We need to start a movement, a splinter group from the Democratic Party.

I am not talking about “media” or “profits” but am talking about starting a movement that somehow forms and takes off.

Heck, I think we’ll even get folks that consider themselves Teabaggers, because not all Teabaggers are the racist bigots from the Palin Convention in Nashville.

Even folks who consider themselves Teabaggers were turned off by that convention and are turned off by the racism.

We have to make the time.
We have to learn to take it step by step.
But we have to figure out what the steps are.

There would be plenty of drawbacks, because we would favor labor, meaning unions, and working class Americans.

Why couldn’t we at PPOV figure it out?

Why couldn’t we be the leader in figuring it out?

There has to be a way.

There are so many disillusioned, angry, fearful and disenfranchised Americans, and shouldn’t there be a way to get the message out and bring us all together and then work for change?

Real change, without corporate influence?

Just regular Americans that UNITE and . . . what?
How?
There has to be a way.

Back in the 60’s there were causes that united people enough to protest so many things and change did happen.

I just hate feeling as though there’s nothing we can do.

I can’t think of anything to do – a solution other than organizing a movement, similar to the Teabaggers, but for the Democratic Party.

We’re more open, tolerant, and no offense to the Teabaggers, well – but we could formulate a course of action and outline actual paradigms for change rather than rhetoric.

Oh, maybe I am far too naive and maybe it is impossible, but geeze-o-peete’s, it’s got to start somewhere.

I’m tired of our voices not being heard or taken seriously.

But this site is a GROUP THINK TANK.

It would take time, and we’d have to outline exactly what it is we want.

We know the broad basics, but we would need to work on laying it all out in specifics and then laying out how we get there.

We would have to be rational, because we can’t get everything we want, or our desires for the greater good, but – well, it would be a very complicated thing to do, but would it be impossible?

And once a movement took off, and it would, we would be so powerful of a voice of “Americans United” – maybe that could be our splinter group name instead of Teabaggers, and the MSM, and better yet, the politicians could not ignore us any longer.

We should talk about it at the very least because that would be the start.

The MSM only covers the RWs, including the Teabaggers, and ignores the Democrats and Progressives.

We need a movement similar to the Teabaggers, but on the left, and on the side of the working middle class and poor Americans.

A group that would work to elect representatives that would work for the middle class and not the corporations.

Reps that would fight for health care reform, true reform, and would fight for wages – you know, we’re tired of taking pay-cuts and having to work longer hours with less benefits so the CEOs can make bigger profits and be rewarded bigger bonuses.

We need Reps to STOP corporate welfare and obnoxious bonuses while Americans are losing their homes and health insurance.

The left needs a splinter group that would work to cleanse the Democratic Party of the corporate-bought-and-paid-for Dems and blue-dog Dems, and bring in Reps that actually represent middle America.

I’m so damn tired of working to elect Democrats, only to have them work for the corporations.

I can’t think of any other solution than to form a splinter group and search for candidates and support candidates that will work for “We The People.”

I wonder how a person or group goes about starting a movement.

The teabaggers had FOX and the health insurance companies, but I wonder how regular people can start a movement, a genuine grassroots movement made up of working class and middle class and poor Americans.

I’m so discouraged by everything that’s happening in our country, and PPOV is a think tank, so maybe we could think about actually forming a splinter group of the Democratic Party.

Or is that too naive and impossible?

It has to start somewhere, and I wonder how we could get it started or if it’s even possible.

Corporations should share their profits with their employees.

That’s my first suggestion on a mission statement for starting a movement, a splinter movement of the Democratic Party, which would include everyone – mainly middle class Americans.

I’m suggesting we work on starting a movement to combat the corruption of our elected officials – we have the best bought and paid for Reps and we’ve got them on both sides of aisle.

I’m writing about real change without corporate influence.

We Planeteers, every single one of us, can work on a movement.

But before we even attempt a movement, we have to work out the mission statement and then figure out the way to achieve it.

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BigDogMom
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BigDogMom

Sue, thanks for doing a great job with the list, when and where are we going to vote on the name?

I like:

– Grass Roots Over Washington (GROW)
– Restore Our American Democracy for Mainstream American Progress

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SueInCa
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BDM
I always like to leave a bit of humor wherever I go, except when it comes to fundamentalists…………….

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TheRarestPatriot
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Some here have expressed interest in using the word ‘underground’ in the name.
Back in the 80s, I fronted a very short lived alternative band that never really got their sh*t together for any decent length of time. We had a cool name. Later I would publish an alternative newspaper using its name. I will let all of you decide if this fits the bill so to speak.

ONUG – ONE NATION UNDERGROUND

a play on the Pledge of Allegiance and a bit subversive….from me to you…..

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PatsyT
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Everyone, Bravo !

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SueInCa
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Ok I am out for the night and will not be here much if at all tomorrow. I am sending an email to “Admin” with the word file in it in case someone needs it in my absense. I hope that is ok AdLib. You all have a good night, and keep those bowls filled.

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AdLib
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Well done, Sue!

I have the file so if anyone would like a copy, please feel free to email me at [email protected].

