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  •  Well, it's the old (1+ / 0-)
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    entrelac

    Democrats-vs.-3rd-Party conundrum, isn't it?

    It's really a personal decision, how you direct your money and energies for progressive change. There are good, responsible arguments to made for either kind of involvement.

    It's an area that still unresolved for me, though I've chosen to remain a Democrat--to stay with this one analogy. It's a well-established Party with many resources smaller political parties lack. I'm really comfortable with the notion of a "Big Tent," and having to work with others very different from myself to get things accomplished.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 09:52:07 AM PST

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    •  But it doesn't have to go there (1+ / 0-)
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      At least, I don't think it does.

      I know Dean already tried this once, and we got our asses kicked, but we could try changing the party by creating infrastructure linked to politicians that we trust, as above. Democratic politicians like Grayson, Warren, etc. Even people like Zerban.

      The problem I now have with working with those very different from me to get things accomplished is that it seems to me that not a lot gets accomplished. I don't see that they have the same loyalty to those in the Democratic Wing of the Democratic party that we have to them. In fact, it seems like--in many cases-- they are happier working with Republicans than with us.

      So I'm not necessarily saying go to a 3rd party. But if I'm going to stay in this party, I want my energy going to something that matters.

      if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 10:02:45 AM PST

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