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Democrats Finally Sounding Like Democrats Again

Democrats Finally Sounding Like Democrats Again

Well, whaddaya know? Looks like the Democrats decided 2012 would be the year they ran as Democrats.

Sure, they tried that in 2008, and to a certain extent succeeded because the country was just so tired of the ruin of the Bush administration. But even then-candidate Obama was clear that he saw his candidacy as one that transcended partisan politics and would, hopefully, carry this country to an age of post-partisanship. Of course, that didn’t happen, in large part because the right decided that rather than a post-partisan world they would shoot for a post-factual one.

That left the Democrats with a choice: join the right in its cynical drive to make political debate meaningless or, as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick implored convention-goers on Tuesday night, grow a spine.

Democrats have chosen to grow a spine.

Illinois Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth set the tone, fully wresting the scepter of patriotism away from the right in a moving speech and presence that made it clear our military and our world has changed.

Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL, displayed this spine with full bravado, in her fire-and-brimstone speech on the necessity of abortion rights and the link reproductive justice has to economic justice, delineating a clear choice between the right and the left for women. Lilly Ledbetter soon followed with her powerful speech on equal pay and the economic terrorism that women and families live under in a country where employers are not only free to discriminate against women in how much they pay them, a conservative Supreme Court doesn’t believe those same women should be able to pursue their claims in court.

Finally, San Antonio mayor Julian Castro tied it all together in one beautiful, funny and moving speech all grounded in the power of the personal narrative. He spoke of his grandmother, an orphan and Mexican immigrant who never completed fourth grade but, through hard work cleaning homes and caring for others’ children, was able to build the foundation that would ultimately help launch Castro’s career. Castro took on Republican white privilege with class, humor and, importantly, truth, reminding the delegates and those watching that, this election especially, Democrats are the party of opportunity and equality, of innovation and growth, and of liberty and justice for all.

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1:53PM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

This election reminds me of Dumb and Dumber...or maybe, Evil and Eviler??? Both candidates are BIG MONEY and money is the root of all evil...My hope is that we don't keep losing our FREEDOMS whoever gets elected!!! This is the dirtiest election!!! The president needs to be for all the people in this country. He is not just for the blacks or the poor or for the rich or the wealthy or for the corporations. I pray for this country of ours and hope that things can get back to what our forefathers wanted for our nation-BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE !!!

7:48PM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

You all are right. I work in a hospital & their clinics. We have been using, for a few years, computers to take and store all the info now. The Doctors type in their instructions while the patient is there to answer questions. The diagnosis goes in, the meds being taken, the prescriptions goes straight to the pharmacy, the pt instructions are typed and printed out. This is miles above what it used to be. No mistakes from the poorly written words, and the pt has the info on paper instead of having to remember all the words when they get home. We would no sooner want to back to the old way than we would want to go back to the horse and buggy days rather than have our cars.

9:06PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Still too many Blue dog Democrats- vote them out.

7:14PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

The whole flow of the post doesn't wash Mary.
It is poorly crafted and obvious in its intent.

7:11PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Eileen B Computerized health records contribute to patient safety and help prevent abuse of some who would "drug shop".........Any health professional (with proper authorization) can call up records to check medications, past treatment, allergies,next of kin, etc........it prevents some from going from doctor to doctor and hospital to hospital seeking narcotics or???.......your driving record and tax records are also computerized and like someone we have heard of (Romney) tax records could be a problem in the wrong hands........Your post doesn't wash with this health professional

5:41PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Alright everybody pay attention to Eileen's post. It is an example of the new method they are trying to use.

Sound like you agree with the president and then find some off beat piece and blame him for it.

Eileen. Do have any idea at all how long HIPAA has been pushing electronic records keeping? That isn't something the president made up out of thin air. Do some dang research for crying out loud will ya?

WOW.

5:38PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

@Luvenia writes Even before Barack Obama took the oath office, Republicans leaders, conservative think-tanks and right-wing pundits were calling for total obstruction of the new president's agenda. Bill Kristol, who helped block Bill Clinton's health care reform attempt in 1993, called for history to repeat on the Obama stimulus - and everything else.


That’s right Jean can’t let no uppity half white-half black man get everyone to thinking that someone other than a white man can run the white country. Especially if he’s one of them socialist commie democrats.

5:12PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

The Democratic convention was far more positive than the GOP. Obama has made some positive accomplishments. My only reservation is his obsession with this technology bs. While there are good things about his health care plan, he's completely off base with his electronic medical records insult. That MUST be done away with to protect personal privacy of confidential information. I totally and completely resent such an unreliable piece of crap being shoved down my throat. Computers are not to be trusted, anything off a computer is WRONG! Let those who buy into this nonsense take the unnecessary risk. Give us a choice about it.

4:54PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

The democrat convention was a convention. I have no clue what that republican shindig was supposed to be. The republicans sounded like: We don't have a clue about anything but vote for us anyway because we want the rich to be even worse freeloaders than they already are.

4:49PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Steve R., yet again you do not let LIES get in the way of your rants, DO YOU???

http://crooksandliars.com/jon-perr/republicans-unprecedented-obstructionism-by-numbers

"Congressional historians said Mr. Boehner's move was unprecedented." A month before Senate Republicans blocked Barack Obama’s popular jobs bill, that’s how the New York Times described Speaker John Boehner's refusal to grant the President's request for a September 7 address to joint session of Congress to present the American Jobs Act. As it turns out, "unprecedented" is apt description for almost every boulder in the stone wall of Republican obstructionism Barack Obama has faced from the moment he took the oath of office. From the GOP's record-setting use of the filibuster and its united front against Obama's legislative agenda to blocking judicial nominees and its admitted hostage-taking of the U.S. debt ceiling, the Republican Party has broken new ground in its perpetual quest to ensure that Barack Obama will be a one-term president.

Even before Barack Obama took the oath office, Republicans leaders, conservative think-tanks and right-wing pundits were calling for total obstruction of the new president's agenda. Bill Kristol, who helped block Bill Clinton's health care reform attempt in 1993, called for history to repeat on the Obama stimulus - and everything else. Pointing with pride to the Clinton economic program which received exactly zero GOP votes in either House, Kristol in January

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