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May 31, 2017

This was definitely a misstep

I was against the film made depicting an assassination of George W. Bush back in the day too. So, there, contrary to right-wingers or "both sides" pundits, liberals DO criticize our own when they go too far.

May 31, 2017


Pelosi has been a strong and effective Congresswoman and Speaker of the House. Why the hell do (some) Democrats want to run away from that and/or treat her and like-minded Democrats as though they are toxic pariahs? Grrr......we don't need Republicans to destroy our party. We have our own circular firing squad.

May 30, 2017

I'd say

that we need to figure out how to safeguard our own elections first. What's worst is that any "help" that the US gives Germany may well be compromised. I would not be surprised if that's another reason why Germany has declined our "assistance". I feel ashamed to be an American right now and it makes me feel sad about how far we have fallen in terms of world opinion and how fast. I'm sure that we all remember how Republicans blamed (falsely) Obama for diminishing our country in the eyes of the world, right? Trump has now made that falsehood a glaring reality.

May 30, 2017


If we apply a "purity" test to eliminate just about every potential contender between now and 2020, there may not be anybody left to run against Trump in 2020 (and he should be the easiest GOP target ever in 2020). There is NO "perfect" Democrat just like there is NO "perfect" politician. EVERY SINGLE politician will say or do something that disappoints somebody out there in voter land. As a citizen and voter, we need to weigh the good with the bad and make the choice about what we are willing to live with and vote for the candidate whom will do the most good and least bad for the country because, otherwise, we are going to keep losing to Republican candidates whom, by their very nature, will always do more bad things than good things and lots of things that run totally counter to the progressive agenda.

May 30, 2017

If you figure it out, PLEASE let us know!

If I was to sum up how I feel right now, I'd probably say that it is quite like Marty McFly and Doc Brown winding up in the bizarro alternate 1985 created by Biff stealing the sports almanac and giving it to his younger self to make him rich and powerful and change his future. I feel like something similar HAD to have happened here. There just seems to be no logical reason why so many people- and technically more people total turned out for Hillary- turned out and voted for Trump despite all of the above (personal appearance issues aside) and what's maddening is that too many of the people whom voted for Trump- or voted against Hillary from the left- are people WHO SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER! The choice should not have been starker or easier. However, ultimately, I think that what happened was Trump was "normalized" by the MSM as a more-or-less typical Republican candidate (whom also, inexplicably was able to appeal to some working-class/union folks whom believed that he would bring them back their jobs) while Hillary was relentlessly smeared by people on all sides as an elitist and "professional politician". After all this is over with Trump, I sincerely hope that we, as a country, stop sneering about "professional politicians". I don't know about anybody else, but I want a "professional politician" who knows what he/she is doing in the Oval Office.

May 30, 2017

They seem to be

Idiot Corker thought that Trump did a great job on his first foreign trip.

It's becoming entirely possible though, too, that a large number of Republicans in Congress are entangled in the Trump/Russia situation and/or are otherwise compromised by Russia in terms of blackmail or, more likely than not, campaign contributions. I have noticed that, in recent years, right-wing Republicans have also been, at least rhetorically, embracing Putin, as a means of attacking then-President Obama and/or simply admiring his autocratic style of governance, which I'm sure that they would love to emulate over here with one of their own Presidents.

May 30, 2017


They're going to milk his Presidency for all that they can squeeze out of it (i.e. tax cuts, ACA repeal, "tax reform", restructuring government more to their liking). I don't think that they've thought too much beyond that. The best thing that we could do is show up in a massive show of resistance in 2018 and take away Republican power in one or both chambers of Congress- or at least thin out their ranks so as to make their agenda die a slow, agonizing death- until we can remove Trump electorally in 2020. I want Trump gone. I really do. But removing him too soon (or at all) would probably help the Republicans politically, because then we'd get Pence and the MSM would proclaim him an "adult" and laud the Republicans for being "responsible" and then most people currently energized by Trump would probably breathe a sigh of relief and go back to sleep until 2020 and then Pence would be looked at as a "reasonable" Republican candidate for 2020, which would make him harder for us to beat, not that he's any great prize (he's a total douche), but he's got the right kind of political cred to re-unite the Republican Party, bring the "Never Trumpers" back into the GOP fold, and present a "business as usual" face to the country and to the world. I say that we figure out a way to contain Trump and his damage until we can remove him and his ENTIRE (mis-)Administration in 2020.

May 19, 2017

So, their "solution" to Trussia investigation

is to smear the previous Administration by spreading "fake news"?

May 18, 2017

Does she have a statehouse or Congressional seat she could run for first?

IMHO we need to build up a crop of candidates from a local level and build their experience and name recognition before somebody just springboards into a potentially larger race that they may be ill-equipped to win. Does she have the kind of name recognition to win a statewide race? Who are the Republicans running? She can obviously run but her bid seems unlikely to be successful and her time, energy, and money would probably be better spent at a local level first. Just my $0.02.

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Transgender Woman /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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