What California Can Teach America About Stopping Republican Obstruction
Sorry, there are no quick fixes. It requires organizing, organizing, and more organizing. Robert Cruickshank explains how Democrats and progressives in California, sick and tired of the past decades' destruction of rational government by the Republicans and conservatives, carefully and methodically organized the stunning Democratic sweep of the state in the November 2012 elections.
A small snippet:
“Here in 2013, California is in a very different place - precisely because of the lessons learned from the era of Republican obstruction. Voters approved a tax increase to help schools. The state budget is headed toward surplus. Budgets are passed on time and without hostage tactics. State government is starting to become functional again.
“That did not happen by accident. It happened because Democrats and progressives decided they had enough of Republican obstructionism and developed a plan to stop it for good. The plan included smarter legislative tactics, but the real keys were changes to the political process as well as an unprecedented organizing effort, all aimed at the same core goal: restoring political power to the people, not allowing it to remain concentrated in an extremist fringe.”
Another useful article is this report on the rebirth of rural populism in Upstate New York. In the 23rd Congressional district, which includes Ithaca, home to Cornell University, Republicans have a 2 to 1 advantage over Democrats, but the democratic candidate for Congress Nate Shinagawa only lost by 4%.
...in 2010 the Democratic candidate retired Army Captain Matthew Zeller lost by 7.4% but the difference was the opposition to fracking, as well as several factories shutting down under Congressman Tom Reed's tenure as Congressman even though many of his billboards said " he was fighting for jobs". This along with Republicans turning against him on the issue of fracking showed that people can fight the elite at the ballot box. With that being said we were outspent 3 to 1 but still spread the message through grassroots efforts. There is no doubt that rural populism is reborn through the anti fracking movement and the fight against outsourcing jobs.