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  •  Stay classy, merrywidow. (5+ / 0-)

    We'll remember not to call on you for help in trying to break the stranglehold the lunatics have on our state governments.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:03:12 AM PDT

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    •  Red state liberals will have to help themselves (1+ / 0-)
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      or plan to move to a blue state....

      •  Then don't come calling to me for contributions (3+ / 0-)
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        ColoTim, rovertheoctopus, AmericanAnt

        to defeat some R-•sshole that's running against your blue senator or congressman in your blue state.

        Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
        I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
        —Spike Milligan

        by polecat on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:35:00 AM PDT

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      •  We were becoming a purple state. (5+ / 0-)

        That's why this shit is so heartbreaking. Gerrymandering really fucked us over, for one- something that was true on a national level. This is the third time NC has had a Republican governor in 100  years. Massachusetts can't say that. California has had far more R's than D's in the governor's office in 100 years. You're sweeping generalizations don't hold up.

        Guess what? I've lived in four notoriously "blue" states. They were all full of superficial progressivism. This country would look a lot different if that weren't true. You really aren't telling the truth here, and it's just lousy to be that mean-spirited.

        •  And another problem is (2+ / 0-)
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          People constantly conflate voters with the actual government when discussing who is "red" or "blue." In simple terms, the body of government is a smaller sample of the population's wishes. But these voter desires go through a filtration process during the election cycles from all the gerrymandering, half-truth c.v.'s advertised by candidates, and monied interests at play. Input voter desires, output garbage. It's a stacked deck, I fear. I need to stop my rant soon, or I'll slide down a slippery slope, but I'm more and more appreciating that our political process is being hijacked by a very small number of people with hoards of cash, and with media continuously toeing the line of false equivalencies instead of honest investigations. Instead of giving air only to science or factual evidence, it's the endless spectacle of he-says-she-says, favoring the drama and theatrics over the actual plot.

          NC is just yet another piece of evidence in this picture. Labeling it a certain "color" on the grounds of its nutty leaders does nothing to explain similar goings-on around the country, even in "blue" states.

          "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~Edward Abbey ////\\\\ "To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships." ~W.E.B. DuBois

          by rovertheoctopus on Fri May 03, 2013 at 09:57:44 AM PDT

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