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Thu Dec 12, 2019, 03:54 PM

Here's something I wish Jerrold Nadler, or some other Democratic committee chair, would do.

It's the Democratic Party. Its members in Congress are Democratic congresswomen and congressmen.

They are not Democrat members. It's not the Democrat Party.

This practice of dropping the "-ic" suffix started in the 1990's as an explicit effort by some Republicans to belittle and demean their opponents.

This should be a sanctionable action. The chair should insist on proper terminology - it's also proper decorum - and stop it.

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Reply Here's something I wish Jerrold Nadler, or some other Democratic committee chair, would do. (Original post)
cab67 Dec 2019 OP
LisaM Dec 2019 #1
Cartaphelius Dec 2019 #2
DFW Dec 2019 #3
Funtatlaguy Dec 2019 #4
Iwasthere Dec 2019 #5
NewJeffCT Dec 2019 #6
BuffaloJackalope Dec 2019 #7
stillcool Dec 2019 #13
jayfish Dec 2019 #8
cab67 Dec 2019 #10
MsLeopard Dec 2019 #9
cab67 Dec 2019 #11
brewens Dec 2019 #12

Response to cab67 (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 03:55 PM

1. WOW, do I agree with you!

I was about ready to start taking names and calling their offices.

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Response to cab67 (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 03:59 PM

2. As it is a puposeful

degradation of the respect due an elected House Member
it is a direct violation of House Rules.

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Response to cab67 (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 04:07 PM

3. They are just waiting for that

To them, it would mean a kind of petty victory.

The bigger score against them would be to point out how "our Republican friends from across the aisle are making the best argument for augmenting our education budget--they claim the title of 'honorable,' and yet they can't even distinguish the difference between an adjective and a noun. How is it we are expected to call someone 'honorable' when they can't even master aspects of English grammar that most schoolkids in the United States are expected to know by age 9?"

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Response to cab67 (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 04:07 PM

4. I've preached on this subject for years. Few have cared.

We, as a party, have allowed them to change the name of our party from Democratic to Democrat.
So, I always call them the Republic Party (amongst other names that aren’t as civil).

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Response to cab67 (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 04:13 PM

5. Nice guys finish last. We are being walked on

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Response to cab67 (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 04:16 PM

6. Using "Democrat" Party as a perjorative

started with Joe McCarthy back in the 1950s. It went away for a while, but did surge back to prominence in the 1990s with the vast expansion of Rush Limbaugh and right wing media

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Response to cab67 (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 04:20 PM

7. Members should also be prohibited from introducing foreign propaganda into the record, too.

 

But that's just me.

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Response to BuffaloJackalope (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 05:28 PM

13. and prohibited from introducing lies...

can you imagine, if Republicans couldn't lie?

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Response to cab67 (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 04:25 PM

8. Bah.

Embrace it. Take it's power.

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Response to jayfish (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 04:34 PM

10. I disagree in this case.

Sometimes, adopting a derogatory name is a good idea - but not in this one. Democrats keep adopting Republican terminology, and it never ends well.

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Response to cab67 (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 04:31 PM

9. Not to be picky

But it started before the 90s - the infamous Joe McCarthy (there’s a Commie under every bed!!) came up with it in the 40s. He said, “Call them the Democrat Party and emphasize the RAT!” I think they took a break for a while, but then Newt et al brought it back big time in the 90s. Just saying, that’s all.

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Response to MsLeopard (Reply #9)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 04:34 PM

11. Didn't know that.

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Response to cab67 (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 04:38 PM

12. The last time I accidentally landed on our local hate radio station, KQQQ Pullman, WA

(affectionally known as KKKQ), Limbaugh was on. He said "democrat party" so many times that it was like a kid trying to bluff an essay answer on a test. Like when I used throw that word I was supposed to study up on in there as many times as I could and hope it works.

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