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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-22-07 01:08 PM
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I guess my priorities are vastly different than those of many here
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Edited on Sat Dec-22-07 01:11 PM by jpgray
My be-all end-all goal is not to have a little avatar that parrots my particular views on every issue. If I did desire this, I would never be satisfied. Even Kucinich has the flag amendment vote, the vote on recognizing Christianity as a fundamental influence on the founding and greatness of this country, etc. The next closest to matching my views would be Dodd, yet still I can find quibbles that would make his platform far less robust in economic reform than I'd like. The two are however superlatively great as far as platform and earnest hard work in Congress. Certainly compared to other candidates.

My priority is very simple. I've considered all the GOP candidates and all the Democratic candidates, and all I want is to defeat the GOP nominee as completely and fully as possible. Why?

What killed the "Democratic wing of the Democratic party?" Reagan's landslide victories and the resultant consolidation of media and system influence under his GOP banner. He then used this to isolate and destroy progressive sympathy in the media and in the money centers of politics by providing a policy-for-influence tradeoff that is absolutely irresistible in our massively money-fueled national office campaigns.

What has empowered progressive reforms in the past over the profound obstacle of business and media interest in right wing economic policies? Landslide defeats of the GOP. The New Deal simply would not have been possible if a significant amount of holdout GOP strength remained.

So I simply want to hand the GOP a similar crushing defeat. A complete, lasting, inarguable defeat that any fool can hold up as proof that the conservative ideology has failed. If they don't have any significant clout in political office to return their end of the corrupt deal, they cannot win the biased and selfish support of the media and other power brokers. So long as they maintain that influence and power, no true progressive has a shot.

There's no Democrat running who would severely limit my desire to see a total GOP defeat. I don't expect to see my ideology realized in a major candidate in this atmosphere. I -can- expect to see the party which most represents the villainous and depraved ideology that has a stranglehold on our government to be defeated.

And I want it to be as permanent, embarrassing, and complete a defeat as possible. And to me that's worth working for. If the Democratic nominee doesn't represent the best in politics (and it won't), I will have no avenue to advance the best ideas to high office. The GOP -does- and -will- represent the worst in politics, and is the de-facto symbol for the worst problems on both sides of the aisle. And I am committed to handing them the worst defeat possible.



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