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Laelth's Leading Letters - Archives
Posted by Laelth in General Discussion
Sat Oct 15th 2011, 08:39 PM
(Image) (Image) (Image) (Image) It was just a small demonstration in Macon, Georgia (approximately thirty for the General Assembly, and only about fifteen of us who actually marched), but it was a beautiful day for it, and we made a good show--standing and marching in solidarity with all the 99% around the globe who came out in force today. We're scheduled to meet again next week. Let us hope the entire movement continues to grow. -Laelth Cross-posted from the Georgia forum.
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Jul 04th 2010, 06:01 PM
Happy 4th of July, citizens of the United States of America. On this day, I feel it's important to remember what a real liberal looks like, what a real liberal sounds like, and what a real liberal would do. I give you Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who, on January 11, 1944, proposed his Second Bill of Rights for all Americans, regardless of station, race, or creed. (Link) Second Bill of Rights The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Jun 22nd 2010, 08:25 AM
This board suffers from tension between those who value party above ideology and those who value ideology over party. It has always been like this, though the tension is greater now that the Democratic Party controls both the executive and legislative branches of government. The new rules make it plain, whether explicitly or not, that this site will be a place that accommodates those who value party over ideology, and that's fine. That was the owners' call to make, and they made it. But neit...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Jun 21st 2010, 12:14 PM
Cross posted from: (Link) This site is, for the moment, the premier American liberal internet forum. Nevertheless, it appears that a decision has been made that this forum shall be Democratic Underground with a big D, supporting party first and ideology second, and I respect that. I am sensitive to those who feel that they shouldn't have to put up with attacks on Democrats and on the Democratic Party at a site called Democratic Underground. They especially feel that it's inappropriate to allow ...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Jan 16th 2010, 10:46 AM
The idea that independents and so-called "centrist" voters are the keys to winning elections is a MYTH that has been killing the Democratic Party for years. The myth would be true if 100% of eligible voters voted in every election, but they don't. Fewer than 50% of Americans will vote in the 2010 mid-terms. As the Republicans have shown, the way to win elections when there's a 50% turn-out is to mobilize your base. The Party needs to fight for its base's values, give them something to cheer abo...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Nov 01st 2009, 01:31 PM
Depression is rampant. None of us is immune. But remember this ... These really are the best of times. Slowly, oh so slowly, we have gotten better and better over the years. The government has always, and I mean always, principally served the interests of the ruling elite. Look at those rich white guys who signed the Declaration of Independence. Nary a woman nor a person of color, nor even a white indentured servant in the whole lot. Ours is a government of the rich, by the rich, and for...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Sep 15th 2009, 07:02 PM
All they need is a Democratic Governor. The legislature has already passed the bill. Schwarzenegger vetoed it. Once California has single-payer, most (if not all) states will follow suit. It's likely that if we pass a new law now, the new law will preempt single-payer, i.e. the Federal law will preempt state law and prevent states from enacting a single-payer system. THIS is what the health insurance companies fear. THIS is what brought them to the bargaining table. THIS is why they are n...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Sep 10th 2009, 08:46 AM
Many of us chose to back Obama (over Hillary) in the primaries because he promised us he he would not force us to buy health insurance. Here's the ad he ran against her: (Image) Now he's backing a plan that will do exactly what he promised he wold not do. Many of us are quite angry that when he changed his mind on this subject, Obama went to the right (the mandate) and not to the left (single payer). I have very good reasons to oppose this plan. I would love to see universal coverage, but ...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Sep 09th 2009, 11:02 PM
My expectations were not high for the President's speech today on health care. I have argued for some time that Obama blew it by initially advocating a weak, complicated, hard-to-sell, and hard-to-understand plan. Of course the local cheer-leaders explained that Obama hadn't announced any plan yet, that five committees were working on different bills, and that the President wasn't ultimately responsible for any of them. If this speech did anything, it put that argument to rest. This is now O...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Sep 06th 2009, 08:46 PM
Just take a look at the famous picture of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. (Image) There are no poor people there. No women there. No non-white people there. This is a nation founded by wealthy, white men. For a long time, the United States was a nation completely controlled by wealthy white men. Slowly, women and non-white people have gained some power, but it always has been and remains of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich. Ever so slowly, the middle and lower clas...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Aug 28th 2009, 09:12 AM
And I have no use for Republican hypocrites who said nothing while Bush spent eight years trying to bankrupt America, turning Clinton's surplus into a $1 trillion deficit by 2008. We passed Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy, and nobody cared. We invaded Iraq and wrote a blank check to cover the costs, and nobody cared. We wrote a blank check to AIG and the banks through TARP, and nobody cared--not much, anyway. Now that a Democrat wants to do something good for the American people--now, all of a...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Aug 25th 2009, 05:28 PM
