I get the emotion of the almost daily losses from the trump win


I get the emotion of the almost daily losses from the trump win. We need to vent or even take a break from it from time to time. However, for those who claim they are done with voting or done with the Dem party, look inward and ask yourself if it is an act of cowardice. Is that what you want to tell your grandchildren when they ask what went wrong – that you gave up?
Near 50% of people didn’t vote in an election decided by less than a tenth of a percent from key states, putting 60 years of hard-won social progress at risk. THEY who sat it out and didn’t vote are to blame. Not Republicans, and certainly not anyone who voted for Hillary. They gave up a right so many had sacrificed so much for.
Women who were at one time admonished, beaten by their husbands, and jailed in an effort to get the vote. THEY sacrificed. African Americans who were threatened, beaten and killed for that same right – THEY sacrificed. And after getting that right were threatened and beaten for decades for just showing up to vote. So many of them were still on the losing side for decades after they earned the right. Then in WW2 all races, all faiths had to defend our imperfect democracy even when it didn’t represent them fully.
All we now have to do is sacrifice some political purity and an hour every couple years to enjoy that right to vote. And then not to waste it, as too many did this last election, on “sending a message”. We are way beyond having the luxury of election cycles. If nothing else, the declining health of this planet won’t wait for us to get it perfect.
Fatigue makes cowards of us all. So rest if you must and get back in the damn game when called. And go get one other person who didn’t vote to get off their lazy asses or ill-conceived rationalizations to vote next year. If we don’t take back one of the Houses, democracy is done – and all those sacrifices will vanish while the winners rewrite history for an Orwellian school system.
Think about what you will tell your children or grandchildren about twenty years from now if we give up from battle fatigue when the going got tough. I hope to tell them that at our darkest hour, we fought back and saved the country and maybe the planet with it.

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Barbara Valleroy

December 14, 2017

Perfectly said. I’ll be voting for every Democrat, even if I don’t agree with everything they stand for. Their willingness to listen to their constituents’ wishes and continuing to vote for legislation that helps the citizens who are struggling in the middle class and poor. We need a hand up, and are not asking for a hand out.

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Jayson Dallas

December 14, 2017

The act of cowardice came from the leaders in the Democratic party. Should we not follow their example?

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    Robert Squires

    December 14, 2017

    That’s a convenient rationalization against a very serious situation that requires facing the real enemy. In WW2 people of all beliefs fought side by side against the common threat. This is war, make no mistake about it … with perhaps even more to lose given the state of the planet as well.

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Robert Squires

December 14, 2017

That’s a convenient rationalization against a very serious situation that requires facing the real enemy. In WW2 people of all beliefs fought side by side against the common threat. This is war, make no mistake about it … with perhaps even more to lose given the state of the planet as well.

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Jayson Dallas

December 14, 2017

Changing ones party to unaffiliated really doesn’t mean anything. They’ll be voting for democrats anyway.

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Elizabeth Montgomery

December 14, 2017

I didn’t say I wouldn’t vote. I said I no longer can self-identify with a party who will eat their own just so they can take the moral high ground for themselves. It has to do with principle, more than anything. And what is morally right. You don’t rui…

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    Barbara Valleroy

    December 14, 2017

    Franken said the ethics investigation would take too much time from his Senate work and he didn’t want his constituents to come up short. The Democrat governor will appoint a Democrat to replace him in the Senate where he will do the work until special election in 2018. I kind of like how that all takes the wind out of the ethics committee’s sails.

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    Elizabeth Montgomery

    December 14, 2017

    Barbara Valleroy It’s a matter of principle. Period. That is Al Franken’s seat and he should have never been forced out of it because of FALSE allegations from a GOP hit job. Sorry.

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    Robert Squires

    December 14, 2017

    Barbara Valleroy But don’t we risk the special election when this could’ve been delayed till his term was up? I get the logic, but the Repugs have a different playbook and using it effectively so far. Besides, I think it will embolden them to use swiftboating more.

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    Elizabeth Montgomery

    December 14, 2017

    To be clear, I wasn’t active in the Democratic Party when I worked my behind off to help get Barack Obama elected. Obama won the election IN SPITE OF the Democratic Party not BECAUSE of it. And it was the so-called “progressive Democrats” who caused us…

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    Robert Squires

    December 14, 2017

    Elizabeth Montgomery Sorry I wasn’t directing it at you, just those who drop out and won’t vote or waste theirs on 3rd party. I’d seen a lot of posts from people who said they were done with politics, their vote didn’t count, or they would vote 3rd party rather than for Dem. My point was that plays right into the goals of the right wing chaos.

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Barbara Valleroy

December 14, 2017

Franken said the ethics investigation would take too much time from his Senate work and he didn’t want his constituents to come up short. The Democrat governor will appoint a Democrat to replace him in the Senate where he will do the work until special election in 2018. I kind of like how that all takes the wind out of the ethics committee’s sails.

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Elizabeth Montgomery

December 14, 2017

Barbara Valleroy It’s a matter of principle. Period. That is Al Franken’s seat and he should have never been forced out of it because of FALSE allegations from a GOP hit job. Sorry.

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Robert Squires

December 14, 2017

Barbara Valleroy But don’t we risk the special election when this could’ve been delayed till his term was up? I get the logic, but the Repugs have a different playbook and using it effectively so far. Besides, I think it will embolden them to use swiftboating more.

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Elizabeth Montgomery

December 14, 2017

To be clear, I wasn’t active in the Democratic Party when I worked my behind off to help get Barack Obama elected. Obama won the election IN SPITE OF the Democratic Party not BECAUSE of it. And it was the so-called “progressive Democrats” who caused us…

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Robert Squires

December 14, 2017

Elizabeth Montgomery Sorry I wasn’t directing it at you, just those who drop out and won’t vote or waste theirs on 3rd party. I’d seen a lot of posts from people who said they were done with politics, their vote didn’t count, or they would vote 3rd party rather than for Dem. My point was that plays right into the goals of the right wing chaos.


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