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Re: “DNC Day 4: Factions emerge in Sanders camp; one credential denied

I mostly agree with you, DBI. However, I hope the movement that Senator Sanders provided the breath and tinder to catch fire will grow. I'm one of those on the cusp of two generations, the boomers and the xers, more closely identifying with generation x.

I've watched the middle class stagnate and contract. I've watched a younger generation being hamstrung by debt accumulated from market rate interest on college loans. I've the older boomers retire and travel, and buy vacation homes and turn rabidly conservative and judgmental. And the first woman president will be the wife of a former president. She could not ever espouse a vision for her presidency, unlike Senator Sanders.

To say I am underwhelmed by Secretary Clinton is very accurate. I would love to vote for Senator Sanders, or Senator Warren for president. Their voice has been steady and on target for the things I am passionate about, unlike Secretary Clinton.

I'll continue to hope this is a point where a true liberal movement begins in our country, along with a party who will mass around that movement. It will not be the existing Democratic Party.

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Posted by smalltownlefty on 07/29/2016 at 6:50 AM

Re: “The downhill side open line

From the Huffington Post article in today's eat in.

Andrew, a gay 24-year-old who has been working at the northern Alabama Chick-fil-A since January, sat in his car smoking a cigarette and watching the crowd during a break earlier Wednesday.

"I call it hater appreciation day," said Andrew, who asked that his last name be withheld out of fear he'd be fired. "It's very, very depressing."

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Posted by smalltownlefty on 08/01/2012 at 8:23 PM

Re: “The downhill side open line

Max, you are so right about the free speech conflation, much like the civil war was about states rights.

As far as being on the wrong side of history, I rather bet there was a time in the 1950's when racists in the presumed they were on the right side of history.

As C.S. Lewis once said, "Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back, everything is different." Hopefully in a generation or two this hate will too be less accepted.

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Posted by smalltownlefty on 08/01/2012 at 8:10 PM

Re: “The gun debate fires up again

It seems to me the first great problem we contemporary Americans have is that we wish to be right rather than caring. And, I mean that for everybody whatever political stripe we wear on our sleeve.

I have two sons and I tear up thinking about what it would be like to get the call they had been shot, or killed. I wonder how the young shooter's parents feels about what their son has done.

I hunt, and I own some non-hunting guns as well. I also see guns freely traded and sold on Facebook swap-shops, and everywhere else by private individuals. I know my then 85-year old legally blind mamma wanted a gun for protection, and I know guys who carry a gun with them everywhere they go. I saw my daddy be a huge danger late in life with dementia-induced hallucinations wielding his 45 caliber or shotgun. I don't know that anybody is ever safer, but it is our culture.

I understand bystanders syndrome strikes most of us in large groups during stressful events, even though in our minds we would all be Matt Dillon or Dirty Harry and blast young Mr. Homes and thus save everybody else.

I remember singing "Jesus Loves The Little Children" in Sunday School or vacation Bible school, and for a while believing that just like God "we" could all be precious in each other's sight. But we don't believe that or even want that to be so. That's the rotten core again, "I am right, you are wrong", and; "you are less valuable than me since you are wrong."

I don't know what the solution is to violence; or what guns to legally let people own, or what restrictions are reasonable and just. I can tell you personally I don't want to carry a gun with me in public, even if I end up like one of the dead in Aurora or Columbine or Norway. I really believe violence begets more violence, and I see enough of that already. If I die by violent means for lack of a gun, I guess it will be a good day to die.

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Posted by smalltownlefty on 07/21/2012 at 2:33 PM


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