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  •  I am a strong progressive but I AM NOT (0+ / 0-)

    a democrat. The Democratic Party, from the very beginning of its existence, was built solely around the idea of winning political office. They were almost apolitical in the sense that any two Democrats in the country during the Jackson Presidency could not be counted on, at all, to have anything close to similar views. Anyone who has a knowledge of the history of Andrew Jackson, especially Martin Van Buren, and that whole historical era, already knows this. And they never changed. Well, I take that back. FDR actually did manage to give the Democratic Party some values other than "get elected no matter what". It's bad for someone to be too much of an ideologue. Its just as bad to have no values or principles whatsoever other than do or say whatever it takes to keep my office. The democratic party is nothing but a tool for me, a vehicle to express my policy views and hopefully see some of them enacted. When that tool becomes completely useless I throw it away like any other. Party loyalty is absurd and weak-minded. People should be loyal to their values and principles, and no, that does not mean being an extreme ideologue.

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