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The #ForceTheVote strategy works. Had so-called progressive leaders like @AOC and pundits like @cenkuygur supported it, instead of lying and gaslighting us, we'd be in a very different place right now.
The lie that "if it's not going to pass, don't bring it up for a vote" regarding Medicare for All represents ignorance of how transformational legislation is passed.
It ALWAYS fails the first time. That's what happened with the women's vote and with civil rights. Bringing these bills to the floor for votes allows public pressure and momentum to build, that's how they eventually pass.
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Well....I am right now to @briebriejoy's Great Replacement Theory/Tucker Carlson segment on YouTube.

Gotta say, I owe her an apology.

Though I still somewhat disagree with her underestimating the undercurrent of Carlson's bigotry, I can see what she is talking about.
@briebriejoy I know Brie gets hammered from all sides (from the Hillbot Democrats AND the Jimmy Dore Strasserites), and the Virgil Texas controversy is still used to slam her, but on this issue she is far more on point.

Yes, Tucker Carlson is a White Supremacist bigot.
@briebriejoy But, as she pointed out, the fundamental reason why Carlson's "GRT" scores so well with White conservatives has far more to do with the failure of Democrat liberals and "moderates" to address fundamental economic inequality.
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Hello @DarrigoMelanie:

I know that you are running against Thomas Suozzi for Congress NY03 in 2022.

Thomas Suozzi won three times in a row. 2016 Election Cycle was his first win.

Ever since he entered the Office, three Medicare For All Single Payer Bills were introduced:
1. HR 676 Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

2. HR 1384 Medicare for All Act of 2019

3. HR 1976 Medicare for All Act of 2021

Rep Suozzi hasn't Cosponsored any of the three Medicare For All Single Payer Bills.

He is an Anti - Medicare For All Single Payer Human Right
Healthcare System.

With that being said, @DarrigoMelanie, it will be wonderful & very helpful on your part if you can find, meet, discuss & work with Frank Puig, @frank_puig.

Frank Puig lives in your Congressional District 03. He knows & have met Thomas Suozzi a multiple times
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Obamacare = Affordable Care Act = ACA = Mitt Romney's Healthcare = Republican Healthcare from the 1990s have not taken care of every single human beings throughout the USA.

As a matter of a fact, ACA have done the opposite. ACA took care & helped the Wall St. ImageImage
Right now. There are:

1. > 30 Million human beings uninsured
2. > 85 Million human beings underinsured
3. > 17 Million human beings lost their Healthcare due to Pandemic

The current For Profit Healthcare (Medical Industrial Complex) System has been a major driver of abnormal ImageImage
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@SavageJoyMarie1 @PramilaJayapal @RepJayapal You posted this on March 17, 2021. I agree with you. If #COVID19 hasn't proven how dysfunctional our healthcare system is, nothing will. Stop using #MedicareForAll just to garner votes. Join us on Saturday July 24th!… @M4M4ALL #M4M4ALL
@SavageJoyMarie1 @PramilaJayapal @RepJayapal @M4M4ALL @RepBarbaraLee @repblumenauer @RepJoeNeguse @RepSchakowsky @repmarkpocan @RepCori @RepBrendanBoyle @RepRashida @RepLowenthal @RepJudyChu @RepJerryNadler You're right! #MedicareForAll can be funded simply by getting rid of private insurance. Join us next Saturday! Nadler: 'Eliminating' private insurance could pay for 'Medicare for all' without raising taxes… #M4M4ALL
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I first met with @ShahidForChange last year to talk #GeneralStrike. Then he and @EFF helped recover my Twitter account from hackers, and later he joined our call with @FlyingWithSara.

I interviewed him on everything, including the allegations against him

During our 60-min conversation, lawyer, organizer, Congressional candidate and rapper @ShahidForChange and I talked Mike Gravel, the Squad and #ForceTheVote, the George Floyd Act, police reform, #DefundThePolice and abolition, and power in protest music

"Mike Gravel was like an actual real-life Jedi… He’s one of the only members of congress in the entire last century to show up for work"

- @ShahidForChange on Mike Gravel, who endorsed Shahid and whose legacy continues today through @GravelInstitute

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America has a poverty problem. So in 2017, why did Senate leadership vote for a GIGANTIC TAX BREAK for the wealthiest Americans at a time when they LEAST needed it while America’s people suffered as poverty levels rose through the roof? (Stealing from @profwolff on @jimmy_dore.)
When wealth disparity threatened to cause civil unrest, FDR made the bold move of hiring all the unemployed Americans & PAID THEM a fair wage to work.

