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    Lujane, slowbutsure

    "What we are" is a weakness in our political system.  We believe everyone has a right to be heard, thus Rush Limbaugh is ridiculed--yet tolerated and protected.  We feel its wrong to send our troops in as Hessians, yet, that makes us look weak to jingoists.  We care about minority rights, which pisses off many in the majority.  Worst of all, we want to play fair, not disrupt when it causes others pain.  Politics is a rough game--fighting --twisting arms--threatening states with government resource allocations--all things we don't do--and we accomplish very little.
    One example--we want a big tent--but such a tent caused health care to become Romneycare instead of single payer.  I believe it was Nelson who refused to be the 60th vote for single payer.  We need Dems to be the liberal only party, otherwise, we compromise and fail.
    Things were better when we had strong unions--but Reagan killed PATCO--and we not only looked away--we renamed the airport for him.  Leo Durocher was sadly right--"nice guys finish last."

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 10:35:40 AM PDT

    •  umm, no (10+ / 0-)

      "and we not only looked away--we renamed the airport for him"

      1.  PATCO endorsed Reagan, so yeah some union members said screw them

      2.  PATCO broke the law - Federal employees are not allowed to strike

      3.  there were strong objections to the Bob Barr led initiative to name something in every state after Reagan.  People pointed out National Airport was on land once owned by George Washington, and that other than PATCO Reagan had nothing to do with aviation and little if anything to do with NoVA -  in fact, National Airport is in Arlington VA which voted for Walter Mondale.

      And by the way, unions were already quite weakened even before PATCO.  

      I can think of many nice guys who did not finish liast

      among Republicans Chuck Mathias and Mark Hatfield

      while I strongly criticize him on some policy grounds Barack Obama got elected twice and he is not exactly the mold envisioned by Durocher, to whom the only compliment I can offer is that he stood up for Jackie Robinson when some of his own players objected to playing with a Black, saying if Robinson could help the Dodgers win that was what mattered.

      As far as things being Romney care instead of single payer  -  absent 60 votes in the Senate it was not going to happen unless Harry Reid had forced the Republicans to actually filibuster, and being willing to live through the several weeks it would have taken to break the filibuster once and for all.  I will note that the one time Reid brought in the mattresses in the first Congress of Obama's Presidency the Republicans folded in a couple of hourse - they knew how bad they would look.  Had Reid - and Obama - been willing to pay the short-term price, we would not have been clobbered in 2010:  Dems and many independents who had helped elect Obama would have had a reason to turn out.

      "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is more people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

      by teacherken on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 10:46:34 AM PDT

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    •  who is this majority that doesn't (4+ / 0-)

      want minority rights? I mean yes there's a majority of Republicans that probably are scared of different sexual orientations and skin colors but they have never been a majority of America. Hell even in the wake of LBJ conceding the South for at least a generation with the Civil Rights Act the Wallace Party (or whatever those neo nazis called themselves) couldn't even win a majority in the South.

      So please tell me who is this majority against minority rights.

      Der Weg ist das Ziel

      by duhban on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 11:04:08 AM PDT

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