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Today, after running a couple of errands, I walked into my local Town Hall and undid something that I had originally done the day I turned 18, more than 36 years ago. I un-registered as a Democrat and registered as an unaffiliated voter. Except for a brief flirtation with Lowell Weicker's ACP party, I've been a Democrat in two different states, for almost four decades, which includes the People's Republic of New Hampshire. Not any more!!!

Why would I turn my back on the party that I've supported and voted for virtually my entire adult life? I cannot in good conscience continue to be enrolled in a party that won't even put a fight, doesn't give a tinker's damn about me or anyone else.

The reports that the Democrats wouldn't even debate the end of the job-killing, Middle class killing, Bush gift to the rich, until after the elections was the final straw!!!

In full disclosure, I am a 54 year old white male, with a whole host of medical problems who lost a part-time reporting job in March and is basically living off the meager paycheck of my brother whom I live with and our rapidly dwindling savings. I know that I supposedly don't have a "dog in the fight" about the tax cuts but I worry about people such as my brother, and the millions of others who work in low-wage dead-end job, living from "paycheck to paycheck" and losing the good fight.

Yes, I know that the Dems have had to fight the obstructionist tactics of "Tan Man" Boner and Mitch McChinless,sadly aided and abetted by DINO's such as Nelson, Landrieu, Lincoln and, my junior Senator, Joe LIEberman and the rest of the LIEberdems, who are nothing more than the GOP's BFF's, along with the corporate media, who hate the Democrats very existence.

Yet, with a 100% foolproof, totally winning issue, these gutless pussies "punted" until after the election. They ran like whipped dogs, who are so totally scared by a vocal minority of Teahadists nut jobs.

You get paid a very large salary to cast tough votes. If you don't want to do your fucking job, then get the hell out and we'll find someone who wants to represent "real Americans", not just the Koch brothers, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

Yes, I am still a progressive and will vote for Democrats who will show they have a backbone, and I am very scared for my country that may be on the precipice of being taken over by a bunch of ignorant freaks, but the Dems in Washington seems more interested in returning their dead asses to their cushy chairs in DC in 2011,instead of doing their jobs!!! If you won't fight for me, why should I support you? You've given me no reason to do so, but I will not sit home on November 2nd. I will do my duty and vote. But no more answering DNC mailers, or GOTV drives or donations!!!

I'm the "exhausted" one, who is still waiting for the Democrats to show some spine, you worthless COWARDS!!!! Is this too much to ask for??

Originally posted to demswin06 on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:06 AM PDT.

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    •  No tip for leaving Dems, but I understand. n/t. (2+ / 0-)
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      HoundDog, Nica24
      •  Yes, I'm in the same position SJPT. Hey (2+ / 0-)
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        DaleA, Nica24

        demswin06, hang in here old warrior.  

        Do you best to survive.  I just read an article about a fellow whose lived the last year without earning a single penny.

        I don't know if you have to have an address to vote, but it's important to keep voting.

        Until progressives become the strongest, most reliable, and consistent voters, too many of our own Democratic leaders will take what they percieve as the path of least resistence.

        How sad. But, after the recent bailouts on such winning issues, as tax cuts for the middle class, EFCA, ENDA, DADT, DREAM, etc. I can't blame folks for being distraught and hopeless.

        Obama still might be able to rescue us if he pulls all the stops on rallies before Nov, and repealing DADT by executive order.

        The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

        by HoundDog on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 11:25:31 AM PDT

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    •  Thank you for continuing to support (9+ / 0-)

      Democratic candidates locally.

      I work with B2B PAC, and all views and opinions in this account are my own.

      by slinkerwink on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:12:31 AM PDT

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    •  I had the same thought (4+ / 0-)

      We have 59 Senators and a huge majority in the House, and what the fuck is the point?  They won't fight for us, why should we fight for them?  

      I can't believe I'm saying this, but I hope republicans do take the house, and during the two years of gridlock, we can get better dems to run and then retake the house (and, God willing, with Obama's reelection) do some real good in 2012.

      I see no reason why the current majorites of dems make a shit's worth of difference right now.  They can't even scale back the fucking BUSH TAX CUTS?!?  With these levels of majority?  Unbelievable.

      •  After 2 years of gridlock (4+ / 0-)
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        Sylv, HoundDog, Nica24, tapu dali

        and the MSM blaming it on Obama being too radical and too liberal, you expect him to get reelected?

