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our political side won big. it's a fact. we know it. and so do republicans (sans rove et-al).
but after the campaign it's time for governing, and mocking our political opposition and its supporters (who are almost 50% of voting people) is not productive.

our system depends on at least two functional political parties.
democrats are (arguably) functional. republicans are not.
we need our republican brothers and sisters.

i'm sure we all remember how shitty we felt in 2004 after we lost that one, and in 2010 when congress switched.

we should be, and are, the adults in this country. let's act like it.
let's not forget we dont have all the answers or all the questions.

im not talking about bending over and letting republicans do what they do best to democrats... im talking about doing our part, and more, to help unite our country.

- reminding all americans of our common goals, aspirations, and values.
- listening.
- being empathetic.

i just want the hate and negativity to be replaced by mutual respect and love.
yes, love. not in the sexual way, but in a patriotic and humanistic way. we are all the same race. the human race. people can have any political affiliation they want.
the key (and the struggle) is to work with others to improve our collective well-being.

for me, being a proggressive, liberal, lefty, person means that i more interested in how we improve the future, rather then romanticise about the past.

have we had enough schadenfreude?


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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    "teabaggers say: i want my country back. well, i say: i want my country forward! ... " (bill.maher)

    by CoEcoCe on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 11:14:36 AM PST

  •  I think we deserve at least a week of celebration (5+ / 0-)

    The election isn't even over yet and already people are calling for the party to end?   What spoilsports.  Let's celebrate at least until Florida is called (and in my case Gov of WA and gay marriage.)

    How many weeks did I have to put up with fear and panic after the first debate?  

    Yeah, I'm getting some of that back.

  •  I agree with the sentiment (1+ / 0-)
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    but honestly...there are only so many times I can hear "You can't beat Santa Claus" without resorting to some smug snark.  

    I know we are the bigger people and all, but come on.

  •  None of the above (6+ / 0-)

    We, the people that don't live in batshit-crazy-istan, should keep moving the country forward and let the right make a choice -- either kick the crazies to the curb and join us in this effort or wither on the vine and die.

    Only the GOP can change itself. We can't do it for them. Judging by the comments I've seen on Facebook over the last 48 hours, they don't get it. At all. And their "oh my God we have to get our country back" attitude is going to continue for at least the next election cycle. Maybe if we take back the house and reduce them to a smoldering minority will they FINALLY get it.

    •  i think it takes a slightly different perspective (0+ / 0-)

      than a political one to want republicans to be functional.
      it's more about the country / society .. no?

      im not sure our democratic system can sustainably funtion with only one viable party..

      "teabaggers say: i want my country back. well, i say: i want my country forward! ... " (bill.maher)

      by CoEcoCe on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 11:40:53 AM PST

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      •  More than one party is good, BUT ... (2+ / 0-)
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        PsychoSavannah, CoEcoCe

        Change is best made when it happens organically and not in some kind of controlled way. Their party has been destroyed by leaders, pundits and talk show hosts twisting their mind into a VERY dark place.

        They have to sort out who they want to be and, if necessary, the sane folks will have to split and form a new party because those in the insane asylum don't think they're crazy. Once they split, the one that appeals to the masses the most will survive. I pray it isn't the "ate paint chips as a kid" group.

        By the way, there's a very valid lesson for us standing to the left. Despite what we would like to believe, we are NOT immune to this kind of experience and we would do well to remain tolerant of a wide variety of ideas so that we can continue to be effective.

  •  i appreciate the sentiments expressed here (2+ / 0-)
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    Prof Haley, Eltearpdx

    i really do.

    that said, and strictly imho, the ball of conciliation is squarely in g.o.p.'s court.

    are they done with the obstruction? are they done with their fact-blindness?

    until they decide that now, for the good of the country, is the time to join us in coalescing around the same single set of facts, and to springboard from that to engagement in productive policy dialogue, i am afraid that i'll probably find myself prone to continue with a fairly derisive tone pointed in their direction.

    keep your eyes on the sky. put a dollar in the kitty. don't the moon look pretty. --becker&fagen

    by homo neurotic on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 11:40:51 AM PST

    •  Exactly. (2+ / 0-)
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      homo neurotic, Eltearpdx

      When I hear Republicans say out loud that the Ryan budget ends Medicare, that tax cuts for the wealthy don't create jobs, that the climate is worse because people are making it worse, that fracking causes earthquakes and flammable drinking water, and that contraception results in fewer abortions, we can talk.

      into the blue again, after the money's gone

      by Prof Haley on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 12:47:21 PM PST

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  •  Bleh. (0+ / 0-)

    I'll respect and "love" the other side when they demonstrate that they deserve it.  They don't.

    There is decent, loyal opposition is the Republican party.  Or used to be.  Most of them have been driven out of their party by people who want to use power to make the lives of others smaller.  When the "loyal opposition" take their party back from the misogynistic, racist, homophobic bigots who call themselves Republicans now, then I'll entertain an idea that they merit respect.

    As for right now, they're drowning.  I'm going to throw them anvil.

    ps.  Your diary title is extremely annoying.

  •  From a purely tactical, cynically political, (0+ / 0-)

    practical standpoint I believe you are correct. Mere ethics as well as the inevitable pigheadedness of some (many) on the other side, aside, it is respectful empathy across the board that will win the equally inevitable doubters/coming apostates over to our side or at least a sane middle, as the rump John Bircher wing shrivels till its so small it will strangle itself in its own bathtub and toss itself out with the bathwater.

    Or not.

    Just getting a handle on the knobs and dials.... Hey, don't touch that!

    by Old Lefty on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 01:25:50 PM PST

  •  Hate? Negativity? Those two things were heaped (0+ / 0-)

    in abundance on President Obama and all who support him by rethugs.

     I am celebrating a people's victory over the right wing, bat-shit, mountain of lies we have had to live through.  It is time to take a stand against this crap.

    You do not reach out and compromise with bullies.  You stand up to them.  

    Speak softly and carry a big can of tuna.

    by Cat Whisperer on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 01:51:19 PM PST

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