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Starry Messenger

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Name: Decline to State
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Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Home country: USA
Current location: Left Coast
Member since: Sat Apr 9, 2005, 08:01 PM
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Artist, high school teacher and "hard-liner" (yet to be defined).

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Good questions!

Actually, I am supporting Hillary at this time. I know she can be polarizing and has negatives. I was a strong Obama primary supporter in 2008, so I'm familiar with the problems she and her campaign had there. However, I think her numbers against the Republicans at this time could bring us something as rare as a unicorn--a term for a Democrat after a two term Democratic President.

Also, her numbers with important constituency groups like people of color and women (and people who are both!) can't be ignored. Bernie is a great guy, but his support is an inch wide, imo. He isn't speaking to me if he's leaving my political allies off the bus.

I am also puzzled by the DU claim that there are two groups out there just waiting for some economic messiah to come out to vote--non-voters and the white union voter. We already know who votes for Democrats. And African American women have the highest progressive voting record of the last several elections cycles. I've seen some DUers claim that there is some difference between the "progressive voter" and voting people of color, which is a) not at all true and b) racist. There is no proof at all that non-voters and conservative white union members are suddenly going to have the light-bulb switch on in large enough numbers to matter.

I have some theories--some people claiming this are white and/or were until recently, pretty well off. They weren't hit very hard by right-wing policies until they became outright semi-fascist on economics to the point where the comfortable income tier finally felt the pain the rest of us have been feeling for decades.

The other issues like racism, misogyny, homophobia, etc. don't really touch their lives, so even though they vaguely know those things are out there, but they don't know how those issues can also lead to a lack of dignity and also be really economically detrimental.

To them, the alternative isn't really unthinkable, because it won't make a difference to their wallet at this point. There are even people who think that if the Republicans win again, people will suddenly revolt and we will have some kind of spontaneous revolution because the pain will be so great. Well fuck that, buddy! If Republicans get control of the USSC, you can kiss several progressive reforms *goodbye*. This week should have proved to anyone how seriously important the Supremes are at this point. If there are people who don't give a shit about that, then what is left that they find important?

And you are right, it isn't worth it in terms of the numbers, let alone morally. I hate capitalism too, but it isn't going away just because this group of self-appointed cool kids just discovered that it isn't working for them anymore. Take a number! BainsBane has been writing about this, and her posts have been on point. If your message doesn't appeal to the wide mass of people who have been on the shit end of that stick for generations, then what are you fighting for?
Posted by Starry Messenger | Sun Jun 28, 2015, 08:33 AM (2 replies)
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