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  •  How right you are: (3+ / 0-)
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    progress on the environment, defense, general welfare, budget and other issues will remain elusive, even, I fear, if Democratic majorities emerge in Congress,
    Of course they will remain elusive, even if the Democrats control Congress and the Presidency.

    Recall that a few years ago, the Democrats had such a position.  Yet they were stymied by that mighty filibuster - but oh how they tried!  (/sarcasm)

    Here's the thing:  Today's Democratic Party will never advance truly progressive economic policy.  The proof is in the fact that something (usually the filibuster) always stops them.

    Keeping in mind the filibuster could be eliminated with a simple majority vote in the Senate.  But of course, the refrain is "well, if we get rid of the filibuster how will we stop the odious GOP when it controls the Congress?"

    Which is unadulterated Bullshit.

    Did the Dems use the filibuster to stop Bush II's Supreme Court Nominations?  No.

    Did the Dems use the filibuster to stop Bush II's Tax Cuts for the Wealthy?  No.

    Did the Dems use the mighty filibuster to stop Bush II's Patriot Act?  No.

    Did the Dems use the filibuster to stop Bush II's Iraqi War Authorization?  No.

    So.. if the Democrats don't actually use the filibuster.. yet they refuse to eliminate it.. then the only logical conclusion is that the Democrats use the filibuster as an excuse for why they don't advance progressive policy.

    It's as simple as that.

    It really is.

    And if that isn't enough, remember that Obama - head of the Democratic Party - has publicly praised the Wall Street Predators who are destroying the middle class.

    Remember that is is Democratic Obama who pushed through Free Trade Job Offshoring with Columbia, Panama, and S. Korea.

    Remember it is Obama's Department of Justice which proudly proclaimed that Wall Street can't be prosecuted.

    Waking Up Yet?  Had Enough?

    Or shall we yet again clap at the Kabuki Theater of the Absurd?

    The excuses for Obama's behavior have long since passed the point of predictability neccessary to qualify as an absurd production of Kabuki Theater.

    by Johnathan Ivan on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 10:22:08 PM PDT

    •  If Democrats Ever Gained a Permanent Majority (0+ / 0-)

      all those former republicans, or people inclined to become republicans, would run for office as Democrats.

      "The problem with posting quotes off the Internet is you never know if they're genuine."--Gen. George Washington at the Battle of Gettysburg, February 30, 1908

      by Aspe4 on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 06:28:54 AM PDT

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      •  Too true.. another aspect to consider: (1+ / 0-)
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        Recall that when the Democrats had total control they expended their Kabuki efforts over Healthcare "Reform"?

        Recall that it was predicted the GOP would wander in the "desert" for a generation?

        And then.. miraculously.. almost as if by design.. the Republicans came roaring back when the Democrats failed to deliver on Change You Can Believe In.

        And once the R's got control of the House, it became infinitely easier to play the Kabuki game of "the R's stopped us.. we were tricked, etc.."

        The excuses for Obama's behavior have long since passed the point of predictability neccessary to qualify as an absurd production of Kabuki Theater.

        by Johnathan Ivan on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 07:33:44 AM PDT

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