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Mon Aug 7, 2017, 10:23 PM


I am not now, nor have I ever been a member of the Republican Party.

I have never voted for a Republican in my life, nor will I ever.

McCarthyism is running rampant against anyone who would dare support Bernie Sanders on Democratic Underground for the 2020 nomination -- particularly if they also post (and recommend posts) on jackpineradicals.com. Recommending a thread there is turned into the equivalent of a blood oath. It's absurd and extreme, but that's apparently where we are now.

So, in this bizarro environment, where the accusations of being a non-Democrat are flying left and right from people who were not even members of this website when I joined in 2007 (or even years later), I have to make a journal post in a safe haven group to point out the obvious: If I were a right-wing troll, I would not still be here.

Since I expect the attacks upon myself to continue, I'll just post this here and link to it from now on whenever anyone tries to smear me as a Trump supporter. If the post is hidden, which also would not surprise me (although on what grounds I can't imagine -- I am only defending my right to post in support of Sanders 2020 without being viciously attacked in violation of DU's TOS -- I'll just have to copy and paste.


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Reply I am not now, nor have I ever been a member of the Republican Party. (Original post)
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LWolf Aug 2017 #1

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Tue Aug 8, 2017, 02:44 PM

1. McCarthyism is a good way to describe it.

And yes, the accusations, the attacks, the put-downs...are mostly coming from people who were NOT members when I got here at the end of '02.

Of course, DU hasn't really been "underground" for a very long time. The self-identification of "left wing" was dropped in the transition into DU3. The election of a Democrat to the WH in '08 was, as far as I can tell, the end of "left wing" and "underground," as the establishment rushed in.

Still, there are good discussions to be found here; they're just so much fewer, far apart, and relegated to smaller forums.

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