        I cannot fathom why people think it's a good thing if the GOP takes Congress. I heard a lot of these same arguments back in 2000: "What does it matter if Gore wins?", "I hope Gore loses so in 2004 we get a less corporatist candidate", "Maybe this country needs the shock of having an idiot like Bush win to push it to the left"

        How did that work out again? Having the GOP in control is NOT going to push the country to the left, is going to make Obama's chances of being reelected slimmer (IMO anyway) and is going to prevent ANY meaningful legislation from getting passed.

        •  What meaningful legislation will get passed...? (1+ / 0-)
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          If dems barely control both chambers?  ZERO.  That's been made clear, since they can't even pass a middle class tax cut with huge majorities right now.

          •  The truly weird thing is (0+ / 0-)

            that the conventional wisdom seems to be that they'll be able to pass the middle class tax cut in the lame duck session...not sure exactly how that will work, though.

            "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

            by Alice in Florida on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 11:28:20 AM PDT

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            •  Lame Ducks (2+ / 0-)
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              Sylv, Actbriniel

              That's because the lame ducks who just got their asses kicked will be able to vote for it out of "conscience" because they don't have to worry about elections.  So the conventional wisdom goes.  It's all crap if you ask me though.  These people are pathetic.

              •  But it would have helped them win (1+ / 0-)
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                that's the part I can't figure out...it's almost like they want to lose...

                "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

                by Alice in Florida on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 01:52:43 PM PDT

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              •  Then by god elect some MEN and WOMEN (0+ / 0-)

                with the stones to vote on principle and from conscience, and let the fucking elections fall how they fall.

                buncha political wusses ratholing away their precious electability and keeping their powder dry and leaving us all out here twisting in the cold jobless winds of a "recovery" too small to see, unless you're a banker or an insurance agent.

                LBJ & Lady Bird, Sully Sullenberger, Molly Ivins, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Drew Brees: Texas is No Bush League! -7.50,-5.59

                by BlackSheep1 on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 09:27:55 PM PDT

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          •  We can prevent endless House supoenies, and (0+ / 0-)

            possibly even impeachment hearings if the GOP get's control of the House.

            And after two more years of gridlock, voters will be so disgusted and angry, President Obama will not be able to win.

            But, I expect that once this is clear, he will follow LBJ's lead, and voluntarily step down, to let some other Democrat try to reunite the 2008 coalition.  Maybe HRC.

            But, neither she, nor any other mainstream Democrat will run against him in a primary.  And the amount of time they would need to prepare, probably means a significant probability of a GOP president in 2012.

            If we get totally clobbered, Obama should step back and do some deep soul searching so he could make such an announcement, in this next six months, so we can start to rally for 2012.

            But, it's not over yet.  Let's keep fighting, even though our chances look grim.  It's a self-fulfilling prophecy is everyone gives up now.

            My main point, is don't bale out on the notion that it somehow helps Obama's chances in 2012, because, I don't think it does.   It will sink our ship for quite a while.

            The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

            by HoundDog on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 11:31:42 AM PDT

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      •  Agreed WinSmith (1+ / 0-)
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        BlackSheep1

        The rationale for punting is "I don't want a month of ads running about me raising taxes".

        Of course they don't realize that THE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO DO THAT ANYWAY!!!

        I have said many times that the republicans have personal lives chock full of cowardice and hypocrisy.  They are scum, every one of them.

        The only think I do grudgingly admire is that they are not political cowards.  The democrats are just the opposite.  Most of them, including our President, have inspiring life stories of advocating for the common man.  Democrats who have fought in wars outnumber the war-mongering republicans on a ratio of something like 10 to 1.

        But politically, they are cowards.  That is why they lose the low information voter.  That voter will say, "I don't agree with the republican, but at least I know where they stand".

        And our President, on a personal level, is absolutely not a coward.  You can't be a Black man in America and run for and win the Presidency without a tremendous amount of courage.

        Politically, though, he is a "coward".  The times he has shown backbone, and there have been a few, he is very, very effective.  The problem is getting him and other Democrats to do that consistently.

