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Old 07-09-2018, 09:11 AM   #1
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The Democratic Party left me behind — and I'm not alone

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I am a Democrat who has spent the last two years often criticizing my own party and fellow Democrats.

Yeah, I’m a bad Democrat, I know.

I have friends and readers asking me, “Are you still a liberal?” and “Have you changed parties?” and “Why are you seemingly defending Trump?”

I’ve been a loyal Democrat for about 15 years. As someone who became a citizen in 2006, I became a Democrat during the George W. Bush years, because I liked the party’s anti-war, pro-minority, pro-environment, pro-little guy positions.

But the 2016 election was an eye-opener for me. To use the current political jargon, I became “woke,” in some very different ways, and I got “red-pilled.”


It was the year I recognized that our two political parties have become dinosaurs, ossified beyond recognition. Yes, there’s grassroots energy in the Democratic Party, but party leadership is essentially bereft of ideas.

It was the year I joined millions of Americans in losing faith in the ruling class of both parties and in many of our political institutions.

It was also the year this voter became increasingly frustrated that our national media outlets — cable, network and legacy news media — have self-bifurcated into stark pro- and anti-Trump factions.
It's us against the establishment

The real divisions, as I see it, aren’t between Democrats and Republicans, but between the political and corporate ruling class and the national media establishments that support them, on the one hand, and the rest of us. All the other divisions are less consequential.

Politicians from both parties have gotten away with letting down ordinary Americans for decades because millions of Americans are culturally wedded to their tribal political identities of Republican or Democrat, and can’t think outside the box.

Looked at this way, the election of Donald Trump made perfect sense to me. Sixty-three million voters — including African-Americans, Hispanics and Democrats — rejected status quo politics and voted for a strong, rank outsider to shake the establishment from their comfortable perches.

Would President Donald Trump’s supporters have preferred a decent, moral, well-behaved, well-informed populist? Sure, but in dire times, you take the populist who shows up because beggars can’t be choosers, etc.

The Democratic Party and its followers have left me for many reasons, but here are a few examples.

The party and its followers have been showing illiberal tendencies for some time.
It has gone off the rails on immigration, free speech, identity politics and some other issues — a topic I’ll defer for another day.
I’m no Trump supporter, but I’ve been horrified and repulsed by the political and cultural left’s hatred, demonization and mistreatment of President Trump, his family, his administration officials and his voters, which is even worse (if that’s possible) than what the right did to President Obama.


I view the current political climate both as a citizen and a writer.

As a citizen, I see myself more as a political orphan — neither Democrat or Republican.

For an opinion writer, self-identifying as a Democrat (or Republican) can be constricting. It can consciously or unconsciously make you hew to positions, make you defend the indefensible. It can give you cognitive dissonance.

For example: Defending Hillary Clinton in 2016 and the Democratic Party’s current far-left stance on immigration would’ve required me to be dishonest about my views or to contort my opinions into impossible positions.

I see myself as a political independent these days, who’ll opine based on what she sees and thinks, not along party lines.

For what it’s worth, renegades like me are like that canary in the coal mine: We’re trying to warn Democrats when they’re tone-deaf or still don’t get it.
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:23 AM   #2
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Yeah this bum has no ****ing clue what getting Red pilled is. Pretty disgusting that this a-hole is using a mgtow term to say he no longer loves democrats. “Red pilled” should not be used in a political context. It’s actually a term from the movie The Matrix but mgtow was the first to use it.
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Old 07-09-2018, 11:04 AM   #3
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Old 07-10-2018, 01:30 PM   #4
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The DNC has swung so far left they're taking in Democratic Socialists of America candidates and wholly alienating reasonable, moderate Democrats.
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Yeah this bum has no ****ing clue what getting Red pilled is. Pretty disgusting that this a-hole is using a mgtow term to say he no longer loves democrats. “Red pilled” should not be used in a political context. It’s actually a term from the movie The Matrix but mgtow was the first to use it.
Now that's funny, I don't care who you are.

Spurt Dirty didn't realize that the "a-hole" is a (gulp) gurrl!!!

No gurrlls allowed! they upset the mgtow and are only here to steal our precious bodily fluids!
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No gurrlls allowed! they upset the mgtow and are only here to steal our precious bodily fluids!
You can mock them, but they have a point when it comes to archaic laws regarding child support and alimony.

Progs don't like 50s-style family structures but they sure do love those 50s-style divorce laws! Gibsmedat!
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Old 07-10-2018, 07:44 PM   #7
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The DNC has swung so far left they're taking in Democratic Socialists of America candidates and wholly alienating reasonable, moderate Democrats.


Your political compass is irreparably broken.
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Old 07-10-2018, 07:49 PM   #8
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You can mock them, but they have a point when it comes to archaic laws regarding child support and alimony.

Progs don't like 50s-style family structures but they sure do love those 50s-style divorce laws! Gibsmedat!
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Now that's funny, I don't care who you are.

Spurt Dirty didn't realize that the "a-hole" is a (gulp) gurrl!!!

No gurrlls allowed! they upset the mgtow and are only here to steal our precious bodily fluids!
Now he's really pissed.
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Good thinking! Strike at me with a meme insulting Hillary! That'll learn me!
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Your political compass is irreparably broken.
Moderate Democrats are patriots who reject socialism, neo-Marxism, anti-worker immigration and trade policy.

My moral compass wasn't issued to me by the Communist Party, and consequently it's in perfect working order.
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Moderate Democrats are patriots who reject socialism, neo-Marxism, anti-worker immigration and trade policy.

My moral compass wasn't issued to me by the Communist Party, and consequently it's in perfect working order.
This reads like Rush Limbaugh's mad libs.
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