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We have seen it over and over again the past two years. Democrats reach out to Republicans who in a drawn out and cruel fashion proceed to punch us in the face. We include republican ideas in our bills and still they vote no. They demonize us calling out names like Socialist, Unamerican, and Tree-huggers. We for the most part do not call them names back. This effort at unilateral disarmament has clearly failed but I think some people take the wrong message from it.

Some people say "Oh The Dems, they're so weak", "Why don't they fight back?", "I won't vote for these lily-livered democrats"

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What some see as weakness I see as patriotism. For the past two years they have tried to put country above party. To see a weak stimulus bill passed, rather then risk a strong bill failing. You can say you disapprove of the party's and President Obama's strategy but I think the past two years have shown their patriotism in putting country first and party second and we should do all that we can to honor that in November.

In light of MOT's diary yesterday I'll also throw in a little election tidbit. In my district NJ-07 Democrat Ed Potosnak is challenging the freshman Republican Rep Leonard Lance. Ed is a high school science teacher and he worked for a couple years crafting education policy in Washington. He is also one of the only gay people running for Congress. I worked on his campaign over the Summer and had a great time. CNN listed this race in its top 100 Congressional races to watch and it should be competitive. Here is is website if you want to learn more.

edpotosnak.com

Full disclosure I did work on his campaign over the Summer like I said above but I'm just writing this diary personally and this diary is in no way attributed to the campaign

Originally posted to erichiro on Fri Sep 03, 2010 at 11:49 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    That quote about GDP by Robert Kennedy

    by erichiro on Fri Sep 03, 2010 at 11:49:46 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for this much needed dose of reality! (0+ / 0-)

    It is magnificent, but it is not war, it is madness. Pierre Bosquet on the charge of the Light Brigade

    by flhiii88 on Fri Sep 03, 2010 at 11:55:37 AM PDT

  •  That's a good way of looking at it. (1+ / 0-)
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    nippersdad

    Its similar to the differences between Obama (or Clinton) and Bush. GW Bush never advanced policy agendas for the good of the country overall.  Every policy set forth had an agenda of some type that had little or nothing to do with the welfare of the american people.  Even the very few "moderate" legislative attempts which garnered Democratic support (like NCLB and the Prescription Drug Act)catered to a a special interest or agenda.

  •  I agree with you up to a point. (2+ / 0-)
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    nippersdad, redlum jak

    I also think that Dems have tried to reach out to Repubs as a means of putting the good of the country above the good of the party.  That's great.

    But as you say, time and time again, the F'N GOP has then turned around and kicked the Dems in the teeth.  What makes the Dems weak is going back AGAIN AND AGAIN to the GOP and getting their teeth kicked in.  THIS is where the problem lies.  At some point many months ago, the Dems needed to say (in effect):  "Hey GOP- FU if you're not going to be a part of the solution."

    What's that old saying about insanity...?  Going back and doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result.  So maybe the Dems aren't weak.  They're just insane?

  •  It's Lucy and that... (2+ / 0-)
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    madmsf, nippersdad

    ...damn football...

  •  It is now patriotic to enable sociopaths? (0+ / 0-)

    This is new information for me.

    "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." Oscar Wilde

    by nippersdad on Fri Sep 03, 2010 at 12:49:44 PM PDT

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