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  •  It takes a while to realize that (26+ / 0-)

    It took the Obama administration to teach me that lesson.  I thought the Clinton years were an aberration, and blamed the DLC types for the corruption of his administration.  But after Obama came in and named Larry Summers and Tim Geithner to save our economy, I thought "Oh shit.  Here we go again."  That feeling was confirmed with the spectacular sell-out on the health care bill.  It was too obvious for me to ignore that the Democrats of our time are mere pretenders to the title, as compared with their predecessors.  The exceptions prove the rule, none more than Bernie Sanders.  He's such a good Democrat he won't even call himself a Democrat anymore.  If chained-CPI passes, I may follow his example.

    Plenty of people came to this conclusion before I did.  It takes us the time it takes.  But once you realize this, there's no going back.  Wishful thinking doesn't change reality, no matter how many times we try.

    If you want to cut Social Security, you're not a real Democrat.

    by Dallasdoc on Sun May 12, 2013 at 05:34:43 PM PDT

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    •  I didn't think that the Clinton Administration (10+ / 0-)

      was an aberration and I didn't think that Obama was much different.  What I didn't know was that "The Safe Minority" was a ruse.  I thought it was comprised of mostly people of principle who would take a stand against the more conservative leanings of the Clinton/Obama "third way" people.  But they fell to their knees in worship or fear depending on the issue instead of fighting the good fight for principles.

      That's my revelation.  I thought a Democratic majority would help the Obama Administration - but what we saw was a bunch of lemmings complaining while they went over the cliff.  Useless sods.

      •  I look at them as salesmen (5+ / 0-)

        I've come to see both parties as sales divisions for Oligarchy, Inc.  They have different brands that appeal to different target audiences, along with well-worn sales pitches promising delights that never seem to get delivered.  One lot may fuck things up more than the other one, but neither one would dream of actually working for us.  They're more carnival barkers than representatives.

        The few principled folks help to maintain the brand, and keep the customers believing in it.  They represent what the target audience wants to believe it's buying, and I don't even know if most of them realize that that's their job.

        If you want to cut Social Security, you're not a real Democrat.

        by Dallasdoc on Sun May 12, 2013 at 07:20:08 PM PDT

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    •  The Oligarchy of the 1% Owns Both Parties (4+ / 0-)

      The GOP has a gerrymandered lock on the House until the 2020 census. Harry Reid has maintained McConnell's control of the agenda by refusing to reform the filibuster. Obama, lover of Wall Street, never even got to being a lame duck. He went straight to "Dead Duck" status. The Democratic Party is a sick joke.

    •  We are not the first generation of (1+ / 0-)
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      Democratic voters to realize this, Dallasdoc.  Maybe we will be the first generation of Democratic voters not to allow ourselves to be shouted down by our "own" side.  Here's to ya!

      •  Yep. (5+ / 0-)
        The Republican and Democratic parties are alike capitalist parties — differing only in being committed to different sets of capitalist interests — they have the same principles under varying colors, are equally corrupt and are one in their subservience to capital and their hostility to labor.
        -- Eugene Debs (1855 - 1926)

        “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” – Abraham Lincoln

        by Sagebrush Bob on Sun May 12, 2013 at 10:39:06 PM PDT

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