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A Liberal's Reaction To Today's Loss

Updated on November 7, 2014

Context: Wendy Davis, the Democratic Candidate for Texas Governor, lost to Greg Abbott, the Tea Party Republican Candidate, this 2014 election, by 20+ points. This is a volunteer's perspective of her loss.

The night after the 2004 re-election of George W. Bush, I was doubling over in laughter as I talked about the liberal students and faculty of Northern Arizona University, tears streaming down their faces and hugging each other. Earlier that day I had smirked when I passed the liberals who were crumpled in diminished heaps of defeat in the halls of the university. I had rubbed it in with my coworkers. Their tears were hilarious. Whimpy, whiny liberals.

I’m ashamed of that 2004 post-election Republican now -- how little he cared about the millions affected by the policies of the far right, by their bigotry and indifference, by their worship at the alter of corporate profit and wartime vengeful greed. I’m further ashamed of how little he cared about equal opportunity in education policies, of how little he thought women deserved, of his proud ignorance towards the struggles of immigrants. I’m ashamed, mostly, that he didn’t really care who was getting hurt as long as he was a proud member of the far right.

I have to live with that. I wish now I could go back and join their tears, even if the old me walked by with a jeer. I've changed, and I'm changing, and these changes have pursuaded me that ideology should fit the individual, not the other way around. They've made me care more about people than empty principles, and this care has made me a liberal who deeply cares about fitting ideology to the greatest good of the most marginalized in this state.

When you live in a state like Texas, these changes can sometimes feel lonely. So many proudly don’t care about politics that it can make you feel like a sore thumb sometimes. Especially when you see all the people affected by it.

We lost. I’m not sugarcoating that. It’s a bitter pill to swallow. And we lost by a very large margin.

And yet…

Somehow, when I looked at the results today, after the initial sadness, and as the tears blurred my vision and bled onto my face, I was smiling and I didn’t know why.

But then I realized it…

Earlier today I had a discussion with someone who said that the canvassing, the phone calls, the voting, etc. didn’t matter. It didn’t change the result one iota. So he stayed home. And it was rather depressing that I was trying so hard and caring so much…and some people didn’t care. Some people stayed home, proudly. And some people voted to hurt the people I cared so much about. It was painful. It made me rather furious and prompted my saying some of the rudest things I could muster.

But after that…I saw a woman in her mid forties who cared enough to work on Wendy Davis’s campaign for four days straight, often alone. She didn’t have to. She was volunteering. She wasn’t getting paid a dime. She just cared.

I felt very privileged to join her. To be one of a handful of people who came to her and showed that yes, we care, too. And it was a beautiful moment. It was a labor of love. It was this profound sense of comaradierie and partnership. I had never seen her before, and I may never see her again. I don’t know her story, or where she works, or why she’s there. All I know is that she cares, and that’s enough to make me smile and feel a little less alone.

And then there’s the lady I helped canvass who was 60. She didn’t know how to operate her GPS. She had several pages worth of addresses to go to, and she struggled immensely with directions. She said that she was especially susceptible to illness due to several health problems, and so the slightest sniffle would give her full-blown pneumonia. And she was the only other person who showed up to canvass this morning, in the rain. When I left her to go to work, I felt bad, thinking that she’d never make much progress. But she finished, somehow. Five hours in the pouring rain, knowing she'd have to be in the hospital if she caught the slightest hint of a cold.

I’m tearing up right now thinking about how much that lady cared.

And there are many more like her around the state that I’ve met, people who tirelessly and tirefully worked hard because they cared.

An election is about winning. I’m not saying it’s not. But…

It’s striking to meet people who care that much. It shows you you’re far from alone, and it implants something in you that wants to assure others that they aren’t alone.

Some of those people are crying tonight. It’s a nightmare to think what the Peter of ten years ago would have done to their tears, what he would have rubbed in their faces on Facebook, what he would have told them to their faces and joked about with his friends.

But that’s not who I am tonight.

Tonight I cry, too.

So, anyway…

I saw through the blur what caused the smile.

We all know that Texas is red. That’s no surprise.

But 1,832,254. That’s the number at the moment of people who cared enough to stand in line, to jump through the hurdles, to stop on the way back from work, and so on, right here in Texas.

And, y’know…that matters. Every single number matters.

Some think it’s silly, I know. Even some who agree with my position on politics.

But when you work hard on votes, when people slam doors in your face, when you feel like it’s you and a handful of people against the world, when you sacrifice and you feel like this is in no sense your state anymore…even one vote matters. Even knowing one other person is saying "me, too" matters.

1,832,254 who care, who can share a hug or help dry a tear, who look forward and are willing to contribute and make Greg Abbott’s agenda to work against the best interest of the marginalized in this state that much more difficult to complete.

And I’m one of them.

It’s a great group to be one of.

When the sun rises tomorrow, and as the celebrations happen tonight, as the proud insults come on your timeline, as you find your own tears, if you dare to share them, fueling mocking laughter…

If you are one of those who care enough to cry…

be encouraged in knowing you’re not alone.

Here’s a shoulder…:')


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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      I read your link....more polls. And where' d it come from sassy.....

      They won't beg him...they will try to impeach, The lousy no morality swine.

