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  •  Thank you DR, but frankly I feel uncomfortable (1+ / 0-)
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    commenting here much and being asked (or encouraged by your messages) to do so.

    I have read all of your diaries, I think, (and I follow you since a long time) and you make the same valuable and correct points in each of your diaries in an almost repetitive manner. For those Americans, who don't know anything about countries outside the US, your diaries are very valuable and might trigger a lot of discussion.

    I, though, don't want to discuss them, because I compared the US and the little bit I know from my home country in Europe my whole life and it is an unhealthy way to keep my mind busy and often turns out negatively on my mental well-bing to do so over and over.

    So, I would rather be understood as someone who would not be asked (even if so politely asked as you do it) to comment.  You are extremely polite and without a doubt professional in your way to encourage participation in your specific diary series. I just don't feel comfortable with it.

    Hopefully you do understand. I tried to express myself clear and hopefully polite enough. I have learned that it doesn't help to compare countries other than to learn that different people find different solutions (or not) to their social and political problems.

    I search for something positive to do to support those policies in the US I would like to see implemented. Thinking about Europe isn't doing it for me.

    •  Mimi, I know your comment was drected at DR, but (1+ / 0-)
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      I hope you will continue to share your perspective. You seem very perceptive and have vastly broader experiences than I (for example) do.

      I understand it may be uncomfortable, and don't think you should feel obligated. I do appreciate whatever level of commenting works for you, though.

      Your insights are valuable to me.

      An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out? Rene Descartes

      by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sun Aug 07, 2011 at 11:34:41 AM PDT

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      •  I am a bit sorry for my answer to DR (1+ / 0-)
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        but it reflects the truth. I easily approach the cliff to depression and dwelling in comparisons is not good for me. I always hope one day I find some outlet in my activities to support and fight for social policies I consider the right ones like public health care, public campaign finance, overhaul of the electoral college and more.

        So far I found my day-time job so demanding that it actually prevent me from having enough strength in me to become an activist or join others from whom I could learn.

        And I like your sig ... see I want to be an optimist and get rid of the pessimist shadow that follows me around... :-)  

        •  I could have easily written this: (1+ / 0-)
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          So far I found my day-time job so demanding that it actually prevent me from having enough strength in me to become an activist or join others from whom I could learn.

          And probably many others here as well feel the same way. One of the best things about Daily Kos is that none of us has to do the work alone. We all have to find our own pace. I wish I could be more involved, too.

          I dare say, even people whose day-time job is government or activism often wish they could do more. It sounds trite, but we can accomplish much more together than any of us could alone.

          I haven't used Daily Kos very long but I see it less as a solution than as a very good starting point. Information and links I get here can help me use the time I have better than if I tried to start working completely on my own.

          I don't expect you to comment or compare or anything if it makes you feel bad, but I really like your "voice."

          An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out? Rene Descartes

          by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 04:38:55 AM PDT

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          •  Thanks for the kind word (1+ / 0-)
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            I read dailykos since years and always regret to not have enough time to read in a more organized manner.

            Dailykos is a great "newspaper". I never seize reading here. Just regret I can not contribute much, I am just a reader.

            •  speaking of not commenting while at work ... (0+ / 0-)

              that would not happen, if I had the luxury of reading my own spelling...

              I meant to say "I never cease reading here".  Gosh, sorry for that.

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