        Hey Rahm, being the mayor of Chicago is a great gig. It is perfect for you! Really!

        by Indiana Bob on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 11:12:55 AM PDT

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    •  So good it needs saying again: (0+ / 0-)

      You get paid a very large salary to cast tough votes. If you don't want to do your fucking job, then get the hell out and we'll find someone who wants to represent "real Americans", not just the Koch brothers, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

      Damn straight.

      Fortunately, Texas doesn't make you register by party.

      I do not know how anybody out here can sit back and let the Dems NOT catch hell for this maneuver, because it is dumber than a box of rocks on dope.

      LBJ & Lady Bird, Sully Sullenberger, Molly Ivins, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Drew Brees: Texas is No Bush League! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 09:24:50 PM PDT

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  •  I don't get it (9+ / 0-)

    Doesn't this just mean you can't vote in primaries now?

    Never made much sense to me.

    •  The primary is where your vote counts the most (7+ / 0-)

      because fewer folks vote in the primary.

      If you live in a state that is heavily dominated by one party, it may be best to register in that party if only to help the most liberal candidate of the other party win in the primary.

      One can always vote for the Democrat in the general election.

      "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him." -- Jonathan Swift

      by Jane Lew on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:19:43 AM PDT

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    •  It varies from state to state (2+ / 0-)
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      Some states have open primaries in which anyone can vote. Some have closed primaries in which only registered Party members are allowed. Some hold both parties' primaries on the same day and you have to choose one or the other.

      I got taught my lesson about messing around with the other party's primaries a few years ago - I voted against a bad candidate, but the one who won (and went on to win the general election) was WORSE. Not gonna play that game any more.

      If it's
      Not your body
      Then it's
      Not your choice
      AND it's
      None of your damn business!

      by TheOtherMaven on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:38:27 AM PDT

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  •  let me get this straight (3+ / 0-)
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    fladem, Benintn, jan4insight

    You unregistered as a democrat so you could be unaffiliated... while claiming to be a progressive... who exactly will you vote for? Republicans?

    •  You can still vote for Democrats... (8+ / 0-)

      if you are unaffiliated/independent.  It just sends a message to Dems that your vote cannot be absolutely counted on.  

      Fired up! Ready to fold!

      by Jonze on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:09:36 AM PDT

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    •  I did the same thing after the Iraq war vote (0+ / 0-)

      I've been independent for about 7 years now. Here in Texas, I generally vote in the Democratic primary and direct my contributions to individual candidates or through Act Blue. You select a ballot when you show up to vote at a primary, so it has no effect on my voting. I've never voted for a Republican, but I've withheld my vote from a certain ethically challenged local Democrat and I'm not feeling very good about 2012 national election. I'm ok for 2010.  

      Being independent doesn't stop the Democratic party from calling you and sending mail. They don't ever take you off their lists. Actually, the only effect is in my own mind. I am very much focused on individual candidates and, in my mind, I am challenging the DP to win me back. They're not doing a very good job. The most partisan DK members here also strengthen my resolve to remain unaffiliated. I lurk, since this is technically a members-only CJ, and lately -- daily even -- I consider abandoning DK permanently because the "GTFO apostate" message is strong and painful. If DK wants to exclude liberal independents and other potential allies, DK can do it.

      •  What's a "members only CJ"? (0+ / 0-)

        I've been here since 2003 and have no idea what you are talking about...

        "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

        by Alice in Florida on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 12:56:58 PM PDT

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        •  Clarifications (0+ / 0-)

          By "members only" I mean this is a site obstensibly for Democratic party members/supporters only. I am not technically a member of that group. With CJ, I am referring to the euphemism for the type of Internet forum conversation where people gather and offer essentially homogeneous ideas, congratulating each other, and pretty much stomping out diverse views. There is hyperbole in this description of DK, but the meta wars have me feeling as if I need to sign a party loyalty card or just stay away. I don't write much here, but the intolerance displayed towards others whose views are similar to mine hurts me as well and I think precludes discussion of some kinds of solutions. Unfortunately, there aren't any other online communities like DK, much less any that tolerate deviation from the party line well. So I come here every day to keep up on what's going on, and too frequently feel out of place and unwelcome, even though I am unwaveringly liberal. It was not like this before the 2008 election. When we're trying to overthrow the GOP we're fine. When we're trying to improve government under Democrats, we have serious issues.

  •  Howard Beale (1+ / 0-)
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    LordMike

    All this vitriol just because they decided not to grandstand this tax cut for the election cycle.