      And sassy...the WSJ did the poll you so decry!!!

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      SassySue1963 3 years ago

      Again you refuse to educate yourself. I already provided you a link. Your low voter turnout denial excuse fails the test. Where the real battles were being contested - the turnout was not low.

      The only thing anyone will beg Obama for will be to leave office early.

      If you think the WSJ is tainted - so be it - it's findings are supported by every other news site around. Unlike your obscure and biased poll.

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      WSJ is tainted and said it, not me!

      The voice was loud 2008 and 2012.....

      Like I said: I'll wait.

      Come January....we will BEG Obama to save us from the Corporate war-mongering shills.

      37% do not constitute a people. 37% is a little club.

      Or, as Carlin use to say: "It's a big ole club, and you aint in it" might be, seems feasible......ooooh, did lmc use a big, that's just astonishing...OMG another one!

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      SassySue1963 3 years ago

      I didn't denounce it on the sole is of it being done by a group that alligns with the Democrats. I denounced it because it is so overwhelmingly and clearly tainted and soiled.

      It is the ONLY poll showing any support for the President's EO. Got it now? I'd denounce any poll by anyone when every single other poll shows the opposite outcome.

      It was clearly manipulated. Check the other polls, even MSNBC and they will show you the opposite opinion. Keep on with your utter nonsense if you like, it doesn't change the truth of the matter. The People want nothing to do with this President's policies and the voice was pretty loud.

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      I told you....I think polls are garbage. It all depends on who you ask, and how you phrase the question.

      Now--as you deride a poll "aligned with Democrats"......NOW you see how I feel about Fox news, and hate-talk radio......all aligned with Republicans...TP....RW

      And how ridiculous it is to see questions pose, or hubs created straight out of Rush-Drudge-Malkin-Ingraham-Hannity-World Net Daily etcetc etc talking points

      Its' not's the power of the media.

      Even that Chuck Todd--who came from c-span, is so right-aligned, it's pukable.

      I will wait.

      When the boomers see THEIR ss cut, and THEIR medicare cut, and THEIR bank starts charging for bs...then they will see what they have been fighting for and praising really is not so great at all.

      As long as the cuts are to poor families, single moms, and kids just starting out....(boils my blood)--they will keep screaming."We need to cut gvt cut gvt"

      Once the cuts hit's all over but the singing

      BTW....They can solve all the problems of the world EASILY.

      Tax the rich: feed the poor

      But of course, that's the work of the Devil. God wants us to be greedy

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      SassySue1963 3 years ago

      I guess you missed 1. hispanic voters. 2. " a poll conducted by an organization aligned with Democrats"

      lmao really chris. at least provide some semi-nonbiased links.

      You don't find it odd that every independent poll out there - CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX, RCP, Gallup, just to name a few shows the complete opposite?

      And I guess it's just a coincidence that his approval rating has dropped right after that EO right?

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA


      Poll finds support for Obama's executive action on immigration | TheHill

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA


      Poll finds support for Obama's executive action on immigration | TheHill

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Since you like polls:

      "the NBC/WSJ poll asked people if they supported particular actions that the next Congress could take. The highest ranking actions, and the percentage of people who either “strongly support” or “mildly support” the action, included:

      ● Providing access to lower cost student loans and providing more time to those who are paying off their student loan debt (82 percent, with 64 percent “strongly” supporting).

      ● “Increasing spending on infrastructure projects for our roads and highways” (75 percent).

      ● “Raising the minimum wage” (65 percent).

      ● “Addressing climate change and global warming by setting specific targets to limit carbon emissions” (59 percent).

      Each of those priorities have been obstructed by Republicans in Congress since 2010, and are expected to be strongly opposed by the larger Republican majorities in the next Congress.

      Meanwhile, key items in the agenda favored by Republicans and centrist Democrats don’t fare so well:

      ● “Eliminating most tax deductions in return for lower tax rates” gets a “meh” response, with 49 percent approving.

      ● So did “reducing Medicare and Social Security benefits for wealthier retirees,” moving these programs away from their origins as social insurance programs. That only got 44 percent support.

      ● “Making new trade agreements with selected Asian nations” – such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership – also only got 44 percent support.

      ● “Lowering the corporate tax rate by eliminating many business tax deductions” only got 43 percent support.

      ● Gradually raising the Social Security retirement age to 69 received a strongly negative response: 34 percent supported while 51 percent opposed, 38 percent “strongly.”

      Fifty-two percent of the poll respondents said that “government should do more to solve problems and help meet the needs of people,” compared to 46 percent who embraced the view that “government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals.”

      But an even larger percentage of poll respondents (56 percent) said they believed that “the economic and political systems in the country are stacked against people like me.”

      Then, there's this:

      "a clear majority –57 percent — are in favor of the pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants proposed by President Obama. The majority increases to 74 percent when respondents are told that such a pathway requires paying fines and back taxes, as well as passing a security background check.

      What this means is that a relatively small percentage of Americans are diametrically opposed under any circumstance to the reforms proposed by Obama. That sort of stubborn opposition is at the heart of inaction on the part of the Republican-controlled House."

