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TPP and orthodoxy and party loyalty

I was fairly open to the Trans-Pacific treaty because I believe that international trade works best when the nations come together and agree on standards and practices and policies. I was supportive of TPP because the Obama admin seemed to be working hard on making it a sensible agreement, but I will admit I was a little, oh, miffed by the secrecy. And when I listened to anti-TPP arguments, I often heard nothing but generic anti-capitalist talking points.

So I shrugged and continued to support the TPP, hoping that it would be a thing that the two parties could work together on. Maybe (I was being naive here) it would even be something that would bring together folks.

Then the details started coming out, and as a majority of Democrats seem to be opposed to the agreement, I have backed off on my support and from approx. May onward I've been of the opinion that the TPP should be shelved and re-negotiated in a more open forum, with a greater focus on labor rights and environmental protection.

For me, this is what it means to be a member of a party. There are things I would argue for vigorously even if I found I was in a minority, but there are other things that I trust the policy wonks to work on. My loyalty to the Democratic party means that I will work to support the ideas that the party's platform and the statement of values in the by-laws articulate. Thus, I have gone from being open to the TPP to being opposed, partly because of logical arguments, partly because of party loyalty.

I do not think that Hillary Clinton has any less of a loyalty to this party, and I do not think that she has some kind of secret agenda to seize power and then force the TPP through. What kind of paranoid thinking are people having? What kind of caricature of human behavior is even being imagined here? Yikes.

Poor whites and race

Poor whites were given a promise that as long as they remained white, they would be elevated above people of color, immigrants, even Irish people, and so poor whites developed a culture that acted as a bulwark against the non-white population.

Dismantling white supremacist culture in the US will be painful to those poor whites who cling to racism, white supremacist beliefs, etc., and there's no anodyne for that pain. I don't think the party should work extra-hard to "appeal" to racist white people, but I believe that working toward raising wages, building a strong business climate, etc., will help white people as much as anyone.

Ok, I thought I was done crying but the parents of fallen police officers....

I am on a 20m break, so I turn on the live feed and -- I'm in tears, and as the camera pans around the floor of the convention, I'm not alone.

Did anyone read Amanda Marcotte's piece about Obama's speech?

She lamented how flawed and wrong it was, as if he had just given the most mediocre speech of his career. To be fair, Marcotte notes that there are some good points to his speech, but ... I didn't get what she was talking about. And virtually every single commentator in the discussion board for that article was all like WTF?


(apologies if someone's already posted about this)

The party has room for Tulsi Gabbard

who is opposed to homosexuality entirely on religious grounds, but her team decided that she should stop attacking LGBT people in order to win over a larger support base. She stopped attacking LGBT people, still objects to gays and lesbians, but believes that they should be treated fairly and votes pretty much like a person who supports LGBT people would.

People in politics come from a variety of backgrounds, and from a variety of perspectives. I look at the votes to see what's what.

Gabbard has stated elsewhere she is still opposed to homosexuality entirely

but due to pressure from her handlers and funders, she has determined it would be more convenient and more anti-Muslim to pretend to be supportive of LGBT people.

I've never understood why people give this rightwinger a free pass.


The convention on Univision is beautiful

Astra Sylvid now

Allow me to say, this is some positive coverage

I still can't get over the GOP intern photo

Current demographic trends were on the way to positioning the Democratic Party as a multi-ethnic, multi-racial party representing all segments and ethnic groups in the US. Then along came Trump and white supremacist outreach to the white resentment that drives middle class, lower middle class and lower class white contempt for multicultural America. And it looks like the Democratic Party will achieve its demographic mastery even sooner -- and the Ryan selfie with his Aryan collective behind him, when compared to the Sheila Jackson Lee photo, makes it even more clear.


I'm not a big believer in "pure" ideology or people who try to introduce ideological thinking into policy-making. I believe that politics is a game of bloc-formation and coalition-building, and I believe that the Democratic party is strongest when it incorporates all segments of American life into itself and outreaches to every segment of American society.

VP candidates and LGBTQ issues


All of the VP picks have equality-minded points of view. I can't see shutting out any of the VP picks based on their positions regarding LGBTQ rights.

For me, the next big LGBTQ milestone will be ENDA, addressing workplace discrimination which arguably is one of the most serious threats to this population.

CA primary counted

I had to go to the web page of the California Elections office to find out. The major news sites and the Bernie Sanders fans all fell eerily silent about the impending "flipping" of California that was so big a few weeks ago.
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