Daily Topics - Wednesday July 25th, 2012

Daily Topics - Wednesday July 25th, 2012

Catch The Thom Hartmann Program LIVE 3-6pm Eastern!

Hour One: Romney camp: 'put a white man back in the White House...' / Plus, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau turns 1 today - Elizabeth Warren

Hour Two: Regulate the credit reporting industry? Malcolm Out Loud

Hour Three: Conservative millenials & boomers are both being conned...

Comments

erifann 2 years 49 weeks ago
#1

Hey Thom...

I've got an idea I've been thinking about for awhile, and I would like to introduce it to you. I unsuccessfully tried to call the Ed Schultz Show, so I decided to send it to you via your blog. Strangely enough, my idea was precisely something you mentioned minutes ago. Weird...

My thought is based on an article I read following the Wisconsin recall election that was written by Jeremi Suri (apparently written just prior to the election). The article is about both sides of the argument living in their own "echo chambers," and how we're going to have to transcend those chambers in order to move beyond our current state. As an outspoken free-thinker who can't argue with ENOUGH folks day-in, day-out, I too often feel trapped myself as I listen to many progressive programs and recognize the same, albeit more frightening, homogenous "circle-jerk" whenever I tune in to see what the enemy is up to.

We've got 3 1/2 months to do all we can to help the President get re-elected keep the Democratic majority in the Senate and if at all possible gain control of the House. As I sit and listen to your show, Ed's show, Rachel Maddow, etc., I can't help but think we're all just treading water, sharing our frustrations and working each other into a justifiale lather. Alas, most of us will then go home pissed off, not knowing what to do and take it out on our unsuspecting family members and our television sets; only to wake up the next day, hit the reset button, and head off to work with our hands at our sides and our mouths shut. I know, I know... what's your plan dude?

Okay, to my plan... get together with all of your fellow progressive radio, tv & print movers & shakers and reinstitute the "program callers" initiative among us progressives. I've thought about this for a while, and would love to help set up templates. My thoughts are: bring only one idea/question to challenge the host, write down your points prior to making the call and continue to ask the same, well-thought-out question repeatedly.

Where your influence could help would be in networking with other powerful progressive voices and providing facts & arguments many good, naive citizens are unaware of, like the Bane "troubled youth" story told on Ed's show today. The program could begin calling shows and attempt to get on honestly, but if that fails... and it probably would; as Malcolm X once said, we will infiltrate their echo chamber "by any means necessary." It may seem dishonest and/or "below" some progressives, but I say this is not the time for playing nice. We have been far too nice for far too long; it makes me feel as if the majority of American people are simply scared, and don't know what to do. Now is the time to give them another choice...

That is all for now... I hope you get this and think it's worthy of a mention on your show and/or with your fellow progressive voices.

Thanks for your time, and have a great day.

Peace,
Erik

Bernie Sanders Could be the Next FDR

Tuesday night, I appeared on the Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell to talk about Elizabeth Warren, the rise of progressives within the Democratic Party, and what this means for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

At one point in our discussion, the conversation turned to whether Bernie represents the closest thing to an Elizabeth Warren candidacy.

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