He demanded the wealthiest Americans give some blood to avoid ruin.
FDR taxed the wealthy to hire Americans who were falling through the cracks. Millions of them. He did it in order to PROTECT big companies from dying (and a potential revolution) once they impoverished their CUSTOMERS/WORKERS with crushing wealth disparity.
It worked.
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When the min wage "comes back up" again there will be even less incentive to pass it.

The fact that the COVID bill AND the #FightFor15 are popular is why both should be pushed now.

The pressure should be on those *against* a $15 min wage to justify tanking COVID relief over it
Instead, corporate Democrats are *thrilled* that, by decoupling the $15 min wage from the COVID bill, the parliamentarian has provided cover for their lack of commitment to a living wage. Now they have cover to avoid campaigning Manchin/Sinema and upsetting the donor base.
No one is "moving goal posts." People with experience on the hill understand that the conditions during the next reconciliation process will make a $15 min wage *less* likely to pass, not more. And some of us are unwilling to negotiate with -- say it with me -- A LIVING WAGE.
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In a clubhouse room where Cenk is riling against corporate corruption of both parties and the host just invited Christine Pelosi (Nancy's daughter) on stage to comment. 👀
Cenk is arguing for #forcethevote, I mean ... er ... #dontkillitbernie.

Also, says we should support Neera's nomination because it would be a bad look for Republicans to control the cabinet.
I think I have to stop transcribing before I'm accused of being a rat Taylor Lorenz-style. But clubhouse is fascinating.

The astrology room I was in last week? Truly mind blowing. People about to come to blows over astral projection.
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Sam Seder spent months arguing against the merits of a plan all while not understanding the basic mechanics of it.

It was rank negligence, and I did him a kindness by not drilling him on how irresponsible he’s been on our program.
He went on to admit that his objection was not to the strategy, which again, he didn’t even understand. His objection was to the fact that he thought the strategy was part of some greater scheme he doesn’t agree with.

He didn’t even bother to *understand* the argument.
I asked Sam *repeatedly* to articulate the downsides of #ForceTheVote. He argued that if there were a split between Pelosi and the squad, that Pelosi, whose unfavorables are worse than Trump’s, would garner public sympathy. Not just corporate media sympathy. The ppls sympathy.
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.@AOC wants to expel Sen. @HawleyMO, one of the few Senators who actually wants to get the American people $2k checks, over a completely constitutional vote he made.

AOC does these stunts to distract the Populist Left from the fact that she's sold out to Dem leadership.
She knows this will never happen. It's just her attempt to distract gullible liberals away from the #ForceTheVote campaign.
AOC doing #ForceTheVote on expelling GOP Senators instead of Medicare 4 All

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It kind of seems like the fake “leftists” who’ve been fixated on their hatred of AOC & the rest of the Squad (bc they’re still obsessed w/ #ForcetheVote & stanning Jimmy Dore) are people who want AOC & the other members of the Squad to be killed. They keep defending fascists. WTF
I truly think these people want to see these women of color get murdered. It’s fucked up. They’re fascist apologists & enablers. It’s disgusting to see what their priorities are & where their empathy lies. They have empathy for MAGA fascists, & none for *VICTIMS* OF MAGA FASCISTS
These are the types of people who’ve been downplaying the fascist coup attempt and have been freaking out in anger because Trump get banned from Twitter for inciting a violent fascist coup, i.e. Fiorella Isabel:
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Is it not an indictment of the strategy itself — or at least its messengers — that #ForceTheVote couldn't convince any of the existing M4A grassroots infrastructure (DSA, NNU, etc) to participate in the plan?
Like, isn't that failure internal to an analysis of whether the plan was any good? Or is that the strategy can't fail; we can only fail the strategy?
even on the left — among activists who understand their purpose as expanding the horizons of the possible — people will only participate in a strategy if they can be convinced it will make a difference, that it will work.
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Is the *left's* position that the only way to change hearts & minds is to knock millions of doors & have 30 min conversations with each person abt Medicare for All? Or might high profile events that draw attention to the failure of our healthcare system in this moment be helpful?
Organizing is important. But Biden didn't knock doors or even have field offices in many key states until late in the game. What he did have was the total support of the corporate media, & a solid narrative for them to push: "I am the only one who can beat Trump."
Biden also had the support of every corporate interest group in the country.

