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  •  "Democrat" party? and u'd vote for shrub again? (5+ / 0-)

    Color me unconvinced.

    "Say little, do much" (Pirkei Avot 1:15)

    by hester on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 04:42:54 PM PST

    •  That's a great point about the chimp (4+ / 0-)

      On the other hand, I'm not going to hold "Democrat" Party against aguadito just now. Having listened to hate radio so much, he probably doesn't know any better. FWIW aguadito, it's the "Democratic Party". "Democrat Party" is a pejorative, designed to demean and put people into a defensive stance. If you've truly changed, you'll need to stop using conservative terms and pejorative words and phrases.

      "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

      by MargaretPOA on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 04:49:46 PM PST

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      •  I guess I never really thought of that (0+ / 0-)

        It just seems ridiculous to use the term "democratic party" as if automatically it's awesome just because it's "democratic" -- seems using the term "Democrat Party" is more specific to the political party which has quite often been very undemocratic.

        maybe it's because of how we use the term "democracy" and fling it around the world as an ideal, that makes me avoid using Democratic Party to describe that party.

        I'm not a partisan guy -- and I've been careful to avoid the term "democrat" / "democratic" unless it was in reference to my vote for Obama. I prefer the term "progressive" in this sense, as it frees me from binding my views to a party that has failed in many senses in the past.

        So while I am extremely skeptical of the Democratic Party, i'm hesitant to give it such a word that it isn't really deserving of in many ways, given the history of the party.

        •  What is so wrong with the history of the (1+ / 0-)
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          Democratic Party? It is the party of FDR and Truman and the party that supported the Civil Rights movement? What is so bad about the history of the Democratic Party?  

          I know I may be highly biased as I am a lifelong Democrat who grew up in a strong Union family. My grandfather and great grandfather were there during the formation of the United Mine Workers.   I have been heavily involved in the Democratic Party for 37 years now.

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          by wishingwell on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 02:46:30 AM PST

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    •  I'm sorry (0+ / 0-)

      That i don't treat the party that filibustered the civil rights act with more deference.

      I had to go back and look when i even used the term "democrat party" -- it was once, in a comment response.

      And I haven't edited or republished the essay to change any instances.

      So I think you're overreacting a bit.

      •  You do realize that the members of that party (3+ / 0-)
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        all flipped after the civil rights act and took over the party that you grew up associating with, right?  Southern Dems took over the party, opened the door for the religious right, and YOU thought that they were the people you wanted to be up until your magical transformation.

        "Kindly go render the fat in your head in a large kettle of boiling water. Thank you." - Bumblebums -7.38, -6.46

        by balancedscales on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 09:42:47 PM PST

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      •  Those Democrats became Republicans as did their (1+ / 0-)
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        supporters because of the Civil Rights Act. LBJ said the Democrats lost the south for a generation.  He was right.  Those pro segregation Democrats became Republicans.

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        by wishingwell on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 02:47:59 AM PST

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