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And dammit, I'm tired of being mad.  We're stuck with this jackass for another 4 years.  Another 4 years of being denigrated.  Another 4 years of being called unamerican.  Another 4 years of gutting good federal programs.  Why?

Because politicians are afraid of pissing me off.

Let me begin this by saying I think John Kerry is a wonderful guy, and I'm proud to have voted for him.  I think he would have been a very good president, if not an excellent one.  The problem here is an institutional one, and not necessarily with him or his campaign.

More below.

I firmly believe that we lost this election because we are afraid of pissing people off.  Sen. Kerry did a good job of pointing out what the Bush administration has already done wrong.  But what I think cost him the election was clarity.  He rarely spoke in specifics about what he was going to do, and when he did, there was too much to it to be considered "simple".  I know, I know.  His health care plan was outlined in the debates.  But what about his plan for social security?  Okay, he wanted to go into bilateral talks with North Korea.  But what beyond "reaching out to our allies" was his stated plan for Iraq?  "I will not privatize social security" is not a plan, just like "PAYGO" is not clear.  You have to be simple,  clear and straightforward.  And it starts with how you identify yourself.

I used to be a Rockefeller Republican.  A socially liberal fiscal conservative.  No more.  I am liberal.  I believe in using the federal government to help people.  I believe in a foreign policy of engagement.  I believe that abortion is wrong, but I also believe that it should remain legal.  I believe that the death penalty should only be used in the most extreme cases.  I believe that we should use our economic power to improve the quality of life not only here, but around the world.  I believe that all humans are created equal.  Not just crusty old rich white men.  Iraqis.  Blacks.  Hispanics.  The French.  Texans.  Californians.  The Japanese.  The Irish.  Nigerians.  Russians.  Even the neocons.  And as such, we are all entitled to certain things.  The right to freedom.  The right to work my ass off to make my life, and my childrens' lives, better.

And these assholes are going to take that away.

I can't make my life better if I'm putting half my paycheck into a forced savings account for some future illness.

I can't make my life better if I'm putting a quarter of my paycheck into a small yield, volatile forced savings account for when I retire.

I can't make my life better if our economy keeps hemorrhaging jobs because the only way profits will go up is through layoffs and outsourcing.

I can't make my life better if I'm audited by the IRS, while giant corporations keep dodging their taxes without penalty.

I can't make my life better if I'm forced to pay for thousands of mothers and their kids, forced into the streets because they can't afford to have children.

I can't make my life better if I lose my job and have to flip burgers to make ends meet and don't have time to go find a new one.

I can't make my life better if I get hit by a stray bullet from an automatic weapon fight.

I can't make my life better if, because the federal government is too busy putting money into the pockets of their corporate cronies, my police department in New York can't hire new recruits and I die in a terrorist attack.

I can't make my life better if I'm spending all my time paying down irresponsible debt run up by a failed businessman.  My children won't be able to make their lives better, either.

The fact of the matter is, I am more free with good health insurance.

I am more free with good social security.

I am safer with workplace protection.  And I am more free with a good paying job that hasn't been shipped to India to squeeze another .01% profit.

I am more free with corporate tax laws enforced.

I am more free with welfare that helps people get back to work instead of beg on the streets.

I am safer with gun control laws.  If you need an AK47 to hunt, YOU'RE A SHITTY HUNTER.  Do something else.  If you need an AK47 for "protection", why the hell do you pay taxes to the federal government?  Shouldn't you have a government that does that for you?

I am safer because of federal funding for local police.

I am more free with a responsible government.  Because I don't have to worry about how I'm going to fix these things.

I am a liberal.  If that pisses you off, too bad.  I will make this country better, more productive, and safer.  Because I am liberal.  And because we always have.  If you don't think so, then don't vote for my party.  You're already not voting for us.

But in order to do that, we have to be proud of what we are and clear on what we have done and will do.

I'm not running for president.  So I don't have a plan to discuss.  If I did, I wouldn't tell you because I'm not old enough to run yet and I don't want any of you stealing my ideas ::wink::.  But I really feel that we need to start by being proud of what we are.

Originally posted to jimmything2681 on Tue Nov 09, 2004 at 07:01 AM PST.

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  •  If I pissed you off (4.00)
    deal with it.  No more pulling punches.

    Hey George. Get the hell out of my house.

    by jimmything2681 on Tue Nov 09, 2004 at 06:58:15 AM PST

    •  Americrats (4.00)
      Between the wimpiness that the Democratic party has run away from the voting faud issue, to the namby-pamby way they refuse to stand up for true Americans, I'm bordering on bailing on them for good.

