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    Here's the problem - the Dems have always had this burden hanging over them.  The party of Roosevelt and Truman that defeated Fascisim in Europe and Imperialism in Asia, at the VERY SAME TIME was oppressing its own minority citizens in the Southern states.  But we had to have this "big tent," see?  That's hypocrisy.  Finally, LBJ and those around him had the courage to proclaim that there wasn't room in our party for that kinda crap.  And it wasn't the end of the world.  So a lot of those folks bolted the party.

    Remember, the "Red States," all used to be "Blue States," but the kinds of Democrats that ruled those states would be unrecognizable to a modern Democrat.  The line was finally drawn - the party decided to stand up against racism and segregation.  Those who didn't like it, were welcome to leave.

    I'm sick of this Neville Chamberlain stance that we have.  Someone on here called it "Vichy Logic."  That's true.  I'd rather be a lean, mean opposition party that has a laser-like focus on a set of concrete issues.  We wouldn't have any power for a while - which we don't, now, by the way - but a least we'd have a solid platform from which to begin.  

    I mean, if you're against reproductive freedom and equal pay for equal work and you're in favor of school vouchers and the teaching of creation "science," you're welcome under the tent - JUST NOT THIS ONE!

    No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices. - Edward R. Murrow

    by CrazyHorse on Tue Sep 20, 2005 at 02:45:02 PM PDT

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