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Oct. 7th, 2003 | 02:38 pm
mood: nervousnervous

I went and voted, ack that was hard, the race is close enough that my vote probably counted which is scary.

If you're interested in voting MoveOn has a polling lookup.

Also when are the democrats going to be something other than "at least we're not the republican?". I know they're not nearly as bad as the current crop of republicans, but in my world view, the republicans are extremist anti-progressives, while the democrats are merely conservative. Actual liberal/progressives rarely show up on the ballots.

Tax the rich! Let the Iraqi's vote for their own government! Get the insurance companies out of basic healthcare! Farm trees for wood, don't cut down old forests! Start the carbon tax!

(Companies can work to avoid the carbon tax by helping to put out the underground coal fires).

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from: saltbox
date: Oct. 7th, 2003 02:58 pm (UTC)
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I know they're not nearly as bad as the current crop of republicans, but in my world view, the republicans are extremist anti-progressives, while the democrats are merely conservative.

Two answers, of which you can make of what you will.

(a) The big splashy stuff (does so and so support X? does so and so support Y?) is not all that goes on. Even if a candidate doesn't openly espouse progressive positions, it doesn't mean that they're not actually doing progressive things once they're in office. Moreover, it doesn't mean they don't appoint progressive people into those behind the scenes positions (like second in command at the EPA, Department of Interior, Department of Civil Rights) that really matter in terms of everyday actions. And, frankly, I think a lot of Democrats *do*. I've seen it happen here at my own place of work.

(b) So why don't they espouse those positions openly? Why do they seem moderate? Given the political makeup of the average voter, they won't get elected if they seem too progressive. It's unfortunate, yes. I would much rather have progressive policies in place. But if given a choice (a choice I have to make, because I work in this day in and day out), I'd rather see a Democrat who compromises but can win rather than a progressive candidate who will lose. Because even if the Democrat doesn't put any progressive policies in place, they will still allow progressive enforcement actions to go on. They will still appoint progressive judges. And that makes a ton of difference.

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