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Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:56 PM

Not an excuse, but, perhaps, an explanation.

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I will admit that I am often deeply impressed by the consistent, serious wisdom regularly provided by many of the regulars on this board. Others can be counted on to post something that will bring a smile or even a chuckle to many of us who desperately need one. Still others are always reminding us that tolerance, kindness and love of our fellow men and women is what we are supposed to be about. Finally, there are those who freely voice their anger and indignation at what they see as the traitorous behavior of Trump and his cult.

I am of an age when the satisfaction of speaking my mind easily outweighs the lifelong conditioning to avoid embarrassment at all costs. Some days I am optimistic and enthusiastic and post encouragement to "fight the good fight". On other days, I am down in the dumps and may do nothing but moan and complain. And, sometimes I just feel silly and crack a joke, share a poem or pen new lyrics for a "golden oldie". Some days I hit it out of the park. Some days I shoot myself in the foot.

In short, I am consistently inconsistent---and that bothers me not. I wake up each morning in an area in which nearly four of each five residents voted for Trump. I see MAGA caps when I shop and "Dixie swastikas" and worse on the vehicles I pass on the street. I have been ridiculed, cursed and threatened for the "sin" of wearing an "Impeach Trump" tee in public.

And, so, here, among friends, I am unapologetically my stubborn, graying, erratic self. Thank you for the island of sanity and tolerance you provide.

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Reply Not an excuse, but, perhaps, an explanation. (Original post)
Atticus Oct 21 OP
blm Oct 21 #1
dewsgirl Oct 21 #2
Haggis for Breakfast Oct 21 #19
cwydro Oct 21 #3
42bambi Oct 21 #4
alwaysinasnit Oct 21 #5
kentuck Oct 21 #6
lillypaddle Oct 21 #7
llmart Oct 21 #8
lunatica Oct 22 #29
spanone Oct 21 #9
smirkymonkey Oct 21 #10
Karadeniz Oct 21 #11
Evolve Dammit Oct 21 #12
Cary Oct 21 #13
Botany Oct 21 #14
fierywoman Oct 21 #15
Hekate Oct 21 #16
tavernier Oct 21 #17
CaptainTruth Oct 21 #18
notinkansas Oct 21 #20
wendyb-NC Oct 22 #21
orleans Oct 22 #22
Hermit-The-Prog Oct 22 #23
NCLefty Oct 22 #24
SergeStorms Oct 22 #25
mountain grammy Oct 22 #28
SergeStorms Oct 22 #34
MyOwnPeace Oct 22 #26
mountain grammy Oct 22 #27
lunatica Oct 22 #30
catbyte Oct 22 #31
catbyte Oct 22 #32
Harker Oct 22 #33

Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:58 PM

1. ((Atticus))

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 05:13 PM

2. That was beautiful. It is nice to be able to relax and feel

comfortable expressing our opinions without feeling the need to defend ourselves. I too live in a red area. I just moved, I now live in Matt Gaetz's district and believe me it is just how you would think.

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Response to dewsgirl (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 10:13 PM

19. Bad enough that you have to put up with trumpie that you are also

saddled with Gaetz (R-Breathalyzer), too. What a train wreck. More like a three-ring circus.

My last duty station was Pensacola, but that was long before Baby Gaetz climbed into Daddy's shoes.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 05:20 PM

3. I live in a red county in a purple state.

Iíve only seen one MAGA hat in the last few years. I do see pro-gun bumper stickers.

I drive a Subaru with obviously liberal stickers. No oneís ever verbally assaulted me. Iím sorry youíve experienced that.

But NC is generally a friendly place, so maybe thatís why.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 05:24 PM

4. As always, thanks for being you. nt

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 05:48 PM

5. Thanks Atticus. DU truly is a great place to be.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 05:51 PM

6. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds...

...or something like that.

(edited to add "A foolish"

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 06:14 PM

7. I always enjoy your posts

Actually, you're one of my (many) favorites.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 06:20 PM

8. These can be trying times for those of us who are sane.

Sometimes I can't believe how many of my posts contain swear words, even if I do use asterisks sometimes in the place of the letters. If you met me in person you'd know that I rarely use swear words in front of other people, unless I really, really know them well enough to know it won't offend. The situation we find ourselves in at this point in history has driven me to not even recognize myself any longer! I've also resorted to name calling and one-line posts because I honestly have run out of ways to describe Trump. Some days I can't even read any more of the craziness, so I do a quick perusal of DU headlines and then stop because there's only so much I can take without wanting to scream.