      I've written it before, but I have these values:

      1. All people are created equal. Period.

      2. Hard work and honesty should be rewarded. Period.

      3. Live free or die. Period.

      4. America is the greatest country in history. Period.

      5. Tax burdens must be shared equally. Period.

      6. You are free to worship. Period.

      7. You deserve responsible government. Period.

      8. America must always offer hope. Period.

      9. No government should tell you how to live you life. Period.

      10. We are all in this together.One nation. Period.

      11. Corporations should be subject to the same laws and penalties as any individual. Period.

      If the Democrats can't get it through their head, then maybe the seldom mentioned "Americrat" segment of society needs to rise up. God, I love this country so much and yet I am just sick of being called Unpatriotic because I want better accountability.
  •  Stay mad (none)
    The Republicans have used "outrage" as their MO for years, and it's been very effective. They were out of power and pissed off for many years -- hence talk radio, conservative publications, think tanks, etc. That anger won converts and unified them.

    That anger propelled them to power in this country. Now they run everything -- who/what will they be mad at? Oh, I expect they'll find something, but it's tougher to sell persecution when you're in control. We, on the other hand, have every natural reason to be angry and upset. Use that anger and channel it -- to advance progressive candidates and causes. We need to fight now more than ever. WE WILL NOT GO AWAY.

    •  Who/what they'll be mad at (none)
      Now they run everything -- who/what will they be mad at? Oh, I expect they'll find something

      It's okay if'n I lose my job down what the plant so long as no flag-burnin' Frenchie Saddam-lovin' homersexuals be gettin' married.

  •  Damn Right! (none)
    The red-stater Bushies love the 'tough talk'. As a northeastern elitest vegetarian liberal I say "fuck yeah!" I like tough talk too, about issues I value, goddamnit.

    No more fucking wimps and sissies. I am STILL sick that our congress people closed their eyes (for the most part) on Abu Ghraib. Where the fuck is the tough talk about that horror?

    I am SICK! of the democratic battered wife syndrome (aptly outlined yesterday on DK). Stand up and fight!

    "Why Is the Christian Right Obsessed With Sex Issues?"

    by joojooluv on Tue Nov 09, 2004 at 07:03:51 AM PST

  •  Righteous anger (none)
    is real and can be powerful.  We need to figue out how to translate that into action.  Here is what you should do:  Get your home office set up with a rpiner and stamps and start sending letters to your congress people (e-mail is ignoed).  As Maggie Thatcher said, "I make decisions based on the weight of my mail bag."  An din public, speak out.  Start a team of activists. RECRUIT 16 year olds and educate them.  They vote in the mid-term elections.

    I am waiting for the bumper sticker and button which will get me through the next four years.  For now, I am leaving my kerry sticker on.

    You go for it!  I am with you.

    I voted for the moral guy. The one from Massachusetts.

    by Percheronwoman on Tue Nov 09, 2004 at 07:11:08 AM PST

  •  Youre wrong about Kerry and the 'specifics' (none)
    He had a lot of policy ideas that he talked about regularly AND had posted on-line for easy perusal.

    If you are pissed because you felt that you didnt know enough about his campaign, focus your pissed offedness where it belongs: The Swift Boat obsessed junk corporate media. We need to make them beg for mercy.

    In the midst of life we are in debt, etc.

    by ablington on Tue Nov 09, 2004 at 07:17:41 AM PST

  •  Not pissed off! (none)
    You are spot on.  It depends on who you want to piss off and who you want to listen. You must be old enough to run for something.

    Sometimes you piss off people because you say stuff that isn't true or is unjustified; sometimes because it's stuff they don't want to hear. For the former you apologize, if you can't do that your as bad as they are; for the latter you simply say screw 'em, its time they thought about the big picture and what is right (small r ) versus those assholes who keep telling us we aren't thinking Right (big R).  

    Love the SHITTY HUNTER point. Thanks for putting it simply.  

    •  What I was going for (none)
      wasn't necessarily to piss anyone off, although if you think Social Security, welfare, unemployment and health insurance are bad, I suppose you'd be pissed but I don't really care what you think.  It was more about being proud of who we are.

      And I've been using the shitty hunter line to my friends for years.  First complement, though.  Thanks!

      Hey George. Get the hell out of my house.

      by jimmything2681 on Tue Nov 09, 2004 at 07:25:41 AM PST

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      •  I'll gladly let them (none)
        have my 6.2% for SS, and the 1.45% for medicare, and I'll gladly help pay for unemployment, because helping others is a moral value I am proud of.  Life isn't fun unless you can piss someone off - I make it a point to piss off republicans.
  •  i am resolved (none)
    James Carville's message(s) seem pretty succinct to me and are worth bringing forward:

    "You can concede that they might have a point, but we have a better point."