    "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

    by davewill on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:09:11 AM PDT

    •  This message indicates a lot more history than (8+ / 0-)

      that.  This was the proverbial straw here.  When we join the Democratic Party we don't take a loyalty oath.  Somehow we need to take the earplugs out of their ears and put some backbone in their spine!  Us keeping our enthusiasm up for them while they enthusiastically demoralize us is not working very well.  

      People that express an enthusiasm gap need to be taken seriously.  It's out there and it's cloud is getting bigger and bigger.  I know I feel it inside me!  

      Don't forget the 10-2-10 One Nation Working Together March on Washington! Put this comment in your signature. Pass the word!!

      by Road Dog on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:31:07 AM PDT

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      •  *Shrug* (0+ / 0-)

        I actually understand that, but this is the reality of politics, and this rant, especially coming over something like this, isn't something rational that I can respond to. I mean, sure, we could act all sympathetic, but we can't change any of it, except maybe a little bit at a time...and that requires tons of patience. This doesn't help.

        "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

        by davewill on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:37:52 AM PDT

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        •  Just how far are you willing to allow (1+ / 0-)
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          Alice in Florida

          the "reality of politics" to go before you say enough?

          That's a genuine question: What action (or inaction) would make you stop supporting Democrats or the President?

          The diarist has at least provided an answer to that question. Can you do you likewise, or will you be afraid that if you draw the line too tightly, the Dems will cross it in the next week or month, and you'll have to move the goalposts?

          If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the administration.

          by badger on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 12:26:14 PM PDT

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        •  If we can't change any of it (0+ / 0-)

          then what the f*** are we doing here? Seriously?

          The trouble with asking for "patience" is that it's not about activists at this point, it's about voters. When voters become impatient enough to stay home or vote Republican, the problem isn't that activists are too impatient...it's that the party is fundamentally not working. The coalition model that worked so well in the 90s boom years does not work at a time when real action is needed. There's plenty of blame to go around, but the fact is that the Democratic Party as presently constituted appears to be crashing and burning....of course we have to do what we can to limit the damage, but believing everything's gonna work out if we just give it time is delusional.

          "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

          by Alice in Florida on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 01:05:53 PM PDT

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  •  Then can I guess (2+ / 0-)
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    fladem, Benintn

    you also won't be hanging around here much longer?

    In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

    by jsfox on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:09:21 AM PDT

  •  Symbolic gesture and I appreciate your anger (2+ / 0-)

    But see current FP article about the House possibly maybe still having a glimmer of hope.

    As things now stand all tax cuts expire. That's not going to happen.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:09:29 AM PDT

  •  Whatever makes you fel good (0+ / 0-)
    •  Theston what makes me feel good is that the (1+ / 0-)
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      Little Lulu

      Republican Corporate Tea Party will be destroyed forever and be tossed out forever because they killed America and took everything from the middle class and poor, gave tax breaks for the wealthy, giving us two wars, given us deficits, shipping jobs over seas, deregulated everything from wall street to transportation and killed every opportunity for growth.  Now the Republican Corporate Tea Party don't want you to eat safely.
      The Republican Corporate Tea Party will burn in HELL!

      •  Except that the actual result is that they will.. (0+ / 0-)

        ...end up ruling for a long, long time instead.

        DARTH SPECTER: I am altering the deal! Pray I don't alter it any further!
        LANDO REID: This deal keeps getting worse all the time!

        by LordMike on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:57:57 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Nothing happens for a long, long time anymore (0+ / 0-)

          except unemployment....at some point, when enough people are out of work, maybe a light will go off in their heads and they'll finally realize that the rich are not at all interested in "creating jobs" at least not in this country...

          "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

          by Alice in Florida on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 01:18:07 PM PDT

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  •  apparently (1+ / 0-)
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    LordMike

    older doesnt necessarily mean wiser !!!

    Bush/Obama - The Two WORST Presidents since Hoover/FDR :)

    by nerdngeek on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:10:35 AM PDT

  •  Thank you, Sir! May I have another? (7+ / 0-)

    is no way to treat your base!

    "I am not going away." Charlie Rangel

    by PhillyGal on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:11:00 AM PDT

  •  I think "generational" election of '08 is down... (3+ / 0-)
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    Alice in Florida, RonV, RageKage

    the drain.  It's sad too.  We had the best chance since '64 to make some real big changes in this country.

