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Progressives have launched the left's version of the Tea Party movement.

Dubbed "One Nation," it's a grassroots coalition of 170 liberal and civil rights groups that organizers hope will help the progressive cause regain its voice two years after the election of Barack Obama and "counter the Tea Party narrative," The Washington Post reported.

"Having been confronted with the specter of the Tea Party . . . we felt it urgent to organize the majority of this country, which voted in 2008 and has gone back to the couch," said Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP, one of the movement's members. "We've been split off in different directions."

Among the groups involved are the National Council of La Raza, the Service Employees International Union, the NAACP, the AFL-CIO, and the United States Student Association.

As its first major goal, One Nation is planning a march in Washington Oct. 2 that will push for progressive ideals including more government spending on job creation. The march will "demonstrate to Congress that these agenda items have support across multiple demographics," said Jealous (pictured, left, with SEIU Local 1199 President George Gresham).

The coalition came together out of political necessity, Paul Starr, a professor of public affairs at Princeton University, told the Post.

Liberal leaders see "much of the progressive agenda at risk in this election," said Starr, who also edits the American Prospect, a liberal magazine. "There is no choice but for these groups to get together. The historical pattern is that voter turnout falls disproportionately among minorities and young people at these midterm elections, so they are fighting a historical trend."

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The tea party wants to cut taxes pay down our debt and shrink the size of goverment illiminate social security eliminate medicare and medicade. Questions for tea party to answer How does cutting the income our federal goverment gets at a time of limited income[all those out of work dont pay taxes] help pay down our debt and fight two wars and be the defenders of the free world? What will happen to those who get their lives savings stolen by wall street crooks[madoff]. Do you seriously think you can radicaly change social security? Bottom line If you dont drasticaly cut social security medicare and the defense budget you cant achive the things you advocate[tax cuts][less goverment]

July 13 2010 at 10:10 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

The Tea Party started out as a grass roots organization of citizens concerned about debt, spending, and economic problems. Then it got co-opted by Freedom Works and Fox News' Glenn Beck. Look up who is behind Freedom Works if you don't know who they are funded by. It's not the boy scouts.

Both sides need to deal in reality. We went from less than one trillion in debt to 12 trillion because we increased spending and cut taxes. Corporations and the rich get tax breaks that the middle class doesn't.

Those same corporations took the tax breaks and send the Jobs overseas anyway. We deregulated business and the banks and mortgage industry gave a mortgage to anyone with a pulse no matter how little income they make or how much debt they already had. Wall St. leveraged those liar loans at 30-1 and sold them to the world.

Doesn't this prove to anyone that a free market "hands off" approach to business and no government oversight is a disaster?

A generation ago, we had 30% of us in unions. Now that figure is 7 or 10%. Unions have been busted and wages cut. People are making less when adjusted for inflation that they were 10-20 years ago.

And what is the conservative solution to our problems? More tax cuts and hands off business.

Most of our politicians from both parties are beholden to the elite that fund them. As another poster noted 75% of the raises in the last years have gone to the top 5%.

Wake up. More of he same is not the answer.

July 13 2010 at 4:01 AM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply

I have to say that, in my humble opinion, this "One Nation" movement of the Left show without a doubt that they are enemies of the Constitution and are against everything our founding fathers risked their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to give us 234 years ago when they drafted the Declaration of Independence. I think the founding fathers would find the idea of big government that these Leftists are advocating as an abomination to everything they were fighting for as the founders were separating themselves from the "big government" of their time..King George and Great Britain. Hopefully the American people of these united States will wake up and realize that the road these "one nation" people want our nation to go down will lead to nothing but disaster and with one voice soundly reject their leftist ideas of Government as the end-all-be-all cure for any of our nations problem. It is NOT in line with the Constitution for the federal government to create jobs..government never create jobs but rather it is business owners and those, or so we are told constantly, "evil rich" people that create jobs by expanding their companies to require more employees and thus end up employing people. These "one nation'ers" certainly are entitled by the First Amendment to speak their minds freely but I am also entitled as a citizen of these united States to oppose them with equal fervor and oppose them I do. Government is not the solution to all our nation's problems nor is it the government's responsibility or authority (the powers delegated to them by the Constitution) to provide for all our needs. The Left would advocate the "give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day" mentality whereas the proper thing is to follow the approach of "teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime"..self-sufficiency and independence is what people need..not dependance on a Government who seems to think they are gods which only weaken the nation and spit on everything our founders risked all to give us and also spits on every service man and woman who has throughout our 200+ year history bled and died to defend. So say we all.

