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|Let's Stop Agreeing: The Republican Victory of 2014
What strikes me about how the Democrats have evolved over the last six years, is just how cowardly, how easy to disillusion, how easy to discourage we've become, and just how little will we have to ...
|Hobby Lobby - This is Why You Vote for Democrats.
I keep on hearing the same refrain: they're no different. I keep on seeing things go further to the right when they take over, further than if we were in charge. Truth is, giving up is what gives ...
Show up at the polls not because you are enthusiastic, not because your choices are perfect, not because nobody has disappointed you, but because only by persistent political pressure from below ...
|What did the President mean by Keep your Insurance?
This won't take long. Obama said, if you like your insurance policy, you can keep it. Was that the entire story? Was he simply making a promise out of the blue? No. He was not. He was ...
|A Moment of Clarity: The Voting Rights Act Decision
Today's decision tells us that the consequences for failing to deliberately and effectively compete for power in today's political environment reach far. We are far too fond of blaming ourselves as ...
|Leaking Is Important, But Legal Disclosure More So
In my last entry, I argued about Bradley Manning's conduct. I guess some people just didn't register my chief objection. Manning never turned himself in, he was exposed by another person. He didn'...
|Bradley Manning Broke The Law
I don't admire what Bradley Manning did, but I don't like the things the Bush Administration did, either. In particular, I did not like what Karl Rove and Company did to Valerie Plame. For ...
|Gears of Government: Why Obama's Election Was Never Enough
I had a very conservative Civics teacher in high school, to say the least, and my hand ached from writing notes at the end of her classes. But she did me one favor for this liberal here: she opened ...
|In Order of Severity: A Philosophy about the Filibuster
Why is the filibuster a problem? That's a question whose answer should start with the Republicans. I know some want to say that if we were more smashmouth about this, they wouldn't be a problem, ...
|The Republicans Are To Blame For ALL Filibusters
This isn't a glass half-full, or glass half-empty exercise. Put simply, Most Republicans, if not all at times, are behind the filibusters. The provide, even in cases where Democrats are involved, ...
|Hate Losing? The Hardnose Pursuit of Power
There are all these Democrats who are wailing and whining about having lost votes on Gun Control, and perhaps on Immigration reform. Frankly, I'm asking, what do you expect? The same intransigence ...
|Get Sixteen And End Chained CPI
I am a supporter of Obama, and I think he made a mistake by including Chained CPI in his budget. I'm a political realist, which means I don't go around thinking that savaging my President is a good ...
|Conflict Junkies on Daily Kos
Let me be blunt. I say that a lot, you know. I've got limited social skills, and a very direct style of communication. Over time, though, I've come to realize something, despite my Autistic/aspie ...
|2010 and Chained CPI
If you want to stop seeing Democratic Party policies on the Chopping block, even as proposals (which this crowd sees as the end of the world, even without them being enacted) You need Democrats in ...
|Two Possibilities, One Choice on Chained CPI
I will not be the millionth diary to whine about how horrible this is. I don't like it, and if it dies a quick death, I won't mourn it. But seriously, folks, whatever we do, if we're going to ...
|Petition to the White House: Put the Economy First
This is a petition I posted on the White House website. Please sign it and let the President know where our priorities are. The text of the petition is over the orange-lined cloud.
|Extend the Hand, But Have the Fist Ready
Here's my view: the Public clearly fell on our side. If the numbers hold out, we will have made gains in every branch and chamber of the US Government (including the Judicial Branch, since we won ...
|Romney: The Deathblossom Liar
Watching that debate, I just had the impression that the guy was having trouble keeping all his lies properly arranged. He lies in all directions, all at once, expecting people to be incapable of ...
|Choices Are Stronger Than Feelings
We lament our weakness, but then let that supposed weakness discourage us. Perhaps our biggest problem is that we've learned over the last thirty years to take rejection and misfortune to heart, ...
|I've Heard All These Promises Before!
Regardless of what a bunch of pundits think, my reaction to Romney is this: I know why the President loathes him. If Romney wasn't rich, he'd be one of those high pressure salesman you have to keep ...
|We Got Outraged over Akin. Now Let's Get Even.