If a tort suit is successful, the defendant who was negligent or reckless pays for the injury (usually his or her insurance company does). If a tort suit is unsuccessful, the innocent plaintiff, who did nothing wrong, theoretically pays for the injury, but if the plaintiff is poor (most of us are too poor to bear the cost of a serious injury), then "We the People" of the United States pay the cost of the injury (through various social services). If plaintiff loses the suit, he or she normally ...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sun Aug 23rd 2009, 07:01 AM
But on all the significant social issues in America, the left has already won. We just haven't seen all our cultural victories translated into law yet, but we will. Republicans keep hammering these wedge issues, but they seldom act on them when they have the chance. They controlled the federal government between 2003 and 2006. They could have outlawed abortion, if they wanted, but they didn't. They know they have already lost that argument. Only their rabid base, a small and dwindling mino...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Aug 20th 2009, 02:48 PM
Too many in Washington treat all of politics as if it were a game. The sole goal of the political game is to help our team (the ones in the blue jerseys) win. It's not about doing anything good for the American people. You can hear this sentiment all the time, even on DU. "You must be a freeper who hates Obama if you don't support what he's doing" "DK is a whiner. He should be supporting the President." "If we don't pass health insurance reform, we will lose in 2010." It goes on and on. The...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Aug 18th 2009, 10:27 AM
The political climate is really very different now than it was in 1994. In 1994, the Republican Party's approval ratings were not in the toilet. The ghost of Ronald Reagan was much more powerful then. Whereas Clinton followed Bush I, Obama follows one of the least popular politicians in American history, Bush II. Clinton was elected with less than 50% of the popular vote. Obama was elected with well over 50% of the popular vote. The religious right had not completely taken over the Republican Pa...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Jul 13th 2009, 11:06 PM
I know. Many of you are sick of talking about it, sick of thinking about it, and sick of seeing threads about the unrec function. I don't necessarily blame you for that, but as you may also know, I've been watching this thing, thinking about it, and writing about it a lot over the past week, and I just now realized how counter-productive this function could be here if it remains. I have ethical, civil, and tyranny of the majority objections to it already, but all those objections pale in comp...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Jun 27th 2009, 04:27 PM
Normally, I am one of the people who argues that more speech is better. I dislike it when DU members ask the mods to restrict certain speech, for example. I prefer the open dialogue that has made DU my favorite message board. We're generally free here to say whatever we want, within some very wide boundaries. I cringe when I read STFU posts or threads. But this time I feel differently. This is a STFU thread. Consider this advice. Those who want to bash Michael Jackson should STFU. Here'...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Jun 25th 2009, 09:26 PM
While holding my own, private wake for Michael Jackson, and during (probably) my fifth bottle of Newcastle, I came across this brilliant 2007 essay from the UK's Guardian. It explains two things. First, it explains Jackson's significance to the world, and especially to those of us who grew up listening to his songs and watching his videos. Second, it explains why people who grew up in a later era just don't "get" the fact that some of us are mourning his passing. There are four kinds of pop ...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Wed Nov 26th 2008, 02:13 PM
Libertarianism (as described--liberal on social issues and conservative on economic issues) is the driving force behind the Republican Party. Social issues matter far less, and far less has happened in regards to social issues in the last 30 years, than economic issues. Republicans preach a lot about the social issues but, in truth, do little to advance their announced social agenda which they use merely as a wedge to get votes. It's the economic issues that make us Democrats. The economic i...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sat Oct 11th 2008, 09:02 PM
Since Reagan the so-called "fiscal conservatives" have controlled Republican policy, and Republican policy has been to cut taxes and balloon the national debt so that government will fail. Then, Grover Norquist can drown it in the bathtub. The Democrats, since Reagan, have been the fiscal conservatives. Clinton balanced the federal budget before he left office. No, the so-called fiscal conservatives are really fascists who believe in socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor. They ...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri Mar 14th 2008, 09:31 PM
You probably will if we DON'T nominate Barack Obama. We, the Democratic Party, cannot afford to alienate our most loyal voting block. If the super-delegates choose HRC at the Convention, they will, in effect, be saying to the African-American community that a black man, even one who has more pledged delegates and is winning the race for the nomination, is still not good enough to be President of the United States. We simply can not do that unless we seek the obliteration of our Party. For bette...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sat Mar 08th 2008, 12:28 AM
and why Hillary Is Willing To Do It. For several days now I have been in an uncomfortable state of subdued panic. The reason is this: I sense a very real threat to the Democratic Party. To be blunt, I think the party is in danger of self-destruction. This is the first time that I have ever felt this way in the twenty-seven years that I have been politically sentient, and I am deeply alarmed. The more I have tried to identify the source of this feeling, and the more I have studied the event...
