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Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:01 AM PDT

Throwing Democrats In The Trash

by vrhodes

Much has been made in recent weeks about the autopsy the Republican Party has conducted in the wake of two devastating national elections. This introspection is unprecedented and overdue. Although the Democratic Party’s has fared better in the last couple of cycles, I’d suggest a measure of introspection is in order for us as well.

Though a lifelong Democrat from a family of lifelong Democrats, I’ve only recently jumped headfirst into the inner workings of the Democratic party as an elected member of our county’s Central Committee. Shortly after being sworn in, I was appointed to serve as a delegate to the annual state convention.  It was at a training for the upcoming convention that I first observed what is expected of a “good Democrat.”

The friendly, genteel Regional Director I had just met was offering pointers to the group on how to navigate the convention. We were instructed to bring plenty of business cards for networking. We were then advised that we better plan on using a union shop when getting our cards printed. The next comment took me somewhat aback. The R.D. said, “when someone hands me a card, the first thing I do is look for the union ‘bug’, if I don’t see one on there, the card goes straight in the trash.”  Another union representative also stood up and reenforced the notion that to get along and make connections at the convention, you better stay at a union hotel and order business cards from a union printer.

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No sooner had the news cycle concluded with the violent shootout and cabin fire involving disgruntled ex-cop Chris Dorner, then the news hit of Ali Syed who used a shotgun to kill innocent victims from one end of Orange County, California to another. These two local stories of death and injury from gun violence were in the shadow of the Newtown massacre of 20 children and 6 adults just two months prior.

Predictably, the latest carnage had not even been mopped up when so-called “firearms experts” were giving interviews proclaiming that, "guns are not the issue."  A recent story featured Orange County “firearms expert” Greg Block who suggested that a frying pan or knife could be just as lethal and instead blamed video games and prescription drugs for society’s gun violence.

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