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Sat Apr 04, 2015 at 10:04 AM PDT

Life isn't fair

by imeanit

Have you noticed that life isn't fair and people don't act right? We cry foul and have fits, but, eventually we come to see this truth. Does that mean we should stop trying to achieve fairness? Does that mean WE shouldn't try to act right? Of course not! When we see unfairness in our world, we need to find legitimate ways to address it. The problem often becomes which issue do we want to address. If it affects us directly, then that is usually our cause. Unfairness that doesn't directly affect us just isn't such a big deal.

I saw a definition of privilege:  "Privilege is when you don't think something is a problem because it isn't a problem to you personally."  Let us now confront our privilege. Just because we haven't been raped, that doesn't mean we shouldn't stand up for victims' rights. Just because our unarmed child hasn't been killed by police, that doesn't mean we should look the other way and not speak out. Just because they aren't fracking in our neighborhood, that doesn't mean we should stand by and watch it happen to others.

We have voices. We can speak up when we see evil and injustice. It is #TimeToAct Contact the people you have elected to represent you and let them know how you feel on important issues. It is your right and it is your responsibility.

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Have you noticed that life isn't fair and people don't act right? We cry foul and have fits, but, eventually we come to see this truth. Does that mean we should stop trying to achieve fairness? Does that mean WE shouldn't try to act right? Of course not! When we see unfairness in our world, we need to find legitimate ways to address it. The problem often becomes which issue do we want to address. If it affects us directly, then that is usually our cause. Unfairness that doesn't directly affect us just isn't such a big deal.

I saw a definition of privilege:  "Privilege is when you don't think something is a problem because it isn't a problem to you personally."  Let us now confront our privilege. Just because we haven't been raped, that doesn't mean we shouldn't stand up for victims' rights. Just because our unarmed child hasn't been killed by police, that doesn't mean we should look the other way and not speak out. Just because they aren't fracking in our neighborhood, that doesn't mean we should stand by and watch it happen to others.

We have voices. We can speak up when we see evil and injustice. It is #TimeToAct Contact the people you have elected to represent you and let them know how you feel on important issues. It is your right and it is your responsibility.

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Fri Nov 07, 2014 at 05:39 AM PST

The Lost Art of Compromise

by imeanit

If it weren't for the fact that our Founding Father's knew how to compromise, we would never have gotten our Constitution. What exactly is compromise? Does that mean nobody gets what they want? No,  it does not! Compromise requires both skill and tact. It means mutual agreement. Both sides need to find areas of common ground. Civil behavior is the first step in the process. We have to disagree without attacking the moral character of our opponent. We will never get anywhere when we demonize the other side. Does anyone seriously think their ideas will be accepted if they call their opponent names? If you go around telling lies about your opponent, how can you expect them to want to work with you? Want to help? See below

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If you are running for office, it's pretty obvious that you want to get elected. Political parties want to get their candidates elected. The Times article tells of efforts to reach out to certain demographic groups who have not recently participated in elections. According to research analysis explained in the article the following groups were less likely to be registered or vote in recent elections: voters under age 30, black and Hispanic voters, and single women. The article tells how parties are reaching out to these voters and trying to get them engaged in the up coming November 4 midterm election. It also tells of efforts to reduce voter turnout among these groups.

One idea they mentioned was reminder cards. At registration the person fills out a card and the party mails it back to them prior to the election. Will it work? Who knows, but, coupled with face-to-face, door-to-door voter contact, it sure couldn't hurt. I think it's an idea worth trying.

Pat Taylor Fuller is an Editor for Progressive Democrats - Moving Forward, Not Back, and she has a blogspot named Pat's Commentaryhttp://pageposts1123.blogspot.com/

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That is the question some of us are asking. Will Democrats perform as they usually do in midterm elections and sit out the November 4 general election? I guess that remains to be seen. What do know is this: IT MUST NOT HAPPEN! Sorry to shout, but, I REALLY MEAN IT! So what can you do? For one go here: http://www.dscc.org/... You can go here: http://www.dscc.org/... select a state and sign up to help. It is all set up and ready for you to take action. At a minimum, you can tweet or post on Facebook about the race. You can also enter your email to get future calls to action. You can click the read more link to learn what the DSCC has to say about that state's race. Also check this one: http://www.dscc.org/... Please get involved and help in any way you can to Get Out The Vote.

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Will you vote in the midterm election November 4?

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Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 03:54 PM PST

Time to Unite Democrats

by imeanit

I am no political expert by any stretch of the imagination. But, I believe with all my heart that this year, 2014, is absolutely crucial for all Democrats, progressives, Blue Dogs, moderates, conservatives, to come together to support Democratic candidates.
If we don't stop the petty bickering around individual policy matters, we are going to be on the outside looking in, in DC. If we allow our differences to keep us from uniting behind the Democratic candidates, we are opening the door for the Republicans to take over. If you think the last few years have been bad for our country, just let them have control of both houses of Congress. Now, I am asking all of you who want to move this country forward to stop the bickering and work together to GOTV for Democrats this year.

