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  •  Understand the feelings but ... (0+ / 0-)

    I understand the feelings and it's not easy to advocate not voting for the lesser of 2 evils.

    But I think it's become very plain that the center and right of the democratic party fully take the left for granted.  The democrats haven't done too much for the average Joe in quite some time - you'd have to go back to Johnson.

    Prior to Obama getting elected (and prior to Clinton getting elected) we had a budding progressive movement.  In both cases, the progressive movement was neutered.  I think it's safe to say that many (most?) of the democratic elite hate the left.

    The only way any democrat is going to move to the left and support policies that go against big money is if they feel pressure.  If they know they have our vote in the bag no matter what they do and we forever accept the argument that we should vote for them because they're better than republicans, then we'll never have progressive politics.

    I think we need to take a longer term viewpoint.  In this era of globalization, neither Carter, Clinton, or Obama have actively pursued progressive policies.  

    I'll vote if there's a progressive candidate.  Otherwise I won't.  And I think we need to start working on an alternative to democrats.

    If that kicks me off dailykos, so be it.

    Jim
    commentsongpe.wordpress.com

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