Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.

Friday, January 27, 2012

What We Didn't Hear

From the Buffett rule to holding Wall Street accountable, there was plenty to like about President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday. But, if you're like me, you noticed a glaring omission:

Not once did President Obama mention Citizens United -- the Supreme Court ruling that opened the floodgates for corporate money to completely corrode politics.

We're already seeing the effect in the Republican presidential primary, as Newt Gingrich's campaign is propped up by million dollar contributions to his Super PAC. Can you imagine what this does to progressive reform? Want to change Wall Street? Or make corporations pay their fair share of taxes? Or protect our environment from dangerous drilling methods? You will have to beat back endless advertisements from anonymous Super PACs.

This isn't how elections should be run.

Please contribute $4 right now to fuel our campaign to overturn Citizens United.

Over 100,000 DFA members have signed on to our petition in support of Sen. Bernie Sanders' constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United. We'll deliver these signatures to U.S. Senators across the country and make sure that our voice is heard. Occupy Wall Street sparked a national discussion about wealth and power in this country. It's time to continue this discussion and turn outrage into action.

With your help, we'll elect progressive candidates bold enough to stand up against powerful interests for true campaign finance reform. With your help, we'll partner with progressive organizations across the country to bring this issue to the forefront and win.

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Nick Passanante, Deputy Political Director
Democracy for America

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