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Blogs are the opinions of the bloggers only, and do not necessarily represent every Democrat or the Monroe County Democrats However, the MCD sponsors this blog to express and share the many ideas within our party.

“You must pledge to support the laws of this land that I don’t agree with!”

 

“You must pledge to support the laws of this land that I don’t agree with!”

Here we go again.

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amazing article, thanks for sharing
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What IS “Democratic Socialism” anyway?

Many people are criticizing Bernie Sanders for being a “democratic socialist” without having the slightest idea what that term means.

scream-socialism

cartoon by Matt Weurker

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Wolf won the Governor’s Race by Being a Democrat

 A murder of Tea Party governors was elected four years ago and they immediately went about destroying their states’ economies.  (I wasn’t sure what word to use to describe a group of Tea Party governors, and a “murder of crows” came to mind for some reason.)  In Maine, Michigan, Kansas and Pennsylvania, these governors went on to become the most unpopular governors in the country.

Governor Wolf (artist's approximation)

Governor Wolf (artist’s approximation)

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Winning on Ideas: Losing in Votes

            In the 1972 motion picture, The Candidate, a youthful Robert Redford plays a community activist enticed into a campaign against a seemingly invincible sitting Senator.  The campaign manager doing the convincing is the late Peter Boyle who argues that running for office against impossible odds will nonetheless allow the Redford character to voice his progressive ideas to the public.  As Redford reluctantly agrees to run, the Boyle character hands him a slip of paper to remind him of the principle on which the campaign is based.  It consists of two words: “You lose.”

            In Hollywood, the impossible happens and Redford wins.  This did not happen in Monroe County or Pennsylvania or the US last November 4th.  Here at home, I witnessed to Mark Aurand’s demolishment of Mario Scavello in two debates.  The flustered Scavello chickened out of any further embarrassment by shafting the League of Women’s Voters.  Likewise, Maureen Madden exposed the shallow Mr. Parker as a pretender rather than a contender.  Liz Forrest dogged endurance reduced Rosemary Brown to spouting the most meaningless mish-mash of platitudes and bloviation since Warren Harding.  Hope Smith’s logic was buried under a pile of lies on glossy paper from Jack Rader who ran on a platform of raising the income tax (to get rid of the property tax for real estate bigwigs like him) and complaining that his opponent would raise the income tax (for the rich) to lower property taxes for the middle-class. 

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