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  •  Good riddance. (15+ / 0-)

    While I don't believe conservatives are principled period, I'll at least admit that the Tea Party was much worse than standard conservatism. The Republican Party is vile on its own, but the Tea Party added a new dimension of nastiness to it.

     Which leads me to a somewhat meta point to share. If only the Democratic Party would purge conservatives from its own ranks. I remember when the Democratic Party platform was "Peace, Progress and Prosperity". That platform is a solid, liberal one that represents Democratic Party values. For every conservative and libertarian that joins the party, they nip away at this platform.

     You could say I'm a fundamentalist liberal Democrat. I have no tolerance for any brand of conservatism, especially when it rears its ugly head within the Democratic Party.

    •  That's basically where I am as well. (3+ / 0-)
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      Granted, at 25, I'm too young to remember when our faction of the party was the dominant one.  

      But "Peace, Progress, and Prosperity" was basically what I was raised on, and it was the Democratic party I was raised to believe existed.

      How I wish my parents' Democratic Party, the party of people like George McGovern and (pre vice-presidency) Hubert Humphrey, still existed.

      •  I'm 30 years old, not that much older. :) (8+ / 0-)

        Glad to know I'm not the only one who feels that way!

         My first reply is pretty sanctimonious, but I had to get my point across. I'm pro-labor, pro-social safety net, anti-war, anti-corruption, anti-secrecy, pro-civil liberties, pro-civil rights, and pro-science and pro-technology to name a few of my positions.

         I know the Democratic Party isn't perfect, but that's okay because it's the most powerful party that represents liberal/center-left views and policies in this country. However that doesn't mean the Democratic Party is immune to criticism or challenges.

         That's the gist of how I feel. The Bush years left me feeling really bitter, hence my stringently anti-conservative rhetoric.

        •  Ideally I am with that sentiment. (1+ / 0-)
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          The problem lies with the real world.  It isn't black and white and the boundries of blue and red are blurred in most districts in the country.  Adding in the demonization of the left and you have a real problem getting some to vote Democratic.  After Nixon the right developed a plan to get back at the left.  The demonization began born of a resentment and developed into a hate of everything even tinged with blue.  It was a very successful campaign.  The left is finally fighting back but those blue dogs and the wimpy defense of the platform are the result of the left's relaxed attitude in the 80's.  

          Everyone! Arms akimbo!

          by tobendaro on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 05:02:57 AM PST

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          •  It needs to stop. (0+ / 0-)

            I know what you're talking about, but it's no excuse. The Democratic Party needs to stick to a strong liberal platform and get the word out in a responsible and meaningful fashion; basically standing by its liberal principles and policies and demonstrating how they're good for society.

             Kowtowing to the very forces that lied and manipulated their way to power isn't doing the Democratic Party any good. The Blue Dogs and DLC shouldn't even be taken seriously.

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