I have principles...
Let me begin by saying I don't own any pearls to clutch.
I don't wear "panties." I wear Hanes because they're cotton, and I'm a sensible girl.
I gave up on my own personal "pony" years ago. I will never obtain affordable health insurance, so I did the only affordable thing I could. I doubled and then tripled my life insurance...so that my son will never have to worry.
I DO have principles.
I AM a Democrat by those principles. I am not even "far left," for God's sake (at least not what we here, at DU, "used to" call "far left."
I just DON'T think many of our representatives act/legislate/think with any sort of principles in motion.
It's not 'okay' because we've elected a President who happened to run as a Democrat. While I believe that Obama was a better choice and would vote for him again... because it's what we have at this point, my money and my hope stopped going with the national level of politics in 2004.
I've placed all my hope (and my money) in the baskets of small town, small time politics. People with clear eyes, conscientious attitudes, and a desire to STICK with a set of principles. I don't expect to always agree with them, but I agree with them more than I don't. I cannot say the same for our current set of leaders. I am to be "okay" with it because "really, what can they do?" It's become a joke, and to see lockstepping and the denigration of longtime DUers who have worked in the trenches, stood on doorsteps, and actually worked for the party makes me sad. It's not about the D. It's about the principles.
I am a Democrat.
I am a DUer.
And you don't get to tell me I'm not.
What have we come to?
for the extreme partisans who thought that a dem wouldn't abuse power the way a repub would...their worldview has some growing up to do.
for those of us who know that absolute power corrupts all...i think there's a higher calling than simply being a dem. i want GOOD dems. and i want good government that doesn't spy on its citizens.
Obama is steering in the right direction, but it's heavy.
a 1972 episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. It put my own politics in perspective.
"Mary gets city councilman Pete Peterson to appear on Face the People and discovers that he is completely incompetent. She and his aides try to bring him up to speed on current events so he can make a good impression on the show."
This is before News programs became entertainment or a propaganda outlet. In the episode there was the councilman's idea that in order to make a good impression they tidy up the slums before the person who gives out loans to tidy them up saw them. Also the suggestion that when you talk about "garbage removal" you talk about "ecology". It was a mind bending look back at what a sensible place we once lived in, even when idiots were elected.
Also, in 1972 we had an ominous and huge enemy outside our borders - The Soviet Union - with guided nuclear missiles and all. And this was 7 years before the Islamic revolution of 1979.
A little time capsule of a sitcom that made me want to cry.