This Is Why We Will Lose The 2014 Midterm Election

roflbot72214If political activity on Facebook and other social media sites were an accurate gauge of how the midterm election in November was going to turn out, it would look like Democrats would take back the house and gain a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Article after article, meme after meme, you’d think that liberals and progressives are poised to make a resounding statement in the 2014 midterm election and that the Republican Party and their ideas are on the verge of being irrelevant – except they aren’t.

It’s a foregone conclusion that younger voters tend to be more liberal and tech savvy, so why aren’t we busy putting the final nails in the coffin of the Tea Party and electing more people like Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren to the House and Senate?

The Washington Post reports:

A new study shows that Americans are on-track to set a new low for turnout in a midterm election, and a record number of states could set their own new records for lowest percentage of eligible citizens casting ballots.

The study, from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate, shows turnout in the 25 states that have held statewide primaries for both parties is down by nearly one-fifth from the last midterm, in 2010. While 18.3 percent of eligible voters cast ballots back then, it has been just 14.8 percent so far this year. Similarly, 15 of the 25 states that have held statewide primaries so far have recorded record-low turnout. (Source)

Seriously y’all, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? Didn’t you learn from the midterm election in 2010? Remember how in the glorious afterglow of electing the first black president, a lot of us got lazy and complacent and didn’t show up to vote? Remember what happened? The Tea Party takeover? Hello, is anyone paying attention?

Sure, Mitt Romney got his ass handed to him in the 2012 election but little else was accomplished. We’re still stuck with the House being run by lunatics like Louie Gohmert, Steve Stockman and Michele Bachmann who is finally leaving, but no thanks to us. Eric Cantor won’t be there, but that’s going to be thanks to the Virginia Tea Party, not us. The work of the Senate is still being held up by Mitch McConnell and all of the good intentions, bursts of outrage and petitions on our part are not going to change that.

It would seem as if many people believe that all they need to do is turn out every 4 years, put a candidate’s sticker on their vehicle and vote for the Democratic nominee – as if that fulfills their civic responsibility. The other problem, especially on the left, is that a lot of folks get discouraged and angry because their party didn’t fulfill all of their promises – and give them a pretty pony as well.

The difference between the left and the right is that despite not getting everything they want, the right still shows up to vote, both in the primaries and in the general elections. Let’s use the religious right as an example. In the years before they managed to take control of party decision-making in the Bible Belt states and beyond, the religious right was content to get a token anti-abortion bill tossed their way. In the mean time, they continued to show up at the primaries and vote in the general election, even if their ideal candidate wasn’t on the ballot. These voters understood that sitting around and waiting for the perfect candidate who would give them everything they wanted was a terrible strategy, so they took what was given while working for something better.

The problem is the left isn’t as fervent – rabid, even – about getting out the vote even if the party nominee isn’t what they had in mind. As such, enthusiasm rapidly wanes and people loudly complain when a nominee isn’t the most pro-choice, pro-LGBT, progressive person out of all of the candidates there were to choose from. Don’t believe me? Just go check the comments section on Ready For Hillary, and she hasn’t even announced whether or not she’s going to run in 2016.

But how can people honestly complain when the turnout for Democratic primaries is the lowest it has ever been? And it’s not just in red states, either. It’s in Maryland, Illinois, and California – just to name a few solidly blue states. This is why, despite the demographics shifting against them, the far right continues to hold on to power, thanks to apathy on the left.

This week’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot award goes to the professional complainers on the left who spend their time kvetching and waiting for the perfect candidate to come along, instead of being pragmatic and working with what we have for now. It’s as if they’d choose to hand the Senate back to the GOP rather than vote for someone who doesn’t share every single one of their views. Seriously, grow up.

So, do you want to bury the Tea Party and their obstructive agenda once and for all? There’s only one way to do that, and that’s to vote and make sure to get others to the polls as well. Here’s what is at stake in the midterm election in November:

—All 435 seats of the U.S. House of Representatives

—33 seats in the U.S. Senate

—46 State Legislatures

—38 State and Territorial Governorships.

