And I truly could picture DU as a town, the kind you never want to stray too far from. You always want to know the locals, the best place to hang out. You call it home.
I've never found another place like this. I don't bother looking anymore. This is home.
I'm not feeling well, and it finally stopped raining long enough for me to go outside and take a walk. And while I was on that walk, I was thinking of how lucky we all are to have each other to turn to, especially right now.
I live alone. I have no family. They have all passed away. Yet I never feel alone, because I know everyone is here.
I can come on here and participate as much as I want. I can read and educate myself. I can laugh, I can cry, I learn. This is home.
Three guys came up with a wonderful idea and turned it into a reality. I wandered in here in 2004, and I've never left. DU educates, it opens our minds and our hearts. It takes us on trips to places we never thought we could see, through the eyes of those who live in different countries.
We support each other through the tragedies of life. And we celebrate each other's good fortunes.
We are the luckiest group of people on the internet.
This is home.
I've been saying this for months. This election is about two words. Beat Trump. That is our only issue.
All the other issues can be taken care of once we have a Democratic candidate who can beat Trump, sitting at the Resolution desk in the White House.
We have had an amazing group of candidates running. But Joe Biden is the one who will bring us the biggest turnout in November. That is how we Beat Trump.
I hate to say this, but it's true. I personally know Democrats who feel this way. Bernie is too far left. Some people will not vote for a gay candidate. Some people will not vote for a woman candidate. And some people are sick of those who can buy their way into office. When even Democratic voters hold these prejudices, they will not show up to vote when the person on the top ticket is someone who fits into one of these categories. I hope the day comes when we grow up, and none of these reasons matter. But in 2020, unfortunately they still do.
Joe Biden is someone we can trust. Also importantly, the world knows they can trust him. The world knows him through his work as the vice president. He already has established relationships all over the world. He can start healing this country, and our standing in the world, on day one.
What a lot of people don't seem to understand is that this is not a normal election. We don't have the luxury of voting for our sentimental favourite. We don't have the luxury of voting for the person with whom we most closely identify. We have a madman in the White House. If we don't remove him by way of ALL of our votes, I doubt he will ever leave. He wants to be a dictator, and he is doing everything he can to assure it happens.
We know he's afraid of Joe Biden. Trump's team knows that Joe Biden is the one person who will bring out the vote, who can Beat Trump, and end this national nightmare.
I do not understand how we can't be kind to each other even while we are supporting different candidates.
The end result is the only thing that matters. This country needs to elect a Democratic president.
That is our one and only goal right now. Once we get that Democratic president in place, then we can get into the serious issues of the day.
While the Republicans are tearing this country apart, we need to be bringing it together. And we can't do that if we can't even be civil to each other on a message board.
After the Senate voted to acquit drumpf, I actually noticed a different tone here for about 24 hours. People were actually being nice to each other, no matter who their candidate was. Now it's back to 'normal.'
We can do better than this. We have to do better than this. If we don't, the price we are going to have to pay is one we cannot afford.
but I'm going to keep repeating it. And others in this thread have said pretty much the same thing.
This country is in crisis, a crisis I don't think we have seen since the Civil War. And if you don't think it's that bad, you are not paying attention.
If there was ever a time for experience, it is now.
Yes, Barack Obama took office as a young man, without the experience that Joe Biden now has. And yes, President Obama did an incredible job. President Obama inherited Bush's mess, but the next president will be walking into a minefield.
Trump has disgraced us at every turn. He has made our country a laughing stock. He is tearing up our justice system, and he is fanning the flames of hatred as fast as he possibly can. He is destroying everything he touches.
There are a number of Democratic candidates who are incredible in so many ways, and I would love to see any number of them as vice president, and then in the future as president.
But right now, this country needs the respect that Joe Biden will bring to the office, the knowledge he will bring to the office, the goodwill he already carries with him, to deal with countries and leaders all around the world.
It isn't just going to take the experience of our president, but the experience of leaders around the world to help us heal this country. We are going to need their help, and I think they would all reach out their hand to Joe Biden.
I am a white female, who was luckily raised by two parents who taught us that we are all equal. No exceptions.
I can remember the first time I saw a photo of 'whites only, and blacks only' water fountains. I couldn't understand how people could do that to one another. And that was just the water fountain. I was a child, but I knew what I was seeing was wrong.
I don't have the power of words that MrScorpio has.
I don't just have tears in my eyes. I am sitting here weeping. I can't understand how human beings can treat each other in such horrible ways, and with such hatred in their hearts and souls.
I don't understand how someone can see a photo from 35 years ago, and make excuses for it, because it was 35 YEARS AGO. 35 years ago, I was 27. And at 27 I knew that behavior was wrong. I also knew that when I was five years old.
After reading all of the posts on DU yesterday, mostly regarding Governor Northam, I sat and thought a lot about it last night. I thought about how hard EffieBlack was trying to get posters to understand where she was coming from. And here MrScorpio is doing the same thing. Trying to get white people to understand how hard it is to live in a country where you are not accepted, where are you are constantly discriminated against, if you are not white.
Being white, I will never be able to understand what you have had to go through. I can read your words, and try with all my might to gain some understanding of what your lives are like. And I am so grateful that you are taking the time to share with us so that we can gain more understanding of what it is like to be black in America.
Last night, after seeing so many people rushing to the defense of Governor Northam, I wondered if there is some moral code within us, something born into our natures, that helps some of us see what is truly right, and blinds others to the truth. Because I truly cannot understand how people can look at what is sitting right in front of them, and deny it is there.
Thank you MrScorpio, thank you EffieBlack, thank you to all of the DU'ers who keep educating us.
I keep hoping that humanity, the humanity of kindness and compassion will win out. That respect for one another will become the norm, rather than a moment here and there.