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Proud Liberal Dem

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Name: Mara
Gender: Female
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Home country: USA
Current location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Member since: Sat Feb 28, 2004, 12:13 AM
Number of posts: 20,556

About Me

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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The biggest problem with him right now is that *he* is POTUS

If he were some random Fox News pundit or old crank on the street (or on the interwebs), he would not command the same level of attention as he does right now- as POTUS. Most sane and rational folk I've seen so far have rejected and/or condemned his non-CDC-endorsed remarks and suggestions about setting an arbitrary deadline for "re-opening" the economy, which is good, but for every person who refuses to listen to Trump, there are at least one or two people whom hang on this idiot's every word and will literally ingest hazardous chemicals because the President said something promising about them as a *possible* unproven/untested treatment for COVID-19. Once Easter happens, those same people will think that that "all clear" has been sounded and it's time to go back to old habits and activities and states and localities may find it increasingly difficult to maintain quarantines even if they're still in place. There's obviously got to be *some* end to this or loosening of restrictions but there has to be some demonstrable progress to warrant it (ie. increased testing, approved treatments, vaccines, declining case/mortality rates). Trump doesn't decide when this happens and he's not demonstrated that we've made the kind of progress that warrants loosening restrictions and it remains to be seem if something significant will be accomplished by Easter.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:02 AM (0 replies)

Biden Anti-Choice?

I was debating politics with an avowed Bernie supporter (who is prepared to refuse to vote if Bernie is not the nominee) and one of her friends jumped in and claimed that Biden may be anti-choice and would not nominate pro-choice justices when I tried to argue the importance of voting for the Supreme Court in November. I've seen a few random articles circulating among the Bernie fandom crowd on my social media feeds about stuff that Biden may or may not have done or said about Abortion decades ago, but, as far as his current campaign website goes, he purports to want to defend a woman's constitutional right to an abortion in his discussion of ACA.

https://joebiden.com/healthcare/

Biden is, admittedly, not my first choice in this primary but with Warren gone, he's the one I'm settling with (not here to debate) but I could never imagine him nominating anti-choice Judges, esp. to the Supreme Court. Anybody got any sourcing or exposition on his position on abortion rights? And I'm not interested in going back 30-40 years either. I want to know where he stands TODAY.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Mar 18, 2020, 09:06 PM (18 replies)

I really wish

somebody would address how he should so totally NOT hold any kind of position of authority in or around the WH on matters that are supposed to be designated to duly appointed AND confirmed individuals
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Mar 18, 2020, 07:29 PM (0 replies)

Couple of things:

1. Trump is only NOW starting to do a (minimally) responsible job as President
2. This all isn't over by a long shot and it's not going to be over in April either

Let's make sure that people just don't decide that we need to pin a medal on him once this thing blows over (he will expect everybody to kiss his *ss) because he sure as hell won't ever deserve it. And there shouldn't be any way for him to spin dry his inaction and other blunders.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Mar 18, 2020, 05:05 PM (0 replies)

Closure Strategies (Short-Term/Long-Term)

With the cascade of closures and cancellations happening across the country (and in my own backyard), I have some understanding and awareness of why it's happening, however I would like to better understand what the overall long-term strategy is? Like who decides what closes and how long? This crisis may not abate for awhile. Do we keep schools or businesses closed for 1 week? 2 weeks? Is there some kind of uniform guideline for how long to keep things shut down to help slow down the rate of infection? Here in Indiana, an entire school system got shut down when a single person tested positive for CV19. I get the concern, but if that's the standard being used, then, sooner or later, just about everything will be shut down and with so few people getting tested, there really isn't any way to tell whether or not it's spreading. I'm just sort of spitballing here. I have no real answers and, unfortunately, I'm feeling like our leaders are just ad-libbing right now in the absence of strong and unifying leadership at the top.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Thu Mar 12, 2020, 04:04 PM (6 replies)

Pneumonia Shots?

