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  •  Sure, I agree with everything. (1+ / 0-)
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    What I was responding to, and what I see other comments in this thread as responding to, is the promotion of an attitude of "it has to be perfect to count." In politics, disillusionment with weak Dems and progressives is completely understandable, but it's also dangerous. Your remarks might be seen as justifying "purity" to the cost of realism, though I don't believe you really are.

    I live in one of these "hip" urban areas with most residents way younger than I am. A while ago, after an election, I saw a handbill on a light-post that raised my hackles. It said something to the effect of, "No politician cares about your interests as much as their own career." I suspect the flier was being used to justify "staying home on election day" because "the whole electoral process was hopelessly corrupt," sort of a hipper-than-thou protest. It is so wrong and so destructive. This is the kind of thing I want to shake a young person by the shoulders over.  

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 12:21:25 PM PST

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      I encourage my daughters to get out the vote at their respective universities.  I realize my point is walking a thin line on issue and I agree, not voting is not the answer.

      This thread started because the comment was made about people lining up to condemn ACA the moment it was signed because it was not perfect.  I was in line before it was signed because it could have been a lot better and it is not the Republican's fault that it wasn't.  It was our fault, we shot for the middle right from the get go.  We tend to do that a lot these days and one area in which we have become extraordinarily proficient at doing so is in elections.  

      If we continue to shoot for the middle just to increase our chance of winning then we are going to have a lot of people fighting half-assed for kinda-sorta what they want against a lot of conservative fighting for exactly what they want.  The Republicans are going to show up more enthusiastically and the liberals are going to kinda show up, maybe, because nobody is going to be fighting for what we really want.

      Thank you Karmsy for this conversation.  I appreciate your wise words and your kind delivery of them.

      "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

      by Buckeye Nut Schell on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 12:59:01 PM PST

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