Why I Vote Democrat

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    Nov 02, 2010 12:58 AM GMT
    This is from http://bosguy.blogspot.com/

    I agree with this and pretty much sums up my reason for voting Democrat. Your Thoughts?

    Re-Post: Why I'm a Democrat
    Originally posted October 4th - I wanted to repost this in light of tomorrow's midterm elections. I do hope no matter who you support, you will vote. This country asks very little from its citizens and this is the least all of us can do to honor people who have fought to preserve this right for all of us.

    Sometimes friends and family are surprised by my support for the Democratic Party and more specifically the Liberal base of that party, but my political views were shaped in the 80s and 90s when I was coming to grips with both my sexuality and the politics of that time.

    In the mid- to late-80s I could not understand why President Ronald Reagan sat idly by while tens of thousands of quilts were being sewn in memory of those who died from AIDS. In the 90s the Christian Coalition reached the heights of its influence in the Republican Party and with leaders like Speaker Gingrich they drove through discriminatory legislation like Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Don't Ask, Don't Tell all while funding local initiatives to limit and deny gay men and women basic rights such as adoption, hospital visitation rights, etc...

    No longer a kid and no longer apologizing for my sexual orientation, my disdain for the Republican Party started to turn to rage when in the 2000 Presidential election Bush returned campaign donations to The Log Cabin Republicans (a GLBT Republican group) and several high profile gay donors, because they were gay and then was applauded by the entire leadership of the Republican Party.

    Obama's win knocked the wind out of the Republican Party. But now the party is back and will likely take control of one or both of the houses in the U.S. Congress. Unfortunately, this isn’t the result of the Party moving to the center or becoming more inclusive. This comes from what I describe as an unholy alliance with the newly, rebranded Christian Conservative now called The Tea Party.

    So discussions about taxes, economics, foreign or domestic policy aside - until the Republican Party defends GLBT rights and calls out the homophobic slurs their supporters seem content to regularly hurl at me and people like me, I will not consider any other alternative when I enter a voting booth. To the rest of the US who seem to be readily accepted and have representation in both parties - I say lucky you, but think of me when you’re voting because who you elect impacts me too.
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    Nov 02, 2010 1:06 AM GMT
    I can make it simpler: I vote democratic because I think of myself as a human being deserving of equal rights.
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    Nov 02, 2010 2:20 PM GMT
    DCEric saidI can make it simpler: I vote democratic because I think of myself as a human being deserving of equal rights.


    oh fun, can I go back to elementary school too?
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    Nov 02, 2010 2:41 PM GMT
    mocktwinkie said
    DCEric saidI can make it simpler: I vote democratic because I think of myself as a human being deserving of equal rights.


    oh fun, can I go back to elementary school too?


    Might help.
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    Nov 02, 2010 3:09 PM GMT
    DCEric saidI can make it simpler: I vote democratic because I think of myself as a human being deserving of equal rights.


    Meaning, Democracy. Why others don't get it, I don't understand. Who wants to live in the Republic of America. (China)
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    Nov 02, 2010 6:53 PM GMT
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    DCEric saidI can make it simpler: I vote democratic because I think of myself as a human being deserving of equal rights.


    Meaning, Democracy. Why others don't get it, I don't understand. Who wants to live in the Republic of America. (China)


    Ignorant.

    America is not a Democracy. It never has been. It wasn't set up to be a Democracy.

    It is a Republic.



    Actually, it's a democratic Constitutional Republic, also known as a representative Democracy.

    In short, our country is both a republic and democracy. It's not an either/or.
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    Nov 02, 2010 6:54 PM GMT
    Christian73 said
    southbeach1500 said
    wrestlervic said
    DCEric saidI can make it simpler: I vote democratic because I think of myself as a human being deserving of equal rights.


    Meaning, Democracy. Why others don't get it, I don't understand. Who wants to live in the Republic of America. (China)


    Ignorant.

    America is not a Democracy. It never has been. It wasn't set up to be a Democracy.

    It is a Republic.



    Actually, it's a democratic Constitutional Republic, also known as a representative Democracy.

    In short, our country is both a republic and democracy. It's not an either/or.


    Doesn't Republic already imply that though? Almost seems redundant.
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    Nov 02, 2010 9:38 PM GMT
    Floor wax AND dessert topping? IT'S BOTH!
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    Nov 03, 2010 12:29 AM GMT
    I need smelling salt...I agreed w/ SB that the US is not a democracy but a Republic based on representative Democracy.
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    Nov 03, 2010 12:32 AM GMT
    sfinboston, I believe you'd be agreeing with Christian73,
    who said, "Actually, it's a democratic Constitutional Republic, also known as a representative Democracy.

    In short, our country is both a republic and democracy. It's not an either/or. "


    -Doug
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    Nov 03, 2010 1:33 AM GMT
    meninlove said sfinboston, I believe you'd be agreeing with Christian73,
    who said, "Actually, it's a democratic Constitutional Republic, also known as a representative Democracy.

    In short, our country is both a republic and democracy. It's not an either/or. "


    -Doug


    Yes. SB is making a distinction without a difference. There are very few (if any) direct democracies in the world. To be effective, folks would have to vote on everything, it's completely impractical.
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    Nov 03, 2010 3:07 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidHey Christian,

    Are you watching MSNBC right now? They're holding back the tears... just barely.


    Well, Chris Matthews is laughing now.

    The better question - that you should be asking - is why won't Eric Cantor answer whether or not the Republican congress will raise the debt ceiling. If they don't, in three months the country goes into default, which will set off a worldwide economic panic.

    I can see the headlines, "US Government defaults on debt; worldwide bank collapsed imminent." icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 03, 2010 3:41 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidYeah, seems like they all got together at Liberal-central MSNBC and decided they were going to hammer any Republican that came on MSNBC tonight with that question.

    Chris Matthews really hammered Michele Bachmann to the point of accusing her of being "in a hypnotized trance" to which she replied, "No, the American people are the ones coming out of their hypnotized trance and rejecting Democrats!"

    And Lawrence O'Donnell.... I think he's gonna need psychiatric help after tonight. icon_lol.gif


    Well, Michelle Bachmann shouldn't be elected dog catcher, let alone a Congresswoman. She's completely batshit crazy, and she thinks YOU should be stripped of whatever rights you have. She's authored no meaningful legislation.

    Here's where we differ, SB. If a Democrat came on MSNBC and couldn't answer such a vital and basic question, I'd be calling for his or her head, too, but you just let it go by because you're in philosophical agreement.
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    Nov 03, 2010 3:44 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Christian73 said
    Here's where we differ, SB. If a Democrat came on MSNBC and couldn't answer such a vital and basic question, I'd be calling for his or her head, too, but you just let it go by because you're in philosophical agreement.


    How do you know? We've never sat in your living room and watched MSNBC together! icon_wink.gif


    Because you're excusing the House Minority Whip's inability to answer a basic and vital question. We can disagree on how serious the deficit is as a national issue, but the US defaulting because one of these whackjobs pulls some procedural bullshit will make 2008 seem like a walk in the park.