Anyway, I suspect a lot of us on here feel the same way. Recently a new poster stated that he/she was a bit disappointed in DU because he came here expecting a lot of good intellectual policy discussions and all he was seeing were one line comments or jokes or whatever else he said he found. I thought about that a lot and came to the conclusion that yes, maybe we do a lot of that these days, but I equated it to criticizing someone on the Titanic just running around and yelling curt orders while the ship is slowly sinking instead of analyzing what happened to make the ship start sinking. Right now I think we just don't have the energy to discuss ad nauseum (because we've already done that) how this happened to our country.


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Response to llmart (Reply #8)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 11:35 AM

29. As a group community we don't need to rehash everything from scratch every time.

Thatís an idiotic demand.

If a new person wants to give this site a try to see if it fulfills some personal standard then they can easily lurk and figure it out without barging in to make some rules for a long established site.

Also, with a tiny bit of effort they can figure out which posters are the ones who do post and invite discussions.

It also helps to understand the wise use of links that do flesh out and corroborate the opinions of DUers.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 06:22 PM

9. Brothers-in-Arms....

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 06:22 PM

10. Thanks for your post Atticus.

It's a nice reminder that it takes all kinds and everyone brings something to the table. We all have our moments, both good and bad. It's nice to have a place like DU to come to when it all gets to be too much out there.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 06:36 PM

11. Keep up the good work! Fight the good fight!❤

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 06:59 PM

12. I am of an age when the satisfaction of speaking my mind easily outweighs the lifelong conditioning

to avoid embarrassment...

ME TOO. All done with that! Thanks Atticus.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 07:03 PM

13. Unfortunately, IMHO, it isn't as good as it could be

But I appreciate your positive attitude. I have tried to be positive. It isn't as easy as it should be at Democratic Underground.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 07:17 PM

14. And the best thing is after Trump is removed it will be a party at your place.

n/t

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 07:20 PM

15. I ALWAYS find you delightful -- and funny and smart -- no matter which mood you're in.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 07:27 PM

16. These are dark and terrible times. It's good to have this place to remind us...

...of sanity and the hope ofbetter times to come.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 07:50 PM

17. It's our safe room.

Always a friend or three on the couch, another eating popcorn in the recliner. Nice place to drop into a few times a day.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 10:01 PM

18. Wow, what an awesome post.


You're not the only one who feels that way.

I truly appreciate all my DU friends. You rock.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 10:57 PM

20. Keep wearing that t-shirt with pride

I was warned in Missouri that I should be careful where I wear the Warren 'Nevertheless she persisted' shirt. Surprisingly though, I actually got a few 'like your shirt' comments in McConnell's Kentucky. So there's hope? Maybe?

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 12:33 AM

21. Don't change you are best the way you are.

I enjoy your posts, glad you are here.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 02:21 AM

22. loveya

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 03:24 AM

23. "Home is where you can take your girdle off and scratch where it itches."

That bit of wisdom was proclaimed by my high school civics class teacher. (Funny what will stick for half a century). It was a clear message regardless of gender.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 04:05 AM

24. 4 of 5 residents in your area are supporting a serial criminal. You are not the problem, sir.

And we can't let the 92 million non-voters off the hook either. They outnumber Trump voters by 30 million!

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 05:42 AM

25. Birds of a feather....

and all that. I find myself in much the same situation, and DU has been an oasis of sanity (for the most part) since the republicans stole the election from Al Gore.

Quoting an old Canadian showman named Steve Smith, better known to most as 'Red Green', "We're all in this together".

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #25)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 09:58 AM

28. Loved Red Green. great show!

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #28)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 08:28 PM

34. Never missed an episode on PBS.

I even took the family to Toronto in 1999 to watch a live taping for a future show. We got to meet 'Red', 'Harold' (Patrick McKenna), and 'Edgar Montrose' (Graham Green from "Dances with Wolves" fame). We had a ball. Good clean fun, and hilarious!

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 05:49 AM

26. May all of your time

on "that island" be rewarded with a bottle floating to shore - and in it is a note that says:

"Help me - they've thrown me out of the White House. Donnie"

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 09:57 AM

27. Yes to everything you said..

Especially shooting yourself in the foot.. that's me to a T ....

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 11:41 AM

30. Villages all need

their village drunk, fool and wisemen. Evidently you choose to stand out as the village wise man.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 12:11 PM

31. DU has been my sanctuary since 2002. The 2016 election was made so much more traumatic when DU

was hacked and went down for weeks. It actually traumatized me. It's the first site I log onto in the morning and the last site I check before I turn in at night. It's indispensable. You are indispensible. Even though we squabble, I still love you guys.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 05:53 PM

33. I've never seen a post from you that made me wish either for

an apology or an explanation.

Thanks for your involvement. This is a much better place for you being here.

Are you preparing to make an outrageous statement?

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