      Read more:

      37% ruin it for everybody

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Doesn't matter if establishment Republicans long as Koch and Adelson fund that party, TP rules....aka Neo-Con Sionists: Christian Sionists, who think this is the end-times, as well as dual-citisen Sionists who treat America as their dog.

      And how many times do I have to tell you....I'm not some kid off the turnip truck, I've lived in this place for 53 yrs. I have an advanced degree in personal experience....not rhetoric. My beliefs were gained from the School of Hard Knocks. Your rainbow is my nightmare.

      Here--this dude can speak for me:

      "Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it. I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience." -Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

      Here's a clue: we had the Beast from 2000-2008...I DREAD going back there.

      But thanks to apathy, and 37% always getting their we go again.

      From experience.

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      SassySue1963 3 years ago

      You are aware that they weren't tea party candidates that were elected right?

      You need to do some research chris. Here's a start so you can understand why voter turnout had nothing to do with America's complete repudiation of the Democrats at mid-terms.

      try actually reading information provided to you and expand your mind past the rhetoric of the left.

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      "The GOP has compromised quite a bit"

      --name once.

      And Dems had to do something to prevent gvt subversion by filibuster.

      "Republicans have made it clear that erecting hurdles for Mr. Obama is, if anything, their overriding legislative goal. "

      maybe you missed that part--the rest of us didn't.

      It's also the same thing I said in 03, when the Patriot Act was going to be passed...."If you do this....every president will have this power...and it won't always be a R!" one cared. They told me be quite--Bush is keeping us safe.

      And wouldn't you happened! R's lost the presidency, and suddenly the Partiot Act was a tool for tyranny....

      suddenly war was bad.....pffffffft

      You are fooling NO ONE, but yourselves.

      And Once Again..."the American people" are the sixty three% that didn't vote.

      What we have here is rule by 37%

      I'm positive once January hits: the majority who didn't vote will make sure they never ignore their civic duty again.

      And I use IMO a lot here.....just so silly people don't go around saying "You said it to be true", it's my opinion. IMO...something I never see from you btw.

      And it's joy has been dampened, because I'm scared for this truly don't understand the view that differs from your own.

      You all like to say you have been tyrannized by Obama...but you don't know the half of it.

      We use to really NOT SPEAK for fear of who was listening....even in our own homes. I bought a book, and was worried who would know about it.....STASI is here again!

      I am scared for the decent people of this country, who will now be swallowed whole by this monster you call Tea Party, and Global Gladio will have a safe home in America, thanks to these goons.

      I plan on speaking out until it's not safe to do so......and once Isramerica declares war on Iran....I figure that will be the time.

      Have fun brutalising the world.....I want no part of it.

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      SassySue1963 3 years ago

      You're good at playing poor poor insulted one but you've ignored the facts presented to you. It's a game you play to distract from the truth. I'm not playing. The GOP has compromised quite a bit but I bet you didn't even bother to go check out all the bills languishing in Reid's desk. Just parrot what the liberal left tells you without fact checking anything.

      Sorry, but facts are just facts and all your claims of hurt and trod upon feelings don't change them.

      The Dems won't lower themselves - really? Is that what you call changing the Senate rules to quiet the minority? Bet they're re-thinking that little gambit now. I call it playing dictator.

      here's a newsflash - your opinion isn't right just because it is your opinion. The American people had their say, sorry you're so butt hurt about it. suck it up and deal with it. perhaps even use it for some inner reflection to discover the cause of all the vitriol and anger you spew upon these pages on a regular basis. you're not capable of having any reasonable or intellectual conversation. has nothing to do with your intelligence or lack thereof, it has to do with the fact that you have this complex going on and all you do is lash out with stories easily proven false with fact and then ramble nonsensically when presented with those facts.

      cheer up chris. life can't possibly be so very horrible that you have no joy.

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      "chris do some research so you at least show a minuscule amount of knowledge."

      is an insult

      "the GOP shouldn't have to compromise either."

      They haven't!

      It's time they are treated as they treat others.

      Unfortunately, the Dems won't lower themselves, so I don't get the pleasure of seeing it.

      Grayson did....and he was great!

      Accusations of vitriol and hate should not escape that mouth....the teeth might fall out from the duplicity

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      SassySue1963 3 years ago

      lol And I can always count on libs like you to ignore the facts and claim insult! Thanks for always keeping that tradition alive!

      I'm waiting for you to provide information that actually disproves my facts but you can't because they're facts so you just dodge and redirect.

      I haven't seen any respect for the other side from this Administration or the Reid led Senate yet but yep, the left expects the GOP to cowtow and compromise now that the people have given them the heave ho from Congress. It's laughable.

      Here's another fact for you, if Obama had listened to his actual military advisors and generals on the ground in Iraq and not just abandoned it, we wouldn't even have to be worrying about this newest issue.

      Now he's about to create more of the same in Afghanistan. See you in two or three years when you come back and try to blame that on Bush as well.

      Don't know where you lived but the Community Reinvestment Act is a completely Dem idea - out of the Carter Administration - another failed all Dem controlled government and Clinton authorized Rubin to rewrite the rules. Congress had zero to do with it.

      Claiming "racism" it forced banks and people like ACORN to make high risk loans to people with low incomes. The bill came due under Bush but we reaped the seeds sown by Carter and Clinton.

