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Proud Liberal Dem

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Name: Mara
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Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Transgender (MTF) Social Worker/Case Manager working for State of Indiana. Huge Sci-Fi/Anime Geek and music lover. Hopeless \"political junkie\" and aspiring writer.

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Can we stop hitting the panic button over everything right now?

Seems like no matter what Democrats are talking about, it seems like there are always a group of people who are flipping out that we shouldn't talk about x, y, z or "we'll just be walking into the Republicans' trap and will probably lose bad in 2020!" Some people are trying to advise candidates against talking about guns at all. Others want candidates to stop talking about Impeachment of Trump (or Kavanaugh). Some think that Democrats are talking too much about Trump and not about "policies". Others think we are not hitting Trump hard enough. Some are freaking out and thinking that if we nominate Biden, it's game over in 2020 because the progressives won't turn out for him. Others argue that if we nominate Bernie or Liz, we'll lose white, blue collar "Middle America" voters. It's just getting really frustrating and anxiety-provoking. I'm just as much up in the air about how things will go for us in 2020 and afraid enough that something will happen that will mess things up but we have to maintain some kind of perspective. I obviously don't have all of the answers and can't be more reassuring about things turning out ok in the end, but I think that the "hair on fire" approach is likely not going to help us either and is probably only going to make us all more anxious and more fearful than we all already are living under the Trump Presidency. I really miss it when, every time we got worried about McCain/Palin winning in 2008, we used to put up a pic of Obama telling us to "Chill the f**k out, I got this!"
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Sep 16, 2019, 04:52 PM (10 replies)

Republicans/Right-Wingers put women in a terrible bind in this country because of their policies

They're against promoting birth control......but
They're against abortion........but
They're against public assistance, including expanded help for childcare.....but
They think women should stay at home and raise their young children and shouldn't leave them in daycare

All this with the end result that young, unmarried women can't work to support themselves and their children and any women with young children who DO work are sinful/neglectful of their children.

And, of course, Republicans/Right-Wingers don't want to raise the minimum wage/provide a living wage to anybody.

It's all weaves together to basically trap people whom aren't inherently wealthy/well-off.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Sep 11, 2019, 10:19 AM (0 replies)

But if the House doesn't do something

then he still gets to claim that he was vindicated. If our Democratic nominee goes after Trump on virtually anything related to the Mueller report or any one of a number of instances of wrongdoing, criminal or otherwise, Trump could easily just rebut it with: "If what I did was so bad, why didn't the House impeach me?" Then, how does the Democratic nominee respond? If he/she has to explain all of the nuance and calculations that went into that decision, then the argument will likely fall on deaf ears. We are going to need to have a good way to argue that Trump has abused his powers as POTUS that doesn't also make us look like we've abdicated our role of holding him accountable. A lack of a conviction by a Republican Trump-loyalist enabling Senate doesn't really look that good for Trump by comparison IMHO- and makes the Republicans in the Senate look corrupt.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Sep 9, 2019, 03:34 PM (0 replies)

I'm seeing polls out there saying that there's no appetite for impeaching Trump

but I literally can't figure it out. Even if you (somehow) think that the Mueller report is more or less a "nothing burger"- just because Mueller didn't find prosecution-worthy evidence of collusion with the Russians (GOVERNMENT)- there's very few people out there I know whom don't think that Trump is walking dumpster fire who has been an unequivocal failure as POTUS and almost everybody I know is just freakin' exhausted by him and want him gone. I wonder what the reasoning behind the lack of appetite out there for impeaching Trump? Nobody is- or should be- under the illusion that he will actually wind up being removed from office (though we won't know for sure until there is an actual inquiry), but that smacks me as a cowardly reason for the House not trying to do *something*. And if we don't do something, the next "Trump" knows that they can basically do all the same things (and probably worse) and escape consequences as long as they have loyal "foot soldiers" in Congress and in other posts to help protect them.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Sep 9, 2019, 12:40 PM (2 replies)

Also:

McConnell: Invents non-existent rule to prevent President Obama from filling the seat of a far-right Republican-appointed justice after his sudden and unexpected death in an election year.