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Khirad
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Take it easy.

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SanityNow
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g’nite Sue and thanks.

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Chernynkaya
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You got it lady! and you rock!

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SueInCa
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OK, as best I can figure, all the suggestions are here. I will be out of commission tonight and tomorrow. Javaz, do you want me to send the word file with comments to Adlib in my absense? I am especially enamored with the last suggestion LOL.

The Picket Fence Patriots
Main Street Matters
Main Street Counts
Middle Class Matters
Middle Class Counts
Bring Back (the) Middle Class
4MainStreet
For Main Street
New Main Street
21st Century Main Street
Restore Our American Democracy
Americans for Informed Democracy
Restore Our American Democracy for Mainstream American Progress – ROADMAP
Mainstreet Americans Progress
Restore Our American Democracy: Mapping American Progress
Making American Progress
Power Of The People
Power By The People
Restore Our Democracy
Return to Democracy
Informed Democracy
Forward to Democracy
Revive Our Democracy
Stand For Democracy
Responsible Democracy
Democracy Listens
Putting Main Street First
By The People
Our Voices as Truth in our Nation
Voices from Main Street
Main Street Caucus
Main Street Coalition Against Corporate Influence
Main Street Movement
Main Street NOW!
Americans Empowered
People Empowered
Demand Democracy
CurbCorps
Grass Roots Over Washington (GROW)
Majority Rules
Democracy Rules
Defend Democracy
The Resistance
Regain Democracy
Retake Democracy
Main Street Kitchen Table Talk
Kitchen Table Politics
F**k the Corporations and I Want My Pony = FCIWMP!!!!
The People

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nellie
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Looks great.

Now what do we do next?

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escribacat
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Main Street Voices was one I liked but I don’t see it on that list. (Aren’t you glad you volunteered to compile it?)

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bito
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What happened to BDM’s FCIWMPN ? 😆

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SueInCa
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It is there about midway up from the bottom. I would never leave out BDM’s suggestions. All are worthy LOL

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bito
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Missed it Sue. And Great job ❗

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SanityNow
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In the interest of abbreviating the list above, I formally withdraw the following (unless there exists significant protest):
Restore Our Democracy
Return to Democracy
Informed Democracy
Forward to Democracy
Revive Our Democracy
Stand For Democracy
Responsible Democracy
Democracy Listens

and instead posit only the following:

Restore Our American Democracy for Mainstream American Progress

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SueInCa
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Request noted but not sure I have the authority. Yikes, no wonder it has taken us so long to come up with a name.

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Chernynkaya
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And I’m pouting that my suggestions from yesterday are missing. I think I’ll take my marbles and leave! And delete my profile. This is not a good match. Nobody reads my posts. No, don’t beg me to stay! (Well, maybe just a few of you.)I LOVE HP!So there.

~~snark~~

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SanityNow
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so did she really leave here for hp? I mean, you know she went back to hp and that place is freaking sleazy now. I feel like I have to shower after any visit no matter how long.

actually, I think she just provided us with a little metaphor: she is emblematic of the impatient progressive. Maybe I am way off base and out of line especially since I am a Planet rookie but…

seriously? The trolls are everywhere on HP, 538, DK, etc.

Where is she going to go?

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Kalima
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I’m stomping my dainty feet in a Huff too.

Just because I’m a bloody “furriner” doesn’t mean I can be ignored. Stomp! Stomp! *Sniff. Sniff*

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escribacat
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You are a naughty girl, Cher. 😆

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bito
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Chernynkaya
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Chernynkaya
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Yes, Bito–why ask for the moon when we have the stars? Or,

We’ll always have Paris– and 9333.

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bito
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ROFLMAO 😆 “We will always have 9333”, Cher.

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SueInCa
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Khirad
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I think I definitely missed something – but think I grok what’s going on still.

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Chernynkaya
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Someone left in a huff yesterday.

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Khirad
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That’s what I thought. I saw who in help. It perplexed me. Never really saw much of them in the first place.

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SueInCa
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LOL, that was pretty weird just because no one comments. Hey seriously if I left some of yours off, I can edit the post.

But if you are gonna criticize me I will just go back to HP where all the comments are nice.

“”””snark”””””

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Chernynkaya
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Yeah, and where she gets TONS of responses. Whatever.

Well, it’s embarrassing. My suggestions were lame, but in all honesty, there are lamer ones. So here they are:
(ahem)
Citizens UnCorporated, Rallying Cry, and a couple others I can’t remember.

Also, before we decide, can you add
David v. Goliath. It was BDM’s I think.

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SanityNow
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Concerned Citizens, LLP

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Chernynkaya
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SueInCa
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Consider it done

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Chernynkaya
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Sue deserves a medal!!!

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SueInCa
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No more than you or Javaz, a little C&P is all then a little clean up.

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SanityNow
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jeebus. that is a democratically long list. we might have just filibustered ourselves.

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SanityNow
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I have to go make au jus for some Phillipe style french dip for dinner.

is it possible to send out email notifications so voting isn’t missed?

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SueInCa
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Funny I just had that for dinner.