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Posted by Laelth in The DU Lounge
Fri Mar 07th 2008, 08:45 PM
For my 3000th post, I return to the Lounge. I take periodic breaks from DU, but lately I have been posting a lot and spending a lot of time in GD-P. It matters enough to me to risk the cuts and bruises. It has been a while since I have posted in the Lounge, but I wanted to share this formal expression of praise here, with those who can most appreciate it. I know many of you eschew the verbal violence of GD and GD-P. I don't blame you. But, I invite you to consider, for a moment, how amazin...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Feb 07th 2008, 11:23 PM
Please be patient and hear me out before responding. I know that my subject line is provocative, and I mean no offense. This past week has been absolutely amazing from a political perspective. John Edwards (whom I supported) went on a massive fund-raising spree right before "suspending" his campaign. Now I see that Hillary is conducting her own urgent fund-raising spree, and I learn that her campaign finances are, in fact, in serious trouble. One can't help but wonder whether she plans to "sus...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Jan 24th 2008, 09:46 PM
Republicans trot it out every time they're trying to hide one of their failures. They like to talk about it because it pushes the typical xenophobic and racist buttons that energize many Republican voters, but the Republican Party has no plans of ever doing anything substantive about it because the money interests that run the Republican Party profit mightily off of that same, cheap labor, and it is they who control the Republican Party and not the poor schmucks who vote against their own self-...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue Jan 08th 2008, 11:58 PM
I support John Edwards and will vote for him in my state's primary on February 5. However, I'd like to make the case for Obama as our party's nominee. Quite simply, one must not underestimate the value of a candidate who spews banal platitudes. The honesty and detail-oriented nature of many liberals often works against them (think Gore, Dukakis, Mondale, McGovern, and even Stevenson). Many people are turned off by the righteous anger and the meticulous plans of a true liberal. Ronald Reagan...
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Posted by Laelth in Georgia
Sat Dec 15th 2007, 03:14 PM
One of the best things about Michael Moore's movie, Sicko, is the recognition that a frightened, sick, and demoralized people are easier to govern. It's key to realize, I think, that certain powerful people here in the United States keep us (very intentionally) frightened, sick, and demoralized. Our sorry health care system is part of the mechanism that keeps us in our place, metaphorically, and keeps us in line so that the rich may continue to exploit us. If you haven't seen Sicko yet, I urg...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Nov 07th 2007, 08:50 PM
Here's my contribution: Dear Congressman Kucinich: I strongly support the immediate impeachment of both Vice President Richard Cheney and President George Bush. I thank you for having the courage to take the initial steps required to remove these criminals from office. The record here is quite clear. This administration has violated Federal law under the dubious and dangerous pretense that in times of war a President and his administration are not bound by the law. At the same time, they...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Thu Nov 09th 2006, 09:15 AM
There are too many well-meaning people in too many threads telling Democrats that we need to play nice and that to impeach Bush would mean political suicide for our party. This makes me very uncomfortable. I think these well-meaning "friends" of the Democratic party are flat-out wrong. Bush MUST be impeached! Here's why: We've been telling the American people since 9-11 that Bush and his party were shredding the Constitution. If that's true (and we know it is), then we have to impeach Bush...
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Posted by Laelth in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sun Nov 05th 2006, 06:48 PM
Regardless of whether Lamont wins, and I certainly hope he does, the CT Dems showed us that a grassroots revolt against a powerful, establishment candidate can work. If Joe had any sense of decency, he would have bowed out, listened to the will of the party, and put the interests of the American people above the interests of Israel (as a wise poster suggested above). Evidently, that was too much to ask of Joe. Nevertheless, the CT Dems have given the progressive wing of the party the real pow...
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