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Mobilize for Healthcare and Progress

January 22, 2010

The Right-Wing/Tea-Party/Teabagger Movement (Whatever you prefer to call them.) Is active on Twitter and has mobilized an aggressive action to try to put the fear of God (or, at least, the fear of Martha Coakley) into Democratic Representatives and Senators. Their immediate goal is to prevent the House from passing the Senate’s Health Care Reform bill, which is currently our last, best chance to get something through this session.

More importantly, though, between the hysterics of the Mainstream media, Fox “News” and the exceedingly vocal right, there is a very real danger that the lesson the Democratic leadership takes away from the Massachusetts loss is that we’ve over-reached and need to retrench even more toward the center. Of course, poll after poll has proven this to not be the case. The frustration out there is not that the Democrats are doing too much, but rather that they have not achieved enough. Whether fair or unfair, this is the case.

Right now, it is vitally important that the Democrats in Congress hear from the people that actually put them there. (The only people, it must be said, that would conceivably vote for them again. Certainly the Teabaggers bombarding them with harassing canned text right now would never support any of them.) They need to know the will of their true constituency. If the Progressive agenda is to move forward again, we must re-light the fire in the belly we had in 2008. Take a good, long look at Senator-elect Scott Brown: that’s where complacency has gotten us.

The following is the list of Senators and Representatives currently under fire by “Operation Waterloo” (You read that right.) Please reach out to them. Tweets are great, but phone calls, email, letters and office visits  are much more effective. I had wanted to provide all contact information, but haven’t had the time to get it all together. But, hey, we’re Progressives, we’re smart, we can google, right?

NAME    State/District    Twitter ID
Rep. Joe Baca    CA 43    @BacaCA43
Rep. Sandy Levin    MI 12    @repsandylevin
Rep. Leonard Boswell    IA 3    @LeonardBoswell
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords    AZ8    @Rep_Giffords
Rep. Neil Abercrombie    HI1    @NeilAbercrombie
Rep. Tammy Baldwin    WI 2    @RepTammyBaldwin
Rep. Earl Blumenaur    OR3    @repbluemenaur
Rep. Russ Carabhan    Mo3    @RepCarnahan
Rep. Artur Davis    AL7    @ArturDavis
Rep. Norm Dicks    WA6    @RepNormDicks
Rep. Mike Doyle    PA14    @USRepMikeDoyle
Rep.Mike Honda    CA    @RepMikeHonda
Rep. Marcia Fudge    OH11    @mlfudge
Rep. Jim Himes    CT4    @jahimes
Rep. Keith Ellison    MN5    @keithellison
Rep. Jay Inslee    WA    @RepInsleeNews
Rep. Steve Israel    NY2    @RepSteveIsrael
Rep. Hank Johnson    GA    @RepHankJohnson
Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy    OH15    @MaryjoKilroy
Sen. Barbara Boxer    CA    @barbara_boxer
Rep. Maxine Waters    CA35    @MaxineWaters
Sen. Dick Durbin        IL
Sen. Russ Feingold    WI    @RussFeingold
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan    NM3    @repbenraylujan
Rep. Ed Markey        @Markeymemo
Rep Kendrick Meek    Fl17    @KendrickMeek
Rep. Gregory Meeks    NY6    @GregoryMeeks
Rep. George Miller    CA7    @AskGeorge
Rep Gwen Moore    WI4    @RepGwenMoore
Rep. Jim Moran    VA8    @jim_Moran
Rep. Jim Oberstar    MN8    @JimOberstar
Rep. Jared Polis    CO2    @Jaredpolis
Rep. Frank Pallone    NJ6    @FrankPallone
Rep. Ed Perlmutter    CO7    @RepPerlmutter
Rep. Charles Rangel    NY15    @cbrangel
Rep. Tom Perriello    VA5    @tomperriello
Rep. Chellie Pingree    ME1    @chelliepingree
Rep. Tim Ryan    OH17    @timryan
Rep. Kurt Schrader    OR5    @repschrader
Rep. Joe Sestak    PA7    @joeSestak
Rep. Albio Sires    NJ13    @Rep_Albio_Sires
Rep. Adam Smith        @Rep_Adam_Smith
Sen. John Kerry    MA    @johnKerry
Sen. Jeff Merkley    OR    @SenJeffMerkley
Sen. Robert Menendez    NJ    @SenatorMenendez
Sen. Claire McCaskill    MO    @clairecmc
Sen. Bill Nelson    FL    @SenBillNelson
Sen. Mark Udall    CO    @MarkUdall
Sen. Ben Nelson    NE    @SenBenNelson
Sen. Tom Udall    NM    @SenatorTomUdall
Sen, Arlen Specter    PA    @SenArlenSpecter
Sen. Mark Warner    VA    @MarkWarner
Sen. Harry Reid    NV    @SenatorReid
Sen. Blanche Lincoln    AR    @blanche4Senate