    I don't know about you, but I've had enough of the whole damn thing.

    I've had enough of losing elections.

    I've had enough of losing arguments.

    I've had enough of seeing Americans losing their jobs.
    Heck, I've had enough of losing my hair.

    I've had enough of calling some B-rate cowboy my commander-in-chief.

    I've had enough of the broken promises, the unnecessary secrecy, and the lying to the American people.

    I've had enough of people saying government doesn't work -- when, for them, it's working like a charm.

    I've had enough of giving millionaires like Dick Cheney and myself tax breaks and giving America's kids a mountain of debt.

    I've had enough of being hated around the world because I'm an American.
    Oh, but my frustration is an equal-opportunity thing.

    I've had enough of Democrats rolling over and thinking that you can appease George Bush, Dick Cheney, Tom DeLay, and that whole gang of Keystone Kops who are running America today.

    I've had enough of seeing our ideas stolen, then bastardized, then used to beat us over the head so hard that we stop thinking straight and what should be cries of outrage become pitiful whimpers.

    I've had enough of people coming up to me on street corners, in hotel lobbies, in airports, and whining to me about how bad things are. Believe me, I know.

    I've had enough of a press too scared and pathetic to ask a follow-up question.

    I've had enough of the blowhards on cable TV, and the self-righteous anger I hear from people whose only accomplishment in life is their ability to turn the dial on an AM radio.

    Tell you what, I've had enough of having enough.

  •  asdf (none)
    Look, I am as frustrated as everyone else around here, but I think while we are down and out, Rove is having a field day setting the CW on this election.

    Bush won because Rove and his minnions managed to demonize Kerry and the blue states.  He poisoned the well.  He operates on hate and divisiveness.  Kerry didn't loose because of lack of values or weakness, he lost because Rove spent 250 million convinceing people he was a flip-flopping wimp,liberal with no moral values.  He has also managed to make 1/2 the country think that living in an urban metropolis such as NY or Boston is the equivilance of living in Sodam and Gomorrah .  THIS DOESN'T MEAN THAT ROVE WAS/is TELLING THE TRUTH.  RIGHT NOW HE IS CONTROLLING THE NARRATIVE AND WE MUST STOP HIM.  He is pitting one half of the country against another, for his own personal power.

    If I see one more talking head say something along the lines of "if values are important to you, you voted for Bush".  HOGWASH!  My religous and personal values permeat every aspect of my life and therefore I could not/ would not vote for Bush if my life depended on it.  

    I am perfectly aware that there are cultural differences between the blue states and red states, but as a liberal democrat, I respect oposing life views and life styles.  The conservative agenda does not allow for opposing views or lifestyles.  While they don't believe in corporate or environmental regulation, right wing conservatives have no problem legislating how others live there lives.  (By the way, I think this is at the core of our problems in Iraq.  While we claim we want democracy in Iraq, we want democracy in our own image, not necessarily how Iraq would choose.)  Rove played this to the hilt.  Remember the fliers out there that said things like "Liberals will outlaw the Bible"?  

    Anyway, I know I'm ranting (I've been stunned since the election) but we have to stop turning on our community and being so insecure.  Rove beat us by lying and a really good sales job of fear.  

    My parents are conservative Republicans living in the suburbs of NYC.  I've tried and tried to explain that the Bush administration is not their Republican party of old, but to no avail.  Even my parents are a bit confused by the spin on this election that blue states are out of touch.  They may not think NY is perfect, but there is no place they would rather live, and certainly, they would not change it for a red state model.

  •  Can I hang out with you guys? (none)
    The Democrats in Congress have acted like Neville Chamberlain for four years, and look what good it did. They voted for the war and the regressive tax cuts etc. because they were afraid of a popular president. And then the Rethugs still went after Tom Daschle, King of the Nice Guys. People don't vote for candidates who apologize for who they are and what they believe in. We need more people who won't run away from being called liberals.

    Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something. - The Princess Bride

    by lmiller42 on Tue Nov 09, 2004 at 08:08:29 AM PST

    •  We're going to have to be dicks (none)
      Because dicks f*k pussies - but they also f*k assholes.

      Do not regard the critics as questionable patriots. What were Washington and Jefferson and Adams but profound critics of the colonial status quo?

      by patchmonkey on Tue Nov 09, 2004 at 08:32:46 AM PST

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  •  Steal their symbols (none)
    Put a flag and a support the troops ribbon on your car and your clothes.  Put it next to the Kerry/Edwards sticker.

    You believe in the good parts of America, and they don't get to think that they are the only true americans.  Maybe there are some non-assholes in the party of the KKK and Abu Ghraib, but they don't get an exclusive right to the symbols of America.

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