You can sign all the petitions you want and voice your outrage that your ideal candidate isn’t on the ballot, but none of that matters if you don’t get out and vote.


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  • This is a very old and tired argument. While people all around the world are fighting and dying for the right to vote Americans look upon voting as an inconvenience. The republicans have only one item on their agenda, to nullify the presidency of some black guy from Chicago who they did not invite to their private party. They will hold this country hostage and attempt to unravel every piece of legislation passed by this administration as if it never happened. They are not about to allow this novice politician to take credit for cleaning up the mess they created. Obama was elected by the will of the people and the republicans are sending a message that the will of the people has no value while they are in charge. Apathy wins elections. VOTE; use it or lose it.

    • William Fite

      To use your term, not mine, the black guy from Chicago is not running this year. That is why you libs will lose.

      • DavidD

        I’m not optomistic about the election this year but will turn out to vote against the reactionary GOP as allways.
        Reaction in the end will lose.It’s contradictions will destroy it in the end.
        Voter suppresion ,gerrymandering and just plain lying are not the tactics of a party on the way up and the GOP will reap the whirlwind for their actions soon.

      • ExcellentJim

        “Voter suppresion ,gerrymandering and just plain lying” are how Democrats win elections. Well, that and the Dead People who vote for them.

      • Wedge

        Anybody that thinks having an ID to vote is simply worried that 1/3 of there base will disappear, period

      • SouthernPatriot55

        AMEN and AMEN.

      • Clifford Neeley

        As for the reactionary GOP ending anything if the democrats have not totally destroyed American by the time the election is held it will be a miracle. You are another one who does not need to vote–you vote only because of a party–An educated voter votes for the person not for a party. And as for reaping what is sown–perhaps some Muslim may blow you to where you can get no virgins so he can have 70.

      • Snarky Daemon O’Mockery

        Hail Eris!

        Vote for the “person” all you like, but independents don’t achieve much, by themselves. If your preferred “person” is in a party, especially if it’s the GOP, they’ll be expected to vote the party line, throughout their time in office, or risk being penalised.

        Snarky
        Love is always having to say you’re sorry.

      • Wedge

        voter suppression? You are another idiot that thinks having an id is racist huh? Only way the dems can take ANY office, ANY seat ANYWHERE, is by lying, cheating and having voted by people that shouldn’t be allowed to vote. Only reason in hell that anybody would make a stink about having ID to vote is because they know full well, that they would collapse under the lies. If you are too lazy, (which the 3rd and 4th generation welfare as a carrer people are) then you don’t deserve to vote. Obama elected by the will of the people, what a crock of shit, just like dear leader. Free, everything should be free, let the HARD WORKING PEOPLE PAY FOR YOUR FREE SHIT! I for one am tired of paying for the freeloading, lazy, users that have been inbred around this country.

      • Snarky Daemon O’Mockery

        Hail Eris!

        Actual vote fraud is a negligible concern, in North America — neither Canada nor the US have it as a real problem, in spite of what both Tories and GOP’ers say. I mean, one person, voted six times? Oh, mercy me, Heavens to Murgatroyd, it’s an absolute _disaster_!

        Snarky
        The perfect lie is one that can even deceive the liar.

      • SouthernPatriot55

        Like that “lady” who voted for Obamie SIX TIMES and thought she did nothing wrong. Hope she goes to JAIL!

      • emmayus

        Cincinnati – Melowese Richardson, 58, and A long-time poll worker who admitted to illegal voting was sentenced to five years in prison. Unfortunately, all her votes still got counted.

      • SouthernPatriot55

        But darn ain’t he doing GOOD on that high dollar campaign trail? I am glad he spends all his time playing golf and trying to create class warfare. LESS time to screw this country up. The Republican who wins in 2016 will need TWO TERMS to TRY to clean up the mess he or she will inherit. To use worn out words from Your Messiah.

    • Jim Bean

      The author wrote, “Remember how in the glorious afterglow of electing the first black president. .. .” and you come forth with a comment suggesting its the President’s detractors who are the ones whose tainted by Obama’s skin color. That’s pretty remarkable.