July 13 2010 at 2:14 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

The US Constitution is a living, human document that was amended more than 14 times. If it is the will of the vast majority, we can amend it again. Until it is amended we must abide by it's mandates. The majority voted the current president in. The minority needs to accept him as OUR president. Those who criticise him for EVERYTHING he does are not being truthful. We need to respect the fact that the majority of the voting Americans found him to be fit to be OUR president. While we have different opinions, we are united in wanting to move this country forward. We need to protect our environment. We need to make sure that the poor and disadvantaged among us are supported. We need our kids to grow up, educated responsible and free of criminal activity and drug addiction. We need to practice our religion with truth and broadness and not be like radical fundamentalists who distort religion...Time to rally for hope, progress and openness.

July 13 2010 at 1:00 AM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
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We do not reject the fact Obama is the POTUS. We reject his agenda, which is our right. To say the majority of Americans found him FIT to be POTUS and should now accept what he is doing, is simple-minded and contrary to the American way of "seeing your mistakes and correct them as best you can." Surely you don't expect everyone to sit on their hands for 4 years and allow America to become a mediocrity. Religion is not the answer, and, if you want "openness" you need to contact the Obama administration to begin setting the example.

July 13 2010 at 9:26 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

It's real simple. For a job to be crated, money is needed, whether that be the government or business. The difference between the two is that a business has (a) incentive to be efficient, (b) inspires far greater dedication through promises of rewarded pay, (c) has not safety net as the government has. That adds up to the fact that a business can generate a job at about a tenth of the price as governemnt can. What's more, the business will actually produce something. Now, in order to fund a government job, a business will have to be taxed. That means that, essentially, ten jobs must be sacrificed for one government job to be created. It's simple economics, kids. But after 40 years of teaching who knows what nonsense the public schools are teaching (not economics, but how to increase the esteems of privileged demographic groups), simple economics eludes most people and they fall for quixotic notion that the only reason everyone doesn't have a job is because, well, the government just doesn't spend enough.

July 13 2010 at 12:33 AM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
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We need to have a higher import tax. And reduce the amount of imports by 25% over a few years. This would give the "big business" the insite to keep jobs here. We are making other countries rich and us poor with the type of business that is at hand over the past "many" years.

July 13 2010 at 10:25 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

At last! I am so happy to hear that this is happening. I have been so frustrated that moderates and liberals have not raised their voices en masse in response to the outlandish utterings of the conservatives, whether from within the Republican ranks or the Tea Party. Cheers to the organizers and I hope to see you in Washington in October.

July 13 2010 at 12:25 AM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
Hi Rick

Well as to "How's the change do'in now" scenario, I am going for the conservative side and lower tax rates and less spending on social programs. This country has to ride the basic economic process that creates jobs by free enterprise! I believe in being responsible for myself and hard work will carry the day! Less government intrusion into my daily life makes life a lot easier and more responsive. Handouts only creates nothing and more is expected. If it was'nt for the people with money there would be no jobs. Life is about competition and those that don't compete will become extinct!

July 13 2010 at 12:02 AM Report abuse +63 rate up rate down Reply
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Hi rick Just how do you plan to cut taxes that already are the lowest in 50 years and pay down our debt? To cut the income our federal goverment has at a time when its income is severaly curtailed by this depression and also saddled with a high deficet caused mostly by republicans seams stupid .So please tell me just what goverment expenses will you eliminate to pay for the tax cut you advocate and what goverment expenses will you cut to pay down our debt?

July 13 2010 at 9:47 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

Democrats and Progressive are not the same! The Progressive are using the Democrats platform to launch their agenda. They have been doing it for 100 years. I encourage the Democrats to take their party back and restore their values and principle of why the Democrat party was created it by Thomas Jefferson. By the way, I am a conservative. Without any doubt the Republican party had mess up big time. They better put their act together. One party are not better than the other. At the end of the day WE all still Americans!!!!

July 12 2010 at 11:33 PM Report abuse +61 rate up rate down Reply

If they had had computers in Rome, all of these posts would probably be plagerism now. Our country, as throughout history, is in more danger of falling from within, not because of government, but because we are polarizing against each other in this country. No one can voice ANY opinion without being called names (usually because the name-caller doesn't have a valid point to make). It is a great country, but may not be if we keep this up.

July 12 2010 at 11:31 PM Report abuse +58 rate up rate down Reply

Here we go again, the same old crap. "One Nation"??? You have to be kidding me. I've been a liberal Democrat my entire adult life and this is embarrassing. It's the same old B.S., the same stale, wornout organizations run by the same losers. What gives the Tea Party it's energy is that all the faces are new. It doesn't matter that they are mostly imbeciles or that many, though not all, of their ideas are moronic. New faces with passion and vigor - read some history people. This is how things happen. The NAACP and La Raza and the AFL-CIO are rusted out hulks run by gangs of cronies who don't read history. How about some fresh ideas here?

July 12 2010 at 11:23 PM Report abuse +45 rate up rate down Reply

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