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  •  All this talk of "emotion"... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...to me is just basically trying to reconcile the cognative differences of the Democratic Party.

    Take the Iraq war for example. The Democratic Party voted every step of the way to enable Bush, continues to provide cover and enable Bush, even though anti-war sentiment helped sweep them into power in November.

    On that level their "anti-war" position is fraudulent and phoney. No Democratic wants to pull all troops out of Iraq. All they have to do is defund and they would have had to start pulling them out last month. Instead, it's all about "redeployment" and leaving them there under the cover of "training Iraqis" and "anti-terrorism" support. Look at Levin, who has not met a self-serving "support the troops" talking point he didn't like.

    The Democrats want it both way. They want to still appeal to anti-war sentiment in the hopes of winning in 2008 while at the same time continue to allow Bush to wage war, a war they helped start and supported fervently early on. This position is cowardly and two-face.

    And yet, somehow, with massive amounts of corporate money being poured into the Democratic party, that it somehow can be "reformed" and "taken over". If it was that simple it would have been done decades ago. Conistantly contesting the Iraq war only through official Democratic Party channels and organizations is failing. We're no closer to ending this war then we were 4 years ago.

    We gave you a chance, you betrayed us.-Cindy Sheehan

    by Zero Carb Rob on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 09:00:29 AM PDT

    •  You said "enable" (1+ / 0-)
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      I agree with you. It is very frustrating to see an individual enable another to carry out destructive behavior. If a child's parent enables the other parent to be abusive, is the child being non-supportive by being critical?

      Funny, when I said that in my diary yesterday I got hammered by folks saying I was a troll.

      The contention was that this is a Democratic blog and that my diary was non-supportive. I will admit that my diary was very terse and painted the party with too-broad a brush, but my intention was almost identical to this diary.

      I want my party to get it. I want my party to show the nation that it has had it with this shit, even if it means doing more than just reaching voting impasse after voting impasse with the Republicans.

      The latest justice department scandals should not just die a quiet death in an uncaring mainstream media. Our party should take a cue from everyday people and have our hair on fire too.

      "The best way to determine what a person wants is by surveying what he gets." -Erle Stanley Gardner

      by KOTCrum on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 09:21:33 AM PDT

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    •  Sure would help if (0+ / 0-)

      Democrats held a veto-proof majority. There are still too many Republicans to create mischief in Congress.

      You must be the change you wish to see in the world. - Gandhi

      by Gentle Giant on Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 10:03:05 AM PDT

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