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SidneyCarton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 03:07 PM
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Democrats and Governing, why nothing is as easy as it seems.
When President Obama got elected, some posters warned about what we're seeing now, our inability to shift perspectives, and deal with the harsh realities of governing. After 8 years in the wilderness, we got a Democrat in the White House, this was a first for DU, and it has been a harsh learning curve for us.

Some sad truths: Republicans and Democrats are not the same, party discipline is different and the Democratic party draws its support from numerous, and at times contradictory sources (Organized Labor and the Environmental movement, anyone?) Hence, it is almost impossible for us to come together with one, simple and unified message. Where the GOP has managed to unify a base over fear, greed and racism, we have attempted to do so over justice, reform, and progress. Unfortunately those three things mean very different things to different members of the party, so we find ourselves at loggerheads, despite our majority.

Then there is President Obama. I (as I have no doubt many others too) am deeply grateful that he is not a carbon copy of President Bush. However, as such, the man is committed to a path that does not involve bullying, intimidation, and a resort to the politics of fear. This is frustrating to many of us, because we saw the short-term benefits of these strategies when employed by Karl Rove & co. in previous policy battles.

The problem is one of perspective. While these methods allowed for short-term policy victories, in the long-term they have given us a polarized and paranoid electorate that is at each other's throats. The continuation of such methods, even if for the best of ends, would only further damage the fabric of our democracy, which I believe is precisely what President Obama is attempting to avoid. Hence he is attempting a moderate, and steady course, not allowing himself to be openly, or outwardly staggered by the intense RW hate-and-fear machine. In many ways, Obama looks to stay his course with a greater stubbornness than President Bush ever could.

Will it work? Hard to tell, even here we find many who would rather President Obama took a more authoritarian tone. It may well be that we as a people are unable to bear democracy, if so, President Obama will fail. I hope that is not the case, we shall see.
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SharonAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 06:54 PM
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1. Democrats are more diverse because GOP has only wing-nuts and we have them and everyone else.
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