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  •  It gets frustrating. Not saying you do it, (6+ / 0-)

    but a lot of the ardent Kossack supporters of the President and this administration do seem to view any criticism as a sort of treason... their frequent disclaimers that "I criticize too" notwithstanding.

    Many of us acceded to the reasonable request to hold off on voicing our differences till after the election. There was a tacit promise made in return though: that after Mr. Obama was safely reelected, criticism of the critics would also be tempered.

    That promise has mostly not been kept.

    I'm at a point where it's hard to hold onto the belief that Mr. Obama is any sort of champion--flawed or not--of progressive ideas or of working Americans. That's not where I want to be. The Democratic Party has never been the progressive bastion I'd like it to be, but as long as it mostly respected the principles of its own party platform, it clearly was worth supporting.

    Now though, party loyalty seems not just pointless but actively counter-productive.

    When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill...

    by PhilJD on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 02:29:55 PM PST

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    •  Indeed it does get frustrating (1+ / 0-)
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      and I'm trying to find a way forward on that.  It has seemed pretty tough to know which way to jump.  Sadly, my sense is that triangulation is very fashionable, so that part of the strategy on the part of some politicians is to gain stature by putting down people on the left to show they can "take on their base."  Leaves one feeling somewht hard done by for sure.

      this is the first time I may have been taken for an Obamaroxer, though.  i think a number of people would be shocked!  :D

      Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

      by Mindful Nature on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 02:38:21 PM PST

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      •  Sorry! (0+ / 0-)

        Didn't mean to park you under the wrong hat!

        When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill...

        by PhilJD on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 03:14:52 PM PST

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        •  No worries! (1+ / 0-)
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          I take it as a sign that I'm mellowing out in my old age, which is a very good thing

          Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

          by Mindful Nature on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 03:57:37 PM PST

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