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    Our own inauguration day

    Our own inauguration day

    I’ll use this as my own inauguration day, spending the day thinking about what we can do better.

    I have not given in to all the doom and gloom, although it’s hard not to.  There is a deliberate effort to declare the Republican Party, conservatives, and the Tea Party movement over.  Operation Demoralize never stops.

    That doesn’t mean we don’t have problems.  Ignoring reality doesn’t help.

    But it’s not as bad as people make it out to be.

    As IBD points out, Obama’s number one priority is to take back the House by dividing Republicans against each other.  But that will be easier said than done, as redistricting will make it very difficult for Democrats to take back the House.  But it’s not impossible, so our priority has to be to hold the House.

    There will be another Operation Counterweight, one focused perhaps more on protecting prior gains.  All that stands between us and another disaster on a scale equivalent to Obamacare is the House.  So as much as I disagree with the strategy and negotiating tactics used by John Boehner and others in the House, my focus will not be on tearing us apart.

    Redistricting is a good example of how things are not as bad as they seem.  Redistricting in favor of Republicans was the result of large gains made at the state level in prior years.  That is the untold story, and also a path forward.

    So long as Obama is President, political action at the federal level is damage control.

    But at the state and local level we can, and have been, very effective.  That will be a focus of the Legal Insurrection in the coming year — changing what we can change, protecting what we can protect, undermining what we can undermine, acting locally.

    Part of that effort will be letting the nanny state fall of its own weight, while insulating ourselves, our loved ones, our compatriots, and to the extent possible, our nation, from the damage.

    So consider today our own inauguration day.

    Update:  Just saw this at the Tumblr page of someone who just followed @collegeinsurrec:

    Also, Ballotpedia has a wealth of information on how to use the local ballot initiative process including state by state guides and an online guide book which you can read for free.

    San Diego had a successful local pension reform ballot initiative in 2012.


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    Argentina here we come. I remember friends telling me that during their hyperinflation stores would not post prices, because they knew what the price was when a customer came in, but didn’t know what the price would be when that customer got ready to pay! Barter did well in those days.

    The TEA Partiers should go big. They should set their sights on taking over BOTH the Democratic and the Republican parties.

    A few thousand letters to Democratic legislators that say “I am a Democrat, and I support the TEA Party platform,

    because government policies of fiscal responsibility and individual freedom are essential to securing the general welfare of my much-loved country” would get their attention.

    I don’t see the TEA Parties as a Republican phenomenon, at all. To me, the TEA Parties get significant support from Democratic voters who recognize that the Democratic Party at the national level is in the hands of cranks at the moment.

    The characterization of the TEA Parties as the “base of the Republican Party” and as “extremist” all comes from Democratic partisans shaking in their shoes over the cold realization that they could lose their jobs over this, if the democratic voters and the republican voters in the big middle ever decide to link up.

    Also, in the deep blue states, such as California and Maryland, the Democratic Party is the only option.

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