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  •  "People who don't vote have no voice." (23+ / 0-)

    i vote and still feel like i have no voice.  the Democratic Party just isn't listening to me or the tens of thousands of others that petition, fax or phone our representatives.

    I'm a blue drop in a purple bucket. Thank you, Raul Ruiz, for making CA-36 more blue since 2012.

    by blue drop on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 10:27:46 AM PDT

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    •  They are listening (10+ / 0-)

      but they just don't care what you have to say. And as long as people hold their noses and vote for the so-called lesser of two evils the party will keep moving further and further to the right.

      That is why, even though I like to read what people like Digby and Duncan Black have to say, I ultimately have no respect for them because come election time they go all in for "well at least they are not Republican" and vote against their conscience.

      Health insurance is not health care.

      by Jarrayy on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 10:46:47 AM PDT

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    •  Message received. Donate NOW b/c Repubs R (10+ / 0-)

      Mean and Crazy!!@

      Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

      "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition /= GTFO" Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon + JVolvo

      by JVolvo on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 11:19:16 AM PDT

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    •  Because Your Voice Isn't Amplified (0+ / 0-)

      By a big PAC with a big checkbook, ready at the waiting.

      To my eyes...it's like this.  The right already has the money and the lobbyists.  Obviously.  They use them to lead the actual bodies, aka votes, to the politicians.

      You'd think that most people would not be down with, oh, mercury in their water.  However, a right wing PAC will commit to a campaign against the EPA for "killing jobs" (never mind what kills us).  They will lay the groundwork for a politician to be the recipient of their propaganda, as well as the cold hard cash.

      On the other hand....few things are as invisible in our current political system as a mass of people that want something (We vote! We fax!  We sign petitions!) that is disconnected from the money and the lobbyists.  Sure, a million people want a higher minimum wage.  Heck, make it 30 million.

      Where is the "power" of 30 million people....out there somewhere...and certainly not all in one voting district...when it comes time to craft legislation?  Or vote on it?  Compared to the power of one or two guys with a check when a campaign needs to meet its funding goals?

      I'm not saying I like it- I don't.  I'm not saying I accept it.  It's just the problem starts THERE.  And it's no accident that it's that way- it suits the oligarchs just fine.

      In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man may be king.

      by Bring the Lions on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 01:23:20 PM PDT

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    •  If I vote for HRC in 2016, she has my support. (0+ / 0-)

      My vote for her will be counted as support and will be historical data that is used to compute the likelihood of success of political rhetoric and policy.

      By voting for a candidate you pledge your support to their values and policy whether or not you hold your nose. Those nose-holding votes skew the data and are a main reason why we are where we are, as a "center right" country and all...

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

      by k9disc on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 03:29:43 PM PDT

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