      I'm glad to see you admit that compromise, which btw is what makes the country run efficiently, is not a Democratic trait. Glad we've got that cleared up. Now, just remember, the GOP shouldn't have to compromise either. Can't have it both ways.

      We've pulled out your true colors now. Vitriol and hatred for anyone who doesn't share your POV and no compromise! My way or no way! Thanks for playing!

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      "btw.....I am taking bets: I have 50 bucks that come January, we will be sending boots on the ground to Iraq and Syria, and war will be declared on Iran."

      .....I'm upping it to 100

      Israel Reconsiders Military Action Against Iran

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      ahhhhhh, since day one,I could always count on you righty's to look down on me....thanks for keeping the tradition going!

      I'm 53 yrs old.

      I know what I know, and nothing you say matters a pittance to me.

      Clinton's biggest fallacy was working with the right wing--crafting legislation with them..."compromising".

      It went against being a Democrat.--which is why I wasn't one until Howard Dean ran for pres.

      Certified Deaniac here.

      I favor the Democratic wing of the Democratic party.....not some Blue-Dog sell-out.

      You can spout your" facts" til the cows come home....ILIVED it!

      Republicans are anathema to me. And I'm angry that Dems always have to "respect" them, but they NEVER have to do the same.

      This time, when they ruin what's left of America: I'm saying I told you so.

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      SassySue1963 3 years ago

      chris do some research so you at least show a minuscule amount of knowledge.

      Fact: The housing bubble that burst was the legacy of Clinton who rewrote the Community Investment Act rules in 1995 and pressured banks to make high risk loans.

      Fact: the Dems held control of Congress under Bush. But you just keep on blindly blaming Bush.

      Fact: The Dems held the Congress & the Presidency in 2010 and 2011, why did they get nothing done other than shove an unwanted Obamacare down the throats of Americans? Where were all his great ideas then? Wasn't any "obstruction" was it? No.

      Fact: Reid has held up more House bills than Boehner has held up Senate bills. Reid is your real obstructionist. That fact is easily checked on the government website by Chamber. Go see how many Reid never ever put up for vote.

      Fact: The American people have had their say about the Dems and the President and their far left policy. Take it and shove it. It's fine if people like you want to live in denial. The Dems and the President can live in denial as well. Every veto, every Executive Order he signs his name too only gets us one step closer to a Republican President in 2016.

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      He hasn't been able to squeese a liberal anything, even tho he won! What is it you don't get.....Republicans have nullified the votes of the American people, and basically operate like this: "Do it our way, or we don't do it at all".....

      Go for it.

      Outlaw abortion

      Destroy unions

      Go back to insurance company run healthcare...or better yet--privitise, so banks get the cut as well

      Make tax cuts for rich permanent

      More war....but not for their kids, of course

      Demonise the working poor

      Devastate the hopeless

      See how much America likes you.

      Dems will have to come around and fix it for you again....just like Obama has, with no help, or appreciation from these subversives masquerading as politicians....

      The minority won, because the majority didn't vote....and can you blame them...even when they win: it means nothing.

      RW still rules.

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      Bernie Ment 3 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      Yes, but look at the states where they had the lowest turnout. It was in states where Democrats had the biggest support and advantages. In states where the Dems and the Republicans were running neck and neck, the turnout was overwhelmingly Republican. Even there, the Dems stayed home. Why? Well, Barack Obama said it best. His policies were on the ballot and even his own base didn't want them.

      States that were solidly blue are now suddenly purple. States that were purple are now suddenly red. You think America wants an expansion of immigration, obamacare and abortion? Think again. We like limits on Presidential authority and he's about to have limits shoved right where the sun don't shine.

      More people are out of work now than ever before and along comes our president (note the small "p" since I don't acknowledge him as being mine -at least the last one had more class in his pinkie than BO has in his whole body...) to invite illegals to not only stay, but he gives them work permits to boot. OUR PEOPLE ARE OUT OF WORK AND HE GIVES WORK PERMITS TO PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T COME HERE LEGALLY? Who the F does he think he is?

      More people are on social services than ever before, but he just created a whole new class of governmental dependants. This guy is a clown. This country got what we deserved when we elected a community activist with absolutely no integrity, national spirit or corporate experience.

      But now he's going to get what he deserves in his last two years. Let's see him try to squeeze a liberal appointment past the senate this time. These activist judicial idiots who also think the will of the people doesn't matter when they overturn the voting public's stands against abortion and gay marriage are about to get a nasty wake up call.

      When even Californians can tell the gay community that marriage is between a man and a woman, that should tell you something. When people across the country are rising up to tell the government that killing a child in utero after 20 weeks is murder and they won't stand for it, maybe it's time to pay attention.

      By the way, I've always believed that any politician who thinks that third trimester abortion should be legal should be forced to undergo the procedure. The only thing is, the second part of the abortion process is sucking out the brain and most Democratic politicians have proved beyond the shadow of a reasonable doubt that they don't have one.

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      It already has been ugly for them.....for fourteen years actually. Silenced and hog-tied while R's controlled all of gvt, blocked, stalled and hampered when they took charge. I'm not worried about Obama.....he'll do the right thing by us. I just hope Republibagger dirty tricks are made known to the public: such as putting anti-abortion, or pro-polluting ryders into every bill. And hopefully, enough states will vote to overturn Citisens Undone--and the Goons will have to show who they work for.