    • The gaytheists and fagnostics of Al Queerda are insane…

      • Stephen Barlow

        but every one of them give better head than your wife.

      • Monogamy is a hackneyed tenet of religion.

        Religious fággotry is insane.

      • Clifford Neeley

        and how good are you

      • Snarky Daemon O’Mockery

        Hail Eris!

        I’m stealing “fagnostic.” It’s so *me*.

        Snarky
        “Turning into a cosmic freak changes your life more than having a kid.” “Don’t you believe it, Ben.”

    • Stephen Barlow

      And THAT is the reason NONE of them should EVER get a vote.

    • Clifford Neeley

      And if you believe what you have just said you do not have the ability to vote and should stay at home–NO ONE CARES WHAT HIS COLOR IS EXCEPT YOU IDIOTS WHO HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO DEFEND THIS SORRY EXCUSE OF AN AMERICAN-Whether born in this country or not HE is NOT an AMERICAN–A red cow does not give strawberry milk–This traitor has given aid to our enemy, He was not elected by a majority–check the voting records when 110% vote in any place there is something wrong and when the 110% all vote for the same person there is very definitely something wrong. And to the best of my knowledge I have never known any dead person to rise up only on election day to vote. And as for unraveling the legislation he has illegally forced on the people it should be done away with–It is killing people of ALL COLORS–

      • Wedge

        yeah explain to me how Romney didn’t get ONE vote in some precincts, you have a better chance at hitting the lotto 5 times in a row then that happening, and then there was the 140% turnout, how exactly do you get 140% of 100? oh that’s right, by not having an IDE!! having welfare babies running from booth to booth to vote 5 and 6 times.. idiots

      • You’ve been brainwashed by the Fox propaganda machine but that was your choice.

      • Kenneth Munson Sr.

        Spoken like a true liberal.My mind is made up, don’t confuse me with facts.

      • SouthernPatriot55

        Its good to know the Truth; maybe you should LISTEN to Fox sometime! Maybe use your brain for once?

      • Mark

        it was on all the news outlets not just Fox. how do you get 140% out of 100%. how about the idiot who voted six times and got caught.

      • The guy who voted six times was a republican office holder from a midwestern state which slips my mind at the moment. I have no intention of changing anyone’s mind. You can all wallow in ignorance until your last breaths. You can send your unemployed children to die for Halliburton and Exon Mobil. You can carry your assault rifles in public and continue to look over your shoulders for fear of the consequences of your hatred. You can live in perpetual fear generated by the Fox boogieman show. It doesn’t matter to me. All people align themselves with political figures who do not challenge their existing beliefs. You can continue to believe the Fox/ Enquirer network. For that matter, you can believe that babies come from dirty toilet seats if you want to but that wont make it true.

      • emmayus

        Yo! Genius! If the election fraud was by Republicans, then how come in all the states where it was reported, the winners were all DEMOCRATS?

      • Snarky Daemon O’Mockery

        Hail Eris!

        *Vote fraud* — and it failed because Republicans need narrow margins, to win by fraudulent means. But I repeat myself, since all their wins, in the past 46 years, have involved some form of cheating. So, _because Republicans need narrow margins, to win_.

        Snarky
        Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.

      • OMR

        Not here in Georgia were still a red State and it did happen here!

    • Shod Pell

      You might have an argument there but for one simple mistake, do a small amount of research and see which house of congress has passed more bills in the last two years and then research what the other house of congress did with the bills sent to them and not just the obamacare thing. You want to get the congress moving on jobs, infrastructure, medicaid, social security, and a host of other problems then get rid of Harry Reid he has over 300 bill on his desk that he will not bring before the senate to even debate let along call for a vote. On obama being elected by the people you do mean the deceased peoples vote and the vote early/vote often peoples vote and for sure you are talking about the En el autobús, si quieres todas las cosas gratis ir a votar para Democrates peoples vote.

      • Snarky Daemon O’Mockery

        Hail Eris!

