Leading by example, President Obama urged people to get involved in their community, writing "As one people, we will show when ordinary citizens come together to participate in the democracy we love, justice will not be denied."
Calls for the Progressives to "break up" with the Democratic Party as an abusive partner miss the mark. The problems is actually their neglect of the party.
An implicit goal of the War on Poverty was to make the US a true meritocracy, and in this sense, it missed its target.
The right's Saul Alinsky phobia comes from a belief that only certain kinds of Americans should have power, and the rest should be passive recipients of whatever the powerful inflict upon them.