      Altho--it's pretty apparent already. 1st act: Push for Keystone. 2nd act: sue Obama. Oh yes: That's working together...snark

      Dems have no obligation to work w those goons, given the past fourteen years of Republican ill--mannered selfishness. However--they all say they will.

      Just don't expect them to roll over.

      Your people have control of 2 thirds of America....the ones to blame will be the Right.

      btw.....I am taking bets: I have 50 bucks that come January, we will be sending boots on the ground to Iraq and Syria, and war will be declared on Iran.

      The Uber Rich will be given another tax break, or King George's cuts will be re-instated and made permanent

      Abortion as a safe medical procedure for women will be as hard to get as a hydrogen bomb.

      Big oil polluters will have their welfare expanded, as will Israel--as they continue to erase the Palestine people from the map: with our blessing.

      any takers....(question mark)

      Just don't expect rolling over....That all-american crap your side pulls has gone stale. If anything, their actions are anti-American.

      --Our values, and our stated goals:

      *All men are created equal, and liberty and justice for all.*

      Forming a more perfect union is not about creating another pyramid scheme.

      cause those at the bottom can topple it just by refusing to participate. they pretty much did by note voting.

      Now all they have to do is refuse to serve in the PNAC war plan.

      "37% of eligible which means about 19% or I in 5 actually went for the republicans......hardly a mandate like they are trying to spin it "

      63% didn't vote........are we listening yet

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      SassySue1963 3 years ago

      Yep I can't wait until actual Bills start hitting Obama's desk and he is forced to say "yay" or "nay" and will have no one to blame and nowhere to hide. You're right - it'll get ugly - for the Democrats.

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      WRONG. You will be proven so. Wait til your boys take over....hang on to your wallet, and your children. It's going to get ugly.

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      SassySue1963 3 years ago

      lmao you don't go by polls because they prove you incorrect. You can't go by only one poll, which is why I included a few - but yes, polls do tell the mood of the country. Sorry, you might like him and his policies, but the majority do not.

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      I don't go by polls. I was called only once, and when I said I was pro-choice, they hung up on me. Polls are garbage. I go by what I know about American.....the majority who are silence by these foul-mouthed bullies masquerading as politicians.

      Americans want people to be safe, fed, happy to be alive.

      Americans want their little children and old people looked after.

      Americans want education to be an opportunity for all, not a means of going into life-long debt.

      Americans want people who work full time to have something better than poverty to show for it.

      Americans are sick to death of having their kids sent off to fight and die in wars that benefit someone else.

      And Americans are a nation of immigrants, who are grateful to be here in this wonderful place, and are disgusted by the attempt to keep people out.

      This is the real majority.

      The minority, who happen to own everything and so bluster their way around as some kind of self-imposed Overlords....they don't speak for real America....they buy the microphone and spout their propaganda, as if reciting to children.

      Case in point: that idiot, embarrassing the whole United State gvt, by reading Green Eggs and Ham on the floor of the Senate.

      I haven't been so embarrassed for us since Cheney stood there and told Leahy to "go F himself"

      In my opinion, these people have no clue about America.....and in fact, are working against her best interest.

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      SassySue1963 3 years ago

      America likes his policies? what planet are you living on? 52% disapprove of the President per Rasmussen, 53% disapprove per RCP, and 54% disapprove per Gallop.

      Health care law: 52% oppose it

      Direction of country: 67% believe the President is taking the country in the wrong direction. That is a direct vote on his policies.

      No America doesn't want his policies.

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      2010: "Mr president....where are The Jobs" nauseum. "WE will provide jobs" WE care about you" "WE are not Washington" blah blah blah

      2012....."Repeal and Replace""Government Takeover" blah blah blah


      .....ball's in your court. So far, it's been Keystone Pipeline push, and suing Obama for something Reagan, Bush and Bush did...

      America likes Obama's policies....try n take them will see just how much.

      And since when is it not a given that you air a president speech!!!....As long as I'm alive. Until now.

      IN FACT: a lot of things were a given until Obama took why could that be......

      "the KGC's new mission was to support a second uprising against the U.S. Federal Government."

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      SassySue1963 3 years ago

      No 2010 was about Obamacare. Check the polls of the time and even now, you might want it, the majority do not. They want certain elements of it, mostly the pre-existing condition clauses and allowing children to remain on their parents insurance longer. Outside of that - the majority do not, and have never, wanted it.

      2012 was about Romney's money.

      2014 was about Obama's policies. The majority don't want them.

      You might want them, you might think they're grand, but the majority disagree with you. That is just a fact and you can check any poll from any site you like and they will all show you the same truth.

      The WH made no formal request of the 3 major networks to air the speech. Those formal requests have never been denied. They simply did not decide on their own to air it because it is apparently a big ratings night for them but I have no doubt they would have honored a formal request from the WH. Again, a fact easily checked chris.

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Nope...2010 was about Jobs Jobs Jobs....and we see where that went: anti-abortion anti-abortion anti-abortion

      2012 was about Obamacare.....and you see who won!

      RMoney was going to repeal it,remember....

