Joe Mahaney of Wyman Gordon with Tom Crohan, Senator Kennedy (D-MA) staffer & Matthew Pacheco, Cong. McGovern (D-MA) staffer
Caren Turner,Eileen Drake,Stephen Irvine,Congw. Hooley (D-OR),Ross Lienhart,Andrea Salinas,(background)Roger Cooke
Congresswoman Jane Harman (CA), Senator Susan Collins (ME), and Ms. Frances Fragos Townsend, assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
Caren Turner, Jeff Talley, Congressman Chris Cannon, Mike Jennings, James Brush, and Turner GPA Staffer Ariella Herman
Talk about thinking your audience is gullible, Caren Turner's response to being called out screams out that she thinks we are just that.
Caren says: Non Partisan...Centrist... somewhere between a Blue Dog Democrat
and a RHINO , Republican in name only... I don't buy into most of the
"talk" (from either side). Judge by the deeds not the words..of
policymakers and people.
Support the candidates who "make sense" to me and have the ability to pass legislation (competence), have "integrity" (there are rotten apples on both sides, and highly principled stars on both sides).
Love the policymakers who have the strength and courage to buck their parties'.. dogma (on both sides) and the raw IQ and leadership skills to trail blaze a path toward success.
Finally, I try to honor the differences....as long as each puts forth a reasonable, analytical idea, that does not descend into personal attacks. Personal attacks are in appropriate...
So, in answer to your question, Left or Right? ... Not left, not right... just moving forward... Straight ahead as best we can...
As I read and reread this it seems Caren's response follows the tracks of Hillary Clinton's hero Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals - 1971.
[Hillary Clinton's 1969 Political Science Thesis ("There is Only the Fight") refers to an earlier version of Alinsky's training manual. "In 1946," she wrote, "Alinsky's first book, Reveille for Radicals, was published." See also Obama: Training an army of world servers; From Marx to Lenin, Gramsci & Alinsky.]
"The end is what you want, the means is how you get it. Whenever we think about social change, the question of means and ends arises. The man of action views the issue of means and ends in pragmatic and strategic terms. He has no other problem; he thinks only of his actual resources and the possibilities of various choices of action. He asks of ends only whether they are achievable and worth the cost; of means, only whether they will work. ... The real arena is corrupt and bloody." p.24";
The means-and-ends moralists, constantly obsessed with the ethics of the means used by the Have-Nots against the Haves, should search themselves as to their real political position. In fact, they are passive — but real — allies of the Haves…. The most unethical of all means is the non-use of any means... The standards of judgment must be rooted in the whys and wherefores of life as it is lived, the world as it is, not our wished-for fantasy of the world as it should be...." pp.25-26
"The tenth rule... is you do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral garments.... It involves sifting the multiple factors which combine in creating the circumstances at any given time... Who, and how many will support the action?... If weapons are needed, then are appropriate d weapons available? Availability of means determines whether you will be underground or above ground; whether you will move quickly or slowly..." p.36
Alinsky's tactics were based, not on Stalin's revolutionary violence, but on the Neo-Marxist strategies of Antonio Gramsci, an Italian Communist. Relying on gradualism, infiltration and the dialectic process rather than a bloody revolution, Gramsci's transformational Marxism was so subtle that few even noticed the deliberate changes.