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Sun Sep 2, 2012, 06:27 PM

White straight male at 61 with more in common with inner city single moms than the GOP

More in common with a junkie trying to get straight, a gay person trying to get married, a recent college grad trying to find a job.

More in common with an immigrant trying to avoid being deported, a Muslim owning a store in Dearborn, a Christian at a food bank, an Iraq war vet with PTSD.

More in common with a woman making her own decision about abortion, a young person listening to music that I don't know, a mom or dad with a sick child without health care.

More in common with a peer without a job, a parent with Alzheimer's, a family living near a Koch-polluted river.

I'm supposed to be the GOP dream voter. Not a chance, ever. I don't know what happened to My Generation, but as for me, I'm here at DU for a reason. Peace, love and rock and roll still works.

And I'm voting for President Obama.

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Reply White straight male at 61 with more in common with inner city single moms than the GOP (Original post)
Faygo Kid Sep 2012 OP
patrice Sep 2012 #1
patrice Sep 2012 #2
Faygo Kid Sep 2012 #6
patrice Sep 2012 #18
Doctor_J Sep 2012 #3
smirkymonkey Sep 2012 #4
ArnoldLayne Sep 2012 #5
cliffordu Sep 2012 #7
xtraxritical Sep 2012 #8
TBF Sep 2012 #9
LAmachine Sep 2012 #10
Terra Alta Sep 2012 #14
Faygo Kid Sep 2012 #21
enough Sep 2012 #11
lib2DaBone Sep 2012 #12
MarianJack Sep 2012 #13
KoKo Sep 2012 #15
rjlobo422 Sep 2012 #16
B Calm Sep 2012 #19
Faygo Kid Sep 2012 #20
johnlucas Sep 2012 #17

Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 06:34 PM

1. Me too!!!

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Response to patrice (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 06:36 PM

2. ... except that I'm female. nt

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Response to patrice (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 07:23 PM

6. I kinda guessed that, but we're both 2002 DUers!

I have read and appreciated many a post from patrice. Thanks!!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Reply #6)

Mon Sep 3, 2012, 04:23 AM

18. Thanks for this fine photograph of a great American!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 07:07 PM

3. I am a few years younger, but

Billo The Clown, Beck, Limpballs, and the rest of those traitors have nothing in common with me except our shared nation of birth. Give me a poor person trying her best than a whole truck load of Rmoney's any day.

DURec

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 07:12 PM

4. K&R!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 07:15 PM

5. Me too but straight single 54.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 07:28 PM

7. You and me, both, Kid.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 07:30 PM

8. I'm a boomer wasp too, I will vote for Obama/Biden a second time.

 

R & R will destroy the economy and the middle class.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 07:38 PM

9. Gen X higher income here -

we grew up with Reagan, and saw all the excesses of Wall Street - and very clearly how trickle down doesn't work (or at least doesn't work for very many). The 1% is a whole different league - here in our 40s, with our professional jobs, raising our kids, and caring for our parents - we know all about being stretched thin and unsure of how we'll get through our parents' retirements/medical needs much less our own.

We have nothing in common with the 1% jetting from home to home, playing on their yachts, doing their Botox procedures, and installing their car elevators.

Oh - and we'd really like to keep birth control legal and available for our daughters and nieces.

Not a chance I'd vote for those assholes.

I'm on Team Obama.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 08:20 PM

10. TG for U

Great points.

It would be like throwing away your core.

We need more articles like yours.

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Response to LAmachine (Reply #10)

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 08:47 PM

14. Welcome to DU.

Hope you enjoy it here as much as I have!

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Response to LAmachine (Reply #10)

Mon Sep 3, 2012, 09:10 AM

21. Welcome to DU! Honored to have your first post.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 08:31 PM

11. Sorry I can't hit the rec button more than once. Well said.

And how did it happen that this understanding has somehow been erased completely from the national "discourse," when in fact we all know exactly what you mean? Thank you.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 08:32 PM

12. All voters should know...

 

NO ONE in Washington even cares one iota what you think.

