[oldembed width="420" height="245" src="https://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640" flashvars="launch=45087377^1524484^1950994&width=420&height=245" fid="2"]
You wouldn't know it from looking at this line up, but there's a change a-brewing. I've gone to multiple Occupy protest sites (including Occupy Oakland the day that Mayor Quan said that she wouldn't fight the encampment) this week and I truly haven't been this optimistic in a long time. I started blogging all those many years ago because I didn't hear a voice like mine--arguing for the liberal side of things--in the national dialogue. I would hear friends and neighbors repeat things they heard on the news that I knew were not true and it was a tiny stab in my heart each time. But I measure those years with what I see as a great awakening and I think that we're collectively starting to get it. I live in a fairly well-to-do, politically moderate to conservative area. At our local Occupy protest, I talked to people who acknowledged that they had been complacent too long, and now they found themselves underwater on their mortgage, found themselves without retirement plans, found themselves with adult children back in their home, unable to find jobs and saddled with school debt. They've realized that the American Dream has slipped away from them and their children and are no longer willing to be complacent about it.
But of course, the media isn't going to talk about this...it presents their parent corporations in a bad light. So we'll focus on the ridiculous horse race of a Republican primary where the candidates are actually vying with each other on whose plan will be worse for the 99%. The good news is that it appears that Americans aren't interested in not being listened to any more.
ABC's "This Week" - 2012 GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann; Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Panel: Dick Armey, Freedom Works; National Journal; Austan Goolsbee; Cokie Roberts; George Will
NBC's "Meet the Press" - White House adviser David Plouffe.
NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" - Panel: Andrea Mitchell, Bob Woodward, Katty Kay, John Heilemann. Topics: 50 Years Since JFK: Barack Obama "Had" the Magic Four Years Ago. What Can He Learn From JFK Now? Why Conservative Leaders Fear Romney's GOP Opponents Are Losing the Election for Him.
CBS' "Face the Nation" - 2012 GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain.
CNN's "State of the Union" - 2012 GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul; David Axelrod, adviser to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - The global economy; Occupy Wall Street: Niall Ferguson, Newsweek; Jeffrey Sachs, Earth Institute. Libya; death of Gadhafi: Bernard-Henri Lévy. Author Michael Lewis
CNN's "Reliable Sources" - Reliable Sources Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's remarks on “birther” questions; Herman Cain vs. Karl Rove: Jennifer Rubin, the Washington Post; Roger Simon, Politico; John Aravosis. The style of journalism of Jason Mattera and James O'Keefe: Glynnis MacNichol, Business Insider; Paul Farhi, the Washington Post. Author Jeff Jarvis.
"Fox News Sunday" - 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry.
So what's catching your eye this week?