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  •  I am noting lack of representation (6+ / 0-)

    The Democratic party should not presume that people will continue to follow them if they don't represent their constituents.  That's how parties die, as the Republicans are vigorously trying to illustrate.

    The corruption and ossification of our politics is not an indefinitely sustainable situation.  Something will change at some point:  if we don't direct the change we will be directed by it.

    Citizens United defeated by citizens, united.

    by Dallasdoc on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 06:04:17 AM PDT

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    •  you could point out examples (4+ / 0-)

      in the UK, what happened to the Liberal Party

      in the US what happened to the Whigs

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 06:06:29 AM PDT

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      •  We might soon have two more examples (9+ / 0-)

        Both of our current parties are vehicles to pursue the interests of different cliques of billionaires, and both have tired sales pitches to gull a different market of rubes to buy what they're trying to sell.  They assume this situation can go on indefinitely, and so far they've been right.  

        But the proles are grumbling, and the pain is widespread and intense.  The dying middle class is hurting a lot more people than comfortable Beltway gasbags and captured politicians prefer to notice, and that pain wil at some point find appropriate political expression.  Neither party seems in the least inclined to provide a vehicle for that expression, and if they don't change they'd better watch out when another mode of expression appears that motivates people unhappy with their slide into poverty.

        Citizens United defeated by citizens, united.

        by Dallasdoc on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 06:11:06 AM PDT

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        •  we are all share croppers now (3+ / 0-)
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          The South won the civil war

          poor whites were held in check because at least they were better off than the blacks

          when we don't acknowledge as a society how bad the condition are, continue in denial

          the kind of denial that let politicians carry off that which is now estimated to cost $6 trillion for the wars started by W Bush

          The U.S. war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest, a study released on Thursday said.

    •  "Democrats cut Social Security" is baked in now (2+ / 0-)
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      The GOP is definitely going to be running those ads, regardless of the outcome.

      THis was kind of Obama's Akin moment in shooting a big hole in the party's foot.

      Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

      by Mindful Nature on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 07:10:24 AM PDT

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    •  Very well said. (2+ / 0-)
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      Don midwest, Dallasdoc

      "If we don't direct the change we will be directed by it."

      if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 09:02:35 AM PDT

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