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  •  I agree. (14+ / 0-)

    But the Democrats are no better on that score. After all, they fall over backwards to help the Republicans tie their hands while whining about the obstruction.

    Our government is broken. From what I've been reading, it's the predictable end-game of a Petrostate, even a declining one such as the U.S.

    Frankly, I'd rather take down Exxon or Goldman Sachs, the way we're taking down RushBeckistan, than elect another "better" Democrat who's going to wind up singing for the bankster choir.

    by Words In Action on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 08:01:45 AM PDT

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    •  Can't Argue With That (7+ / 0-)

      The glut of corporate money has drowned our democracy.

      This head movie makes my eyes rain.

      by The Lone Apple on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 08:19:51 AM PDT

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    •  "no better?" (0+ / 0-)

      Every GOP House member voted against the Stimulus bill in 2009. Only 11 Democrats voted against. In the Senate all Democrats voted for; only 3 Republicans voted for. This is pattern is typical. The GOP is a very disciplined opposition that has Tea Party voters constantly pushing it.
      If you give Democrats no credit you are really helpiing Republicans by discouraging other voters. Look at your own members of Congress. If they are Democrats, how do they vote? Next year you can vote in the primary. Right now you can explore your options, encourage a primary opponent if that is what you need.

      Censorship is rogue government.

      by scott5js on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 09:32:51 AM PDT

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      •  They always pick enough to lose (2+ / 0-)
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        and the rest save face. And they take turns looking bad to their constituents.

        There's no number of Democrats that would break this spell. The number that the plutocrats need to influence for any particular vote requiring 60 (i.e., ALL of them) will always be manageable.

        One of the few fronts where this pattern seems breakable is federal GLBT rights.

        Frankly, I'd rather take down Exxon or Goldman Sachs, the way we're taking down RushBeckistan, than elect another "better" Democrat who's going to wind up singing for the bankster choir.

        by Words In Action on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 10:12:43 AM PDT

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      •  I live in Utah. (6+ / 0-)

        Due to the conservatism of the native population and two egregious rounds of gerrymandering, the only Democrat who's won a federal seat has been Jim Matheson, who is about 75% Republican. That won't be changing any time soon. They almost certainly will get at least one more round of gerrymandering before the minority population start having a real impact. And by then, no doubt the voter suppression techniques will have expanded enough to give them another round after that...

        Outside of Salt Lake County and a couple of other pockets, the Democratic Party has little future in Utah. And most of the Democrats here could run as Republicans elsewhere.

        Frankly, I'd rather take down Exxon or Goldman Sachs, the way we're taking down RushBeckistan, than elect another "better" Democrat who's going to wind up singing for the bankster choir.

        by Words In Action on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 10:17:26 AM PDT

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      •  Conspiracy theory (0+ / 0-)

        Taking turns to let Republicans win?
        The stimulus bill passed both houses, at a time when both houses had Democratic majorities. This was an illustration of how disciplined the GOP can be, the Democratic Party less so.
        We Kossacks do not have the track record of winning primaries that the Tea Party does.
        Generic complaining about "the Democrats" accomplishes nothing.

        Censorship is rogue government.

        by scott5js on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 11:05:02 AM PDT

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    •  The top priority of government (1+ / 0-)
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      is to protect its citizens from abuse. Secular or religious.  

      The Writers of the Constitution were in our situation. Sucked dry by corporate greed and warring religions, with a king who favored corporations over subjects.

      If the government really wanted to create jobs, it would move its contracted functions  back in-house.  Cut out the leech middleman.

      Joy shared is doubled. Pain shared is halved. Spider Robinson

      by nolagrl on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 11:07:17 AM PDT

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