Has anybody else got or considering getting Pneumonia shots because of Covid-19? I haven't had many respiratory issues since I was in Middle-School (I used to get Bronchitis and Pneumonia about once a year for awhile) but since Covid-19 can cause Pneumonia, I reckoned that it might be a good idea to get a Pneumonia shot in the event that I do get it to, hopefully, avoid having it go into Pneumonia. It's covered by my insurance as a preventative, as it may likely be under the ACA in general, so I'm figuring that it couldn't hurt. Have there been any discussions about more people- outside of the elderly whom are normally recommended to get it- getting it or thinking about getting it (I'm in my early 40's for context)?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Mar 11, 2020, 11:04 AM (21 replies)

2009 H1N1/Swine Flu- Refresh My Memory

I remember back in Spring 2009 that the H1N1 (Swine) Flu was going around but TBH I can't remember how all that ended up. I remember there being a pretty big buzz about it for a hot minute, the Obama Administration mobilized and Republicans in the Senate finally allowed Kathleen Sebelius, whose nomination was being blocked by then-Senator Brownback, to be confirmed as HHS Secretary, and then it just kind of stopped being talked about to the best of my recollection. To this day, I only know of one friend who ever acknowledged having had that. Is Covid-19 considered to be worse overall than H1N1? Was that managed differently here in the US than this has been (aside from having a competent WH)? I just read in Wikipedia that it was classified as a pandemic.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Mar 9, 2020, 08:32 AM (0 replies)

Republican Politicians have become a stain on and threat to American Democracy

This is specifically in regards to an attempt by the Republicans in the Kentucky Legislature to strip Governor Beshear, a Democrat, of his power to issue Executive Orders, but it could refer to any number of things over the years.

They tell us that "Elections have consequences" and that if we want to hold power or do stuff, we have to win elections.

BUT:

They routinely gerrymander and suppress votes so badly, especially in Republican-controlled states, that it's a lot harder to win elections in the first place, so, already, we're at a disadvantage in terms of winning elections.

President Obama went to fill a Supreme Court seat and Mitch McConnell told him, no, and said that we needed to win another election in order to fill it (despite President Obama having already won two terms and was a duly elected sitting President with enough time still on the clock to fill it).

Democrats impeached President Trump, but Republicans refused to convict him because they said that the proper remedy to Trump's wrongdoing is another election (despite the fact that Pence would have replaced him and the WH wouldn't have changed party hands).

In recent years, Democrats WON elections in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Kentucky and Republicans in those states are now saying that we can't do anything there without their permission.

So.......democracy for me (Republicans), but not for thee (Democrats)?!
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Thu Mar 5, 2020, 02:20 PM (0 replies)

Hillary won the PV

She was clearly the people's choice by millions of votes. Between everything else that happened (that she herself documents here), there was also a 4-way vote split that enabled Trump to scrape up just enough votes to win the EC in several states that put him over the top. I know that the PV doesn't put a candidate into the office but it does prove that people actually do vote for "neoliberals" like Hillary and Gore, who faced an almost identical outcome in 2000. But when other third-party candidates jump into these races, they help split the vote on (often) the progressive side so that the Republican can scrape by with a plurality of the votes and win the EC and get into office.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Mar 3, 2020, 03:55 PM (0 replies)

Facebook "Fact-Checking" (FYI)

I posted on my Facebook Feed over the weekend about Trump referring to the Coronavirus as a "hoax". I happened to go back to my profile and noticed that my post had been flagged with a "Fact-Check" link to "Check Your Fact", which argued that Trump's "hoax" comment had been taken out of context/misinterpreted (basically a Trump apologetic). I later noticed that this "fact checker" was associated with the right-wing Daily Caller and went back to the internet and found an article from April of last year (which I'm sure probably showed up here at some point too) reporting that the Daily Caller's "Check Your Fact" is being used by Facebook to "fact check" articles. So, yes, this *is* a very real thing that Facebook is doing.

Note: I'm NOT planning to leave Facebook and not interested in any replies advising me to quit it, but I just wanted to share this story and point out that it IS a very real thing and I expect that we'll see more of it throughout this Election season.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Mar 3, 2020, 09:35 AM (2 replies)
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