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  •  While I agree (10+ / 0-)

    That not voting is NEVER a good strategy, neither is being so fucking pathetic as a political party that people feel so disgusted they refuse to vote for you a successful strategy.  

    When was the last time the Democrats gave the people SOMETHING to vote for other than "we're not as bad as Republicans?"  It hasn't happened in my lifetime and I am 29.  

    You know what people would turn out to vote for?  Increased Social Security benefits, a jump in the minimum wage to 13-15 dollars an hour that is linked to a permanent index of sorts that promised future automatic raises when some thresholds are met, free college or technical education for all who apply, free pre-K for children, and an end to the cap in payroll taxes.  That's just a few things off the top of my head.  

    Give people a reason to vote for you and they will.  It really is that simple.  Promise to make their lives better and actually fight to affect that change, and when you're elected, follow through.  

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."

    by dankester on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 10:01:11 AM PST

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    •  Oh? It hasn't happened in your lifetime? (4+ / 0-)

      Two words:  Medical Bankruptcy.  Research it.  Because very soon, it will be a thing of the past, and yes, you have President Obama to thank for that.

      Oh, and remember Don't Ask, Don't Tell?  That, too, is a thing of the past, thanks to President Obama's leadership.

      Oh my gosh, the list is so long, but i guess there are those who will always think of blanket cynicism as a virtue.

    •  And of course... (0+ / 0-)

      29 years is such a looooooooong time.

      I campaigned for George McGovern, and was the first registered Democrat EVER in my family (damn near got disowned for it, too!). I've seen a LOT of discouraging political events and chicanery in my life. I haven't given up. I vote every chance I get.

      Do remember, "politics is the art of the possible". I agree that it would be great if we could have all of the wonderful stuff you mentioned, coming down the pike. It isn't, not yet.

      Now, go forth; and work your ass off to help make it happen.

      :-)

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