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Citizen by Bob Geary

from a column in the Independent Weekly by Bob Geary:

Which brings me to the subject of Saturday's "Moral March on Raleigh," which I hope will be massive and a fitting renewal of last year's electrifying Moral Monday protests.

Aside from the wonderfully diverse crowds, the best thing about these events is the re-energizing of the progressive movement—and the claiming of the moral high ground.

Southern Distractions Divert Attention From Real Progress

OK, OK. You've all had a good time with Paula Deen and Wendy Davis--though those two southern women couldn't be any more different than a fat, slobbering bulldog and a sleek Bengal tiger.

Now, I have spent all but two years of my life in Mississippi. In a pinch, I can make some damn good fried chicken or biscuits, and yes, even grits although Mitt Romney has forever spoiled them for me. I drank Budweiser and Jim Beam back when it was cool to be young and stupid. And much to the chagrin of my high school English teacher, Ms “Iron Jaw” Aarons, I can say things like, “Y’all fixin’ to head out?” with a straight face. So I’m going to forego my propensity to avoid the stereotypical southern speak for a minute and say one thing that needs saying.

Libertarian ideas progressives should adopt?

I've been thinking a lot lately about the Great Divide in American politics lately, wondering to myself where there might be bridges worth building. The process inevitably brings me to some of the Libertarian ideals I once considered useful.

Below are some things Pope McCrory could champion that might pull this North Carolina progressive into his camp:

Russ Feingold on today's DN!

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WS) appears on today's DemocracyNow! for a fairly wide-ranging in-studio conversation with Amy Goodman. Feingold, having sat on the Senate judiciary committee during the dark days of the Bush/Cheney regime, has an interesting vantage point wrt any discussion re regaining our lost civil liberties and the current struggle to reclaim our corporate-run "democracy."

Interesting stuff, worth checking out --> http://www.democracynow.org/2012/2/23/sen_russ_feingold_new_obama_election

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David Brooks describes Conservatism's paternalistic core

This week as David Brooks and Gail Collins discussed "Who Decided That This Election Should Be About Sex?" Brooks laid bare the core of the Conservative philosophy:

I do think it’s consistent to be economically libertarian and socially paternalistic. In fact I’d argue dynamic capitalism requires a stringent and coherent social order to help guard against its savageries — tight families to educate children, anti-materialist values to police rampant consumerism, a spiritual public square to mitigate the corrosive culture of greedy self-interest.

Free market beliefs and socially conservative beliefs require each other, so long as those socially conservative beliefs are traditional, not theological. I’m for traditional values, with government playing a small role to support them. I get worried when some politician begins trying to legislate his faith’s version of Natural Law.

This statement seems almost unintentionally revealing to me. Isn't it interesting to see what makes it into his statement of core values and what gets left out?

New website to fight the far right in NC debuts

Progress NC has joined with a number of other progressive groups to present a united front against the far right leadership in Raleigh that called for the January 5th post-midnight secret legislative session. We have created a website to explain what is happening in Raleigh, the events leading up to January 5th and the implications of the far right agenda for North Carolinians and their daily lives. Please visit the site and help us spread the word, especially to people who are not yet paying attention: www.outofcontrolnc.com. Thank you!

Building the progressive brand

How do we build the progressive brand and create demand for our policies?

The New York Times ran a piece recently about a study of pop song lyrics and other studies suggesting increasing narcissism in America since the 1980s. (Big news, huh?) They found "the words 'I' and 'me' appear more frequently along with anger-related words, while there’s been a corresponding decline in 'we' and 'us' and the expression of positive emotions." This must make the Randians proud. Their world is all about them, and it's a view they have sold successfully for decades. Progressives will not change that outlook just by promoting programs people don't want to pay for, sponsored by a government they distrust, with benefits they would rather do without than see help neighbors they see as parasites.

A progressive America is less about me and more about we.

Bill James wins

An activist in one national progressive organization asked me yesterday about Mecklenburg homophobe Bill James. "Should we go along with the commissioners' resolution or call for James to be censured?" he asked. Too bad he didn't listen to my advice.

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List of progressives

I'm interested in who is progressive for real in NC's state legislature. After asking around and digging through some basic election issues reporting, here is what I have at the moment.

Do these people all qualify as progressives? Any examples of why? And ....Has anyone collected any info on any other progressives there might be so we can work to help them? It's easy to track federal level progressives, but it's not so easy to see at the state level, which in my mind is as important if not more important.

Here is the beginning of the list. Please comment and suggest adds, edits, etc...:

House

Paul Luebke (Durham)
Jennifer Weiss (Raleigh)
Susan Fisher (Asheville)
Pricey Harrison (Greensboro)
Rick Glazier (Fayetteville)
Verla Insko (Chapel Hill)
Joe Hackney.

Senate

Ellie Kinnaird (Chapel Hill)
Josh Stein (Raleigh)
Bill Purcell (Scotland)
Doug Berger (Franklin)
Martin Nesbitt (Asheville).

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