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Anecdote for the Insultingly Disenfranchised Moral Messengers of the Left to Share w/ “Don’t Let Perfect Be Enemy of Good” Crowd

From the book Healing ADD by Thom Hartmann:

There’s a perhaps-apocryphal story commonly told among therapists about the famous psychotherapist Judith Fromm-Reichmann. She had a client, a young woman, who came to her a bundle of nerves and fears. This young woman was certain she would soon be the victim of a terrible disaster, that the government had been taken over by madmen, and that her life was in danger; she was socially paralyzed by her anxiety and afraid to leave her house. Fromm-Reichmann spent three years with this woman, helping her resolve her fears and adjust to the society in which she lived. Finally, she was pronounced cured and discharged from therapy. Two weeks later this young Jewish woman was arrested by the Gestapo and sent to a death camp. Shortly thereafter, Fromm-Reichmann herself escaped Nazi Germany.

Maybe we shouldn't be so pragmatic to "adjust to the society in which we live."

PDA NorCal Event a Huge Success

PDA NorCal Event a Huge Success

By By Rich Hundreiser, Photo by Rene Aguilera
February 13, 2010, Loomis, CA

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Vizzard, Karen Bernal and Scott Johnson
Bob Vizzard, Karen Bernal and Scott Johnson

On Monday, February 8, PDA NorCal put on an event in Loomis, Calif., that was well received by many local area activists. On a rainy Monday night over 80 Progressives jammed Loomis Veteran’s Memorial Hall to talk about strategizing as we grow the Progressive movement that is swelling around the country. Progressives came from as far away as Chico to attend. Most of the Democrats in Congress are moving to the right in lock step with corporate America. This has frustrated many Progressives, as our congressional representatives seem to be abandoning our core principals in exchange for job security.

Howard Dean: Democrats ‘need a spinal transplant’

Dean comes in at about 5:15

Howard Dean: Democrats ‘need a spinal transplant’

WASHINGTON -- One year after being swept into the White House and bestowed huge majorities in Congress, Democrats have seen their towering lead over Republicans evaporate. Why? According to previous DNC chairman Howard Dean, they're just not tough enough.

Dean declared Thursday that Democrats "need a spinal transplant" as the party is too quick to succumb to Republican intimidation rather than stand by their convictions and bring their ideas to fruition.

Memo from Massachusetts Voters to Democratic Leadership

Reply to FDL Statement on Health Care Reform from MA voter

    As a Massachusetts voter, I can say that my lack of enthusiasm for yesterday’s election was certainly due to the behind the scenes corporate deal making and bailouts for the banking and insurance industries as well as big pharma and others at the expense of real reform for ordinary Americans.

    The Obama administration, with help from Congress, has made the biggest transfer of wealth up from ordinary people to the wealthy and powerful in the history of the planet. This is not the change we hoped for.

    What happened to the fierce urgency of now? Or is that only for banksters and insurance executives?

    What the country needs now are real solutions to our very real problems. It is beyond frustrating that there are obvious solutions to benefit the vast majority of Americans and my own party refuses to even consider them — apparently because they might anger some corporate donors.

    Healthcare reform is a perfect example of this.

Wellstone Progressive Dems CDP Platform Meeting

Building a Progressive California Democratic Party Platform

The Wellstone Progressive Democrats of Sacramento (PDA) held a meeting on Saturday, Jan. 9th to discuss improvements to the CA Democratic Party (CDP) Platform. All area Progressive Democrats were invited by Wellstone President Tamie Dramer and Political Affairs Chair Chris Niehaus to help shape the Party's Platform. CDP Platform Committee member Christine Thomas started off with a brief overview of the committee. CDP Progressive Caucus Chair (and PDA NorCal co-coordinator) Karen Bernal spoke about the need for Progressives in California to change the Party and how we can use our numbers to improve our platform. The room overflowed with attendees that took on issues such as Health Care, the Environment, Energy, Labor, Economic Justice, Poverty Elimination, Education & Criminal Justice.

CBP: Ten New Year’s Resolutions for a Fiscally Responsible California

I think #7 is the most important

Ten New Year’s Resolutions for a Fiscally Responsible California

    I’m a big believer in New Year’s resolutions. I have one list for home, one for work, and a separate list for my favorite hobby. In honor of the new decade, here’s another list: one aimed at setting the state on a fiscally responsible path for the year ahead.

