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Proud Liberal Dem

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Name: Mara
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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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Are you agreeing that Bernie can't get elected/deliver more Democratic votes- because most Bernie supporters believe that he is the only one who can- and basically the only hope for our country in 2016?

Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sat Nov 7, 2015, 02:22 PM (0 replies)

I remember that

and when Glenda Ritz won the Superintendent of Education office in 2012 (sort of unexpectedly), Pence and the massively GOP legislature basically took away most of her power. Democrats had a pretty good run of things government wise between the successive Bayh/O'Bannon Administrations from the 1990's until about 2004 when Frank O'Bannon passed away and it's been downhill for the Democratic Party ever since. We have basically been wiped out in the Legislature to where the GOP supermajority can do whatever they (and Pence) want and they hold most of our Congressional seats (though we hold one Senate seat due to a ridiculously bad GOP candidate who knocked out the more solid Richard Lugar in the primary in 2012). I'm hoping that Pence's missteps over RFRA this year will enable Democrat John Gregg (who very narrowly lost to Pence in 2012) to take the Governor's office next year. *fingers crossed*

Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Nov 3, 2015, 10:40 PM (0 replies)

Judging by at least some of the posts here

it seems like there are a few. Won't do anybody any good, however, nor the country. Republican voters will mindlessly vote for whatever creature emerges from their primaries and virtually guarantee them around at least 40-something percent of the vote. Enough of a reason to vote for the Democratic Presidential candidate no matter how DLC-ish or Third Way-ish he/she is. I'm supporting HRC in the primaries but there is NO doubt in my mind whatsoever that I would vote for Bernie in a heartbeat if he were the Democratic nominee. Given what we have seen over the past decade plus, should there even be any doubt as to which party is at least sort-of trying to help make things better for the country?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Nov 3, 2015, 03:12 PM (2 replies)

My question

Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Nov 3, 2015, 10:35 AM (1 replies)

The ACA was/is not perfect by any means

but consider the alternative (i.e. if it ultimately failed to pass). How many people are able to afford insurance that weren't able to before? How many people are insured now as opposed to before? And nobody is saying that this is the ideal endpoint but, um, nobody has been able to do anything more about it since the House went solidly Tea Party Republican in the 2010 election and then the Senate was conquered in 2014. We were actually pretty damned lucky that we got all that we got with the ACA. I cannot imagine SP standing a chance. Obama and other Democrats probably knew that right from the start, so why would they waste time that they couldn't afford to waste with a clearly losing proposition? In this country, it seems like progress is made incrementally and in "fits and starts". Almost nothing happens virtually wholesale without massive progressive majorities in Congress that pretty much haven't been seen since the mid-late 1960's at least. Single Payer *should* be a no-brainer and I think almost everybody here agrees it would be MUCH better than what we have now but if they can't get it enacted in Vermont (of all places) in 2015, just imagine how DOA it would have been in Congress in 2009-2010. I agree with your concerns and support for SP. It's just that progress happens frustratingly slow in this country. We need to get a solid progressive majority in Congress along with a progressive-minded President to get things like this done, which will take some time. I'm all in favor of doing what we can to make that happen- so that all of our lives will be better!
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Nov 3, 2015, 01:13 AM (0 replies)

It's amazing

That it apparently was an issue worth fighting over for so long- but good for them. Wonder if their "leaders" will listen?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Oct 28, 2015, 05:29 PM (0 replies)

"Family time for ME!"

"Not for thee!"
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Fri Oct 23, 2015, 11:42 AM (2 replies)

It never ceases to amaze me

how a clearly anti-Republican thread somehow segues into an attack on Democrats- the Clintons in particular- though I guess that since this is DU and we are all supposed to loathe HRC and love Bernie, I guess I shouldn't be too surprised, unfortunately.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Oct 19, 2015, 10:33 PM (1 replies)

I agree

And I hope that he stays out of it- but I recognize that he has the right to run if he wants to- though I think that it will probably be a pointless/half-hearted run at best.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sun Oct 18, 2015, 02:03 PM (1 replies)

"Welcomed"? Not so much IMHO

I don't think he's so "evil" that he wanted to sit around while 3K people died (not even sure that I could say that about Cheney) and it's impossible to say if the plot could have been stopped but I don't feel like he did everything he could have to stop it and there appear to have been some missed opportunities to stop it. However, he (and Republicans in general) didn't seem to hesitate much in taking advantage of what happened for political purposes afterwards to get stuff passed/done that they might not otherwise have been able to do.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sun Oct 18, 2015, 01:15 PM (3 replies)
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