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Kalima
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If this were France, I would suggest “Vive le r

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SanityNow
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ooh. How about

Democracy Underground

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Kalima
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I like Underground, was toying with it myself half an hour ago.

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SueInCa
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How about YES to Mainstreet?

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Chernynkaya
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If I were in France, I wouldn’t feel the need to do this! 🙂

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Kalima
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Oh even in Europe we take to the streets and it’s televised don’t you know.

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SueInCa
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Last year the French took a large business owner hostage and would release him in exchange for meeting their demands. They were treating him humanely as he was being held and he sent a communique to the authorities to that effect. How civilized.

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Kalima
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I remember that, sounds promising but there are so many in your country, you would have to build a ” For The People” facility in the desert to house them all.

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SueInCa
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OMG Kalima, is that what Glendah Beck’s FEMA Camps are really for? What a surprise it would be to them and a delight to us underlings

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SueInCa
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Absolutely Kalima and if only it were true. Maybe we need a Bastille Day

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Kalima
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It speaks to crazy Bachmann’s “Internment Camps” fantasy don’t you think?

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SanityNow
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I’ll make the vichyssoise!

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Khirad
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Sounds criminally delicious. I’ll collaborate to that. Siesta la vie!

I dig the bowl made out of bread though.

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SanityNow
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(potato leek soup with a little cream)

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Khirad
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I was being too clever by half. 😉

Would you happen to know what cock-a-leekie is?

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Kalima
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A serious plumbing problem?

Sorry, actually it’s a warming Scottish soup.

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Kalima
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Escribacat, hi, it’s an English pudding with raisins

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Khirad
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Tee-hee, I totally spaced on spotted dick.

Toad-in-the-Hole…

Sounds like a creepy XXX “Wind in the Willows” adaptation.

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escribacat
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Kalima, I have always wondered what “spotted dick” is.

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Kalima
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There is also “Spotted Dick” “Toad-in-the-Hole” and a few assorted gems it’s far too early for me to remember this morning.

Oh, “Pig-in-a-Blanket.”

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Khirad
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I proffered that soup for all across the pond whom still think bangers and mash sounds funny. Seriously though, it still looks funnier.

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Kalima
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Lots of croutons and snipped chives for me. 🙂

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SanityNow
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mais bien s

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Kalima
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Merci monsieur!

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SanityNow
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Restore Our American Democracy
Americans for Informed Democracy

incorporating Patsy’s suggestion:

Restore Our American Democracy
for Mainstreet American Progress

ROAD:MAP

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Chernynkaya
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That’s a good acronym: ROAD.

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SanityNow
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something for MAP and then we have a ROADMAP

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PatsyT
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Make America Proud
Mainstreet Americans Progress

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SanityNow
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I like both of those but especially the second if it is
Maintsreet American Progress

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PatsyT
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I like the RoadMap thing all around.
Mainstreet American Progress works

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Khirad
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Indeed on “progress”, javaz.

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PatsyT
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Also
I can see the hand out…
A MAP on how to restore our
Middle Class
The how to
Directions !

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Khirad
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Restore Our American Democracy: Mapping American Progress.

(it’s recursive and redundant, I know…)

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SanityNow
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how about Making American Progress…

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whatsthatsound
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How about “Group of People That Spend All their Time Trying to Come up with A Great Name” ?

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KQµårk 死神
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😆 But I would prefer “Let’s Herd the Cats Now”.

Reminds me of a business “team” I was on once that spent a month on creating a mission statement.

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AdLib
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Or how about:

A mericans
C alling
R epublicans
O bnoxious
N asty
Y es
M en

(to corporations)

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Khirad
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I was fumbling with a palindrome before I gave up….

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Chernynkaya
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Yeah great name for a group: Able was I ere I saw Elba!

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Khirad
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Too true. 😉 😀

After this we’ll form a committee to decide on forming a committee.

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SanityNow
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at least we don’t have to deal with filibusters

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whatsthatsound
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It’ll be like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1f-kfRREA8M

The Royal Society of Putting Things on Top of Other Things

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escribacat
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😆 Hilarious, WTS.

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Khirad
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Thanks, I couldn’t recall which MP sketch I was ripping off there. 🙂

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Chernynkaya
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HAHAHAH– But that’s our mission statement: We need to find things to put on top of other things. I myself, on the way here today, saw something that in no way was on top of anything. And thank God for that!

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Chernynkaya
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😆 😆 😆 THAT’S IT!

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SanityNow
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LOL!

Group Of People = GOP

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SanityNow
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Restore Our Democracy
Return to Democracy
Informed Democracy
Forward to Democracy
Revive Our Democracy
Stand For Democracy
Responsible Democracy
Democracy Listens

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PatsyT
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Democracy Can you hear me now?

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SanityNow
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Democracy Says What?

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Khirad
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#3, ID, nails it for me.

I think this is a primary cause of our current state of affairs (you get the government you deserve), as well as the defining failing of the current Tea Party. Of course, it’s connected and the invested powers want to keep us un/mis/informed.

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SanityNow
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gawd, ain’t that the truth. literally baffling.

and I also like Informed Democracy

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