Monday, February 27, 2017

Business as Usual by Melissa McEwan

The following excerpt is from a post on Shakesville, an excellent and informative blog by Melissa McEwan.  She tells it like it is with style and grace, but without pulling any punches.

What makes this article so important is that she turns on its head the stupid notion widely believed by so many that there is really no difference between the Republicans and Democrats.  "They both do that same things" is the mantra we often hear in an attempt to draw attention away from the horrible monster that has become the Republican Party.  The two parties are NOT the same and they do NOT do the same things.

Ask what the Republican Party has done for the good of the country over the past 80 years and you will usually get a blank stare or some nonsense about "lowering taxes."  Ask what the Democratic Party has done for the country over that same period of time and you would need a book to write it all down, beginning with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare for the poor as opposed to subsidies for the rich, legislation guaranteeing the right to vote, demolishing programs and laws discriminating against minority groups, national health care, etc.

This is not to say that the Democratic Party is "pure as the driven snow" but it sure as hell beats that beast that would shred our Constitution into bits of useless drivel and destroy what's left of our democratic way of life - the GOP!

And that's what Ms. McEwan is talking about!

"Business as Usual"

Over the weekend, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez was elected chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).  The usual suspects are bitterly complaining about his victory, saying that he represents "business as usual" in the Democratic Party. ...

... Let's take a look back at the 2016 campaign for a moment.

The Democratic primary saw a woman and a Jewish man take turns making history by being the first woman or Jewish person to win primaries/caucuses.

The party eventually nominated the first female major party candidate in history.  She then ran on the most progressive platform the Democrats have ever put forward. ...

[Please read the entire article here.]


William Kendall said...

Thanks for reposting!

Bob Poris said...

Thank you for sending this to me. I might not have read it had it not come from you! I have been a member of both major parties at different times, as you probably know. I left the Republican Party when convinced their methods were objectionable to me. It was not that the Democrats were always pure, but simple invective is not an argument. Facts help and so does simple argument. Name calling is silly and seeing two sides of anything is not inherently bad. Pick the one that makes the most sense or is more in line with your own thoughts.. If that keeps winding up with the same conclusion, it is time to change party. I have never regretted that decision and still have the option of voting for individuals if I choose.

The parties are not the same in all ways as a general rule. Now it seems party is the deciding factor and people do not even listen to other views. Certainly the Obama years was an example of that. We also should look into the primary financial backers of any politician and look for incentives based on self interest only. Buying a candidate is objectionable and should be a hint as to motive. Nothing is perfect. In general, I believe that profit only is not enough, unless it is a business deal or an investment.

I am being overly simplistic, but it beats pure hate, or emotional thinking.

Miss McEwen made her points well. Diversity can be great and some indication as to character.

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