This won't be a big entry here, because my message is pretty simple: after all this garbage from Rep. Todd Akin, and after he's refused to do what almost anybody would conceive of as the right thing,
|Start with the Possibility You Can Win...
...and then figure out how. That, I believe, is how you win in politics. Reaching a little bit? I know it's not altogether spectacular of an insight, but sometimes it's the obvious things that ...
|We Need Ads That Help Us.
This is a quick opinion piece, but I'm quite serious about what I'm saying. Now the decision was made a while back to allow ads coming from conservative campaigns and causes to run on our page her, ...
|Say it With Me: Romney and the GOP are Job Killers
This is a short diary, but I wanted to make a point: If you look at a lot of what the Republicans have done in the past few years, as a response to the crisis, you'd be hard put to find actual job ...
|Wisconsin: Call It a Bought Election
It's just staring us in the face, you know? Ten to one spending ratio, but a much, much narrower victory, and a Senate race victory where the Republicans weren't obsessed with winning. This race ...
|Resistance on All Levels and From All Angles
Those of you who look at the Walker results and feel lost... Well I know how you feel. I went through 2004. Then I went through 2006. That would be the thought I would share to all of you tonight ...
|Trading Disappointment for Terminal Stupidity
Screw Enthusiasm. How about good old fashion, nasty teeth-gritted application of willpower to get what you fricking want? I read this article by Ezra Klein , and this article by Brian Beutler , ...
|675 Billion, and other interesting numbers.
What is 675 Billion? The amount of money the Obama Administration would have spent in the 2010 and 2011 budgets if it had continued to increase outlays at the speed the Bush Administration did from ...
|This isn't 2008, and What That Means
The simplest way I can put this is that in 2008, change was more or less unopposed. The previous inhabitant of the White House was clearly wrong, and what change meant couldn't have been clearer. ...
|The Magic Word for Marriage Equality is "Or"
As in, Marriage can be a union between a man and a woman, or, between two consenting adults of the same sex. The fallacy that the Republicans build their fearmongering on is this idea that they are ...
|Yes, He Can! (Be Changed)
You ever notice how people start lapsing into categoricals when they get real angry in an argument? You never this! You always that! You don't care a single thing for me! Whatever it was that ...
|Have MSNBC's Liberal Line-Up For Dessert
We like to hear people tell us what we want to hear, and it's been so long since with had folks like Rachel Maddow up there for good cheer. But if you're only getting your informationf rom Rachel, ...
|The Zimmerman Video Non-Enhancement
Just a quick note here. My background is in Radio/TV/Film, and I'm quite familiar with photoshop and Video programs. Now the news is showing newly "enhanced" versions of the video that claim to ...
One reason I would say that Republicans are in the place they are is that they've gotten themselves invested in winning elections by means other than being persuasive and popular. They gerrymander ...
|Thinking Outside the Bo... The Voting Booth, I Mean
I've had a little insight here that I'd like to share with you. It came to me as I was entertaining questions on my last posting. For all too long, the way most people have modelled how we go ...
|Not STFU. Have a Plan That's More Than Talk.
The internet make political expression incredibly easy. Too easy, in fact. We gather in our nice, safe little neighborhoods of political expression, and we rarely have to venture out. Every time ...
|The Fluffy Feathers of My Twitter Rant
Hearing about the umpteenth Republican usage of the phrase "the politics of envy", and having twitter open, I decided to unload my basic thoughts on the matter. Only trouble, of course, is that ...
|A Hammer to the Head is a Bad Cure for a Headache
Or, Why helping Ron Paul in any way is a ridiculous way to help civil liberties. Hell, a ridiculous way to help anything having to do with Liberalism. Hell, why restrict it just ...
|Power Grab By Obama? Power Grabbed Back.
