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Not for Iowa’s Republican Caucus Voters; Message for Progressives

January 3, 2012

My idea of a “hard core” GOP party member is someone who openly identifies themselves as a Republican without any apparent shame. Unsurprisingly, I don’t know any Republicans (anymore).

But I do know many progressive/left/liberal people, and this message from little old me — is for them.

If you are a person who claims any part of progressive/left/liberal politics (and can vote in the upcoming US presidential elections), and you do not vote for Obama — you are an asshole.

Simple.

I am not a giddy-eyed, Obama supporter (anymore). He has irked me, pissed me off, has behaved in ways that I consider downright cowardly. I also find the recent surge in “prick-waving” rhetoric from the president pretty offensive, especially in light of recent legislative compromises. But when the day ends, and the sun sets and we need electricity — let’s take a minute to remember one thing. The GOP is a party whose policies, ideologies, rhetoric and activism is rooted in methodically and systematically disenfranchising women, people of colour, poor communities, sexuality minorities, and pretty much everyone else. A party that feeds on fear and preaches hate and bigotry.

One has to be in a position to be unaffected and un-bothered by this to advocate for a push towards them. It’s what makes people like Michael Moore and Naomi Wolf despicable.

In 2000, that “Gush and Bore” joke was catchy, and many progressives didn’t vote or voted Independent. It bears repeating that it turned out, that there were some pretty important differences between Al Gore and George W. Bush. If those differences had been given the weight they deserve, the world could have been a less broken place.

Also. In dedication to the Iowa Caucuses. Here’s some vindication for Iowa’s Progressives.

That’s right, we’re nice, fuckwad

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 3, 2012 7:29 am

    Nice sentiment, but it’s a bit early in the year for it. I’m hoping for a Ron Paul win just to make the conversations more interesting.

  2. ninjanurse permalink
    January 9, 2012 2:04 am

    Ron Paul’s states rights stance is not new, it’s a nostalgia trip to pre- Civil Rights. If you want to make sure the Federal Government keeps out of the business of defending citizens from corruption or abuse on the state level– then vote Ron Paul.
    President Obama’s health care reform has helped my family and helped millions of young adults stay on insurance. It’s only a start, but more than any other president has been able to do in decades. President Obama killed ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ so it can’t be re-animated. He got a renewal for the START treaty through a hostile Congress.
    If you think a President McCain and VP Palin would have been better, then vote Republican.

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