This is my last diary/comment and the end of my active participation on dailykos. Unfortunately, this site has gone the way of all the rest, which is really too bad.
I just read Joan McCarter's frontpage post from yesterday about how Elizabeth Warren was instrumental in the vetoing of the foreclosure bill. But, something else stood out to me.
Just wanted to gauge the preferences for Chicago voters (and non-Chicago voters who are following this race and the candidates).
I haven't been around here for a while (personal reasons, as well as focusing on working to get out the vote for the elections), but I can see things around here are pretty much the same. It's like soap operas--you can not watch them for years and then tune into one episode and it's like you never missed a thing. But, this diary also has to do with my disillusionment of self-described "progressives". To be clear, this is not to attack "progressives"; I actually agree with you all on many issues--at least idealogically, if not always practically on how to actually make real-world, hard progress. But, this is more of a personal reflection of my own political journey thus far, and how my views have grown and changed, and yet ended up pretty much back where I started.
I know this isn't a real diary, but I just wanted to gauge people's feedback.
Article text below:article on pres. obama's federal court nominees
I believe that a conscious decision was made long ago, from the powers-that-be and their media structures--left, right, and center. And, that decision was to do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes to systematically, relentlessly, and purposefully take. this. president. down. There are different motivations, but the goal is the same. From my observations (which, I admit, are from polling I've seen and some anecdotal personal experience), about 30% of the country is the crazy right, about 10% is the chronically-dissatisfied left, about 10% is the reachable "middle", and the rest is the group in which I identify with--the other 40%. In this diary, I will mainly focus on these last two groups and the importance of the relationship thereof.
"Of the 500 promises he's made, he has kept, or at least began progress, on 400 of them." That was Jonathan Alter, citing the Pulitzer prize-winning fact-checking website Politifact on C-Span's Washington Journal last week. I think most independent historians agree that this president and administration has been the best for the middle class and working people since Lyndon Johnson. And yet...
I've been thinking on this awhile, but something's always held me back. It may be my independent streak and dislike for labels, instilled in me by my father. It may have been my misunderstanding that being a member of an organized party meant that I had to agree with every piece of the platform or would be associated with every self-identified member of that party. But, today, I changed my mind--and this is a big decision for me. So, tomorrow, when my local village hall opens, I will walk in and proudly ask to change my voter id registration from independent to democrat. Here's why:
I am an African-American woman. I am an educated, skilled, trained dental hygienist, although I am currently working part-time in a job that I am highly over-qualified for. A couple years ago, I had a very difficult pregnancy and premature baby that caused me to leave my good-paying job and be subsequently laid-off. As a result, my family is living at a lower standard of living than we were previously, but we are still making ends meet (thanks to my husband), and I'm not complaining because we are blessed. My appeal to those who think that killing the current healthcare bill is a viable path to bigger, better legislation is this: I am humbly asking for solidarity and your support at this juncture, despite your mistrust and misgivings. I am asking you to trust another part of the base: African-American women. I am asking that all parts of the base unite as one, for at least these next few weeks to get this bill passed. Here's why:
Would everyone please just stop for a moment and think about this. Regarding healthcare reform and the public option, or lack thereof.
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