The Republicans have spent the last few days blowing blood vessels over Obama's recess appointment of Richard Cordray, and the three members of the National Labor Relations Board. Now perhaps ...
|The Gift of Neverending Contempt
I'd just like to make an observation here about the Republicans, and the cost of their obstructive strategy. In the old days, if a president tried something like this with his appointees, he'd ...
|Breaking: Obama to Recess Appoint NLRB Members
Just a quick posting of something I saw coming over twitter from the Washington ...
|Me Too!!! ;-) Yes, another Obama Diary
It comes down to best choices, and not just trying to make them, but why we make them. When I voted for Obama, I knew that there would be compromises and failures ahead. No politician escapes them,
|Re-elect Obama - This Country Won't Save Itself
So, you might not like Obama, but you certainly don't like the Republican candidates, right? You have a choice between two theories of action. One theory says that if you let Obama lose, you'll ...
|Question Them Anyway.
Sooner or later, the complexity and endurance of the truth overwhelms most lies. Either the lie is an oversimplified version of events that can't hope to compete with the truth in its completeness ...
|My Advice on OWS? Go Back, Keep This Up
The point of what many have done there in Zucotti Park was to signify to the world that the order of things as they are is unjust, and that people are tired of following that order. Usually, I'm a ...
|Elizabeth Warren Was A Republican? So Was I.
I was a year and three months old when Reagan was inaugurated, so effectively my entire childhood took place during the days of the Reagan and Bush. Clinton was my Adolescence, Bush and now Obama ...
|Free Minds, Don't Knock Heads.
Fiction or not, some are suggesting that it's inevitable that this current protest ...
|A Right to Profit is Socialist, Isn't It?
Profit is wealth. Do people have an inherent right to wealth? If profit is a right, then it should be an equal right to all, else it makes each of us second class to those who are accorded this ...
|Politics in Summary: What's Your One Sentence?
I'd like my fellow Kossacks to consider something when they write their posts and entries here: What is the message you're sending, and what is the goal you're pushing for, and how do they mesh? Do ...
|Budget Rhetoric, The Chicago Way
Quick note here: Republicans are going to counter the President's proposals for tax increases by saying that tax hikes would remove money from the economy, from the job creators. Okay, so what's ...
|Break The Taboo on Liberal Thought
I want to touch on something in this post here, something I think hasn't become as obvious as it should. But simply, our problem isn't merely that Democrats in Washington are giving into the ...
|Obama's Patience Has its Limits.
According to a twitterpost by Jennifer Bendery , Spokesman Jay Carney has said the President has no plans to meet with or talk ...
|No Progressive Movement Without Meta
We pride ourselves on being part of the reality-based community, but the way I see it, being the reality-based community does not mean your behavior has to be done in perpetual reaction to the last ...
|It Breaks My Heart to See It.
Reading the comments on icebergslim's diary was like taking a bath in toxic waste. I felt that awful after absorbing one dose after another of rage, despair, and self-defeating rhetoric. It's not ...
|Rick Perry Is Your Warning
Rick Perry is your warning that Republicans never kicked their addiction to George Bush, and the kind of politics he represented. They never got over the frat-boy rhetoric, never got over the club-...
|Satire as Fact? Blame Despair.
It's not that people are so stupid as to actually like the policies that [seem to blend satire with fact http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/08/27/1011039/-Do-Americans-Take-Satire-As-Fact]. What I ...
|I Don't Like Ike: Hurricane Perspectives
Three years ago, almost to the month, I was in almost the exact spot many of you on the East Coast are in. Hurricane Ike was, in essence, the first direct hit hurricane that I can remember being ...
|It's Not Just a Fear Tactic, It's a Real Fear.
As a supporter of Barack Obama, I get a lot of flak for pointing out the alternatives to him as President, to Democrats as the majority. Folks have bombarded me in the past for insisting that we ...
|Kicking Your Own Butt Is Inadvisable...
...especially if others may join in. That's my basic rule of running a debate. All too many Democrats around here are wasting their time criticizing an administration for the economic policies ...
|Uncage the Canary, Democrats!
Some folks are pointing to the President's ratings right now as a Canary in a Coalmine. Do you know why a Canary in a Coalmine is a metaphor for warnings? It's simple: they're stuck in a cage, and ...
|Obama IS a Keynesian. Congress Isn't.
I was talking to my physicist uncle one day about radio transmission, about sidebands and superheterodynes, and things like that, and that lead into a discussion about signal processing, and how ...
|How the Republican Con Us Into Fighting Ourselves.
