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Empathy, Trump-style

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Jul 14, 2016, 11:03 PM (2 replies)

Whose lives matter?

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Jul 14, 2016, 03:49 PM (1 replies)

We'll learn on Friday

whether or not Trump's running mate will get his own escalator ride.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Jul 13, 2016, 09:59 PM (1 replies)

Staying put

One of my Facebook friends, a former candidate whose campaign I worked hard for, has chosen to leave the Democratic party. He remains an ardent Bernie supporter who, in the waning days of the Sanders campaign, became increasingly angry and bitter. His decision is supported, unsurprisingly, by some who share his disappointment, while others are sad to see him go but have no intention of joining him. My own brief “you will be missed” was met with immediate derision by one of his fellow departees.

After taking a bit of time to think about it, I decided to give a longer response to his original post; he’d taken care to explain his decision, I felt he deserved a more thoughtful response from me. Here it is:

Deciding that I had no affinity for any organization that places people at the bottom of the priorities list, I left the Republican party many years ago. It was no longer the party I was raised in by parents who were active and committed; in some respects the parting was quite painful, but change often has that marker. Since joining the Democratic party, I have come to a fuller appreciation of the many facets of the human race. Whereas my former party operated in a top-down obedience driven manner, I’ve grown to truly love the bottom-up purpose driven manner of the Democrats.

We are a rambunctious bunch, often fractious. But if there’s a human need that must be addressed the likelihood of meaningful action increases exponentially on the Democratic side of the aisle EVERY TIME. There’s no such thing as the “perfect party” because there’s no such thing as “perfect people”, and if I’m demanding the “perfect candidate” I’m clearly barking up the wrong species. Heck, I’ve now been tossed under so many buses that it’s hard to remember which one’s underside I’m speaking from. The point is that, as a Democrat, my voice has a much greater chance of being heard; it’s often disagreed with, but that’s called conversation. So, I’m serving notice to the Democratic party that it’s stuck with me. Guess they’ll just have to deal with it.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Jul 13, 2016, 07:46 PM (9 replies)


Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Jul 12, 2016, 07:30 PM (1 replies)


Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Jul 12, 2016, 03:21 PM (0 replies)

Republicans have their platform

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sun Jul 10, 2016, 05:12 PM (0 replies)

Trump's veep choice

Trump needs to choose someone other than Gingrich, and then cheat on him with Newt. How else are we supposed to believe his selection?
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sun Jul 10, 2016, 12:06 PM (2 replies)

Hemp under discussion at DNC platform meeting

DNC platform meeting is discussing industrial hemp. I tried to imagine that topic being introduced at a GOP platform meeting, and the thought that came immediately to mind was "group aneurysm."
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sat Jul 9, 2016, 11:50 PM (3 replies)

Split screen

The news is full of the horror of what took place in Dallas. That is appropriate.

What would also be appropriate is a split screen:

On one side, yesterday in the House of Representatives, as Democrats lined up one after another to plea for legislation to curb gun violence, and each was summarily dismissed via parliamentary device.

On the other side, Dallas last night.

It was awful watching the House during the day, horrific watching Dallas last night. Awful, chilling, and nauseating. The one following the other should have been compelling to meaningful action. Should have been.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Fri Jul 8, 2016, 08:00 PM (1 replies)
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