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  •  Well (2+ / 0-)
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    The Dead Man, NoFortunateSon

    the first one they blame is themselves.

    That feels bad. So then they go on to looking for scapegoats.

    I did the same. Only my scapegoats are the banks who destroyed the economy and the elite who are destroying the country.

    •  I still just look to the last election. (1+ / 0-)
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      NoFortunateSon

      I knew obama would swing hard right based on the sweep.  The sad thing about or democracy is people get what they vote for, they just don't understand the voting process.  I swear some people think voting for someone is like casting a spell on them:

      "I voted for you so now you must do what I want".  

      Noooo, you voted for him so he will take that as an afirmation to do what he said he'd do..

      •  The question we need to ask ourselves here is: (0+ / 0-)

        Considering all the good we got the past two years, are we better off with Obama or a Republican in the WH in 2012?

        I don't think we need to look any farther than the Supreme Court to answer in the affirmative.

        I know many economic progressives are deeply disappointed. They lost out the most the past two years. People who are less economically progressive, such as myself, are obviously far more satisfied witht he rest of the results.

        •  The question I'd rather ask myself is (0+ / 0-)

          what are my goals and how do I accomplish them?

          I need to see a clear path from supporting Dems, (including Obama) to:

          Rebuilding the middle class
          Reducing the military budget and presence
          Providing equal rights for all
          Rebuilding our safety nets
          Eliminating corporate influence in our government
          Protecting our environment

          We may debate whether or not the Dems will get us there, but if I do not see that happening, then I'd be stupid not to find another path.  

          I'd rather see the accomplishment of my goals in 2025 than get 10% of them in 2013 with no hope of going farther, and that's about where I think we are now....10%..maybe.

          •  What do you mean by no hope of going further? (0+ / 0-)

            When in American History has the pace of change ever been anything but slow?

            I will tell you this: History has taught us that if we abandon our goals from impatience, bringing them to fruition never comes easier.

            •  When you start out going in the wrong direction (1+ / 0-)
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              pvmuse

              it's unlikely you will get farther toward your goals.

              In addition, if your policy goals are consistently "off the table", then any amount of patience is not going to accomplish them.

              Now if we were seeing the Dems fight and fight hard for these things, I'd tend to agree with you, that the battle is slow and that we are making progress.

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