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Name: Mara Alis Butler
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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 would be nice to see them try

Biden's press conferences would be exact opposite, of course, but I am losing no sleep about whether he is giving press conferences or how many how often. As long as his WH is being open and transparent and not hiding information or stopping important information from coming out, that is what I'm mostly concerned about. And he has people capable of speaking for him too, so I don't know what he would add. Not necessarily the media but I know that right-wingers are trying to twist his lack of press conferences into their own paranoid conspiracy theories about his mental/cognitive well being but we all know that's nonsense as well.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sun Mar 14, 2021, 11:52 AM (0 replies)

I think that a lot of Democrats have come to regret Franken's resignation prior to an investigation

I'm not sure I know how I feel about Cuomo. He was certainly a better and more stable leader than Trump was during the past year dealing with COVID and I have some concerns about how and why all of these allegations are hitting Cuomo now, with Trump out of office and subject to investigations and potential prosecution in his state. I personally think that, unless there is something egregious and/or some kind of serious misconduct that has been thoroughly investigated, we should not be so quick to force elected officials to up and resign their positions. And I would be willing to extend this same standard to Republicans accused of impropriety as well, even though they're less likely to be held accountable at all, but we still need to be the better example and hold our own accountable but I think that overall we need to stop rushing to get people to resign and let investigations happen before demanding accountability- actually make sure that people are proven to be guilty before talk about how we are going to respond. I feel like many resignations are the result of a period of intense media scrutiny that causes us as a party to start panicking about appearances and pushing us into just cutting our losses quickly, even if an investigation is pending. It may be very well that Cuomo has serious issues and maybe he should ultimately resign if the investigation reveals significant problems that undermine his ability to govern, but let's not make "Trial by Media" the dominant standard of justice in this country.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sat Mar 13, 2021, 11:22 PM (0 replies)

I really hate headlines like this

I see headlines like this all over social media all of the time. *What* evidence is there that Democrats just don't want it? Unless the Democrats in the Senate have taken leave of their collective faculties and/or simply becoming cold blooded and heartless, there has got to be a good reason why they are doing/not doing something. Why aren't we asking that question instead of just automatically assume there is some kind of conspiracy involved or they don't want it, are ineffective, weak, etc.?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sat Feb 27, 2021, 03:13 PM (0 replies)


There are still some people REFUSING to get vaccinated. If people want to get things back to normal, then they need to buck up and do what they need to do in order to help get COVID levels down to manageable levels where it's safe for things to get back to normal. Of course, Republicans would rather force people back into places and situations that are not safe enough yet without really following guidelines just to score political points against Democrats. Their joining with Democrats to promote being responsible and safe in doing so would go a long way to encouraging people to do what they need to do to make things better. But when you have a good portion of the public whom won't do the bare minimum and don't even believe in COVID being serious (which is largely because of a year of Republican disinfo), it's going to be harder and more prolonged.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Thu Feb 18, 2021, 01:05 PM (0 replies)

The Break-Up is official

but both basically got what they wanted out of the arrangement before calling it quits and Trump is no longer in office, so he has nothing to offer McConnell and McConnell gave Trump is second "Mulligan" in terms of being held accountable.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Thu Feb 18, 2021, 12:16 PM (0 replies)


I mean, I'm sure that we all want to get back to "normal" but progress will have to be dictated by science/data/progress in controlling COVID and getting people vaccinated. BTW Democrats would do well to remind Republicans that we could get things resolved faster if they would follow guidelines in terms of wearing masks, practicing social distancing, continuing restrictions on large-scale gatherings- basically, everything they've been fighting AGAINST from the start.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Thu Feb 18, 2021, 12:13 PM (1 replies)


Mark my words: Republicans are purposely shoving the Trial off so that they can just claim that convicting Trump is just a moot point and if he decides to immediately launch a 2024 campaign, they will claim that we are using the impeachment/trial to harass a political opponent. I know that Dems won't blink but Republicans will use this to whip up their voters and show their fealty to Trump.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Thu Jan 14, 2021, 11:29 AM (0 replies)

Possibly not

but I suppose it depends on how much people are paying attention. I think that most people can understand the feeling of having different rules applied arbitrarily to the same situation but OTOH that probably also depends too on whether or not they're on the "winning team" at any given time. You know the Republicans would be howling like wolves if Democrats kept changing the rules whenever it suited them. Of course, too, now that Republicans have set these precedents, it will likely be hard for their successors to not want to follow along with those changes in the future too. But they're probably not thinking that far ahead. In regards to Barrett, they only saw RBG die in office and were excited that Trump would be able to replace a THIRD justice in just one term and forgot about the hypocrisy in preventing Obama will filling Scalia's seat in 2016 when there was much more time available for them to confirm Garland (or even just hold a vote).
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Jan 13, 2021, 01:23 PM (0 replies)

That sounds like terroristic threats and demands

We shouldn't even consider them. The thing that makes this event scarier than even something like 9/11 is that the perps had people embedded within the WH, throughout the national government, and even among the people tasked with protecting our leaders HELPING them commit their crimes. That should make everybody scared out of their minds. Not to get too far out there but it almost reminds me of how the Jedi probably felt once they learned Palpatine was the Sith Lord they were looking for and had to figure out how to take him down. Not to mention the fact that the Jedi were, horrifyingly, largely wiped out in fell swoop by their own genetically-programmed troops once Palpatine had survived the Jedi's capture/assassination and activated them.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Jan 13, 2021, 12:01 PM (0 replies)

Glad to see some resignations in protest of yesterday but........

if a President has so profoundly lost the confidence of his subordinates, how do we, as a country, square that with leaving that person in power, even if only for another two weeks? Doesn't him having less people around him make him potentially more dangerous? What does everybody think? I personally think that the massive turnover in his WH during this single 4-year term should have been more than sufficient evidence of his unfitness for the job, not to mention that it was likely part of a "strategy" to be able to surround him with a bunch of unaccountable lackeys and sycophants
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Thu Jan 7, 2021, 03:07 PM (2 replies)
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