        Every single bill passed by the House since 2010 is a POS, because the GOP is actively trying to make sure that Obama’s presidency fails to accomplish anything worthwhile. They were trying to make him a one-term POTUS, but that was a miserable failure, so they’ve moved on to doing everything they can to make him hated, generally for things he either never did, couldn’t avoid doing, or wasn’t at “fault” for doing, because they were neither illegal nor immoral. It’s the “throwing shit at a wall, to see what sticks” approach to politics.

        Snarky
        In the Olympic Games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled the biscuits, and threw the java. The reward to the victor was a coral wreath. The government of Athen was democratic because the people took the law into their own hands. There were no wars in Greece, as the mountains were so high that they couldn’t climb over to see what their neighbors were doing. When they fought the Parisians, the Greeks were outnumbered because the Persians had more men.

    • SouthernPatriot55

      What will you say then if BEN CARSON get the ticket? Huh? THEN We will call you the racists that you are.

  • dswx

    “Eric Cantor won’t be there, but that’s going to be thanks to the
    Virginia Tea Party, not us.”

    The author loses a lot of credibility with that statement. Many Democrats turned out here to vote against Cantor specifically. It was an open primary. It was not “thanks to the Virginia Tea Party, not us.” Very lazy reporting with that statement. In fact the whole article is simply spewing anger. Supposing the author is wrong, I bet he does not come out and admit how completely wrong he was. He sounds like the type that would only say it was because of him that it worked out. He definitely is not “saying it like it is” (how more trite can he be?). He is saying his opinion. That is as bad as the Teabaggers who don’t know facts from opinions.
    “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts” –
    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

    • Nancy B

      Oh, the irony! The ousting of Cantor by Democrats is not a fact. In fact, it’s been debunked statistically (the only way it can be with no party affiliation numbers) 6 ways to Sunday. I think the only people who are claiming that by now are the actual VA Dems who voted against him.

  • rossbro

    It is impossible to believe how lazy SOME Americans are on Election Day, midterm. People, PLEASE VOTE !!!!!

    • Stereotreme

      It’s not a question of laziness. Voting is a pain in the ass. Especially for the working class.

      IMO, we should do it like Australia does it. Voting should be compulsory, and the easiest thing in the world to do.

      • Nancy B

        The working class has been voting for eons. The RW doesn’t seem to have a problem with it. I don’t see what’s so painful. If voting is that difficult for you, then you should work to get whatever it is impeding you changed.

      • Kenneth Munson Sr.

        What is impeding him is a 14 hour day that starts when the polls open and ends when the polls close. Thats a 70 hour work week. Wish I had one of those.

      • Nancy B

        As R RS said, absentee ballot. Problem solved.

      • R RS

        To Stereo ~ absentee ballots are available in all or most states and localities. Failure to vote is absolutely no excuse. Democrats and progressives simply have got to stop being passive and MUST vote.

      • Clifford Neeley

        We should demand that to vote you have to take a class and go over what each person says they support–and then if they do not do what they say they should be thrown out of office for the first offense.

      • Kenneth Munson Sr.

        According to the US Census 2013 estimate there are 242,470,819 adults over 18 years old in the United States. How are you getting them to class.

      • Clifford Neeley

        No class no vote

      • Snarky Daemon O’Mockery

        Hail Eris!

        Roughly around 100 million people opt out of ever voting (maybe 90 million, perhaps 85M, if those made ineligible to vote are discounted). How do you propose to get them to class, if they don’t wish to vote anyway?

        Snarky
        I couldn’t afford a plane ticket to a war zone, so I made my own.

      • Mom24

        no, that would be more govt oversight
        That’s the last thing Americans need!

      • Mom24

        AND I NEVER understood why ANY Black Americans would vote Democrat. Welfare is the new slavery! Are you really going to vote for someone who wants to keep you subservient to them? And before anyone get on their high horse, I had wic and medicaid when my daughter was born, but I saw it as a temporary help. I’ll be damned if I continue to take a handout from anyone, including a govt made up of people who will exploit me and my kid!

