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and even if I could, it's not in me to crack the whip and get all Coulter-ish. And, yeah, by all means, post another passive-aggressive "I'm Audi" diary as if we should all crash the servers for your attention. I know that most cynics are just idealists with broken hearts, but, honestly!
Here are a few things you should know before you let the orange screen door hit you on the ass on the way out.

1.You are totally enforcing the Democrats-are-mad because-Obama-won't-give-them ponies thing.
It makes my job harder every time you do this. When I read your diary, I'm not thinking you're strong and principled and, gee, best revisit my cherished assumptions, I'm thinking you just provided grist for another "Dems Divided" trend article.I also believe that a truly principled person would just leave and not wait around to pick up those last shreds of mojo on the way out.It's a tantrum dressed up as a manifesto, and I think it's bad news(Yes, I'm aware of the irony.)
2. Taking your toys and going home leaves the political process to extremists with too much time on their hands.
I still feel incredibly guilty about the activism I didn't do in 2000, for instance, for much the same reasons cited by many in the post-mortems today. Gore didn't turn me on as a voter(he's grown on me more over the years) and I had bought into the George Wallace "dime's worth of difference" thing, but what I failed to realize is, sometimes a dime is very important.I don't mean to say that my tiny efforts could have changed all that, but if hundreds or thousands of people acted like me then, I'm pretty confident we emboldened the wingnuts out there, and it's hard for me to live with that. It's up to you, ultimately, of course, but we are on this ride together. A lot of times the frustrating part about fighting for change is that it takes so long to see results. I hate that too, but it works better if I see myself as part of a tradition, and I can't see civil-rights workers writing "Goodbye Alabama" messages, and so much more of their disillusion is so much more ancestral than much of ours now.
I wish you would stay.  But, I can't go on about it...
I've got things to do.

Originally posted to chicating on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 11:59 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    "Republicans hate government because they're so bad at it." the quotable(and fanciable) Alan Grayson

    by chicating on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 11:59:46 AM PST

    •  Pound Sand (1+ / 0-)
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      Detroit Mark

      I've got plenty of fight in me, BUT...

      I'm done fighting for wimps, weasels, sellouts and turncoats.

      ~Ruff

      •  If I'm so stupid... (0+ / 0-)

        why did you take the time to tell me where to stick it?
        Seems like a waste to me...
        Go forth and advance your cleansing principles.

        "Republicans hate government because they're so bad at it." the quotable(and fanciable) Alan Grayson

        by chicating on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 12:09:54 PM PST

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        •  I Like Punching Wimpy Dems? A LOT (0+ / 0-)

          So I indulge myself from time to time.

          ~Ruff

          •  How special for you... (0+ / 0-)

            but let's leave your social life out of this for the moment, shall we?
            And I bet I've spent as much time actually doing stuff on the ground as you...I admit, I did kill some time with Code Pink for a while, but, although their hearts are in the right place, the lack of savvy of various kinds got to me eventually.

            "Republicans hate government because they're so bad at it." the quotable(and fanciable) Alan Grayson

            by chicating on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 12:36:47 PM PST

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        •  Hmmm (0+ / 0-)

           I never said that... (0+ / 0-)

          you can think what you want about what I did say, but you don't need to misrepresent stuff.

          "Republicans hate government because they're so bad at it." the quotable(and fanciable) Alan Grayson

          by chicating

          Sounds like you might follow your own advice.

          He never said what you just said he did either.

          Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God. - Thomas Jefferson

          by Ezekial 23 20 on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 12:32:11 PM PST

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          •  You're right... (0+ / 0-)

            Ruff did not actually call me stupid.
            Ruff, I'm sorry about that.
            But I don't like weasels either.

            "Republicans hate government because they're so bad at it." the quotable(and fanciable) Alan Grayson

            by chicating on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 12:42:38 PM PST

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            •  Good on you. (1+ / 0-)
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              chicating

              That's more honest are understandable to boot.

              There's a lot of anger floating around right now.  I'm hoping we can take a few deep breaths and figure out how to turn things around, both onsite and as a country, and people being willing to own up like you just did make me hopeful that we can.  So kudos to you.

              Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God. - Thomas Jefferson

              by Ezekial 23 20 on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 12:52:01 PM PST

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              •  I *felt like* he (1+ / 0-)
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                Ezekial 23 20

                called me stupid.And, maybe, he was not, in fact, blown away by the titanic force of my intellect in that particular instant. But maybe I'm just sort of new at writing diaries and fairly insecure about placing my views before the public in this forum. But, textually, the word "stupid" didn't appear before I typed it, Ezekial. And we have enough fights without reading stuff in.

                "Republicans hate government because they're so bad at it." the quotable(and fanciable) Alan Grayson

                by chicating on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 01:04:03 PM PST

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  •  I got news for ya (1+ / 0-)
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    Ezekial 23 20

    No one's leaving the battle field.

    But if you insist on the status quo and supporting candidates that don't represent a Progressive Agenda ... (and lets be adults and not pretend like you and I don't know EXACTLY what that is) ... you might just find yourself in the cross fire.

    So bang the drum of "Down with the Ship".  But excuse me if you will.  There will be other candidates who will do what they say ... and say what they do.

    •  Some people I've read online today... (0+ / 0-)

      have expressed an interest in "turning their backs on politics" but as far as I know it wasn't you, Detroit Mike. So I shouldn't have put words in your mouth...I didn't intend to.

      "Republicans hate government because they're so bad at it." the quotable(and fanciable) Alan Grayson

      by chicating on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 12:18:38 PM PST

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      •  I think a lot of people (0+ / 0-)

        are going to say a lot of things because saying it is all they have.

        But they have no intention of deserting their stations.  They just feel so disgusted they have to vent.

        But no small number of us has no intention of putting our support in the future where the centrist compromising pied piper would just lead us into our quiet, compliant little cages so capitalists can take whatever they want.

        "This Space for Rent"

        by Detroit Mark on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 12:22:09 PM PST

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  •  I just hope (2+ / 0-)
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    chicating, Blogvirgin

    that every single blogger here who complains about the status quo actually regularly contributes something other than their complaints. I know we've got activists here. I know we've got people who donate as generously as they can in time and money. However, I strongly suspect we've also got a large contingent of people who think criticism in a Democratic blog makes them progressive, when actually, without other and more substantive action, it just makes them whiners.

    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
    --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

    by leftist vegetarian patriot on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 12:14:31 PM PST

  •  whatever (1+ / 0-)
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    thethinveil

    Blah, blah, it's my fault Brown got elected blah, blah, not getting Obama's back blah, blah, take Snowe's crumbs and be happy blah, blah, castigating voters and telling them their stupid WATBs is a winning strategy for motivation blah, blah.

    •  I never said that... (0+ / 0-)

      you can think what you want about what I did say, but you don't need to misrepresent stuff.

      "Republicans hate government because they're so bad at it." the quotable(and fanciable) Alan Grayson

      by chicating on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 12:27:50 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

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