    •  See, I'm falling into the trap...We have made... (5+ / 0-)
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      fumie, happy camper, ETF, KroneckerD, flhiii88

      big changes in this country under Obama.  Just not as big as some of us would have liked, but that doesn't mean big changes haven't taken place.

      •  No, no big changes. (7+ / 0-)

        The Administration approached some big issues, and settled for nibbling around the edges of them.

        The unquestioned successes (auto industry) are simply not of the same order of magnitude as the opportunities missed (health care and Wall Street) and the outright failures (civil rights).

        The real enemy of the good is not the perfect, but the mediocre.

        by Orange County Liberal on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:31:57 AM PDT

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        •  Health care and Wall Street reform are more (0+ / 0-)

          than nibbles around the edge.  These reforms fell short of my highest hopes, but they would not have happened at all with R's in control.  Lives are on the line and being saved with the Health Care reform that has been passed.  I don't believe that is a nibble.

        •  The outright failure was employment (1+ / 0-)
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          Orange County Liberal

          They are not losing because of LGBT issues (not to say those aren't important). They are losing because of economic issues. The number of people they lost for all the other reasons (civil rights, Guantanamo, warrantless wiretaps, etc.) aren't enough to make or break the election...it's the economic issue that's lost them the independents and even a lot of African Americans.

          I bet there would be a lot less people whining about "socialism" if Obama had really been socialist and redistributed some wealth...

          "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

          by Alice in Florida on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 01:24:42 PM PDT

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  •  You're in New Hampshire? (0+ / 0-)

    Do you understand that there is an election this fall?

    15 million voters in 42 days. Sign up at OFA today.

    by Benintn on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:20:07 AM PDT

  •  Enjoy the GOP Theocratic Thugocracy. (3+ / 0-)
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    LordMike, Little Lulu, jan4insight

    Did you hold your breath until you turned blue, too?

    F the right wing whiners. I don't care about them any more they can all F themselves for all I care.

    by UndercoverRxer on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:24:14 AM PDT

  •  If your local Dems aren't tools (1+ / 0-)
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    badger

    vote for them.

  •  Have you made any phone calls? (1+ / 0-)
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    stonedoubt

    I understand if, with medical problems, you haven't been able to do much to help yourself get the representation you want and deserve.

    But have you done anything productive to help elect better Democrats?

    I saw an angry diary about Scott Brown in January 2010.  Not much else from you...

    15 million voters in 42 days. Sign up at OFA today.

    by Benintn on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:28:11 AM PDT

  •  I understand what you did. (5+ / 0-)

    I've often thought of unregistering as a Democrat and registering as an Independent.

    I've been registered as a Democrat since I first registered to vote.

    I'm torn over this and still am undecided what I'm going to do.  

    I do think that if enough of us switched their affiliation from Democrat to Independent or unaffiliated, that the Democrats would notice and figure out why.

    We won't have primaries for at least another year and a half, and we can always go back and register as a Democrat in plenty of time in the states that have closed primaries.

    I hope the diarist contacts every elected Democratic official in their city, county, state, and federal government and tell they what he did and why.

    Enough already. Stand up and fight. If you lose, you lose, but at least you tried. That's all I ask.

    by gooderservice on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:29:06 AM PDT

    •  They would simply (1+ / 0-)
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      badger

      move to the right like they always do.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:32:06 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Why do think that? (0+ / 0-)

        You really think if many of us re-register as an independent, the democrats will move right?

        Enough already. Stand up and fight. If you lose, you lose, but at least you tried. That's all I ask.

        by gooderservice on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 11:32:58 AM PDT

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        •  It's what they've always done in the past (0+ / 0-)

          The presumption is that Democrats are the left, Republicans are the right, and therefore "Independents" must be the middle--to the left of Republicans and to the right of Democrats. Of course, in reality "Independents" are not a group with any particular ideology...many are to the left of Democrats or to the right of Republicans...but without having any guidance as to where independents stand, other than "against" both parties...there's no way to know.

          It would probably make more sense to register as "Green Party"...that way if those numbers went up, it would show how many people were opposing the Democratic Party from the left...remembering that, like "Independents," Greens are still free to vote for whomever they choose.