"The Political Mind"

"The Political Mind" - By the Democratic Party of Sacramento County

Come out and join The Democratic Party of Sacramento County through the Farm Team Committee when it presents The Political Mind, a fun event for all interested in meeting the local Democratic Party, learning the basics of running for political office and beginning to get involved in the further development and integrity of the community. There will be speakers, and a short educational presentation along with pizza and good times. Bring your friends and an appetite!

Place: Straw Hat
4441 E. Commerce Way
North Natomas
Date: January 30, 2009
Time: 12:00 p.m.

Colbert Report: The Word - Spyvate Sector

The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
The Word - Spyvate Sector
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Economy

ACLU: What you should know

    On December 31, 2009, three provisions of the Patriot Act will sunset. This is the perfect opportunity for Congress to examine all of our surveillance laws and amend those that have been found unconstitutional or have been abused to collect information on innocent people, including last year's changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the Attorney General Guidelines (AGGs).

The Tower Bridge Awards Ceremony

The Tower Bridge Awards Ceremony

Location: The Terrace of the
Citizen Hotel, 926 J Street
Time: 6:00pm
Date: February 24, 2010

Celebrating Secretary of State Debra Bowen*
and the Don Douglas Grassroots Volunteer of the Year

Individual Tickets: $50

Building a Progressive California Democratic Party Platform

Building a Progressive California Democratic Party Platform

Wellstone Progressive Democrats of Sacramento Hosts

2010 Platform: a work in progress
Saturday, January 9, 2010
2 – 5 p.m.

Sierra 2 Center – Room #12
2791 24th Street, Sacramento

All area Democrats are invited to help shape the California Democratic Party Platform at this Saturday afternoon workshop. Meet with other Progressive Democrats to talk about the future of our Party, our State, and our Nation; to build a platform we can be proud to support and work for. Bring your ideas and your passion for justice; work with others to make sure we say what we stand for in the best, most clear and precise way.

Slaton drops out of CD3 race, endorses Dem rival

Slaton drops out of CD3 race, endorses Dem rival
November 30, 2009

Sacramento Municipal Utility District Director Bill Slaton announced today he is dropping his bid to challenge Republican Rep. Dan Lungren and endorsing fellow Democrat Dr. Ami Bera in the 3rd Congressional District race.

"The more I have spoken to people about what I can contribute to public policy and the more I have listened to their concerns, the clearer it has become that my best opportunity for service lies right here at home," he wrote in an e-mail to supporters, adding that he plans to focus his energy on developing "green" jobs in California.

Slaton's departure leaves Bera, a political newcomer who hails from Elk Grove, as the Democrats' top candidate to unseat Lungren, who won the re-election with 49.5 percent of the vote in 2008.

Get Ready for the Obama/GOP Alliance

Get Ready for the Obama/GOP Alliance

Saturday 28 November 2009
by: Jeff Cohen, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed

With Obama pushing a huge troop escalation in Afghanistan, history may well repeat itself with a vengeance. And it's not just the apt comparison to LBJ, who destroyed his presidency on the battlefields of Vietnam with an escalation that delivered power to Nixon and the GOP.

There's another frightening parallel: Obama seems to be following in the footsteps of Bill Clinton, who accomplished perhaps his single biggest legislative "triumph" - NAFTA - thanks to an alliance with Republicans that overcame strong Democratic and grassroots opposition.

It was 16 years ago this month when Clinton assembled his coalition with the GOP to bulldoze public skepticism about the trade treaty and overpower a stop-NAFTA movement led by unions, environmentalists and consumer rights groups. How did Clinton win his majority in Congress? With the votes of almost 80 percent of GOP senators and nearly 70 percent of House Republicans. Democrats in the House voted against NAFTA by more than 3 to 2, with fierce opponents including the Democratic majority leader and majority whip.

Day of Action in Assembly District 5 & Congressional District 3

Join the California Democratic Party, the Democratic Party of Sacramento County, Organizing for America and Take Back Red California Saturday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m. at La Bou's in the Sunrise Mall for a Day of Action. Bring your family and friends and we will walk precincts in red districts that Democrats can turn blue in 2010. Every precinct walker will be provided with the material to make it happen. Let's give the Republicans a holiday gift to remember! Let's take over AD-5 and CD-3 and make these districts ours for good!

For more info, please contact:

Dem Holiday Party

The Democratic Party of Sacramento County and its Chartered Clubs Holiday Party

When:  Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 6PM
Where:  Sofia Restaurant, 815 - 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Why:  To show appreciation to our members and to our clubs, a light dinner and no-host bar will be provided.
For more information, contact Kyle at (916) 739-6001.