[http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2011/08/liberals-have-been-played-chumps I agree with his assessment. In fact, I was saying this two years ago.] It's really simple: as political actors, we're ...
|Oversold on the Presidency
If a person refuses a bowl of chocolate ice cream, does that mean they hate ice cream, or that they just don't like chocolate? The two alternatives are both perfectly possible, given the facts. ...
|Let's Get Our Story Straight on the Downgrade
I hear others on this site talk about how Democratic weakness is to blame for the whole hostage crisis that lead to the downgrade. The front page had all kinds of jabs about caving, complicity, and ...
|The Republicans MUST own this Downgrade
The muddling around blaming Democrats must stop. There was only one necessary element to this: a Republican strategy to force spending cuts that relied on taking our nation's full faith and credit ...
|Anti-Republican Senator Commercial Idea
With all the wonderful, choice quotes that Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has come up with, about ransoming hostages and such, I had the idea that we could quote that, and insert it into a ...
|Not The Easiest, But the Best.
[http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2011/08/presidential-power I think his point is important here.] Liberals these days seem to measure the President more by what he hasn't done, rather than by what ...
|Be A Self-Motivated Democrat
Pssst. You want to hear a secret? I'm not counting on Barack Obama to keep me going. Never have. I know I'm a big supporter of his, but should he go down in 2012, and everything go to hell on ...
|Shorter Cantor: Promises Broken Before Taxes are Raised
[http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/08/cantor-dear-young-people-were-going-to-slash-your-medicare.php Eric Cantor (R-Austerity) has told us young'ns that we should expect to get screwed in our ...
|The Reagan of the Right Wasn't Reagan
He signed into law the largest tax increases in history, which probably made a lot of his party mad as hell. He failed to cut spending as much as they wanted him to, and government grew under his ...
|Front Page Kos Declares Defeat
[http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/08/01/1001973/-McConnell-on-debt-ceiling-hostage-taking:-Well-be-doing-it-all-over?detail=hide&via=blog_1 This kind of front page entry ticks me off.] It seems ...
|The Cathartic Choice of the Greater Evil
I get hit with that number all the time: "The lesser of two evils is still evil." What is an evil, though? A difficult, negative choice. Some people don't appreciate that sometimes reality doesn't ...
|Oh, ****, I just got an idea! (make the GOP pay)
[When I say that these votes would be part of the deal, I got floored by an insight. http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_08/dont_call_it_a_compromise031218.php] It occurs to me ...
|Exploit your situation, folks, don't wallow in it.
I'm sorry if I don't feel like joining the pity party here, the prognostications of woe and whatnot. It's not that I'm having any more fun than you are, or are much more pleased with the results. ...
|You Don't Get To Leave And Lead
This is the future of the Democratic Party, this site? Not right now it isn't. It's found the same solution to the compromises that Republicans forced on the Democrats when I was a kid: drop out, ...
|If You Get Hit, Pick Yourself Back Up
I think many of you are acting like wimps. Sorry to say that, and I don't mean it in a mean way, it just seems like you give up too easily, too quickly, against people who are not so yielding, just ...
|The Solution, Long Term, Is Not To Negotiate.
Now, you're going to wonder about that titled for a few minutes while I say the following: Obama's done just fine negotiating here, I think. He's forced the Republicans to say no over and over ...
|The 2010 Election, or, Why are You Shocked?
How many Democrats here complain about Obama's speeches, only to wish quite openly that he make a magical one that would take Republicans to task, and unleash the full progressive fury of the ...
|Silent Majority? Only If You Choose to be.
