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15

Jul

I’m a small-business owner who is very proud to be a Democrat. I think that we do our state harm when we portray all Democrats as left-wing liberals or all Republicans as far-right extremists. I belong to a big party with diverse interests, and we’re not going to agree 100 percent on every single issue. But what we do agree on is that you move forward, and you do the things that are going to create success for the future. When I look at the Democratic convention, we were having fun, we were energized, we had hope. When I look at the Republican convention, they were mad, they were angry, and that was quite visible. Now, are both bases energized? Of course. But, you know, the Democratic party went through its own purity battles. It didn’t work out very well. When the pendulum swings too far to one side, in time the people will correct that.

03

Jul

Lord knows the Democratic Party is far from perfect. But House Democrats, when they were in the majority, at least understood that the government had to function, even if its policies were not those they preferred. When Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was speaker, for example, she made certain that bills funding the occupation of Iraq made it through the House, even though a majority of Democrats bitterly opposed the war.

Today’s Republican Party opposes the Affordable Care Act, so it refuses to work with the Obama administration in legislating technical fixes that would make the law work more smoothly. Is this in any sense patriotic? Having lost battles over the law in Congress and the Supreme Court, don’t Republicans have an obligation to make it serve their constituents as well as possible?

Both parties used to understand the need to invest in infrastructure for reasons of competitiveness and safety. Both parties used to understand that there could be no serious threat to send the Treasury into default. Both parties used to cheer the kind of good economic news we heard Thursday — 288,000 new jobs in June, unemployment down to 6.1 percent.

But now, one party — the GOP — cares more about ideology, reelection and opposing Obama’s every initiative than about the well-being of the nation. It is scant comfort, on Independence Day, to remember that the republic has survived worse.

01

Jul

You [Republicans] don’t have a ‘branding’ problem, you have a ‘you’re-on-the-wrong-side-of-history’ problem.
Jimmy Dore (via necturusmaculosus)

30

Jun

girl-non-grata:

Check out that time stamp. Still applies.

girl-non-grata:

Check out that time stamp. Still applies.

26

Jun

Electing Tea Party candidates (i.e. Texas Republicans) at a time when Texas is experiencing monumental growth while lacking the infrastructure to deal with it is putting the state on the fast track to disaster.

You know you’re in trouble when even Fox News is tired of your bullshit.

Where was your rage when Democrats — when Democrats were going after President [George W.] Bush on the same use of executive orders? Because I think you knew then that was a waste of time then, and I think you know in your heart of hearts this is a waste of time now… by the way Rome’s burning.
Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto to Rep. Michelle Bachmann concerning Speaker John Boehner’s decision to pursue filing a lawsuit over the Obama administration’s use of executive action.

(Source: The Huffington Post)

24

Jun

If Rick Perry runs in 2016 he wont even be the most ridiculous candidate. Think about that, GOP.

I got asked about an issue, and instead of saying, ‘You know what, we need to be a really respectful and tolerant country, and get back to talking about, whether you’re gay or straight you need to be having a job, and those are the focuses I want to be involved with,’ instead of getting — which I did, I readily admit, I stepped right in it… If you really are going to be the party that’s going to talk to everyone, we say, ‘Listen you may not agree with all of my positions, but giving you and your family and your loved ones the opportunity to get a better life, if we create a climate in this country where you’re going to have a job, and a good job, and a good paying job’ — if we’ll do that, then I think we’ll be successful.
Texas Governor Rick Perry says he "stepped in it" in regards to earlier comments in which he compared homosexuality to alcoholism.
It’s a sad thing when people don’t understand that the people cannot vote away the rights of minorities, that people cannot engraft into their constitution provisions that discriminate against a segment of our society
This prominent Republican lawyer has some strong words for Ted Cruz. (via think-progress)