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Response to ellisonz (Reply #15)

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 10:10 PM

40. Who died and appointed you forum politruk?

It perfectly possible to be in broad agreement with the party platform while disagreeing on one or more particulars. Hell, in a two-party system, it's practically impossible not to have some disagreements on details of policy; I speak from experience when I say it's difficult enough in a proportional-representation system, which has many more parties.

And I don't know about you, but my loyalty to the Democratic party is based on--and conditional upon--its policies being the closest match to my personal politics. The party has earned my support; however, I do not owe the party my loyalty, and I certainly have a number of other points to complain about in the platform, not least the complete lack of intent of ending the 40-year insanity that is called the "War on Drugs" (and directing at least part of the funding for it into effectively policing Wall Street). I also think it panders unnecessarily to religion and the religious. But for the most part, it is the Democratic party's policies that I most identify with, therefore I am a Democrat; not the other way round.

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