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 27, 2010 11:27 am

    Just called Hank Johnson’s office whose receptionist seemed to appreciate the support.

  2. January 25, 2010 2:47 pm

    Great list. Thanks for posting.

    Teabaggers are also targetting the other FL Senate seat formerly held by Mel Martinez. Somewhat moderate Republican Charlie Crist running for that seat and the Teabaggers have put up Marco Rubio to run against Crist.
    Rubio is now tied in the polls.
    The Teabaggers also ousted the head of the FL GOP because he supported Crist.

    I’d love to see Crist pull a Lincoln Chafee and become an independent. (Remember, Crist supported Obama’s stimulus plan and introduced him at a speech)

  3. oldwolves permalink
    January 23, 2010 4:10 pm

    Is that the new word for the socialistic, anti-American values movement? Progressives? Us ‘teabaggers’ don’t mind forward moving processes that work. We abhor reckless, poorly thought out, feel good plans that do more harm than good. We don’t like when politicians promise the moon and deliver shadows at ten times the cost originally made. We see the future as something that has to be carefully planned, less we find ourselves thralls to those who call themselves ‘progressives’. Elitist ego maniacs who live under the false delusion that they know better. Well, you don’t. Only I know whats best for me. And I’ll thank you to mind your own damn business and stop enforcing your pathetic need to control me by government mandate.

  4. Steve Miller permalink
    January 22, 2010 7:35 pm

    Please slow down on the health care reform. Everyone supports health care reform, just not force fed per se. There is a lot of merit to the bill but there are just too many issues to pass as is. In general the overall system needs to be looked at from primary care to hospital to medevacs etc. The issue is complex and you are unable to solve a very complex system with one bill. Take it a step at a time and we’ll get there!!!

  5. MJSmith permalink
    January 22, 2010 3:48 pm

    and in between phone calls and letter-writing, sign this petition!
    http://act.boldprogressives.org/cms/thanks/reconciliation?action_id=2814447&akid=253.310157.f1gAmR

  6. Julia Adair permalink
    January 22, 2010 3:09 pm

    we can either run around like Chicken Little, crying that the sky is falling. or we can mobilize and actually DO SOMETHING. the time is NOW!!! act!!!!

    thank you for compiling this list. now if people will just USE IT!!

  7. January 22, 2010 2:59 pm

    Thanks for the call to action. I will be watching the news channels to see the results of this mobilization! Let me know when you get a dozen people to show up to do anything for anybody.
    TEA people have a compelling mission statement. The current elected officials are not servants of the people, but view themselves as somehow insulated from the problems of common folk. Sorry, but we are common people.
    However, I am sure all of your comrades view themselves as chosen to save us from ourselves.

  8. Jon williams permalink
    January 22, 2010 2:58 pm

    This is great. Thank you

  9. Barbara Snowberger permalink
    January 22, 2010 1:58 pm

    They took the Operation Waterloo Page down..

  10. Barbara Snowberger permalink
    January 22, 2010 1:50 pm

    Thanks for setting this up..Great work..lets get mobilized..

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