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  •  the problem with "tit for tat" is that (1+ / 0-)
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    in the extreme, nothing ever gets done.  our government did not USED to function this way - this administration is trying to drag it back to how it SHOULD function.

    i know, success is not happening, but the only way long term to fix this problem is to keep showing the american voter the difference between the two parties.

    most people don't want to go to a dog fight.  most people want to attend a dog SHOW where results are highlighted (think agility trials).

    IF the democrats resort to the same tactics as the republicans, then the comment that there is no differnce between them will appear to be true based on surface appearances.

    there are substantive differences in how democrats believe we should govern.  that we should honor and follow the form of government established by our founders is a major belief.  that the republicans are doing everything they can to prevent effective governing will eventually come home to most voters.  if we become "them" (the republicans), then we are sacrificing the very government structure that has held this nation together.


    harry reid is right NOW stating that very same thing for the record: how the republicans have tried to stop, stymied, blocked everything in congress.  we have to keep on saying that as well - and NOT state that the democrats are the reason for the massive fail in government.  that is THIEIR (republican) talking point - not ours.  we need to stop repeating it!

    MOVE'EM UP! ROLL'EM OUT... MOVE'EM UP RAWHIDE!!! meeeoooow! mrraaarrr!! meeeOOOOOW!

    by edrie on Sat Dec 18, 2010 at 08:00:29 AM PST

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    •  But it does not good for one side to roll over (1+ / 0-)
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      instead of playing 'tit for tat'.  It is the only viable countermeasure.

      •  that depends on your defnition of (0+ / 0-)

        "rolling over".  there are many ways to skin a cat (although why anyone would want a nekkid cat escapes me).

        by highlighting the behavior of the republicans until it is so obvious that it can no longer be ignored, their egregious behavior is made visible to the lowest information viewer.

        the battle over unemployment benefits, for example, was a serious wakeup call - even when most will just hit the snooze alarm and go back into a somnambulistic stupor.

        when that alarm goes off sufficient number of times, then people WILL wake up.

        if the democrats and we don't do it this way, then the dog fight simply becomes that - another dog fight.

        i want to see real change in how we function as a nation/government.  this is the slow, steady way to accomplish that... holding true to the beliefs that this nation CAN (eventually) overcome the worst among us.

        vote starting - off to watch now.  it's hard to type with crossed fingers!  say a prayer for passage (or a mantra or sing a song of revelry or SOMETHING!

        MOVE'EM UP! ROLL'EM OUT... MOVE'EM UP RAWHIDE!!! meeeoooow! mrraaarrr!! meeeOOOOOW!

        by edrie on Sat Dec 18, 2010 at 08:11:11 AM PST

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