      That was the referendum on OCare.....and we want it!

      but it's interesting to have your intuition validated.... Do you know, watching Maddow I found out that in 200six, Jeff Sessions gave credit to Rush and talk radio for ruining W's immigration reform bill.....

      I KNEW this was more than talk for entertainment.....this is a subversive element, here to ruin democracy for corporate-world

      And it has been working.

      IN FACT: Rush Limbaugh addressed that new Congress in 90-four ,remember....that was the year of the contract on America......the 1st gvt shut-down.

      Who lead that: Gingrich

      Who allegedly sent out memo "say no to everything Obama"......Gingrich

      The pieces are beginning to fit together: as Ballentine says: "It's not a conspiracy, it's a plan!"

      btw....I read the other day--Gingrich was caught saying he knew his contract was not good governing, just red meat to excite the base......shame no one was in the "news" repeating that little tid-bit ad-nasuem.

      and none of the major tv stations broacast Obama's speech....yeah: tell me about the "liberal" media....another ploy and hoax.

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      SassySue1963 3 years ago

      Actually though Gruber said the American voter - he must have actually meant the stupidity of all the Democrats in Congress who passed the monstrosity that is Obamacare - because the American voter was over 80% against it at the time. That's why they lost all those seats in 2010.

      Because it didn't fool any of those right wingers lovemychris lol They weren't the ones who supported it.

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Nope--he was talking about those who voted for the same people who wrecked this economy the 1st time...rhymes with night singers

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      Bernie Ment 3 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      Wow, Jonathan Gruber really DID have you pegged.

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Oh bunk. You don't take responsibility for anything, just blame Obama.

      War on credit, lost trillions, people responsible are doing book tours. Policy of trickle up destroyed America, and you all blame welfare moms.

      Good goin, and hey: you won. Just don't come crying when we are sending troops to war again, and people lose their healthcare to

      insurance profits.

      and ill tel my kids to double up on hours, since fica will have to be raised, so rmoney can have a tax cut.

      And by all means, finish the unions off, and make it impossible for women to access repo options......cause you know keeping wages low, and butting into womens private lives is what gvt is for!

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      Bernie Ment 3 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      You just don't like the idea that people should bear personal responsibility for their own actions. That's all the liberal elite cares about. We'll buy the votes of the people who've made mistakes and ruined opportunities for themselves by trying to correct those mistakes for them. And if they keep making the same mistakes over and over, we'll keep fixing them and make the middle class pay for them all.

      Sorry, but there are opportunities out there for people to better themselves just like I did. I'm not rich and I've made mistakes in my life, but every time, I've paid for those mistakes myself. I haven't begged the rich to feed me or put clothes on me. I never graduated from college, but I'm smarter than 90% of the kids who come out of school today with a four year degree. Why? Because I've learned to pay attention to the world around me and I have something most liberals seem to lack - common sense.

      If you keep coming to the well to drink from it and you don't do anything to replenish it, it will eventually run dry. The same thing is happening with tax revenue and jobs. You can try to legislate the poor into wealth, but guess what, folks, you ain't gonna get rich unless you're willing to make changes in your own life and work for it. Those who want things handed to them will eventually get one thing they absolutely deserve - a pink slip.

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Yes--exactly right....2 thirds of gvt in your hands....and don't forget: the power of the Purse since 2010....and looks likely til beyond 2025....

      In fact: I JUST heard a TeaType say: they will use the power of the purse to block Obama--which they have done all along anyway: along with the actions of the fancy filibuster-boys, and this is why Gitmo is still open.--

      why we don't have real financial reform (thanks scott brown)

      and kids are going into debt, while those seniors of teaparty age will be cared for from cradle to grave

      The only saving grace will be to see your nightmare come to fruition, and realise AGAIN what a horrible thing this monster is....I geuss 30+ years is not enough: we have to keep re-learning the same lesson......unfortunately, it will be to the detriment of us all.

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      Bernie Ment 3 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      Abortion Barbie was defeated and I for one couldn't be happier. I'm not a Texan, but I may be at some point since I'm sick and tired of the liberal policies exuded by New York State's (lack of) leadership. All you have to do to see failed policy in this country is look at any city or state led by Democrats. Our Country will finally be back on the right track thanks to responsible voters who went to the polls and voted for real Hope and Change, not the rhetoric espoused by the individual currently occupying the presidential throne and his cow of a spouse, Moochelle whose sole goal in life is to dictate what kids can eat in school and stymie efforts to raise money for school activities by curtailing the ever popular bake sale..

      The policies that came out of this administration and the steamroller efforts of the unified Congress in '08 sent this country down a very dangerous path that eroded our healthcare choices and continues to infringe on the civil liberties of people living in this country. It was a very telling statement from Jonathan Gruber that Obamacare would never have passed without the lies and the gullibility of "the stupid American voters".

      It's time to fix this Country and at last we have leaders in most of the States and in Congress who can right the course. Your hub is indeed well written, but I can never support the policies you preach. Now with some real leadership, our kids and grandkids and great grandkids may not have to pay off the mistakes made by the candidates you supported.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      OMG Barrierbreaker, no wonder you haven't responded to the comments. All your hub, which should be respected by all, did was to bring out the Tea Party response and a fruitless beating of a dead horse.

