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  •  Sounds like you're arguing both sides of the (7+ / 0-)

    issue.

    "Because I am a river to my people."

    by lordcopper on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 09:45:51 AM PDT

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    •  Or maybe I just have a nuanced view? (8+ / 0-)

      I wrote the diary the way I did so that it would get attention and get people thinking talking. Looks like I succeeded. My viewpoint is not extreme or monolithic. I am trying to get people to think about the fact that voting is a big deal, a sacred act in fact, and my point is that if politicians are going to talk so casually about grave evils like torture then perhaps they can expect people to be more casual in their willingness to get out to the polls and vote for them. If politicians want to be all folksy about the horrible stuff they're doing, that is incompatible with the sacred trust vouched in them by people's votes.

      The most serious problem in American politics today is that people with wrong ideas are uncompromising, and people with good ideas are submissive and unwilling to fight. Change that, and we might have a real democracy again.

      by Eric Stetson on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 10:04:25 AM PDT

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    •  He is certainly not on the 2nd point. (1+ / 0-)
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      SouthernLiberalinMD

      Liberals, as a voting bloc, telegraphing their intent and threatening to hold their nose as they acquiesce to the lesser of two evils vs the corporate sponsors and monster donors who always show up and give consequent reinforcement.

      Can't you see how that situation enables and empowers corporate and big money?

      The liberals don't need to be tended because their support is inconsequent it is a given.

      Corporate and Big Money must be tended because their support is consequent, they will not only withhold their money for you, they will give more to your opponent.

      Those "constituents" must be dealt with. Those constituents get policy.

      Voters who telegraph their vote? Not so much.

      Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

      by k9disc on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 04:26:15 PM PDT

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