          "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

          by Alice in Florida on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 01:40:39 PM PDT

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          •  "Always done in the past," (0+ / 0-)

            and you maybe right, but politics have changed so much with the new technology and especially with Citizens United ruling.

            I think if people switch their party affiliation from Democrat to Independent or unaffiliated, along with contacting all there city, county, state and federal officials, the message will be heard loud and clear.

            Enough already. Stand up and fight. If you lose, you lose, but at least you tried. That's all I ask.

            by gooderservice on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 04:12:34 PM PDT

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    •  Ditto for me!n/t It's a movement! (0+ / 0-)

      Don't forget the 10-2-10 One Nation Working Together March on Washington! Put this comment in your signature. Pass the word!!

      by Road Dog on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:32:46 AM PDT

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  •  changing your user name to unaffiliated2010 (5+ / 0-)

    too, i imagine?

    Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues. The Gita 3.21

    by rasbobbo on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:31:15 AM PDT

  •  Washington State doesn't register voters by (3+ / 0-)
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    badger, Samulayo, Road Dog

    party, which is the way I prefer it now.  The two party system is taking us down the wrong path.

    The Global War on Terror is a fabrication to justify imperialism.

    by BigAlinWashSt on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:42:01 AM PDT

  •  My wife already has the attitude expressed here. (6+ / 0-)

    I'm getting very close to it myself.  Talked to a very active progressive friend last weekend at dinner.  We spoke for hours about this very issue.  He is also getting this attitude.  We have donated, called, knocked on doors etc.  

    If this site is dedicated to electing better Democrats than voices of discontent need to be taken seriously.    

    There is a good argument that can be made to let things get worse (sometimes much worse) to allow things to  get better.  

    Don't forget the 10-2-10 One Nation Working Together March on Washington! Put this comment in your signature. Pass the word!!

    by Road Dog on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:43:51 AM PDT

  •  Amen, brother (2+ / 0-)
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    I haven't unregistered, but I have let the DCCC, DSCC and DNC know not to expect any more money from me after this stupid, cowardly behavior.

  •  Well, I understand being frustrated but, (4+ / 0-)
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    I sure as hell will not do anything to help undermine keeping republicans out of power.
    that is simply unbearable.
    I have lived for 30 years with conservative control and it is no longer bearable to me to watch what they are doing to this country and destroying everything.
    And given a choice between a spineless democrat and having republican, I will take the dem, spineless or not, anytime

  •  Well, your certainly entited to an enthusiasm gap (0+ / 0-)

    Let's hope it doesn't get replaced with an anger overload after seeing Boehner and Co. pass shit legislation that fucks us over.

  •  Well, (0+ / 0-)

    just make sure you're back for the midterms in '14 when Democrats have mentally mostly shed the conservaDems holding us up now.  And the country is 4 years closer and within a stone's throw of accepting the post-1968 vision of what it should be.

    We do seem to live in generally an eight year political cycle, four Democrat-dominated and four Republican, with initiative flipping every midterm election.   The cycle forces the Democrats to upgrade themselves every four years.  And gives the country four years of Republican do-nothing rule to fully digest the changes made, as well as for corruptions that were unpopular to touch to emerge in Republican form and become intolerable.

    I think we generally agree that the current set of elected Democrats is pretty spent and the conservatives that have control of what passes in Congress are not good for much more.  And so the purge is upon us.  The good news is that the Republicans are no longer a credible party nor is it center rightish country anymore, so it's very unlikely they'll control Congress more than two or four years at a stretch if that.

  •  Bad move. Under Connecticut law, you can't vote (0+ / 0-)

    in ANY primary.  Under the closed primary system, you just took the bat out of your own hands.

    •  Connecticut has closed primaries? (0+ / 0-)

      I thought those were mostly a Southern thing...of course, it's notable that CT has had two Independent US Senators that I'm aware of, something that almost unheard of in other states (except Vermont, of course).

      "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

      by Alice in Florida on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 01:44:18 PM PDT

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  •  I thought about doing this. (0+ / 0-)

    I still plan to vote Democrat, but in my state you don't need to be registered to a party to vote in primary elections. It's the best way to tell the Democratic Party they can't take my vote for granted.

    When politicians talk about 'political realities' they are giving themselves permission to fail.

    by cjenk415 on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 04:36:14 PM PDT

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