In my experience, one of the most effective and pernicious aspects of the Republican's political agenda are the things they do to convince the rest of us to just sit down, shut up, and take it. ...
|Keyframes of Despair: You Decide Your Inflection
I'm not a political science major or an economist, or anything like that. My real training is in film and electronic media. Politics was once just something I did on the side, and now it takes up ...
|The Fierce Predictability of "No"
The press conference Obama just held could not have been nearly as effective or electrifying if it were not for the fact that the Republicans have made any reasonable offer short of everything an ...
|My Brain Just Caves In When I Check the Rec List
One thing any communicator should keep in mind is whether they're really saying anything, whether it's really going to move anything anywhere. What have I heard on the Rec List about Obama caving ...
|Government Shutdown and Economic Crisis on Steroids
What does that title mean up there? I guess it's my way to put the Debt Ceiling question in clear relief. Now what will happen if we don't pass a debt ceiling increase? [http://www....
|A Modest Suggestion For Rick Perry
Rick Perry is one of a long line of politicians out there who have stated that they talked to God, and that God has told them to run for President. That being the case, I have a rather short and ...
|The Opposite of Mistaken isn't Unmistaken...
...[if you define opposite by circumstance, not by quality of judgment http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/07/14/994509/-We’ve-Already-Lost-So-Cancel-Any-Perceivable-Celebration-?detail=hide] Too ...
|Why Boehner and McConnell Are Losing
To my mind, it's simple: Obama need not be any more ambitious in this fiscal wrestling match than preserving the status quo: when debt goes up, the ceiling is raised. He wins by default if he gets ...
|The Primary Obsession of Too Many Progressives
[This is off a CNN site: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/07/11/progressive-group-makes-a-rally-call-directed-at-obama/] PCCC co-founder Adam Green theorized that if Obama doesn'
|This Moderate Democrat is Exasperated NOW.
[http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/07/07/992054/-Even-Moderate-Republicans-Are-Exasperated-Now?detail=hide You must be joking.] David Frum's party is taking this country in an economically ...
|Clarifying "Despair Porn"- The Author's Explanation
About six months ago, [http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/28/950932/-Do-Not-Get-Off-On-The-Pornography-of-Despair!?detail=hide I wrote this diary.] Today, I logged on to Kos, and found [http://...
|The Fourth Stands for Equality
[http://www.watchblog.com/democrats/archives/007608.html Some folks recently challenged me as to how I could think myself fit to criticize such media personalities like Glenn Beck or Ann Coulter,] ...
|The Answer Should Be Yes.
Just a short entry here, today. I've been cruising the political blogs for some time, and I've noticed a habit among liberals that's become something of a pet peeve. The Republicans will do ...
|Lilly Ledbetter and Political Perfectionism
This isn't about saying you shouldn't fight for more than you're getting. This diary is about one ...
|Afghanistan: Accept Good, Push for Better
I welcome the news of the draw down of 30,000+ troops in the next year and a half, and if nothing else develops in that time, I will be pleased that we're making a good start to getting ...
|Give Breitbart The Attention He Deserves.
[http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/06/17/986247/-Dont-Feed-the-Troll?detail=hide It's unfortunate, but they don't go away if you don't pay any attention.] Breitbart has more than enough means at ...
|The Tyranny of Mathematics, or, Why Purity Won't Save the Party
What I'm talking about is not purity of politics so much purity of candidate choice. By all means we should press for a change in the politics by which our candidate act. What we should beware of ...
|Anthony Weiner Should Not Resign
I have as much reason to be angry with him as anybody. I went all out in his defense and got a humiliating kick in the teeth for it. But in the scheme of things, what he's done is not the sort of ...
|Love Your Enemy: Being a Progressive Christian
I'm glad to see one of the atheists at DailyKos say this, because I think it needs to be said. I am a Christian, and have been for longer than I've been a Kossack, and while I have no problem with ...
|Slinkerwink Anathema? She Shouldn't Be.
I hate this sort of crap, I really do. Slinkerwink, a longtime Kossack and somebody I've long had my disagreements with [http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/05/09/974445/-Have-You-No-Shame,-...
|Thirty Years of Surrender. Why Stop Now?
[http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/04/29/971342/-Firefighters-Cutting-Off-Democrats! I really don't get it.] When I read this, my literal reaction was to slap myself hard on the forehead four times.
|You are Your Own Enthusiasm Gap
[http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/04/26/970028/-Daily-Kos-SEIU-poll:-Republicans-more-excited-about-2012-presidential-race?detail=hide If there's one thing I've learned is that the most powerful ...
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