      I have to say that I find myself in your shoes. In my first election to vote, I was a college student who worked the campaign hard as a "Goldwater Girl". Later, I kept that in the closet until Hillary publicly admitted that she had been one, too, so it happens to the best of us. After having to raise two children as a single parent, I realized what gender (and racial) discrimination was and switched parties. As a news reporter, I worked hard behind the scenes to get Bill Clinton re-elected as Governor against the incumbent Frank White. During Bill's first term, he was an arrogant young snot who was defeated by voters who really didn't want to see him defeated, but wanted to teach him a lesson. Well, the voters got taught a lesson and put a much more subdued Bill Clinton back in office. So lesson no. 1, your vote counts.

      I also hear people say that their vote will only cancel out their husbands or their wives, so the couple isn't going to bother to vote. This is not true in some cases because that one vote could throw the election of that office into a runoff.

      Anyway, I feel your pain and I don't see any point in arguing with women who want to make life harder for all of us. Good hub voted up++

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      94 “super PACs” set up for individual candidates, all of which are attempts to bypass federal limits and allow big givers to support the candidates of their choice. (These donations have to be disclosed.)

      ---got it.

      Different than this:

      "The single biggest outside spender on his behalf was a so-called social welfare group calling itself the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, which spent $7.6 million on attack ads against his opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes. It ran more ads in Kentucky than any other group, aside from the two campaigns. What is its social welfare purpose, besides re-electing Mr. McConnell? It has none. Who gave that money? It could have been anyone who wants to be a political player but lacks the courage to do so openly — possibly coal interests, retailers opposed to the minimum wage, defense contractors, but there’s no way for the public to know. You can bet, however, that the senator knows exactly to whom he owes an enormous favor. "

      THIS is what came about from Citisens United. "No way for the public to know"

      got it....

      super PACS: donors must disclose

      Dark money "welfare groups" can do it in secret.....hence, the red flag seen by the IRS! welfare, my behind! "social education"....yeah riiiight!

      so, next time you people deride Obama for transparency.....look in the mirror

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      "Democratic/liberal groups channeled most of their money through organizations that disclosed donors, while their more conservative counterparts relied heavily on secret sources funneling money through political nonprofits."

      I'll stick with that.I believe don't.It's not"a liberal leaning rag",it's

      I understand plenty, thank you, and not trying to cover up anything.Trying to expose the RATS

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      SassySue1963 3 years ago

      You are talking apples & oranges either because you don't understand the difference or you think others won't and you wish to attempt to cover up the truth.

      Direct candidate donations are not super pac or dark money donations. It is difficult and no doubt intended to be difficult to determine where any of that money came from on either side. From the numbers I assume they include both direct donations, super pac donations and the so-called "dark money". You do need to consider sources, chris, who will churn out whatever facts they wish to present.

      For instance, on the one hand they tell you that dark money is not traceable. On the other hand, they then try to tell you exactly how much the Koch brothers spent (ignoring how much Soros spends, ironic huh?). I mean, which is it? Either they are disclosing donors (which is only partially true. The dark money from both sides has some disclosure but not 100%) or they have no idea how much the Koch brothers gave to anything or if they gave anything at all. Which means they are pulling figures from thin air to brainwash the public into one way of thinking.

      Democrats use super pacs every bit as much as the GOP. They are the same in every respect, including transparency or lack thereof. That is just a fact no matter how much liberal leaning rags try to twist it. There is no "oh this is a good super pac". They are the same in how they operate. The Democrats only consider one good and one evil because one supports their candidates and one doesn't. I'm not even advocating that super pacs are good or bad, I'm merely pointing out - don't be a puppet of the brainwashing media (both sides do the same). A super pac is a super pac and the only difference is which candidates they are supporting no matter how the media tries to spin it to their own gain.

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      really.....then how do you account for this:

      "Overall, Republican candidates outraised their Democratic opponents $63 million to $45 million in open seat races. In just the five states being vacated by Democrats, GOP candidates outraised Democrats $41 million to $29 million."

      I guess it must be this:

      "The real story of the election’s campaign finance chapter was not which side had more resources, but that such a large chunk of the cost was paid for by a small group of ultra-wealthy donors using outside groups to bury voters with an avalanche of spending. Both sides had plenty of support from outside spenders, but Republican and conservative outside groups outpaced the spending of Democratic and liberal ones. Democratic/liberal groups channeled most of their money through organizations that disclosed donors, while their more conservative counterparts relied heavily on secret sources funneling money through political nonprofits."

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      SassySue1963 3 years ago

      Yes go there. Their first page will bring you up Citizen's United, but then search Patriot Majority USA and you'll see they actually outspent Citizen's United. The point is they are no different. They do not disclose individual donors. They are set up exactly the same as Citizen United.

      Here I'll help:

      2014 spending my Citizen's United: $2,709,015

      2014 spending by Patriot Majority USA: $Grand Total: $10,652,302

      Then they lie about it and try to call it "independent expenditures" when it was spending no different than that of Citizen United.

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      On tablet, don't know how to copy...go to open republicans trounced dems in spending and most of it was secret sources

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      The fact thst you know how much patriot majority gave is more than you know about koch and adelson. These incongruous groups don't need to disclose donors. So how do you know who is behind it. You don't.

