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My background is as a union organizer, although I'm doing something different right now.  I have been a Democrat for a long time, and fairly active much of that time.  

I am here because I figure this is the best place to find out when (or if) the Democratic party decides to change course and advocate for working people instead of against them.  That's basically all I'm here for.  I check every day.  

Right now the main business of the Democratic party appears to be selling defective insurance on behalf of private companies and otherwise funneling money to Wall Street.  Their sidelines are spying on everybody as much as possible, persecuting whistleblowers, deporting Latin Americans, murdering east Africans and south Asians, and defending war criminals and torturers from investigation and prosecution.  I don't support any of that.

Two percent less evil than the Republicans, with the Republicans getting more evil all time, is both a bad place to be and a bad direction to be going.  I won't support that anymore either.

And I'm done being upset about it, because my being upset didn't change anything, it just made me more vulnerable to the kabuki and the scare tactics.  I don't get upset about bullying STFU diaries at this point because they serve a useful purpose.  Their prevalence and popularity help me determine quickly and easily that the Democratic party is not changing course.  That means I can go do something else with my time.  

I think the Democratic party is in serious trouble.  I think the trouble is so serious that the demographics kos talks about aren't going to work out the way he thinks.  Maybe I'm wrong and there are a ton of people just waiting to support the two percent less evil platform.  If so, go get campaign donations (and votes) from them, not me.  

I'll check back regularly to see if something changes.  Meanwhile, good luck with that two percent less evil thing and let me know how it works out.  

I've said what I have to say, so I won't hang around and argue in the comments.    

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  •  too bad you can't hang around (10+ / 0-)

    you might find allies.

    I agree with you that it is pointless to argue.

    "The corporate state’s repression, now on the brink of totalitarianism, would with the help of Christie, his corporate backers ... become a full-blown corporate fascism.' http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_trouble_with_chris_christie_20140112

    by SeaTurtle on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 11:08:22 AM PDT

  •  You have company. n.t (11+ / 0-)

    I will not vote for Hillary. What we need is a Democrat in the White House.

    by dkmich on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 11:14:50 AM PDT

  •  I completely agree about you doubting the (7+ / 0-)

    demographic argument ... People have to decide to vote a particular party for a "first time," but after that, there has to be some reason to do it again. Democrats aren't doing a significant job of that at all. It's perfectly reasonable to believe that Latinos and young people just go straight to "cynical non-voters" without any pass-through stage of voting Democratic.

    Dems have been sitting on their thumbs for 30 years waiting for the GOPers to implode. Meanwhile, the D brand has been so diminished that they've got union folks like you---of all people!---telling them to suck sand. Walking away from traditional economic justice and labor issues has been a complete catastrophe--for the party and the nation.

    •  The assumption that Latinos are aching to vote (6+ / 0-)

      for the party of the man who has deported more Latinos in the entire history of the nation, and during only his first five years in office, is a pretty far-fetched assumption.

      Latinos support Democrats more, currently, because Republicans are so hideous. But they are fully aware that the president only gives them pleasant words, which actually doing the polar opposite.

      They are aware of the quotas that CBE officers have on their performance appraisals requiring a minimum number of deportations a month, merits of the cases notwithstanding.

      They are aware of the private prisons which the administration has agreed to keep full of immigration "detainees" with poor medical care, constant motion to break off family and legal contact, and a host of other abuses.

      They are aware that this president, in five years, has deported more people than any other president in American history in their entire terms in office.

      And, coming up, we have the half-Latino George Prescott Bush, a fluent Spanish speaker. Someone who will do at least as much as Obama has done, and speak out against deportations.  But moreso, due to his party's need to attract Latinos due to the demographics, in 5 to 10 years, may be openly calling for amnesty.

      And the mass defection will appear.

      The shallow belief that demographics means the end of the Republican Party is just that. Time and again, when either major party has been on the pundit's "death knell", some change or another has kept them in the game.

