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I am not a Democrat because I like donkeys or Bruce Springsteen (which I do!).  I am a Democrat because the Democratic party, in a very imperfect way, supports most of what I believe in as a political philosophy.  Thirty or forty years ago, I could easily have been a Republican.  There were Republicans then who I could have and would have voted for, such as Pete McCloskey in California, Jacob Javits in New York, and Mark Hatfield in Oregon.  

But my allegiance to this party is highly conditional -- and that's the way it should be.  A political party is not a cult.  I get those fundraising emails and I've even been called personally by successful candidates for statewide office, all seeking money and support.  And within my small means, I have provided that support.

My warning to the Democratic party is that I losing my interest in you, and this is after 35 years of voting for, campaigning for and donating to D candidates.  Two particular things are causing this.  And if I am losing interest, it must mean that many many others with less commitment are also doing so.

First, you didn't deliver on filibuster reform.  Basically the Senate Ds looked into the future and saw a time when they might be in the minority, and they wanted to use the same obstructionism that Rs derailed the first Obama administration with.  In other words, they acted like losers, not winners.  I mentioned the 35 years of voting for Ds -- well that included a lot of losers, and I'm tired of voting for losers, especially if they win and then immediately act like they've lost.  I note also that when the Ds did have 60 votes they weren't able to overcome the filibuster.

Next, we see the Republican plan to basically steal the electoral votes of the Blue States, which if carried out, will result in election after election being handed to the Republican presidential candidate, even with a substantial defeat in the popular vote.  Rachel Maddow and others have called attention to this -- what, if anything have we heard from the Democratic Party on this?

What needs to be done is to find the swing legislative districts for the statehouses in those states, find good candidates, and go in there and pound the Republican incumbents with GOTV and in-your-face politics.  This is hard, tough, expensive work.  What is the Democrat Party doing?  And no, National Popular Vote is not an alternative, that has it's own problems, and isn't likely to pass anyway.

Remember the people who had to wait 7 hours to vote in Florida?  Do you think they're going to do that if the Democratic party doesn't do whatever it takes to defend itself from this threat?

I'm not going to switch to Republican, not as long as that party is run by crackpots. Flat Earthers, and/or lickspittles of billionaires.  But confronting the challenges in my own life, and the lives of my family, as all of us do, is something which can and should easily be prioritized well above the success of a party that wants my loyalty, and the loyalty of millions of others, but doesn't seem to be doing anything to earn that loyalty.

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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 06:31:27 AM PST

  •  Yeah, I feel like you do. I am way too old and (11+ / 0-)

    hardened by our party's whimpishness to care much any more. Trying to survive from our own government is wearing me down.

    Poverty and Income Inequality isn't Democratic, Justice or American. It is Tyranny.

    by Wendys Wink on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 06:48:31 AM PST

  •  Ponies (3+ / 1-)
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    Cartoon Peril, zubalove, DemandTruth
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    gustynpip

    all the way to the bitter end.

  •  I'm sorry, who is this "Democratic Party"? (4+ / 0-)
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    Deep Texan, Cartoon Peril, FG, DemandTruth

    Hmmm, I guess if corporations are people, then the Democratic Party is a person too. A person who can be warned, and who we lose interest in.

    Well, no. Corporations are not people.  Neither is the Democratic Party - it is an entity made up of many people, but not a person in itself.

    In reality, your diary is a warning to yourself.

    If you have a problem with the "Democratic party", then join your local party and change it. Get involved in running campaigns, legislative committees.  Run for dogcatcher, then run for town planning commission, then councilman, mayor, state rep, state senate, then primary the corporatist blue dog Congressperson you dislike so much.

    Because here's the thing - there is no Democratic Party. There are just people - people who share (at least some) beliefs and a desire to work to implement those beliefs - who call themselves Democrats. People who did the things I just listed above. And if those people aren't pursuing the policies and goals you want to see, if those people don't seem to have the courage and aggressiveness to stop Republican bullshit, and your support or lack thereof doesn't seem to be making a difference, then YOU need to do it and become the Democratic Party.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 06:56:37 AM PST

  •  Your weariness is understandable. (3+ / 0-)
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    I share it, though I do not share your diminution of interest.

    Your recommendation is spot on.  Yes, we must have really good candidates, and they MUST be active in the congressional districts that the Republicans want to pretend they own.

    Many districts are safe Republican because the Democrats won't invest in the people on the ground.  We can't tell people it doesn't matter if they're hopeless and frightened, some other district will make up for it, maybe, we hope.

    Even a vastly increased number of close wins will terrify the Republicans and encourage the Democrats.  

    Ultimately the John Bircher section of the Republican party will want to take away opposition votes entirely.  It is starting.  If we don't fight now we won't be able to fight later.

    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Vatexia on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 07:00:16 AM PST

  •  Add the failure at the local level (1+ / 0-)
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    Cartoon Peril

    The only reason that there is any discussion of this Electoral College nonsense is that the GOP was able to take over blue states in 2010 because the Dems did not get out and vote.   After all the effort in Wisconsin to recall people and gain control back in the state senate, it was lost again in 2012.   Howard Dean's 50 state successful 50 state strategy was dropped the minute he was gone.

    The solution is not to give up on the party, as it is the best hope we have, but to start working at the ground level and elect like-minded Democrats at all levels.  And then once we have regain power, fix election law so that it cannot be rigged in the future for either side.  

    The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones! - John Maynard Keynes

    by Do Something on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 07:10:09 AM PST

  •  forget real change until the radio problemis fixed (1+ / 0-)
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    most of the leverage the cons have starts with that radio monopoly- on the local and national level. until progressives put together an organized challenge to it progressives can forget real progress.

    not only does it create a fantasy world to enable cons and the corp media, it intimidates and pushes dems right because they believe the well coordinated screamers represent legitimate popular constituencies.

    if you are involved in your state dem party get them to use transcription software and a few computers  (or maybe just one) to monitor the main local and national talkers- so the state dems know what the fuck is being blasted all over the state about them and their objectives BEFORE the lies become truth and its not too late to respond to them.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 07:38:38 AM PST

  •  Sen. Sherrod Brown had a good take on... (1+ / 0-)
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    the filibuster reform or lack there off last night on Rachel. Without control of the House and the present rules of the Republicans in the House, full filibuster reform is pointless. TPM had an interesting take on it as well yesterday saying that both D & R's Senators really use the filibuster for fund raising purposes, so some may say they want reform but really don't. Either way 2014 is already coming up so, efforts must be directed at that election and the state's where Republicans are trying to rig 2016.

    Plato's " The Cave" taught me to question reality.

    by CTDemoFarmer on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 08:28:45 AM PST

  •  Interesting reaction. (0+ / 0-)

    Oh No!  The Republicans are not curling up into a ball and dying or saying, "Oh yeah, you were right, we'll change our ideology."  So your reaction is...threaten to take your political marbles and go home because the party you support didn't deliver 100% of what you want?

    Go.  Leave.  We need pragmatic fighters in this party, not idealistic whiners.

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