(once there is a Republican President)

McConnell: Pledges to violate previous self-created rule to ensure that Trump can fill the seat of a Democratic-appointed Justice even in an election year.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Sep 4, 2019, 12:03 PM (0 replies)

I wonder

how can we break this cycle? We seem to go through it every few years. Republicans abuse power, run the country into the ground, the public gets tired of them, votes a Democrat into the WH and sometimes elects/keeps a majority of Democrats in Congress, Democrats start the hard work of repairing the Republicans' messes and things start to improve until...........Republicans begin massively obstructing and distracting every which way until the federal government basically gets paralyzed, which helps Republicans get back into power, usually in Congress (1994, 2010), which gives them the ability to harass the Democratic President with endless and fruitless investigations until the Democratic President's term is up and then...........Republican wins the WH, in most cases keeping their Republican Congressional Majority intact and they return to abusing power and running the country into the ground. I would say that this has been going on since the late 1980's, 1990's and it hasn't really changed since.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Sep 3, 2019, 12:08 PM (4 replies)

Not much we can do AFAIK

We can hold hearings, we can vote to impeach him, we can file lawsuits to challenge his policies and actions but, at this point, it seems like Trump is going to run out the clock on his first (and hopefully only term) and harm mitigation/reduction is probably the best we can hope for.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Aug 27, 2019, 09:41 AM (1 replies)

I'm frequently mystified about the double standard for the two parties

Republicans can be as spun out right-wing as they want, but Democrats are repeatedly cautioned to ignore or sideline progressives like AOC lest they become unelectable to "middle-of-the-road Americans (whom I'm not sure care as much as pundits claim they do). Republicans, however, can be as anti-immigrant, anti-POC, anti-poor, etc. and they are repeatedly elected and re-elected without consequences but the instant we have Democrats argue for universal health care, argue for sensible gun restrictions, argue for measures to help combat climate change, argue for reproductive choice and against draconian anti-choice measures, suddenly, they're getting "too extreme" and won't be elected. Although what we've seen in practice often suggests that, in their rush to avoid a HL label, many Democrats, especially in more Red States, openly denounce progressives and veer too far to the right to compensate, often with disastrous results (i.e. Claire McCaskill being my favorite example).
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Aug 26, 2019, 09:49 AM (0 replies)

It doesn't seem very likely IMHO

but we have been burned too many times over the years to leave anything to chance. I think that unity and turnout will be keys to victory in 2020. If we all agree to immediately unite around whoever wins the primary no matter who and push back on obvious propaganda against them and work hard for him/her, as well as Democrats in downballot races, I think that we'll be fine. Trump is only getting worse, not better, and there doesn't seem to be anything that he can do between now and next November that could possibly make the case that he deserves a second term- even if the economy doesn't tank or fall into a recession on his watch. The only things that I can see that would potentially sink us is if are disunited and disorganized like in 2016, which, hopefully, we've moved beyond. There will be no Hillary Clinton on the ballot (who, unfortunately, so many people seem to hate.....for reasons), the DNC appears to be stable, Assange is in no position to help hack and disrupt things for the GOP/Russians, Manafort and Stone are currently out of commission, Bannon and Trump are estranged, we are all (hopefully) a bit wiser as to Russian cyberops than we were in 2016, and there are no major 3rd or 4th party candidates whom might potentially split the vote, at least none that I'm aware of yet. The odds seem better for us in general.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Thu Aug 22, 2019, 10:14 AM (0 replies)

I have said this many, many times

This NEEDS to be an OP!


This- to me- started when GWB/Cheney basically came in and s**t all over what Clinton had been working on while he was President and now Trump has repeatedly upended stuff Obama had worked on. Like with regulations and rules, we can't keep everybody in a constant state of uncertainty and confusion. Once we make these treaties, we need to honor them unless there are some extraordinary circumstances that require us to reassess a situation.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Aug 20, 2019, 09:54 AM (0 replies)
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