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    While we respectfully disagree with your views on economic regulation (for many of the reasons Clark stated in his letter), we believe we can work together on issues such as immigration reform, marriage equality, the drug war, national defense, and the security state. On each of those issues, we tend to be to the left of the democratic party.

    •  Prevailing on those issues requires (1+ / 0-)
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      electing Senators, Representatives, and a President committed, or at least open, to our general positions. For the foreseeable future, in most elections, that means Democrats. Are you saying you're prepared to support electing Democrats to achieve these common goals?

      Shalom v' salaam; peace and wholeness

      by another American on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 12:08:33 PM PST

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      •  Electing Democrats (0+ / 0-)

        I am completely party blind, but I don't necessarily agree with your premise.

        Politicians, as a rule, respond to incentives. They are beholden to a) special interest groups and b) voters. There is no way, at this point, to safely curtail the undue influence of special interest groups -- any legislation crafted will be done so under the watchful eye and "helpful" hand of those groups, and their lobbyists are paid handsomely to ensure that the legislation will come out in their favor.

        The road to change, then, lies in the voters. Our task (yours and mine) must be to bolster the love for freedom and hatred for tyranny in the public opinion. When voters will no longer stand for the atrocious wars at home and abroad, when they refuse to allow themselves to be subjected to massive invasions of privacy, and when they believe fully and passionately that all must receive equal protection under the law, then we will see change. Politics is a lagging indicator of change.

        I think it's clear that the Democratic party is NOT committed to ending the war on drugs, scaling back our military, opening our borders, and ending the invasion of privacy. Some of the leading (and of course very imperfect) voices on those issues recently have been from Republicans like Justin Amash and Thomas Massie.

        I think the fact that you ask that question shows we (libertarians and progressives) have a lot to talk about. The vast majority of us could not care less about the D, R, or even L next to the name of politicians.  

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