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Please read OPOL's diary, I feel like I'm watching the Democratic party commit suicide, as I share OPOL's sentiments and spin from his points below.

During the election I spent hours every day in the great US ELECTION TWITTER WAR of 2012.  One thing I learned deeply depressed my life-long, hopeful heart.

A huge swath of our youth and others believe there is NO difference between the Democrats and the Republicans.  I engaged many on twitter, many of whom were Ron Paul devotees hoodwinked into believing that RPs Libertarian meme meant a better direction for the country.

Three key issues contributed greatly to their tweeted cynical conclusions:  NDAA, Drone Strikes, and the huge wealth of most US Congress members.

I never had a response to their dismay so I chipped away at Romney, pointing out how he voted against Veterans and MS sufferers and, therefore, the lesser of their perceived two evils.

NDAA doesn't make sense to me, other than the fact that war mongers McCain & Graham dropped it into the Defense Spending Bill.

I can't explain how President Obama and the Democratic Party neglected to prosecute the war crimes of the Bush Administration, the Wall Street Banksters, or any of the key players in the Great Real Estate Heist.

I understand their cynicism.  I understand and even support the outcry and civil disobedience of the Occupiers.

I can't explain any of the Democratic train wreck I have and am witnessing.

My jaw dropped when the Stimulus program conceded 1/3 of the amount to tax breaks.  I shuddered to anticipate the bleak futures of seniors IF the Cat Food Commission recommendations are ever implemented.  I am enraged that my state won't provide dental care for poor adults (kids get some care).

I can't explain why a million square feet NSA facility is being built near my home.  You can go onto Google Earth and see this behemoth.  I measured it using G-Earth ruler.  It's approximately 1 mile long (North to South) and 1/2 mile wide (east to west) and mostly underground.

I can't explain why most members of Congress have $Millions in assets that have managed to increase in value before, during, and after the Great Recession.  What?  There was no law against insider trading?  Really?

The youth don't trust voting machines at all, if their tweets are any indication.

I have polled you a couple of times with this question:

Is America a humane country?

The majority responded with "NO, we are not."

Which brings me to my conclusion here.

You see, I thought we were a humane society.  

BushCo definitely rattled my view; however, I never doubted that the Democratic Party is the party of compassion and social responsibility even the party of peace....

Until I hear the three party leaders, Pelosi, Reid, and Obama making noises about Social Security and Medicare.

Now I don't know what to think.  The Right Wing agenda plods along regardless of whether Dems or GOP are in control.  How else can we interpret this other than that there is not difference?

Of course, I will continue Democratic support hoping that our progressives voices will strengthen the resolve of the President and Congress members to REFUSE to give any ground to the GOP desires to destroy all social safety nets.

We have to.

I think my heart will fail if I begin to see homeless elderly people selling apples and matches on my street corners.

Can we really trust Congress to do our work?

I think the Democratic Party can own DC IF and only IF the President and Congress stand up and insure the foundation principals that are (hopefully not were) the Democratic Party

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 03:18:46 PM PST

  •  T and R'd (2+ / 0-)
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    War on Error, Steve Canella

    but I think that you have just created a 2 million floored NSA facility if my math serves.

  •  Look Up "The Sky Is Not Falling" Comments From (6+ / 0-)

    good Democrats and thinkers from the 1970's to the 1990's, directed at the alarmists and whiney hippies.

    Everything they dismissed about the chicken littles, they were wrong about.

    The sky was falling, just not all in one step. Don't stand up too tall, you'll bump into it.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 03:45:36 PM PST

    •  just as Rome wasn't built in a day, (2+ / 0-)
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      War on Error, Floande

      neither did Rome fall in a day. It took centuries of slow, incremental decay before the final collapse.

      Then one day, they woke up and suddenly the barbarians were at the gates. What had been happening at a gradual pace for hundreds of years was made clear, with a terrible, immediate reality.

      The period since the mid-1970s has been America's senescence, a slow decline in all its institutions. Its resources and strengths have been gradually eaten away by looters and plunderers. Like scavengers feasting on the corpse of a great and noble king of the jungle.

      Much as one might rail against aging, in the end there is really not much you can do about it. True, some better decisions might have been made here and there, that might have put off the day of reckoning for a couple decades or so. But we probably would have come to more or less where we are now.

      The young naturally rebel against this, of course. That's what characterizes youth of all ages. And who knows, there may be some way America can be rejuvenated. But we have to come to the dismal end of this path we're walking, before that can happen.

      "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

      by limpidglass on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 06:14:27 PM PST

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  •  I hope you (2+ / 0-)
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    War on Error, Floande

    mean one million square feet...otherwise that baby has dimensions that would take up more than a third of the US!

    As for the youth,they are brainwashed by the Ron Paul libertarian schtick. Cynics. They do not believe in SS or medicare anyway. They doubt it will exist for them,and think it should be every man for himself anyway.
    To those folks, the dems and repugs are the same...want your taxes,and intrude in your life.

    Not much can be done with them until they mature and realize they will get old someday and need help.

    I think we need to keep a watchful eye,but not give up hope on the Dems.  If you look at the projected spending on Medicare and SS going out to 2017, together they exceed the rest of the budget total...so I can not sit here and say that America is heartless.  By 2017, we will be spending 2.2 trillion on SS . Medicare and Medicaid. The rest? Around 800 billion. Now, to me,that does not sound like a heartless country.

    •  Thank you (1+ / 0-)
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      Floande

      Yes, square miles, still a near incomprehensible behemoth.  I have watched it being built, although I did not make the video.

      I was told in my 20s (in my 60s now) that SS wouldn't be there for me.  The GOP Hatriots have been floating this myth for a very long time with the help of Peter G Peterson and his world-wide web of social safety net destroyers.

      The following are details even we here are loathe to believe.

      Details here.

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 04:25:01 PM PST

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  •  Not the same, but (3+ / 0-)

    the differences are becoming increasingly less compelling.

  •  the differences between the parties (3+ / 0-)
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    War on Error, kurt, hoplite9

    Seem to become fewer and less certain every day. For the time being the Democrats seem less inclined to impose a fundamentalist  theocracy upon us. On economic matters, defense spending, and the growing police state, the differences are becoming trivial.

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