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Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 04:20 PM PST

Unemployment Woes

by imeanit

I have been communicating with a person on Twitter since before Christmas about how unemployment has affected them. I have tried to guide the person to places to get assistance and given encouragement to the person to hang in there until Congress gets its act together and passes the extension of unemployment benefits. Sadly, I have run out of ideas. That is why I decided to publish this person's story in their own words. The person wants to remain unnamed as this whole experience has created a lot of shame for them. Please read below the fold one person's story of unemployment. By the way, this person is now an American citizen.

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Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 12:49 PM PDT

#StandwithVox

by imeanit

A twitter friend of mine, @DeniseRomano , is facing a subpoena of her tweets from the Texas DPS. During the #StandwithWendy Texas legislature fiasco, Denise was kind enough to offer her home to protesters as a place to relax and refresh. Now, she's been accused of terrorist's threats. Ridiculous! She is kind and funny and friendly. Maybe a little satirical occassionally but never a serious threat to anyone.

So if you have a minute, please tweet #StandwithVox and show her that she's not alone in this. Thank you.

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Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 11:22 AM PST

Guns in Schools is Not the Answer

by imeanit

I worked in a K-12 school with nearly 1000 students under one roof. All the elementary classrooms on the first floor had doors to the outside. There were nine main entry doors throughout the building. Can someone tell me how we could put armed guards in that school? How many would we need? When I retired, they didn't replace my position to save the district money. Who would pay for all these armed guards? Even if the gun industry paid their salaries and benefits, would you want your children or grandchildren to go to school with armed guard stationed at every entrance? My suggestion is this: Ask the parents and police from Newtown who are willing to advise Vice-president Biden's commission on sane and practical ways to address the gun problem.

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Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 04:31 PM PST

Making Nice at Thanksgiving Dinner

by imeanit

I was aware that dinner would be a challenge. My daughter-in-law's parents are farmers and very conservative. They are ultra-Christian and do not like Obama or Democrats. My son and his wife are both education professionals and identify as progressives. My son professes to be an atheist, not sure about his wife. My hubby is a moderate, Democrat and supported Obama. I am progressive, Democrat. So, what to discuss at dinner? Crafty daughter-in-law selected some life issue questions and put them under our plates. We each took turns reading our question and then going around the table sharing our answers. It was a good idea and we did learn about each other in more depth than we'd done at previous dinners. The devil must have gotten to my daughter-in-law because she threw out an Obama reference like a gauntlet before her father. It wasn't long before he got in a few RW talking points. My hubby and I both bit our tongues. I almost choked when her dad mentioned the 51% relying on the government handouts. Has he heard of farm subsidies? Oh, well. Gotta keep the peace.

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Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 02:49 PM PST

Guess what I did on Nov. 6?

by imeanit

I voted early in Illinois so that I could volunteer to drive people to the polls. I didn't get a call until nearly noon. It was a woman who spoke with a Spanish accent. She gave me her address and her polling place. As I drove the 8 miles to town to pick her up, I wondered if I was being pranked by some ornery Republicans who'd picked up the Democratic flyer offering rides to the polls. When I got to the address, a lady in her mid forties came down the front steps. She thanked me all the way to her polling place. She was so excited. You see, she'd just become an American citizen on May 18 in Peoria and this was her first time voting. How cool was that? I feel so blessed to have been a part of her story.

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Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 03:41 AM PST

Hey, Mitt Listen Up.

by imeanit

Dear Gov. Romney,
I don’t think you should feel too bad about the results of the 2012 election. Nearly 62 million Americans didn’t reject you as much as we rejected the policies of the GOP. Bottom line, we just don’t trust the GOP to look out for our interests. You see, anytime Republicans think it is okay to pay CEO’s $16 million a year while keeping the minimum wage below $9.00/hr. we wonder how you think that’s okay. The GOP wants to give nice tax incentives to big oil while cutting back on Medicare and Medicaid. How can we trust your party when it seems to us that profit and greed are your basic tenets? Then there is the big government/small government thing. We just don’t get how you can say we need less government and fewer regulations and then your party’s governors and legislatures write laws forcing women to have trans-vaginal ultrasounds before they can have an abortion. You don’t want to regulate banks, but you do want to regulate who can get married. You see to most of America, that just doesn’t make any sense.
We also realize that Democrats don’t have all the answers either. But, one thing we do believe is that that party will look out for the interests of all Americans, not just a select few. So until the GOP can figure out a way to reach out to women, young people, and people of color, forget about winning.
Sincerely,
A Democrat.

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