This is the second time I'm making this point for you, Thom Hartmann. On 10-27-2010, I made this point, and today you had a 63 year old woman caller who made the same point your caller "Marcus" made on 10-27.
AND YOU CAME BACK WITH THE SAME LAME RESPONSE: THE LEFT IS NOT FUNDED LIKE THE RIGHT IS FUNDED.
You're smart Thom - we all know that. But what good are your words without real action behind them? Talk - EVEN INTELLIGENT, LOGICAL, WELL REASONED TALK - is cheap. We are where we are today because everybody is talking and nobody is acting - except the so-called "T-Party". Please quit copping out by stating that they are funded and we are not. SO WHAT? SO LET'S GET FUNDED! Your 63 year old lady caller had more guts than you do, sorry to say. But you have the power of the mic. So does Palin. So does Armey. So does Morris. But they use their voice to motivate people to action.
You like ending your television show with the words, "Get out there, show up, let your voice be heard!"
Get out where? Show up where? Let our voices be heard where? Mine isn't even heard on this blog. It isn't heard on any of the blogs. It's just another voice "talking" to other ears who are copping out with "The opposition is funded, we are not."
BULL! Read my solution below.
Wednesday: 10-27-2010 - Listening to the Thom Hartmann show on Dish TV channel 9415 (Free Speech TV). Most of the show today was dedicated to discussing the disastrous results of the Citizens United case, and the who, what, where, why and when of the dangers of corporate takeover of the U.S. political system.
A caller named Marcus wanted to know why the Democrats (and liberals, progressives, etc.) could not have their own corporate forces aligned to fight against those on the right. Thom's response was that "we" did not have any corporate billionaires to contribute to our cause, compared to the many contributing to the "Tea Party" movement on the right. THOM?? You, sir, are a brilliant historian, and brilliant in many other areas affecting our daily lives. But I have found in my 6 decades on earth that sometimes the most brilliant among us are not necessarily the most creative among us. LET'S GET CREATIVE.
Thom did not mention, but most of us already know that the forces aligned on the right also have their own media outlet through Fox Network. This is a major boost. The billionaires can contribute to the "causes" of the Tea Party, but without a messenger to draft the volunteer army, their money would be wasted.
BUT THESE CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD NOT STOP THOSE ON THE LEFT FROM ORGANIZING THEIR OWN CORPORATE RESPONSE TO THOSE ON THE RIGHT.
Which major voices do we have in MEDIA representing our viewpoints?
1. Thom Hartmann
2. Laura Flanders
3. Amy Goodman
4. Ed Schultz
5. Keith Olbermann
6. Rachel Maddow
7. Dylan Ratigan
8. Katrina vanden Huevel
9. Arianna Huffington
There are many more, but the list above are most prominent. Numbers 4, 5 & 6 are on corporate sponsored television / radio. Using MSNBC to spread the progressive word in the same way Fox spreads the conservative word seems to be out of the question.
BUT: Numbers 1, 2 & 3 on the list above have more freedom with Link TV and Free Speech TV. And numbers 7 & 8 own two of the most highly visible online and print outlets for the progressive cause.
WHAT IS MISSING?
Obvious answer: MONEY.
Do we need billionaires to fund the voices listed above (and many more talented individuals not listed here)?
NO! NO! NO!
All we need IS A CORPORATION! with 50 - 100 million shareholders.
I live in Missouri ("Misery" as I prefer to call it) - a state which is highly conservative. The cost to form a Non-profit corporation in Missouri is $25. YES - TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS.
Imagine 50 million liberals each with a $10 share in a non-profit corporation whose specific purposes are:
1. to buy elections, just like our right wing counterpart is now doing
2. to lobby Washington, D.C. to make sure we get things we not only want, but need, e.g. "UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE".
I own a web server which is lightning fast, and has lots of space for which liberal, progressive, Democratic voices can organize and communicate. For those who do not know how to build their own websites, I can setup WordPress blogs, which are very easy to use, and allow communication between the site owner and the visitors to the site.
For those wanting more than a blog, but still do not know how to develop websites, I can setup CMS (Content Management Systems), such as Drupal sites (Thomhartmann.com is designed using Drupal) or Joomla sites (see one of my Joomla sites for an example: http://www.takingon.net).
For those with design skills, I can offer the space and bandwidth to let you get the message out in the way you work best.
The cost to you for the above? $0. YES: ZERO DOLLARS. My donation to the cause.
I'm improvising this as I write, inspired by Thom's negative response to Marcus' call on today's show, so cut me a little slack here if this blog entry seems somewhat disorganized. A simple outline of how I envision we might fight back with our own corporate money:
1. Form a non-profit corporation (I can do this in Missouri for $25).
2. Have the Board of Directors consist of brilliant, highly visible progressive voices (some of which are listed above).
3. Include attorneys and accountants who wish to join the effort for help with legal / accounting matters.
4. Build a web site network where people can learn about the corporation & purchase shares if interested in fighting back.
A. The website will provide complete transparency for shareholders, so that all may know how much money is taken in, and
where it is used.
B. People can subscribe for email updates & blog membership and, if interested, sign up for their own free blog or web
5. Use, where possible, Free Speech TV and Link TV to report the news. Create new programming specifically for this
6. Use the corporate funds to support liberal, progressive, Democratic perspectives.
It's easy enough to offer shares of the corporation online. Imagine 50 million people each with one $10 share. I'm no math genius, but there's a half billion right there, right?
Isn't it time we quit talking about it, and did something about it?