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  •  agree! (5+ / 0-)

    I left the Dem party and joined the Green Party and campaigned for Jill Stein in the last presidential election.  I watched the national media do a total blackout of her. She got arrested 3 times in protests, she was cuffed to a folding chair for 8 hours during the last Obama/Romney debate because she showed up demanding to participate in the debate as a viable third party.

    She could sweep the floor on relevant issues with either Obama or Romney (in fact she did with Romney at one point when she was running for governor in MA, the press called her the only adult in the room).  But she was iced out or corporate-controlled media because corporations hated her cuz she refused to accept corporate campaign funding and wanted to represent the people and not the corporations if she won.

    For one thing, she wanted to do a bailout for college kids anchored down by impossible loans. She contended we should bail out the victims of the banks rather than the banks.  When PBS Newshour did a story near the election on the attitude of college kids to the presidential election they only spoke to the kids about Romney or Obama.  Jill Stein's name and pro-college kid position was ignored.  

    She had intelligent ideas about job growth and environmental protection.  About reining in the vile militarism for "American (1%er) interests!!!  

    When I have worked on Green elections in NYC on street corners, those people not ignoring me usually snarl as they go by, "but they won't win."  I don't get a chance to say, they could win if people like you only wanted to back a guaranteed winner and won't take a stand.

    Yeah, yeah. Lesser evilism was an excuse to vote for Obama, for those few who knew about the wonderfulness of Jill Stein and the millions who did not.  Lesser evilism. What a sham!!!!

    Lesser evilism is a slippery slope to absolute power absolute corruption.  Instead of kicking the Dems and their party in the proverbial a**es, we reward them as they ask us to eat sh*t and smile!!!! And thank them for not being as rabid in their rat bastard betrayal as the Republicans.  So as I see it we got knives in our fronts from Republicans and those in our backs from the Dems.

    Obama has done more accelerated damage to the constitution and the welfare of millions in the world because he had the cover of being a Democrat, a faux lesser evil Dem.

    best, libby

    •  ooh, you might just get (0+ / 0-)

      forcibly banned for that.  But it's about as true as I've ever seen in any 30 lines of a DKos comment.

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      by corvo on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 08:40:13 PM PDT

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    •  so go vote green then (1+ / 0-)
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      but you aren't going to convince me that the ENTIRE Dem party is asking us (who's us, anyway?) to eat shit and smile.

      at least, not in any of the local or state or national campaigns I've worked on, I have met committed activists and ordinary people trying to move forward on issues they care about. to me, that is the Democratic party.

      I think you're falling into a trap here. you assume that because the progressive faction of the Dem party isn't powerful enough (yet) to win most battles, that it doesn't exist. or, that the real Dem party is the blue dog, conservadem faction, and anyone else is just a dupe.

      In Vermont, we have the Progressive party that competes with the Dem party. Maybe that helps push the Dems here left, or maybe not. folks are pretty liberal here. but, we both wound up with a GOP governor, and  eventually the parties decided they needed to cooperate on the Gov. race, so that Dem and Progressive bills would not get vetoed.

      Something to remember, if and when the Greens become more of a national force. those who leave in disgust may want the help of those of us who don't, so kindly stop calling progressive DEMS "shit eaters" and stop ignoring our efforts.


    •  Congratulations! (1+ / 0-)
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      You used "lesser evil" 4 times in your comment referring to us Democrats. How's that mantra working out for you, Jill Stein and the Green Party?

      There was only one joker in L.A. sensitive enough to wear that scent...and I had to find out who he was!

      by virginislandsguy on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 01:18:04 PM PDT

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