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Name: Mara Alis Butler
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Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Home country: USA
Current location: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Transgender Woman /Social Worker/Case Manager working for State of Indiana. Huge Sci-Fi/Anime Geek and music lover. Hopeless \"political junkie\" and aspiring writer.

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Inquiring minds want to know this as well!

We push policies that would help everybody in the country, including rural voters and get attacked and smeared for them by Republicans and then a lot of rural voters hate us and vote Republican based on the lies and smears. It’s hard to know what else to do. I can’t help but feel that when I read things like this what we are really being asked to do is pander to some of their racist or bigoted beliefs or other views that are harmful to other people or that they just think we should elevate their concerns and priorities over other people’s, which, of course what Republicans are always willing to do, hence why they usually keep winning their votes (unless they actually support Republican “policies” in which case, again, how do we win them over without just becoming Republican-lite ourselves?)
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Sun Dec 5, 2021, 12:27 AM (1 replies)

Pyrrhic Victory JMHO

Once Roe is overturned and states can go back to banning abortions, then states will have to decide a series of logistical questions that may make them wish they hadn't

1. Who does the state charge? Doctors? Women? Both?
2. What will the penalties be?
3. How will miscarriages be handled?
4. What happens when a highly publicized case of a woman dying whose life would have been saved by an abortion happens and is splashed all over the news and social media?
5. Will they pass additional funding for adoption and foster care services for all of the babies being left at Firehouses and other designated "safe havens"?
6. Will they pass additional funding for pre-natal services and childcare, financial assistance for impoverished families?
7. Will they promote comprehensive sex education to prevent unwanted pregnancies?
8. Will banning abortion in their states make it less of an attractive place for younger, more liberal people to move to their states?

The answer to some of these questions are clearly obvious and some they probably don't even care about (if they're even thinking of them) but it will all come into painful focus if and when Roe is overturned and states ban abortion completely. And this isn't even to mention the potential political fallout. Their anti-choice, anti-birth control, anti-LGBTQ policies are wildly out of step with the overall public. Hell, the Republican Party hasn't won the popular vote for President (and maybe not even overall Congressional vote) since 2004 and they've only managed to hang on through the use of inherently unfair structural advantages. That may even not be enough to contain the political fallout, at leat for the long-term. They are playing with fire and they are going to get burned IMHO.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Sat Dec 4, 2021, 12:17 PM (0 replies)

Does it ever give anybody whiplash

to see how our society and culture seems to be becoming both simultaneously more progressive AND regressive at the same time?

On the one hand, social and cultural acceptance of LGBTQ+ has never been higher, yet there are some states where rights (to the extent they exist at all) are being curtailed- or lawmakers there are trying to find ways to curtail them.

Most people have bought the pro-choice/Roe V. Wade position on abortion, yet there are states that are trying to find ways to dilute and diminish and may, in fact, reverse Roe v. Wade and give them unfettered ability to prohibit and/or criminalize it.

There is growing awareness of the need to confront ugly racial and historical truths about our country and a desire to spread that awareness but there are states and lawmakers seeking to punish/block people's ability to learn about them.

A vast majority people believe in science and are trying to do the right thing in terms of stopping this pandemic, yet there are states actively BLOCKING mitigation efforts.

Lately, living in the US is more or less like living in crazytown.

Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Mon Nov 29, 2021, 09:38 AM (5 replies)

Carrot Man to Big Apple: 'I Miss My Baby Carrot!'"

Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Fri Nov 26, 2021, 04:34 PM (0 replies)

Not saying this poll isn't accurate

But how did we go from sweeping Congress and WH (winning two Senate seats in GA of all places) only to be so horribly “broken” less than a year later after losing a single statewide election? Biden has been a breath of fresh air after the chaotic swampy mess of of the previous 4 years?!

People REALLY that fickle?!

Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Wed Nov 24, 2021, 09:20 AM (0 replies)

That's disappointing

It seems like as long as Republicans are the anti-vaxx party, it will be "Covid today, Covid tomorrow, and Covid forever!"

Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Thu Nov 18, 2021, 12:20 PM (0 replies)

If one wants to find things to complain about

They will find things to complain about.

What drives me crazy is that Democrats spend time and energy developing innovative proposals and plans to address real problems but we’re told that because we have a “messaging problem” we don’t get coverage and people don’t know what we’re doing to try to make them better- or Republicans just smear them to death.

However, Republicans- whom have no solutions to virtually any real problems are routinely given a pass and it’s always “good news for John McCain.” They lie and mislead and whip up moral panics that people pay too much attention to and that drives their voters and a sufficient segment of “independents” to turn out for them in elections. Wash.Rinse.Repeat.

Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Tue Nov 16, 2021, 11:12 PM (0 replies)

Let's see here. They're ignoring:

1. COVID (Killing people)
2. Power Grid (Killing people)

Focusing instead on:
1. Abortion (Not Killing People)
2.Voter Suppression (Not Killing People)
3. "Library Pornography" (Not Killing People)
4. Guns (removing all regulations)(Killing People)

Kinda revealing, no?

Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Thu Nov 11, 2021, 09:50 AM (0 replies)

She can't control what the Republicans in her state do

Or what laws they pass handcuffing her. But she can still fight for what’s right, even if it’s just her voice. But my patience has run out with anybody siding with Covidiots- even if they’re D’s
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Sun Nov 7, 2021, 11:58 PM (1 replies)

To paraphrase a quote from Star Trek:TNG's resident "mystic" Guinan

If we are convinced that we are going to lose, we'll probably find a way to make it happen.

Also, to paraphrase a certain witty pirate, our problems really aren't about the problems, but our attitudes about the problem.

Let's not get suckered by the media, pollsters, or anybody else into defeatism.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Sun Nov 7, 2021, 10:24 PM (0 replies)
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