results. Policy doesn't just happen.

For the Word is not in Heaven that you will say "who shall ascend into Heaven and bring it down for us that we may hear and obey?" Nor is the Word over the sea that you shall say "who shall go over the sea and bring it back to us, that we may hear and obey?" For the Word is very near to you, it is in your mouth and your heart to DO it. (Deut. 30:12-14) (emphasis added).

Because I swear, if I hear one more supposed progressive want to tell me how X, Y or Z is impossible or bad policy without bestirring his or her lazy rear-end, I am gonna slap him/her with the Bitch Slap of Reason.

People like to say "if you don't vote you can't complain." What nonsense. The test of citizenship is not our willingness to stand in line every 4 years (or, if you are a real "activist," every 2 years) and select from a predetermined list the candidate we like most or hate least. The test is whether, in an era when we have made it easier than ever to follow the workings of our government and make our feelings known, we sit idly by or stand for our own. If nothing else, be prepared to take two minutes at a critical time and call your elected officials.

Maybe it won't do any good. But if you don't even try to the extent you can, then don't complain.

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