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A community is nothing without infrastructure. If the roads are shoddy, the electricity and/or telephone service is intermittent, and the water supply is polluted, the residents will have difficulty working, communicating, enjoying themselves, and staying healthy. Similarly, if all of the above are top-notch, but the roads lead to empty fields, or the water supply and the other utilities are only available to certain segments of the population, the same problems arise, save for the lucky few who happen to have access. And because the community needs infrastructure, people in the community work hard to provide a solid, well-planned roads (for example), not just for the sake of having good roads, but rather for the sake of the community that will be using them.

Political institutions are just the same. People don’t rush in to save a

Show Me Progress is not just a single progressive website starting up in a red state. We’re part of a much larger shift from the explosion of blogs on the national scene to a network of blogs focused on events at the local and state level. Even more than that, we’re part of a larger effort to build a sturdy progressive infrastructure that will leverage our numbers into greater political power, whether it’s fundraising for candidates, pushing politicians on the issues or highlighting candidates that deserve greater attention.

Why is this necessary, you might ask? In case you haven’t noticed, the right has been doing this for decades. They have a network of think tanks, talk radio hosts, and advocacy groups all across the nation. Look at Missouri