It's hard to compete with that. But it given how much bipartisan distain for this type of behavior there is, you can endeavor to make taking this money politically toxic.
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@IndLeftNews @BenSpielberg @jimmy_dore (1) The #ReplacePelosiJan3 & negotiate w/other Speaker candidates 2 THEN #ForceTheVote + get more changes campaign was drowned out by the FTV movement. Today, the FTV ppl on the ground in DC r condemning Squad votes 4 Pelosi. Way too little & way 2 late.
@IndLeftNews @BenSpielberg @jimmy_dore (2) But, a more important 1, is that the Squad felt free 2 decide how 2 vote on Pelosi w/o consulting the ppl's movement. These advocates of bottom-up democracy did not practice it all when it came 2 the most important decision they would make during the next 2 years.
@IndLeftNews @BenSpielberg @jimmy_dore (3) They're not the only ones of course. Bernie Sanders did the same thing when he dropped out of the pressidential race. His "Not me. Us!" movement suddenly turned into an "it's my decision alone", affair. That enraged me at the time. It still does. After extracting all that ...
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No. As I have explained, the goal of #forcethevote is to bridge the gap between enormous support for #medicareforall (88% among Democratic voters) and the tepid support among elected Democrats (barely half of house dems).

My opinion is that a key driver of this gap is the corporate media.

The media refuses to air how popular the policies are, so most ppl think M4All is a losing political issue & forgive Dems for not backing it. Ultimately, they prioritize Dem victories.
In fact, the media actively parrots right wing talking points -- convincing voters that Medicare for all is too expensive, too unpopular, and too impractical to vote in favor of.

The goal of a floor vote is to wrest control from the corporate media & tell the truth.
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The funny thing is that Dore's #ForceTheVote wouldn't have even happened if the Squad just did what they were hired to do, which is organize a challenge to the speakership. The M4A floor vote thing was just a last ditch stand-in for that.
That's why all the influencer nerds trying to nitpick this to death about procedure and utility of a vote are missing the point. But that's their job: Drain the politics out of a conflict and pretend it's about procedure, pragmatism, etc. Always obfuscate and protect the brand.
The continued viability of the Left™ Inc. industrial complex — donations, eyeballs, jobs, subscriptions, retweets — is now staked on the political celebrity of AOC (and the Squad). There is a strong need to maintain that edgy, oppositional image and brand, despite no results.
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Tfw you realize the US two party system is a corporate pro-war duopoly and she wants to be part of the club #ForceTheVote ImageImageImageImage
Imagine having the power, privilege and popular support to flagrantly disrupt business as usual in Congress and doing this
FYI those photos are from a migrant camp protest during AOC’s campaign vs Crowley.

Sadly, “one of the first actions Ocasio-Cortez took as a member of Congress was to vote in support of funding the Department of Homeland Security, which includes ICE”…
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it ought to be easy for personalities promoting #ForceTheVote to say "I support the effort, this is a good idea, I give Jimmy credit, but what he does now is over the line."
that would be "separating the message from the messenger", not acting like one guy's twitter defense team.
seriously, these ppl listen to Jimmy's ravings, nod along, cackle, pile on every critic, act like Dore's publicists, and then will tell you "why ppl making it about Jimmy". who made a strategic disagreement into a litmus test on "standing between you and healthcare"?
btw "separating message from the messenger" is a good rule in intellectual disputes, but they've branded this as a movement, and Jimmy's raving as "agitation".
well, actually minding how you talk to ppl is kinda big part of effective agitation, not "tone policing".
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(1) #ReplacePelosiJan3 & negotiate w/other Speaker candidates 2 THEN #ForceTheVote + get more changes. Why? We can't tolerate 2 more yrs of her leadership in the House. She has an awful record & is an incompetent negotiator.
(2) #ReplacePelosiJan3 & negotiate w/other Speaker candidates 2 THEN #ForceTheVote + get more changes. Pelosi led the Democrats to a disastrous defeat in 2010 after failing to pass MFA then. In 2020, she led Ds to lose 10 seats in the House & set them up 4 a disaster in2022.
(3) #ReplacePelosiJan3 & negotiate w/other Speaker candidates 2 THEN #ForceTheVote + get more changes. Pelosi is a fiscal disaster imposing paygo on the Dem Party for yrs & stopping progressive legislation requiring deficit spending. She is a fiscal hawk down with austerity.
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