No Time for Complacency

Promoted by Rosi

Cross Posted on Daily Kos

It sometimes feels like a political eternity has gone by since President Obama was sworn-in with a Democratic Congress last January.  After sweeping into office with the most electoral votes since L.B.J in 1964, our country was poised to turn the page on the failed policies of the past. A little over a year later, we have made a lot of progress and realized important achievements on issues long neglected by the Republicans.

In fact, the 111th Congress is on pace to pass more legislation than any Congress since the Great Society.  We provided the biggest middle-class tax cut in history. We saved and created millions of jobs with the American Investment and Recovery Act. We signed the Worker, Homeownership & Business Assistance Act into law, and we ensured fair pay for women in the workplace with the Lilly Ledbetter Act. We passed a green jobs bill that will cut carbon emissions. We also protected consumers with the Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights. And just last week we voted to repeal the anti-trust exemption for insurance companies.

But there is much more to do. This Congress and this President are on path to do more.  True to their pattern of siding with special interests, the Republican obstructionists are fighting hard to turn back the clock to the policies that caused so much harm to begin with. We need to fight back.

The losses over the last year – Senator Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts, as well as the gubernatorial races in Virginia and right here in New Jersey-show that there are political obstacles.  We can clearly see that those who stand opposed to reforming health care, protecting the environment and creating good jobs for American workers are well-funded and highly motivated. We can learn from those political setbacks and use them to motivate more people to join us in the fight for more progress.

Two years ago, special interest groups poured $1 billion into American elections – mostly trying to discredit Barack Obama and Democratic candidates.  This year  their influence could even be more pernicious. I’m sure you’re aware the Supreme Court recently issued a ruling removing all limits on corporate money.  This will open the floodgates and give corporations unchecked influence over our political process. Big business – even those owned by foreign entities – can now crack open their treasure chests to buy as much television time and as many direct mail pieces as they want to help out their handpicked candidates.  Washington Republicans and right-wing challengers will most assuredly reap the benefits – since they’ve been staunch advocate for tax giveaways to the wealthy and the companies they represent.  America is already struggling with the worst recession since the Great Depression, caused in large part by the reckless behavior of big business. The last thing our nation needs is for these same companies to be able to buy elections and undermine our political process.

My father was a cop. He taught me to never back down from a fight. And I certainly won’t start now. Republicans, big business and the tea party movement are all motivated to try and take back the House and Senate. Everyday in Congress, in my district and throughout New Jersey I am fighting to protect the most vulnerable among us – our children, the elderly, our working families and those living paycheck to paycheck. We can’t let corporations and those with deep-pockets drown out voice of the middle-class. In 2010, progressives will be needed more than in any election since I first joined Congress.  

Please help us fight back.  If you can donate $100, $50, or even $15 to help us fight off right-wing attacks  – we can show our opponents we will never back down and that our movement is a real grassroots success-not an astroturf movement funded by big business.

History shows how President Clinton received a wake-up call after the 1994 elections.  And I remember that vividly.  This year, we are luckier in that we received our splash of cold water in the form of Virginia, Massachusetts and New Jersey losses a year before the mid-terms. This is no time for complacency. My commitment to my constituents, to progressives and to the residents of New Jersey’s 6th District has never wavered.  I’m going to fight hard each and everyday.  I hope you’ll stand with me by volunteering or making a small contribution to my campaign.  Now more than ever, we must stand together to fulfill the mandate handed to us by the American people  – for a government that puts people before profit, and stands for progress not decline.  

Comments (5)

  1. tabbycat31

    I wish I could financially contribute but i’m barely making ends meet.  

    Please make this go viral.  

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  2. DottieG

    Thanks for coming to the Plainfield Democratic Committee meeting this evening–we got your message and we know you got ours.  We will do everything we can to re-elect you–we’re nearly broke but you know you can count on our help.

    Joe & Dottie  

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  3. Got Kids

    My Mother taught me that if I didn’t have anything good to say, then don’t say anything at all. Well, I’m about to break that rule.

    I’m sick of Congressman telling me and the public all the good legislation they passed, and well, if it didn’t get past the Senate and signd into law, well that’s not my fault. +++Expletive+++

    If your soooo proud of your record why not fight for campaign finance reform, or a public option, or oh I don’t know the CFPA. You are soooo lame Congressman and I hope the next time I see you in AC I can say it to you directly.

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  4. Nick Lento

    You rightly say,

    “The losses over the last year – Senator Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts, as well as the gubernatorial races in Virginia and right here in New Jersey-show that there are political obstacles.  We can clearly see that those who stand opposed to reforming health care, protecting the environment and creating good jobs for American workers are well-funded and highly motivated. We can learn from those political setbacks and use them to motivate more people to join us in the fight for more progress.”

    I suggest that congressional Democrats and President Obama have not learned the right lessons from these losses.

    The lower approval ratings and vulnerability for Democrats is as much the result of Democrats, from the top down, trying to triangulate…instead of taking gutsy progressive leadership positions.

    If you and the president had started the quest for health care reform by making a balls out case for Medicare for ALL/Single Payer….you would have either won with massive popular support or we would have had a truly muscular public option that mandated national community rated with a fixed capitation rate that would have allowed any member of the public to have the option of staying with the insurance industry or cutting them loose and diving into a public pool/Medicare.

    You see, no matter what Democrats propose in the way of reform, the insurance industry and the Republicans would have always opposed it hammer and tong and mis-labeled it as “socialized medicine”.   They were going to spend that billion dollars (of our money/premium dollars by the way) on a PR/propaganda campaign to trash the president and the Democratic party.    Those people are not your friends congressman Pallone, despite the fact that they give you a relative modicum of $upport.    You don’t need their money.

    The diminished popularity of Democrats (and of our president in particular) did NOT come about because they were too liberal.  Quite the contrary, it came about because they were too much afraid to stand up for the progressive ideas and ideals which are at the heart and soul of the Democratic party.

    There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that if we Democrats had  run truly aggressively progressive campaigns in MA and NJ and even in VA that we would have won in landslides in the first two and would have eked out a narrow victory in the third.

    Congressman Pallone…….the only opponent that can match in in money is a person who comes across as a shallow and wrongheaded individual who got her political education from watching Fox “News”.

    We will never be able to “outmoney” the opposition….or to “compromise” with the hardcore radicals who have taken over the Republican party.    Congressman Pallone i like you and support you wholeheartedly in your re-election bid but I urge you to run and govern as an all out progressive and don’t fall into the trap of thinking it’s just about money and who can run more bs ads.

    When Democrats actually STAND for something they win.  There isn’t enough money on the planet to convince people that what they know and understand in their heart and in their head and in their gut isn’t true.  If you, and the rest of the Democrats actually stood up and ran and governed as aggressive progressives the business interests wouldn’t stand a chance even if they spent 10 billion dollars on propaganda.    But when you run scared, the propaganda works.

    Ultimately, the answer is a constitutional amendment along the lines that Representative Donna Edwards introduced a few weeks ago.   By the way, are you co-sponsoring that one?

    Meanwhile, please, congressman Pallone….have a good long/repeated look at this video and take it to heart and mind and check your gut while your at it.


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