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Being down on Republicans is all the Democrats have?

This article [1] set me off. Shorter version: ZOMG! The Republicans are racists.

Look, pardon me for being snooty, but if that’s news to you, you haven’t been paying attention. The Repubs have been chasing the racist vote ever since it became available in the early 1960s. Before that, the Democrats had it sewed up. But then they had a brief come-to-Jesus moment and went and supported Civil Rights in the early 1960s, and that was that.

Everybody, everybody, knows the Republicans are racists. The more interesting question is why the Democrats have such a hard time convincing people they’re the Good Guys™.

Could it be because people aren’t total idiots? Could it be because they see that the Obama crew worked hard to bail out the banks [2] and did next to nothing for regular folks [3]? Could it be because they see unemployment up over their ears [4], and a White House that’s bored by their plight [5]? Except in campaign speeches [6].

On one side we have racist corporate shills and on the other side we have corporate shills. On one side we have women-hating troglodytes [7] and on the other side a man of wealth and taste who quite agrees that bishops shouldn’t have to put up with anything so anti-religious as civil rights [8] for female citizens.

So pardon me for not caring when the well-dressed shills who are selling me out tell me to get hysterical over the other well-dressed shills who are selling me out.

Now, if there was a side defending my civil rights, if there was a side pushing Medicare for All, if there was a side with a real economic stimulus that switched us to green, clean, sustainable energy, then I’d be listening.

(You might say there is such a side, but, as Jill Stein [9] pointed out [10], “[In Egypt], it was illegal to have third parties. Here it’s just impossible.”)

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5 Comments To "Being down on Republicans is all the Democrats have?"

#1 Comment By Branjor On 27 Aug, 2012 @ 19:12

Yes to all the above. It is so depressing. I’m voting for Jill Stein and I really think she might have had a chance if blogs like Sky Dancing, Widdershins, and liberals in general would have just all supported her. Instead, they’re all running to Obama.

#2 Comment By quixote On 27 Aug, 2012 @ 19:32

The thing that drives me screaming yellow zonkers about that is we’ve been through that movie before. This is not a new, unknown, unique situation we’ve never seen before and know nothing about. People are doing exactly what they did in 2008. It did not have a good result then. So what’s the solution? Why, let’s do it again because Aiyee! Republicans!.

Screaming, I tell you. Yellow zonkers.

#3 Comment By Branjor On 28 Aug, 2012 @ 16:08

Yeah. It’s like the Obama people said in 2008, where else do they (meaning us) have to go? It offended me then and it offends me now, but even those whom I hoped knew better are now acting like we *don’t* have anyplace else to go.

#4 Comment By katiebird On 29 Aug, 2012 @ 07:11

The peaceniks for Obama trend boggles my mind. Of all the lines he’s crossed the Tuesday Kill Meetings and Robot Drone Bomb Attacks is THE WORST. That I have friends and family who can consider voting for him is a deep disappointment.

That rank and file Democrats didn’t DEMAND decent primary opposition broke my heart. Maybe forever.

#5 Comment By quixote On 29 Aug, 2012 @ 19:51

There is so little understanding of what it means to commit crimes of state, no ability to see the consequences.

Ages ago (2009, I see) I wrote a blog post about sliding into dictatorship. [11]. It’s only gotten worse.

I guess all of us who don’t know how to drink the koolaid are understanding why Cassandra ran shouting through the streets of ancient Troy. As you say, of all the lines he’s crossed, that’s the unforgivable one, as it was with the Shrub.