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Liberal_Stalwart71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:13 PM
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121. I've had the distinct pleasure of meeting Bernie many times. I am a Sanders Democrat.
However, I understand that we didn't elect more Bernies, sadly. We need more of him. Until that happens, we sadly have to work within the parameters set.

We must work to change people's minds about what liberalism is and is not.

Tonight, one of my college students made her presentation on the psychological interpretations of political ideology. Her assumptions were based on several false premises about what liberalism is. I challenged her to think more critically about how we define ourselves because much of what has been defined for us is based on messages that we receive.

And I think you're right. If more Democrats were to stand up for what they believe and not cow-tow to Republican demands--on the belief that Republicans have the right answer and Dems can't possibly win--only then will we succeed.

But, the Democratic Party did not take up a budget and refused to engage Republicans in a debate on the Bush tax cuts prior to the midterm elections, falsely believing that they would lose those debates. What I don't understand is that many of them lost, anyway. If you're going to lose, do so fighting. I'd rather go down in a fight than not even fight at all.

I think that one of the main reasons why people are attracted to the Republican Party is not they perceive Republicans as always winning, hence, having the right argument. It's not true, but as long as Dems refuse to fight that fallacy, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. What's up with the inferiority complex that most Dems suffer from? We are RIGHT on the issues. And yet we act as if we're wrong.
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