You are not even on their radar. They could care less about you or your family.

Republicorp/Democorp.. it make NO difference.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 08:44 PM

13. The only difference between you & I is...

...that I'm 57! Well said!

PEACE!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 08:50 PM

15. Thanks...sick of this "Old Angry White Man Meme" coming from both parties....

Enough! We Dems need to cherish our Old Angry White Men and Women....

WE aren't the same as the Rabid RW of ALL AGES.....We contributed to society....they took from it.

K&R!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 09:52 PM

16. rock on Faygo

Rock on Faygo!

I'm 59 years old, white, straight and worked as a teacher for the same district for 22 years until I was laid off due to "budgetary constraints". So, by most accounts, I should be furious at Obama for ruining the economy, and raising budget deficits. I should be in line for one of those twelve million jobs that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are going to create...right? I'm certainly not as well off as I was four years ago. I should be one of those angry white males that the Republicans need to put Romney over the top in November.

Yeah, right, when Hell freezes over.

I'm legally blind and have been teaching for over thirty years. I have an Ed.D. in Education and Learning and I loved the students, families and colleagues I worked with and they loved me. About five years ago, my district hired a business type as Superintendent. He began to implement a "business model" for running the district which included keeping over 65 million in reserve, while systematically eliminating the teachers with high salaries in order to replace them with two young teachers at the low end of the salary scale. Of course this had effects on both student performance and staff morale. My union watched all of this go down and were kind enough to hand me a pretty blue bag from the Unemployment Dept.

Was I disappointed with the union? Sure. Do I think that they could have done more? Yeah I do. But listening to Chris Christie and the other Republican liars drone on last week about teachers and teacher unions made my blood boil. Teacher unions are about more than working conditions for teachers. They are about trying to construct the best schools we can in order to meet the educational needs of the students they serve. Am I supposed to favor a system of education where corporate wonks run private chains of schools, staffed by low paid teachers without unions, teaching creationism alongside science, teaching "don't say gay" and Shiria law is a threat to our liberty in social studies? I don't think so. Let's get real here. The only reason that the Republicans hate the teacher unions so much is that the unions are a huge source of financial support for the Democratic party.

Like Faygo, I am much more concerned about my pregnant kids, their families, the unemployed, our senior and disabled citizens, our veterans, our real "small business" owners, our scores of imprisoned youth, and all of the other people in this country who are beginning to lose hope of rising above their circumstances. I know that my family and I will see better times and yes, I still believe in hope and change for all of us.

So fuck you Mitt Romney. Fuck you and your empty suits, your empty chairs, and your empty promises. I will NEVER be a part of your demographic, or your cynical, selfish and mean spirited view of this country. Thank you Faygo for making me think and hope, and for wanting to pick up my Les Paul and crank my amp. Long live rock and roll and peace to all.

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Response to rjlobo422 (Reply #16)

Mon Sep 3, 2012, 04:33 AM

19. Great post!

It would make a great opening post on it's own!

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Response to rjlobo422 (Reply #16)

Mon Sep 3, 2012, 08:51 AM

20. Wow. You ought to post this on its own.

Thanks so much, and I hope everything improves for you.

And that Mitt Romney doesn't get within sniffing distance of the White House. Rock on.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Mon Sep 3, 2012, 01:32 AM

17. You didn't buy into that "Liberal when 20, Conservative when 40" BS, that's what happened

That silly line talking about 'If you're a young Conservative, you have no heart. If you're an old Liberal, you have no head."
Stupid catchphrases meant to stratify how people think about the world.

I say if you're a Conservative while Dystopia still exists you have no head.
Only maintain the status quo once we get to Utopia.
Until then there's progress to be made.

Glad you didn't fall for that old line, Faygo Kid.
Wish there were more like you.
John Lucas

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