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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 11:10 AM
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103. You're one of the consistently great posters, and your expertise in the field of
education is, to quote an old Sunday School song, "deep and wide."

I, too, find the changes in DU disturbing. People who would have been banned as freepers ten years ago (I've been on here since February or March 2001) are now serving as mods and getting other people banned. A couple of years ago, I was given a warning for noticing a conservative tag team of three that was taunting left-leaning posters with snarky, insubstantial posts.

My political opinions have not changed since about the early 1980s, when I left graduate school, where I had been exposed to a lot of new ideas, especially while living in Japan, and started working as both an industrial and clerical temp, which exposed me to the worst aspects of our economic system. Ever since those days, I have advocated progressive taxation, single-payer health care, a humane foreign policy based on peace and mutual respect, fair trade instead of "free" trade, and equal opportunity for every American child to receive the same kind of education that rich kids get. These ideals have not changed. But they went from being considered Robert Kennedy Democratic to being considered so far off the political spectrum that Karl Marx would disavow them.

This place is still a great source of news, but I think that with the Republicans going into complete Cloud Cuckoo Land mode, a lot of former Republicans have come over to the Democrats. When I hear someone say, "I'm socially liberal and fiscally conservative, pro business, and for a strong defense," I hear a person who would have been a mainstream country club Republican before the Reagan era.

The old-style Republicans tend to have more money than the old-style Democrats, so they have taken over the Democratic Party. I got the first inklings of that in the reactions to Dennis Kucinich and Howard Dean in the 2004 election season.

Those of us who are to the left of what used to be mainstream Republicanism are now politically homeless.

The only thing that keeps me voting DFL (as a Minnesotan) is that my Congressman is Keith Ellison and my state legislators are wonderful. Otherwise, I find the Socialists more in line with the opinions that I have held (and learned from experience both overseas and in the U.S.) for over thirty years.

Sigh, what's a poor homeless Democrat to do?

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