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  •  I do generally (2+ / 0-)
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    citylights, Dallasdoc

    tell people I'm a Democrat, if they ask about my politics, just because it's easier than explaining that I'm not really a Democrat, because they're too far to the right for me, but I vote for them because I'd rather have them in power than Republicans.

    Easier to just say "I'm a Democrat", since I always vote Dem anyway, and many people don't understand things like "social democrat" and other terms often used in other countries.

    •  take the time when you can (2+ / 0-)
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      Lefty Coaster, Dallasdoc

      I think a lot of the ignorance in this country can be fixed with a little effort on the part of those of us who are engaged on a regular basis.
      I actually make the case for being a democratic socialist all the time, because that is the avowed philosophy of my junior senator, Bernie Sanders; which makes the topic relevant in many political discussions in the Green Mountain State.
      Climate destruction is another venue where a few clear sentences and a careful delivery can break down the resistance to new ideas that often wraps ignorance. Hell, I've gotten more than a few gun owners to agree that military weapons and hundred round ammo clips resemble WMD's more than firearms in any sane analysis.

      Leaving a crack in the door by using shorthand allows the crack to be filled by the next "accepted authority" like Limbaugh to caricature what you say.

      Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

      by kamarvt on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 05:38:31 AM PST

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      •  I also live (0+ / 0-)

        in an extremely Republican area, sadly, so it's hard to get people to understand things like democratic socialism, because as soon as they hear "socialism" their brain shuts down.

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