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Name: Mara Alis Butler
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Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Home country: USA
Current location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Member since: Sat Feb 28, 2004, 01:13 AM
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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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Can't wait for her long and impassioned speech

about how she is still supporting Trump against impeachment.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Nov 20, 2019, 11:46 AM (0 replies)

Clinton/Murder/Epstein Memes

Anybody else having their social media feeds (esp. on Facebook) being flooded by (Hillary) Clinton/Murder/Epstein feeds lately? I'm asking because I certainly have. And it's not because I have a bunch of right-wing Trump-humping friends, but rather a mixture of people whom are far left and people whom just seem to hate Hillary Clinton. I know that on Twitter there are ways to filter out certain words or phrases but can you do that on Facebook. I don't want to get rid of a lot of people on Facebook, nor do I want to try to tell people what to post but it is becoming a bit of a noxious presence on my FB newsfeed. I have taken to mainly hiding them. Maybe I should start reporting them? Anybody else seeing a rash of these toxic memes?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Nov 12, 2019, 11:00 AM (7 replies)

Domestically

it would have to be his immigration policies and everything associated with it- between the caging of kids in sub-par conditions, as well as his phony declaration of a national emergency to seize funds intended for other things for his stupid "wall"

Globally- It would have to be his abandonment of the Kurds and our agreements in general, as well as alienating all of our major global allies.

In short, there is no good governance coming from this WH and the fact that the American economy is doing ok is more IN SPITE OF Trump rather than BECAUSE of it IMHO. There's really nothing that is happening in Trump's WH that has been even remotely good for the country- except for the racists and other bigots here. They're being put back on the pedestal they were "losing" under President Obama.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Fri Nov 8, 2019, 02:39 PM (0 replies)

I don't see anything really either

This is the thing that I don't get about people accusing Facebook of bias: The user (us) largely controls the content we see. We friend who we want to friend, block or refuse to follow those we want. The biggest problem I see with Facebook, Twitter, etc. is more what happens when certain individuals become abusive and the social media platform admins refuse to take matters seriously and allow them to continue to abuse and bully their victims. Twitter, for example, is being reluctant to take down some white supremacist/white nationalist pages simply because it would also take down some pages for Republicans, which is seriously disturbing/problematic in and of itself. Or when Facebook takes down people's pages and/or ban ("zucc" ) them for 30 days because some "algorithm" said that some content was offensive, inappropriate, etc., which is often subjective. Like I think that Facebook will now be banning the usage of some emojis on Facebook posts because they might be used in a "suggestive" way. That's just stupid and petty stuff. Those are the sort of things that annoy me. A lot of these problems are endemic to pretty much all of the major social media platforms, not just Facebook, although it's obviously the more ubiquitous of them all.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Nov 6, 2019, 11:17 AM (0 replies)

Thanks for sharing

It just occurred to me too that if they start with the "whataboutism", they've already conceded the argument and admitting that Trump is in the wrong. The "whataboutism" is really about justifying their ongoing support of Trump IN SPITE OF his behavior by making it seem that since Obama did "it" or Hillary did "it", it's ok for Trump to do it- essentially normalizing whatever they're trying to justify. And oftentimes, they're trying to compare apples to oranges.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Nov 4, 2019, 05:57 PM (1 replies)

I can surmise why Trump is doing what he is doing internationally

but why would that be a general aim of the Republican Party since 2000? Republicans *used* to believe in honoring treaties (or so I thought?). Now, all they want to do is rip them up. And now that I am thinking about it, I can't think of any treaties they've actually done while in office. Does anybody remember any treaties GWB signed while in office? It seems like all they do is claim that all of the treaties that Democrats negotiate are flawed, but instead of simply renegotiating them and/or making adjustments to what they claim is flawed, they just rip them up wholesale and throw whatever's left in the shredder.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Nov 4, 2019, 05:49 PM (0 replies)

Will the US ever be able to negotiate treaties/agreements/etc. in the future?

With Democratic Presidents making new treaties/agreements/etc. when they're in office only to have them repeatedly overturned, shredded, or withdrawn by succeeding Republican Presidents, how can we maintain the trust of other countries to live up to and honor our agreements (if we even can)? George W. Bush took us out of several agreements that Bill Clinton negotiated and now Trump is doing the same with many of the ones entered into under Barack Obama. How can we solidify these agreements so that we can keep the Republicans from simply walking away from our commitments? This is going to be an increasingly ugly situation IMHO while trying to get any kind of future cooperation with other countries.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Nov 4, 2019, 05:19 PM (13 replies)

They are thugs, plain and simple

Plus, they know that their guy is dirty and can't defend him on the substance, so they're spending vast amounts of time attacking the credibility of the witnesses against him, the process, and everything else, totally unrelated to the actual charges. It's character assassination, plain and simple.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Nov 4, 2019, 11:37 AM (1 replies)

This is the Trump MO

1. Create a problem that either didn't exist or if it did, exacerbate it with poorly thought out "solutions" or ideas and recklessly implement them with little or no consultation with people whom might know better.
2. When things start to go bad, ignore it or minimize it, attack the critics, basically do anything other than addressing the problem and/or acknowledging responsibility for it.
3. "Solve" the problem or find some way to address it that makes things not so bad
4. Declare victory and pretend that he deserves high praise for fixing his f**kups
5. ???????
6. Profit
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Thu Oct 17, 2019, 02:30 PM (0 replies)

I agree

This feels different somehow. And I think that we can get Impeachment through the House easier than how things were looking before. Everything else, however, will hinge on how the GOP-controlled Senate reacts. If they mostly hold fast and support Trump, there will be no conviction in the Senate, nor Republican calls for Trump's resignation. If Republicans start to turn on Trump in large enough numbers in the Senate, there will likely be attempts to get him to resign first or, if all else fails, we may get the very first conviction of a sitting US President in the history of the country. However, I am less certain that Republicans will abandon Trump. There's no way out of this for Trump without taking on some severe damage though IMHO.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Thu Sep 26, 2019, 11:17 AM (0 replies)
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