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  •  Exactly and why (8+ / 0-)

    third party is futile when this country is still divided in 3 if not 4 directions but one of the groups will always but always move to the power party to keep a republican in office.   Democrats...not so much.  But they should be what this site is about...electing better and More democrats until a REAL party with REAL power emerges.
    That is it..Dem or Republican.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 08:25:40 PM PDT

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    •  More and Better Democrats (8+ / 0-)

      Searching through this entire diary, I see Katrina mentioned exactly twice. Let us even ignore 9/11, and let us assume that maniacs intentionally creating damage will find their way somehow. But bodies floating down New Orleans and FEMA without a clue? That was totally avoidable.

      I think very few of us here value good governance. Even if Gore and Bush all espoused the same policies (anyone now regretting cracking jokes about the "lock box"?), Gore and the Democrats would have been better at running things. And even if Gore somehow would have invaded Iraq because of 9/11, they would have listened to General Shinseki and actually bring enough troops. A Gore presidency between 2000-2008 may still have seen many of the Bush policies enacted and implemented, who knows, but competent government would have meant far less agony and misery. We may laugh at the line "George Bush doesn't care about black people" now, but behind it lies true human suffering. I don't think we would ever have heard "Al Gore doesn't care about black people."

      Moreover, sustained control of the government is important to achieve liberal objectives. Republicans have become powerful because of their long periods in control of the Executive Branch. Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush would not fit in with the Ted Cruz and Steve King of today's Republican Party, but they made the Tea Party possible. They legitimized concepts such as "welfare queen" and skepticism of climate change within the American political dialogue. If Gore were President, he would have cemented 16 years of Democratic control of the government. Obama, should he have been elected after Gore, would have a far stronger liberal milieu to build policies on.

      Even now, we pound on Obama instead of treating him as the prelude of a sustained liberal dominance of the government. It's the injection of topics such as sexual assault in the military that heralds the shift that later Democratic Presidents will move further forward. 16 years of Democratic control of the presidency would finally get Reagan out of the system.

      In the end, Johnson said it best, "the Democratic Party at its worst, is still better than the Republican Party at its best."

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