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Proud Liberal Dem

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Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Member since: Sat Feb 28, 2004, 01:13 AM
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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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Maybe if it looked like we were closing in on him

he might launch as a desperate last-ditch maneuver. I don't *think* that he would launch a pre-emptive strike. Life's good for him and his family. Why would he jeopardize it? I've always been more worried about NK more than any other country in terms of actually attacking us, but never felt like we might actually get into a shooting war with NK until Trump came along and started.......um....rattling the sabers.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Apr 25, 2017, 04:06 PM (0 replies)

Easy

Being progressive IS being "Pro-life" (and it's time we reclaim that from people whom are really just anti-abortion). I think that the question really is, Can you be progressive and ANTI-ABORTION? And I still think that you could- I think that you can be (personally) opposed to abortion, but still support a woman's right to choose and, of course, not support legislation restricting it or attacking Planned Parenthood. If I remember correctly, our last VP candidate, Tim Kaine, was opposed to abortion, but still supported the right to choose, which I guess technically makes him "Pro-Choice" but just about everybody is really "Pro-life" in the sense that nobody is technically "Anti-Life" (and nobody is really "Pro-Abortion" either).
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Fri Apr 21, 2017, 11:47 AM (1 replies)

Yup



And for those whom complain that "Democrats don't have a plan", just gently remind them about what the Republicans have been running against and trying to repeal for the last 7 years (ACA) and that Democrats are not, in no way, shape, or form, obligated to help Republicans dismantle it.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Fri Apr 21, 2017, 09:48 AM (0 replies)

No kidding.

It's almost as though Obama is still President to these people and/or still doing things from beyond (wouldn't that be great if true?). The so-called "Party of Personal Responsibility" can't- or won't- take any responsibility for ANYTHING it seems. President Obama inherited a genuine mess from GWB back in 2009 but I remember him and his team getting to work pretty much right away trying to fix the problems leftover from the previous (mis-)Administration and not spending quite so much time assigning blame and cursing his stars (unless he was being blamed for things that he shouldn't have been, which Republicans often attempted to do).
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Thu Apr 20, 2017, 10:44 AM (1 replies)

What more do you think that they want?

The DNC is not going to install Bernie as head of the DNC, nor are they going to anoint Bernie the next Presidential candidate. Nor are they go to adopt 100% of Bernie's agenda in the platform (which is already Bernie-heavy). And not all Democratic candidates running in every single state or every single race are going to be Bernie clones. So, what exactly does the Democratic Party/DNC need to do to make young Democrats/Bernie supporters happy/enthusiastic enough to vote for Democratic candidates next year and the year after that and so on............? There's only so much they can pander to the Bernie crowd before we might as well just call it the "Bernie Party".
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Thu Apr 20, 2017, 10:13 AM (3 replies)

Exactly

I just find Sanders to mostly be about Sanders. Maybe not in an ultra-narcissistic "Trumpian" way, but I feel like some supporters have practically elevated him to godhood and are pretty much ignoring or diminishing anything that anybody else is saying or doing- and Sanders is kind of going along with it. I know that he caucuses with the Democrats and supports just about everything that I support, but I worry sometimes that he is drawing too much attention from the Democratic Party (which he is being made an unofficial representative of but isn't an official member of) and encouraging the "both sides" view that many people have of the two major political parties.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Apr 19, 2017, 04:23 PM (0 replies)

He may not out and out "trash" Democrats like Republicans do

but he likes to get out there and criticize them publicly all of the time. If I was an ignorant, uninformed voter listening to Bernie criticize and I didn't particularly like Republicans, I probably wouldn't be very motivated to vote for Democrats either and might throw my vote on a third party or not vote at all. This is not me saying that the Democratic Party is perfect or above reproach, but you can talk about "warts" and problems with the party "in house" and leave it out of major campaigns that we simply can't afford to lose if we want to live long enough to see some good progressive progress in the country. Bernie shouldn't be able to have it both ways- If he wants to support the Democratic Party, fine, but he needs to keep the sniping and criticism in backrooms or with party officials. Otherwise, if he just wants to be "Independent" and be able to speak his mind about both parties, that's fine too but he shouldn't be allowed to serve the role as a de facto representative of a party he isn't even officially a member of at the same time. IMHO.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Apr 19, 2017, 04:14 PM (1 replies)

I'm really confused about what it means

to "open the doors" of the Democratic Party to Independents. Why don't they just join the Party and call themselves Democrats? I'm a little fuzzy on what it means to be "Independent" in general and what that might actually mean to "open the doors" to them. Shouldn't we want to figure that out before we run and hold the doors open to them?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Apr 19, 2017, 11:43 AM (1 replies)

I don't blame her for being done

Just sad and bitter that we've been left with a perverted, ignorant wealthy doofus and his equally reprehensible and vacuous family, as well as Congress being in the hands of a party that is equally reprehensible and hostile to the needs and concerns of almost everybody in this country.


Did I mention how bitter I feel about it all?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Apr 18, 2017, 09:58 AM (1 replies)

You're right

there is no easy solution to the problem of NK. The best way for it to end (in my completely non-professional opinion) is for somebody within the NK military sympathetic to the US/SK somehow getting rid of Kim and all of his family/heirs and syncophants. That that hasn't happened so far in spite of everything suggests that it is unlikely to happen anytime real soon. A lot of Presidents have come and gone basically keeping with the general policy of containing NK and not playing into their saber rattling. It seemed like Bill Clinton was making some progress on keeping them from getting nuclear weapons through diplomacy during his Presidency, but, if I remember correctly, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney shunned the NK deal and, post-9/11- lumped them into the so-called "Axis of Evil". NK responded by becoming more belligerent and moving ahead and acquiring nuclear weapons. Maybe it was a little more complicated than that but that's the gist of what I remember from that time period. Strangely, despite Bush/Cheney's strong stance on "disarming" Iraq of WMD and their subsequent invasion and occupation of Iraq and their saber rattling with Iran (which, to this day, Republicans are more focused on), they seemed *strangely* silent on the one rogue country that actually HAD nuclear weapons.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Apr 17, 2017, 12:25 PM (0 replies)
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