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      SassySue1963 3 years ago

      Read it and weep, chris

      "Liberals may blame conservatives for the ongoing surge of political “dark money” dominating the 2014 midterm elections, but Democrats are now taking full advantage of these secretive, free-wielding political behemoths—while bemoaning their influence.

      At the forefront is the nonprofit Patriot Majority USA, which is providing Democrats with a countervailing force against the political machine of conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch. This election cycle, Patriot Majority USA has spent more than $7 million on political advertisements, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. That makes it the largest Democratic-aligned dark money operation in the country."


      As you can see, while they call it "dark" money, it is completely traceable for the most part. They just make up those supposed amounts from the Koch brothers. Not to mention, Soros outspends them every election.

      As you say, goose meet gander. They're all the same when it comes to Super Pac money and so-called dark money.

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      SassySue1963 3 years ago

      lmao Democrats have all that "dark money" too and nowhere does it state anything like that as fact. It is all the "party" line the Dems feed you. All their "assumptions" and "supposeds". You are very naïve and gullible in your self-made fantasy land.

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Read the rest....Republican money can't be traced, because it's Citisens United dark money....Dems are outright and disclose...Republicans hide.

      Ergo: we have no idea how much Koch and Adelson threw at them.

      My world is clear as day....and yours is going the way of Atlantis

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      SassySue1963 3 years ago

      Highest Super Pac Donations in 2014 midterms were mostly supporters of Democrats. Top 5 all supported Democrats.

      Your world is a delusion of your own making.

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      That bears no resemblance to reality in my world. It's as if we in habit 2 different Earths. In mine, your gang: the PNAC Pikers, showed no respect for the president, or the people that voted for him.

      Expect the least from me. It's the only silver lining to this sham of a circus.

      reading green eggs and ham on the senate floor!! indeed.

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      SassySue1963 3 years ago

      You mean the filibuster rules that Reid overrode and changed to a simple majority? Wonder how quick they'll work to change that back now that they aren't the majority but I agree - treat them how they treated you - put that simple majority rule right back into place after they vote to change it back. Goose meet gander.

      No he doesn't have to bow down to them - but again, why not? That's what he expected them to do the last 4 years. Your motto - treat them like they treated you - give no quarter to him.

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      There was no point in bringing anything to the floor w filibuster-boys.

      Their GOAL was say no to him!

      Now that they have power, they expect pres to bow down to them.

      I say, treat them as they treated you.

      They claim to be Christians--they have shown how thry wish to be treated by they way they treated you.

      No quarter. Goose meet gander.

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      SassySue1963 3 years ago

      So like, the Immigration Reform bill they sent to the Senate - which allows for a path to citizenship for illegals who meet certain qualifications BUT, also includes strengthening the border that Reid never brought up for a vote - like that? Evil GOP, trying to stem the tide of illegals and protect our borders. Don't know what they're thinking.

      This President has so far shown he does not know the word compromise. Even after the People have spoken, he is talking about a unilateral EP to change immigration. The People don't want a dictator. They want a President. He either gets off his high horse and learns some give and take, or the Democrats will have a tough time in 2016. The ball is in his court now.

      You should go to the Government website and take a look at all the House bills sitting idle in the Senate that Reid wouldn't bring to the floor. Then you'll better understand where the gridlock came from. A lack of any compromise from the Democrats. It's all there in black and white, even if they try to tell you different.

      You seem like a pretty intelligent person, (not a parrot for the Party line like chris)- don't be one of those. Do some actual research.

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      Cape Wind Girl 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      The R's will send things only they like--100% their way, or nothing, and if pres vetoes they will call him the problem.....DEJA VU

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      SassySue1963 3 years ago

      This is a very well written Hub and genuinely from your heart. It would surprise you, I assume from the tone of the piece, that everyone cares. That Tea Party candidate Abbott cares, as do all the people who worked on his campaign. Every person, winner or loser, cares. Your particular ideology doesn't hold a monopoly on caring.

      It also might surprise you to discover that that gloating, insulting person you describe yourself to be in the beginning exists in droves among your own. You need only pass through a few forums after the Presidential election of 2012 to find them, in great crowds, hurling their insults, feeling superior.

      I don't share your ideology, but I respect your right to it. We'd most likely find some things we'd agree on, since I'm not a far right person, but I'm not a far left person either, and to me that is what this election was about.

      It was not a mandate for the far right policies of the the GOP, it was a mandate against the far left policies the Democrats have embraced the last six years and a President who can't compromise and ignores the will of the People. They felt he needed a reality check, and they gave him one.

      In his own words, prior to the election, President Obama said that his policies were on the ballot. He was right. (of course, now he says they weren't, another big part of why the swing was so large, the man just doesn't get it).

      Here's my prediction - if the Congress gets things done & sends them to the President's desk, and he vetoes them all, then the American people will see where the true gridlock lies and the Democrats will have a tough time in 2016, especially since Hillary is Obama with a skirt.

      If, on the other hand, the GOP is full of hot air and they don't pass things the people want and need, then they'll have a tough time in 2016.

      The good news is, don't fret. Political climates change and there is always another election coming up. Kudos for you at getting involved and taking it seriously.