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21. Here is why 'Democrat legislators' is an insult. It's because Democratic is not just
Edited on Sat Mar-31-07 01:15 PM by Peace Patriot
a party designation, a name. It is an adjective--with a small d. The democratic procedures for choosing a leader. The democratic values of a free people. It has GOOD connotations that go above and beyond the Democratic Party itself. And it is an ikon word--democratic, democracy. It sums up all our values.

By saying the Democrat Party, I believe that the Republicons are implying that the Democrats are not all that democratic, or don't deserve to be described as summing up all the values of our country's political system. They are depriving the Democrats of the natural adjective they achieve by the words Democratic Party. We are the party that best sums up the values of the country.

And why I propose something other than the 'Republic Party' as a response, is that 'Republic Party' is meaningless. It does not have any such dissing and negative implications. To be a republican--small r--is simply to be a person who has certain beliefs about the organization of the state (a republican as opposed to a monarchist). But to be democratic is much more resonant. It describes what kind of a person you are. You are open-minded, a believer in the will of the people, a believer in dispersed power, in one person/one vote--not tyrannical, not autocratic.

To deprive Republicans of the "can" says nothing. But to deprive the Democrats of the "ic," in Democratic/democratic, is very meaningful.

And it is particularly annoying because it is so unfair--given who the Democratic Party represents, vs. who the Republicon Party represents.

Someone upthread said that 'Republic Party' has gained currency in Congress. Fine. They have to work with Republicons, and may not want to openly insult them. And possibly--just possibly--one or two of the people they are dealing with, on the other side of the aisle, are NOT Cons--are genuine representatives of the people. So the Dems in Congress would have their reasons for not wanting to use "Republicon." Doesn't mean WE can't use it!

I remember way back when--pre-80s, I think--when I first heard 'Democrat Party,' and it was from the extreme rightwing--possibly somebody in the John Birch Society. Real wingers, in those days. Considered wacko, and way out of the mainstream. Now they run the country (or, in any case, these days, the White House). What a coup. And quite literally that, I think. A coup. Not a genuine representation of the majority of Americans, at all. So it's time to fight back, and call the Bushites what they really are: Cons. And any real Republicans who don't want that smell of corruption, crime and hypocrisy, had better distance themselves from it quickly.
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  -Proposal re the Cons dropping the 'ic' from Democratic. 'Republic' doesn't work Peace Patriot  Mar-31-07 11:17 AM   #0 
  - Publican  Pigwidgeon   Mar-31-07 11:20 AM   #1 
  - Publican is my favorite (EOM)  Lasher   Mar-31-07 12:36 PM   #20 
  - Repubelickins and Bushlickers nt  mcg   Mar-31-07 04:18 PM   #31 
  - But publicans also run the local pub!  annabanana   Apr-01-07 08:24 AM   #39 
  - I like that. RepubliCon. So descriptive. You know exactly who and what it is immediately.  AndyA   Mar-31-07 11:20 AM   #2 
  - I Like  iamjoy   Mar-31-07 11:24 AM   #3 
  - ConSWERVatives = Romney, McCain  MethuenProgressive   Mar-31-07 11:26 AM   #7 
  - Absolutely  pearl   Mar-31-07 11:24 AM   #4 
  - I wish they would simply be asked if they do not know correct grammar  Skittles   Mar-31-07 11:24 AM   #5 
  - Every time Chimpy opens his mouth  DCKit   Mar-31-07 11:34 AM   #10 
     - but I have seen very articulate guests on CSPAN doing the same  Skittles   Mar-31-07 11:48 AM   #13 
  - dont like  Ninja Jordan   Mar-31-07 11:26 AM   #6 
  - It does if you use a long u :-) n/t  skids   Mar-31-07 11:31 AM   #8 
  - The whole "Democrat Party" crap bothers me too, but  rep the dems   Mar-31-07 11:31 AM   #9 
  - Works for me, but  anotheryellowdog   Mar-31-07 11:40 AM   #11 
  - RepubliCON is nice  gratuitous   Mar-31-07 11:43 AM   #12 
  - i would have proposed ending with "unt" but I don't wish to offend  antifaschits   Mar-31-07 12:03 PM   #14 
  - I prefer the Biblical-sounding "Republicanites"  Lydia Leftcoast   Mar-31-07 12:05 PM   #15 
  - As an ex-con  Dr.Phool   Mar-31-07 12:07 PM   #16 
  - You can't force these things  Kurovski   Mar-31-07 12:10 PM   #17 
  - Exactly right  Ninja Jordan   Mar-31-07 12:19 PM   #19 
  - I still prefer "Republan"  MurrayDelph   Mar-31-07 12:17 PM   #18 
  - Now THAT I like!  MGKrebs   Mar-31-07 05:59 PM   #32 
  - Here is why 'Democrat legislators' is an insult. It's because Democratic is not just  Peace Patriot   Mar-31-07 01:14 PM   #21 
  - "Publicans" is the most apt desription.  Vidar   Mar-31-07 01:15 PM   #22 
  - You're never going to get Democrats to agree on one name to call the fuckers  ruggerson   Mar-31-07 01:36 PM   #23 
  - That's the beauty of it  flying rabbit   Mar-31-07 09:05 PM   #37 
  - I prefer dickheads. As in dick---heads.  ncteechur   Mar-31-07 01:39 PM   #24 
  - I've added "Republicon Party" to the "Democrat Party" listing on Wiki  MethuenProgressive   Mar-31-07 01:53 PM   #25 
  - Thanks! I didn't think of that. BushCons is another good one, playing on  Peace Patriot   Mar-31-07 03:27 PM   #28 
  - Then there's Ratpublicans  Jack Rabbit   Mar-31-07 02:18 PM   #26 
  - RepubliCONartist n/t  Cascadian   Mar-31-07 03:02 PM   #27 
  - rape-publicons  leftofthedial   Mar-31-07 03:40 PM   #29 
  - Rethuglican work for me n/t  4dsc   Mar-31-07 03:58 PM   #30 
  - or "Repuglican"... or hell, just "Repugnant".  Labors of Hercules   Mar-31-07 06:52 PM   #34 
  - We don't need one word: we need a whole dictionary  struggle4progress   Mar-31-07 06:44 PM   #33 
  - oooo... even better... how about "RepugniCon" !!!  Labors of Hercules   Mar-31-07 06:54 PM   #35 
  - The Wiki "Republicon" entry was quickly Freeped.  MethuenProgressive   Mar-31-07 07:27 PM   #36 
  - Why not call a spade a spade?  area51   Apr-01-07 08:20 AM   #38 
  - Patrician, Monarchist, Phalangist  alfredo   Apr-01-07 09:22 AM   #40 
  - "Moneychangers."  blondeatlast   Apr-01-07 11:51 AM   #41 

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