riverdaughter, on November 19, 2011 at 9:05 pm said:
There is a certain segment of the Tea Party who I think will be very susceptible to the OWS movement. They’re the ones the DNC blew off for Obama. Right now, they’re the ones who hang out at places like the Crawdad Hole.
And as long as OWS stays away from politics, they have a good shot of winning them back.
I am a blue collar liberal. I’ve been one most of my life. But I am no longer a partisan.
Pick a policy issue and I lean towards the left. I am pro-choice and I support LGBT rights and single payer health care, I oppose the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. I support civil liberties and oppose the Patriot Act, domestic spying, torture and assassination. I support reasonable restrictions on gun ownership (like banning assault weapons) and want to see marijuana legalized and most other drugs decriminalized. I want to see the big banks and financial corporations broken up and regulated, our environment preserved and our social safety nets protected.
I believe that crony capitalism is one of the major problems facing our nation. In order to fight it I think we need genuine campaign finance reform that reigns in the power of money on politics. We also need tax and spending reforms that eliminate the ability of the government to reward campaign contributors.
Occupy Wall Street is an organization, not an ideology. “Occupying” is a tactic. I support neither one. But just because I don’t support OWS does not mean I support the bankers or that I am a Glenn Beck fan. (I swear that man lives rent-free in some people’s heads.)
For most of my adult life I was a partisan Democrat. While I lost faith in my political church a few years ago I still have my religion. Some people have trouble telling the two apart.
I can admire the strategy, tactics and dedication of the Tea Party members without supporting their goals. I can support the professed goals of some OWS members without supporting their strategy, tactics or unsavory associates. I can disagree with the ideology of conservatives without believing they are stupid and/or evil. More importantly, I can support their right to hold different opinions from me.
I don’t believe Barack Obama is a socialist. He is a conservative. As far as I am concerned the only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans in Washington is which way we are facing when they stab us.
Although I no longer consider myself a Democrat I am still registered as one and during the last general election I voted for Democrats in every partisan office except one, and in that one I wrote in the name of Ronald McDonald. I voted for Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxer, Gavin Newsom, and Kamala Harris. I did not vote for Dennis Cardoza.
I will not support or vote for Barack Obama. Nobama, no way. There is no candidate in either party that I support. It is my hope that the GOP will nominate someone I can hold my nose and vote for. Then we can start looking towards the 2016 Democratic primaries. If Obama is reelected we can’t start rebuilding until 2020.
During the past few months I have discussed the GOP presidential candidates without utilizing the filter of partisanship. I have discussed their qualifications, policies and character as well as the attacks being made against them.
I don’t agree with everyone who comments and posts at this blog. Most or all of the people here are former Democrats like myself. This is not a Tea Party blog, but Tea Partiers are welcome to drop by. So are Occupiers, Paultards, smelly hippies and wingnuts.
No trolls or Obots allowed.
This is supposed to be a place where people can agreeably disagree, but it’s not a hothouse for delicate flowers. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but anything you say can and will be mocked, jeered and/or disputed. But just because we ridicule what you say doesn’t mean we don’t like you.
If we have one common trait around here it’s cynicism with a big dose of stubbornness. We don’t believe in magical unity ponies or miracle cures. We’ve proven that we are pretty much immune to peer pressure too. We aren’t susceptible to anything but facts backed up with logic and reason.
If you want to change our minds you need to elevate your game above junior high name-calling and insults.