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Disgusted? It’s time to organize: PDA meeting Feb. 21

Old Glory (Photo Credit: Pamela Powers)

Since I wrote Disgusted? It’s time to organize a year ago, our state’s swirl down the drain has accelerated, and the Republican-controlled US House of Representatives is working hard for military-industrial complex– while ignoring the needs of the American people.

Liberals, who were only disgusted last year, are either: 1) angry about the destruction of our country by greedy corporatists and ready to take to the streets to protest capitalist dictators or 2) resigned to the destruction of our country and preparing for total economic collapse by buying some chickens, planting a garden, installing rainwater harvesting and solar panels, and living “off the grid”.

Living "off the grid": rain water cistern + loyal guard dog. (Photo Credit: Pamela Powers)

If you have been reading the news (1, 2, 3, 4)  in the past year, you, too, are probably somewhere on that sliding scale of disgusted-angry-resigned.

Before you buy those chickens, try organizing. Trust me, right-wing Tea Partiers are not the only people who are fed up with business-as-usual government in Washington, DC and Phoenix.

On Monday, February 21, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) will hold an organizing meeting in Tucson.

Political commentator Jim Hightower and Congressman Raul Grijalva will be the guest speakers at the inaugural meeting of the newly formed Tucson PDA chapter. If you listen to KXCI, you have heard Hightower’s sometimes-caustic but always poignant political commentaries.

From his website, here’s a taste of Hightower’s tell-it-like-it-is style.

Corporate America’s idea of Patriotism
If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.

More than an old adage, that’s a crucial operating principle of presidential leadership. Indeed, it’s a mark of political character, defining whether a president will stand up for the many, or be pushed around by the arrogant few.

In the past, when over-privileged corporate barons selfishly feathered their already-luxurious nests at the expense of America’s national interests, some U.S. Presidents had the moxie to get in their royal faces. Using what Theodore Roosevelt called the “bully pulpit” of the presidency, those White House champions of the common good confronted the greed of the corporate elite, rallying the larger public to bring them down to earth.

Barack Obama does not seem to have such presidential fortitude. Corporate America has been given a wealth of tax breaks, regulatory favors, and absurd levels of subsidies in recent years, amassing a stash of cash that now tops $2 trillion. But they adamantly refuse to invest that in American jobs and communities. Yet, in a recent meeting with these arrogant powers, Obama showed neither anger nor strength. Rather, he essentially begged them to consider “what you can do for America.” Pretty please. With sugar on it. “I want to encourage you to get in the game” of job creation, he pleaded.

Encourage? Why not demand?

And what did he buy with this genteel appeal to corporate patriotism? He got the corporate thumb jabbed in his eye. “Bottom line,” barked the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s chief lobbyist after Obama’s plea, “The most patriotic thing a company can do is to ensure it is in business.”

What a perfect expression of today’s prevailing corporate ethic. It’s a perverse twist on John Kennedy’s appeal: Ask not what you can do for your country; ask what you can do for yourself. Why should any President want any part of that?

What: Organizing meeting for Progressive Democrats of America
When: Monday, February 21, 7:00pm (Registration begins 6:30)
Where: Tucson YWCA, 525 N. Bonita (just south of St. Mary’s Road, half mile west of I-10)
Suggested Donation: $5 at the door.

9 comments on “Disgusted? It’s time to organize: PDA meeting Feb. 21

  1. gordon
    February 20, 2011

    you Are nothing but an bunch of low IQ brain dead liberals controlled by obamas mafia


    • leftfield
      February 20, 2011

      I accuse you of abuse; abuse of the language.


  2. leftfield
    February 20, 2011

    I think we should all get chickens anyway – they’re good for what ail’s ya’. 

    I think Jim Hightower is both a funny and insightful writer.  I am on the PDA mailing list and I like to keep an eye on what they’re up to.  Let me know if they are willing to use the same phrases you have used (greedy corporatists, capitalist dictators, etc) in their indictment of the current situation and if and when they start talking about systemic change here in America.  I have long had the impression that democrats (progressive and otherwise) still believe a little tinkering and the right people in office and everything will be all right. 


  3. David
    February 20, 2011

    Propaganda. The Citizen was a bad paper when printed and has degenerated to tripe as an on-line only venue. It is not a place for reporting the news, it is just a liberal propaganda outlet. 


  4. Emp
    February 20, 2011

    Raul Grijalva, not an American. Holds zero American values. Should be thrown out of our country if not to be brought up on charges as an enemy combatant. He is a monster. He needs to go back to HIS country, since that is the only country or people he is concerned about. I will not be supporting this cause until he is no longer a part of our corrupt government.


  5. BB
    February 21, 2011

    Corporatist puppeteers( ie lobbyist) in Washington DC are a cancer eating away at democracy and corporate tools such as tea party people need to wake up to this fact of the matter.


  6. medicareblogger
    February 21, 2011

    Are you joining forces with US Uncut?  I like the idea of targeting companies that pay no taxes. Americans need to know they are getting ripped off as corporate earnings are bigger than ever – and yet companies are not investing in new employees.
    Feb. 26 Target: Bank of America
    Bank of America has a $0 income tax liability, despite having received hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars in bailout money from the federal government. After ruining the economy with their reckless greed, BofA executives along with other Wall Street banksters rewarded themselves with obscene performance bonuses (totalling $144 billion) that could have solved every state’s budget crisis, or money that could have been used as stimulus to create millions of jobs. That’s also the same amount of money that the entire state of California gained in export revenue in 2008.
    On February 26th, US Uncut will be targeting Bank of America branches across the United States.


    • Pamela Powers
      February 21, 2011

      Thanks for the comment. I had not heard about this!


  7. Carolyn Classen
    February 22, 2011

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals–not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election.

My platform focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”

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