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Help Obama Find His Shoes

Amy Dean In These Times
Progressives need to pressure Obama to stick up for workers as promised..."As Obama begins his second term, Republican obstructionism cannot be an excuse for inaction - particularly when it comes to the president's use of his bully pulpit."

GOP No Longer Behaves Like a Traditional Political Party

Ed Kilgore, James Vega and J.P. Green The Democratic Strategist
It's time to face a harsh reality: the GOP no longer behaves like a traditional American political party. It has become an extremist party. Moderates and sensible conservatives need to firmly reject and condemn this deeply disturbing and dangerous trend.

How the Left Can Become a True Political Force to Be Reckoned With

Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Carl Davidson AlterNet
We need to assert a new culture of organizing capable of meeting the demands it will place on us, and now is the time to begin...The 2012 elections may prove to have been a watershed in several different respects. Despite the efforts by the political Right to suppress the Democratic electorate, something very strange happened: voters, angered by the attacks on their rights, turned out in even greater force in favor of Democratic candidates.
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