      And isn't it funny that this goes back to the promise of change we were given, instead of the lack of change which was delivered? Funny, ha ha. Not funny, humorous.

      And that's really, really sad. A huge opportunity thrown away. That will be the history. Opportunity, squandered trying to "compromise" with crazy people.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 01:08:01 PM PDT

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      •  I have a lot of Latino students in my classes. (1+ / 0-)
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        From the remarks they make in class, they seemed to have turned against the Obama administration.
          That;s just anecdotal, but it's a recent change.

        •  He promised immigration reform his first year (0+ / 0-)

          in office, when he had majorities in both houses for two years.  He didn't even propose it, let alone fight for it, let alone push to get support for it.

          His fifth year has just ended. He's made nice speeches, but his actions do not show the change he says he supports. There are a wide variety of administrative / executive changes he could make, including simply insuring the promises he makes in his speeches are carried through by the agencies he directs. But that's too much for him, apparently.

          He wants to blame it all on Congress without taking any of the actions available to him already.

          People are just not going to buy promises forever and ever when it is their families. When their moms and dads, aunts, uncles and cousins are being deported, Obama will not retain their loyalty.

          "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

          by YucatanMan on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 10:12:59 PM PDT

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  •  hey everybody!! (1+ / 0-)
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    i saw an old tree today

    apparently we are the democratic party.

    who knew?

    -You want to change the system, run for office.

    by Deep Texan on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 11:58:17 AM PDT

  •  I'm going to argue with you in abstentia. (4+ / 0-)

    I don't think it is 2% less evil.  I think it is about 10% less evil, but losing ground.

    There are two corporate parties now.

    On the right, it is "differentiated" for our consumption by "Stop Abortion" and "Sell more Guns."

    On the left, it is "differentiated" for our consumption by grudging acceptance of equal rights, bit by bit, for currently favored outcast groups.

    Neither corporatist party really wants fundamental change which uplifts the poor and middle classes.  Nor does either intend to do anything about the looming Total Security State.

    Between those parameters, we individuals are free to scrape and scratch for a living, all the while worrying that some new form of massive Wall Street fraud will leave us penniless after a lifetime's toil.  

    Wall Street fraud deflated our house values, shrank our retirement accounts and left millions jobless. Yet the "people's representatives" in the Federal government deigned to reward Wall Street with being made whole, and screw the homeowners, the retirement fund holders, the pensioners, and the jobless.

    That's one hell of a platform right there.... IF you want big checks from a few rich people.  And it is the exact prescription for the destruction of the country via slow (and sometimes quite rapid) decay.

    We're swinging farther and farther to the right.

    Compromise with crazy is still half-crazy, not sane. Not useful. Not helpful. Not caring. Not restorative.

    There are no forces pulling back to the left. There's just compromise with more crazy.  Which is to say, do the corporatist/Wall Street bidding and avert your eyes.

    The merger of corporate and government interests has a name. Add in some religious interests and you've got the full batch. Read up on history.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 01:00:03 PM PDT

  •  THe whole party is this? (0+ / 0-)

    "Right now the main business of the Democratic party appears to be selling defective insurance on behalf of private companies and otherwise funneling money to Wall Street.  Their sidelines are spying on everybody as much as possible, persecuting whistleblowers, deporting Latin Americans, murdering east Africans and south Asians, and defending war criminals and torturers from investigation and prosecution.  I don't support any of that."

    that sounds like a list of executive branch failures.

    where are the state and local parties and the rank and file in this description?

    another example of exaggeration in the service of impotent pessimism.

  •  i can't turn my eyes away from (1+ / 0-)
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    this train wreck.

    i agree with most of what you said.

    maybe 2% is too low, but that is just details.

    there must be a lot of affluent people here because so many are willing to wait for things to get better.

    my mom didn't recognize her country by the time she died 2 years ago and i haven't recognized it since 2001.

    i too, keep checking here and waiting for people to wake the fuck up.

    i know the youth don't believe any change can be made at all and they are pretty damn scared about it.

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