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Name: Mara Alis Butler
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Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Current location: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Transgender (MTF) Social Worker/Case Manager working for State of Indiana. Huge Sci-Fi/Anime Geek and music lover. Hopeless \"political junkie\" and aspiring writer.

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It was a 4-party split in 2016

I don't see them significantly impacting the race this year. Although I have a few left wing friends going Green a larger number of them seem to be planning to hold their noses and vote for Biden to get rid of Trump. I think getting rid of Trump is going to energize people this year whereas a lot of people (strangely) didn't fully grasp the danger of him as POTUS in 2016 or how woefully unqualified he was

Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sun Sep 13, 2020, 11:09 PM (0 replies)

Saw this tonight!

Wife and I chipped in $5 to see this. Aside from a few streaming issues, it was amazing. Kudos to all of the actors and organizers for doing this and having a Q & A session afterwards. The actors really got back into their roles quite nicely. Some of course have since passed on but the replacements did an admirable job, esp. Josh Gad as Fezzik, standing in for Andre. Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard stepped in for the grandson, which was originally done by Fred Savage. I assume they wanted somebody young to do that role? Anyway, in short, an awesome experience and great way to help raise some money to win Wisconsin in November!
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sun Sep 13, 2020, 11:03 PM (0 replies)

The way they frame debates between him and his opponents

And this problem extends far beyond just Trump. The media has this aggravating tendency to give competing arguments about just about everything equal weight, even when both sides are, objectively, equally weighed. The Teaching Creationism vs. Evolution In Schools debate is the marquee example for me- You have one argument- the scientific argument- that is backed up by empirical research and by facts and another one with- the creationist argument- backed up by nothing but religious belief and conviction taken from a book that has been translated, re-interpreted, and passed down through centuries and yet both are given more or less equal weight in a debate over public policy that undoubtedly has profound implications for our children's educational instruction. Much of what Trump says or pushes are lies or exaggerations, however, they are often treated as having the same inherent value or status as what his opponents (us) are saying, with what we are saying and doing backed up by actual facts, evidence, etc.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Sep 7, 2020, 11:14 AM (0 replies)

I really hate

that Republicans seem to believe that everything and I mean EVERYTHING boils down to "tone" A bad message, a bad person, a bad President cannot be magically elevated or redeemed by a change in "tone"
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Aug 24, 2020, 03:45 PM (3 replies)

Democratic politicos at RNC?

Given that we have had several Republican speakers at the DNC, it seems only fair to ask whether or not any "Democrats"- past or present- will be speaking at the RNC this year in support of Trump? I haven't heard of any so far and it seems almost certain that the news media would have that information on blast already.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Aug 19, 2020, 09:55 AM (26 replies)

I don't know *anybody* planning to vote FOR Trump

Period. I do, unfortunately, know more than a few people on the left whom hate Biden as much as Trump and will be voting 3rd Party or not at all. But most of my friends are still sucking it up to vote for Biden bc they know what's at stake even if they don't particularly like Biden.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sat Aug 15, 2020, 11:50 PM (0 replies)

Polls: 2016 vs. 2020

Because a lot of people seem to like to preface statements about Biden's good polling this year with statements about how well Hillary seemed to be doing in 2016- and then she lost the EC vote, I would like to ask everybody here, should we or should we not feel encouraged about the polls? Granting, of course, that polls are polls and that Election Day is the only "poll" that matters and nobody should live or die by the polls, is there a likely difference between this year's race of Trump vs. Biden and 2016 Trump vs. Hillary? Should we feel better? The same?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Aug 5, 2020, 07:35 PM (8 replies)

Is this the report

That was commissioned by Barr over the Inspector General’s failure to find anything wrong with the Trump/Russia investigation as handled by the Obama/Biden WH?

I guess they figured since Comey came out with his announcement and it helped Trump that they can pull the same trick? Except it won’t because it will be so obviously and nakedly partisan that people won’t take notice. I don’t get what got people so worked up about the whole e-mails thing though but I’m going to guess that a lot of people were already pre-disposed to think of anything Hillary as being “shady”, a problem that Biden doesn’t seem to have.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Jul 28, 2020, 10:00 PM (0 replies)

How bad are things really?

So, for people out there in Portland, Chicago, New York, etc or wherever else Trump and his Faux are describing as violent hellholes that Mr. Wannabe Dictator/Strongman wants to send “Federal Agents” into to restore “Law and Order”, *how bad* are things, really?! I know he’s using “protecting federal buildings” as his “hook” to get his people in there but that’s obviously not what they’re doing- or all of what they’re doing if recent news reports are any indication.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Jul 21, 2020, 08:08 PM (6 replies)


I've listened to a few of them and while I'm heartened by much of what they have to say, they do still sometimes veer into the Republican habit of warning about the consequences of Democrats going "too far to the left", which sometimes bugs me. But if they're all in for a Democratic tidal wave in November, I'm fine. Where we might be 2-4 years later remains to be seen how much they might become more active participants in terms of the Democratic Party agenda or if they'll turn on us after Trump is gone, if we start enacting policies that they feel are "too far left". I also don't want to see them having an outsized influence on the Democratic Party/DNC. I mean, it's fine if they want to support us and give us assistance but I just don't want us to feel like we have to start bending in their direction and towards their agenda, which AFAIK is still likely going to be an aggressively pro-corporate agenda, in exchange for said support. One of the things that Biden would have to work on right off the bat is fixing the damage Trump inflicted on the Affordable Care Act and possibly expanding it some with a Public Option, which I'm not sure whether or not Never Trumpers even support?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Jul 20, 2020, 12:57 PM (1 replies)
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