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Fri Jul 6, 2012, 08:02 PM

Hi from a progressive stuck in conservative HELL

I'm from Alabama where it's hot as hell and full of too many stupid people. You'd probably be surprised by how many liberals actually live here but they are not very vocal due to the overwhelming number of wingnuts. I recently had a cousin on Facebook tell me that Obama is "evil" person who calls people "racist" and that I am a "baby killer." Another relative and I just had a good, long and civil debate about 'Obamacare' which revealed his reasons for opposing the law were based on misinformation and assumptions that ended up with me being blocked for no reason and no explanation. Needless to say, it's hard being a red state liberal!

I've been engaged in online advocacy through Facebook for several years but I have determined that is not a useful platform for politics. Too many haters and fact-free idiots who can't handle the truth. That's what led me to DU. After lurking for quite some time, I've found this to be a much more useful way to engage in civil discourse. I'm looking forward to contributing and learning more from you all. The issues matter a lot to me and I'm a tenacious fact-checker. Thanks for such a great online community of like-minded people!

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Reply Hi from a progressive stuck in conservative HELL (Original post)
RedStateLiberal Jul 2012 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2012 #1
The empressof all Jul 2012 #2
RedStateLiberal Jul 2012 #3
Betsy Ross Jul 2012 #4
Dalai_1 Jul 2012 #5
hlthe2b Jul 2012 #6
JNelson6563 Jul 2012 #7
Spazito Jul 2012 #8
kdmorris Jul 2012 #9
Odin2005 Jul 2012 #10
Aristus Jul 2012 #11
Skinner Jul 2012 #12
saltwn Jul 2012 #13
sinotized Jul 2012 #14
lovemydog Jul 2012 #15
LeftishBrit Jul 2012 #16
krhines Jul 2012 #17
RedStateLiberal Jul 2012 #18

Response to RedStateLiberal (Original post)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 08:05 PM

1. Welcome to DU, RedStateLiberal!

Glad you found us! We can be crazy too, but not as crazy as your wingnut neighbors, lol!

If you haven't done so yet, click on the "Forums and Groups" tab at the top of any page. Have a look at all the cool places you can post.

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Response to RedStateLiberal (Original post)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 08:08 PM

2. Thank you for being on the front lines....

Red state Progressives need to be our daily warriors in getting the word out. I can only imagine how frustrating it is to have the truth and common sense fall on so many deaf ears. Never give up! Glad you found DU for some much needed support.

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Response to The empressof all (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 08:12 PM

3. Thanks for the support!

I will continue to share on FB because those who can't handle it have already blocked or unfriended me. I will never stop standing up for the truth. DU has already helped me find better ways to try to get through the closed minded.

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Response to RedStateLiberal (Original post)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 09:13 PM

4. Welcome to DU. n/t

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Response to RedStateLiberal (Original post)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 09:38 PM

5. Welcome!

You have found a forum for excellent sharing and learning ...

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Response to RedStateLiberal (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 08:01 AM

6. There is hope---she says coming from a now Purple state....

Let us be your "life line".... Welcome!

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Response to RedStateLiberal (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 08:02 AM

7. Welcome to DU!

Glad you found us! I hope DU continues to be a great place to escape to for you!

Julie

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Response to RedStateLiberal (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 10:36 AM

8. Welcome to DU, RedStateLiberal!

I completely 'get' where you are coming from re being a liberal living in conservative hell, I live in Alberta, Canada's conservative equivalent of Texas. It makes talking about politics......interesting, to say the least, lol.

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Response to RedStateLiberal (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 01:54 PM

9. Welcome to DU!

Lots of people here live in Red states... I believe they feel like DU is a sanity lifeline. Hope you enjoy your time here!

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Response to RedStateLiberal (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 02:05 PM

10. WELCOME!!!

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Response to RedStateLiberal (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 03:11 PM

11. Welcome, RedStateLiberal!

My mother was born in Montgomery to two ultra-conservative Southern baptists, but grew up to be a staunch Kennedy liberal. (She even marched in JFK's inaugural parade.) She passed her progressivism to her three kids.

(It's kind of weird, but my grandmother, despite being so right-wing, was actually pro-choice. Strange bedfellows and all that...)

Welcome!

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Response to RedStateLiberal (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 11:51 AM

12. Welcome to DU, RedStateLiberal!

Glad you found us. :

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Response to RedStateLiberal (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 01:26 PM

13. Recently relocated from Idah...

It's kind of northern Alabama-ish.
welcome to DU!

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Response to RedStateLiberal (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 02:15 PM

14. I grew up in a red state

so I feel your pain

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Response to RedStateLiberal (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 07:45 AM

15. Welcome here RedStateLiberal!

This place is an oasis from a lot of the insensitivity, ignorance & hatred in the world.

I agree with you that facebook isn't a good place to try and change anyone's mind or engage in any meaningful discussion about politics.

Hope you enjoy yourself here.

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Response to RedStateLiberal (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 10:29 AM

16. Hello - good to see you here!

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Response to RedStateLiberal (Original post)

Wed Jul 18, 2012, 06:43 PM

17. Hi

Welcome, even though your "Hello" post is before mine. I too have been fighting the good fight on facebook. It's true the information here is second to none.

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Response to krhines (Reply #17)

Wed Jul 18, 2012, 08:00 PM

18. Welcome to you too.

Warning: DU is addictive!

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