#869 Democrats will not save you until the system is fixed (Elections)

Today we take a look at why no faith should be put in the Democratic Party to fight for progressive goals and how we can go about reforming the system to make all politicians responsive to their constituents

Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: Why Dems Are Not Doing Better Running Up To 2014 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 9-20-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Masochism Tango - More of Tom Lehrer


Ch. 4: Act 2: .@jeremyscahill on our painfully consistent foreign policy through the administrations - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 9-29-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: The Game Is Rigged - Badly Stuffed Animals


Ch. 6: Act 3: President Obama Plays Three Dimensional Appeasement - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-01-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Sad But True - Change In the Weather


Ch. 8: Act 4: No Such Thing as a Political Savior - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-29-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Save Ourselves - Bright Stars and Battle Scars


Ch. 8: Act 5: Progressives won't frame the debate - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date: 10-11-14

Ch. 9: Song 5: In the Beginning - The Dusty Foot Philosopher


Ch. 10: Act 6: Frustration in the White House press corps - @onthemedia - Air Date: 5-9-14

Ch. 11: Song 6: Tiny Wings Theme - Tiny Wings Theme - Single


Ch. 12: Act 7: Kickstarting the revolution - @dccommonsense with Dan Carlin - Air Date: 10-13-14


Voicemails

Ch. 13: Oil is the source of our middle-east troubles - Andon from Charlottesville, VA

Ch. 14: Republican hypocrisy on health care - Shawn from Portland, OR

Ch. 15: Political donation demands keep increasing - Maureen from Mass

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 16: Act 8: .@MAYDAYUS is Underway - Best of the Left Activism


Ch. 17: Final comments on why we need to be bold and try something new

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone


Activism Update: MayDay is Underway!

MayDay PAC closes initial fundraising!

Follow-up/new Action!

Support the MayDayPac candidates: ”Candidate Fact Sheet

Sources/additional glimmers of hope:

MayDay in the News round-up

"SCOTUS 'McCutcheon' Ruling to Help Super Rich Purchase Even MORE of American ‘Democracy' (And a reminder why elections still matter.)” via The Brad Blog

"Florida Governor Almost Calls Off Debate Over Fan” h/t Satiristas

"In Wisconsin, Dark Money Got a Mining Company What It Wanted: An accidentally released court filing reveals how one company secretly gave money to a nonprofit that helped get favorable mining legislation passed.” by Theodoric Meyer at ProPublica

Find out more about Dark Money: Money in Politics -- See Who's Giving & Who's Getting at OpenSecrets.org

Listen to the original activism segment: "MayDay PAC - via @MayOneUS - Best of the Left Activism” from BotL episode 839 (06/24/14): "Disinfecting the rot on American democracy (Money in Politics)”

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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  • commented 2014-10-22 08:43:33 -0400
    this is one of the most important topics and the production of this episode was excellent. Thank you for the good work you do.
  • commented 2014-10-18 20:00:09 -0400
    There is a whole argument made here about semantics which evolves out of a statement that the right has begun referring to “troops” instead of the term soldiers. I don’t deny the substance of the argument as presented, but I did want to correct the example; “troops” is a broad term which encompasses all branches of service performed by sailors, airmen, marines and soldiers.
    The use of “troops” referenced here is, ironically, a more progressive language choice.

    As always, thanks for the show, which I began listening to four years ago while tearing apart engines while serving in Japan.