      • emmayus

        Most liberals would fail even the simplest test. T or F. 1. Harry Reid is Speaker of the House. 2. Slavery was ended in the 60’s. 3. The Delcaration of Independence is a binding legal document 4. The United States is made up of 57 states. 5. Illegal immigrants are not breaking any laws 6. The constitution says the president can pass laws without Congress. For 7,8,9 and 10. Name the Vice President, your governor, your Senator and your House Representative.

      • emmayus

        1-6 are all false.

      • SouthernPatriot55

        Voting is a privilege. Too BAD you find it a chore.

    • Stephen Barlow

      We got the suppressed Black vote out in Mississippi. For an OLD WHITE RED!!!

      • DavidD

        Most people in Mississippi didn’t vote for anybody.

      • Stephen Barlow

        You MISSED the POINT!!!!

        Blacks who don’t NEED TO VOTE, got out and voted FOR A DECADES in office OLD SOUTHERN WHITE RACIST!!!!!

      • DavidD

        Most Black folks in Mississippi did not vote.Check the total of registered voters to who actually voted and then add all who are not registered.
        What is killing us down here is voter apathy.
        Please don’t shout .It’s rude.

      • Stephen Barlow

        YOU ARE WAY TOO STOOPID TO BOTHER WITH. DON’T PRETEND TO READ AND THEN ACTUALLY ANSWER.

      • Wedge

        you are another IDIOT! did you hear THAT? Blacks being suppressed, wtfe, 80% never voted a day in there fucking life till a black man was running, put your race card up your ass

      • Kenneth Munson Sr.

        Spoken like a true liberal.

    • Stephen Barlow

      With voter suppression making white districts as 10 minute line and black districts a 10 HOUR line, it is hard to say what you said with a straight face, isn’t it?

      Thanks for asking though, it makes you look like a nice guy.

      • Clifford Neeley

        Who are you kidding–if it is a 10 hour line it is because they have to have a democrat in with them to point out each democrat candidate who is going to GIVE more welfare, food stamps, housing. Thanks for not telling it like it is.

    • DavidD

      It is not being lazy down here but despair.The state parties run Democratic candidates just to the left of the reactionary right.
      People don’t see much difference and are not voting for either party because they feel thatr neither party represents their intrests.
      Until the local parties put up candidates that are at least FDR Democrats voter participation will continue to fall.

      • Kenneth Munson Sr.

        Join the Veterans Party of America.

    • SouthernPatriot55

      And for Republicans ! Yayyyy!

  • William Fite

    The article mentions we need more politicians like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. The American public do not want socialists anymore socialists in office.

    • Aaron Goldstein

      That is your opinion, not a fact. You should also work on your sentences, my 7 year old writes better than you do.

      • Avatar

        Maybe it should occurs to you that English-speaking is considered dying culture in the world. It’s not thriving like most Americans would believe.

      • William Fite

        You are right it is my opinion. And who cares about my sentence structure. Apparently you understood it and that is all that matters. This is not a business situation where I check it out before I send it. And it really makes you look small when you have to bring up the grammar argument.

    • Julie Wickstrom

      People who don’t pay attention to your far-right news sources aren’t necessarily socialists. Most people are more normal and moderate to perhaps just democrats. There is a socialist party who will proudly explain to you what socialism really is. If you want to use the term so frequently, perhaps find out what it actually means.

      • William Fite

        So I can’t call a self described socialist, a socialist? Talking about Bernie Sanders. Elizabeth Warren may not be self described but she leans that way. Has nothing to do with what far right wing news source I watch or listen to. Too much government in my opinion is leaning towards a socialist society. And that is where the American public does not want to go.

      • DavidD

        Your opinion is not valued very highly here.Go ahead and post all you want but no one places any value on it.

    • Avatar

      The real socialists in the government is Republicans. Their voters are too inept and too gullible to be able to see that.

  • Discontentprogressive

    Voter turn out has slowly decreased since the founding of the nation. It is the weakness of democracy that has too many elections. It dies. We should have tied congressional seat percentages with the national election long ago. Like with parliament. Winning president should immediately get a majority presence in both houses of the congress just by winning the presidency. Then at least he/she has a more likely chance of getting something done.

    I’ll be voting midterm, but this does tend to strengthen my belief that for the most part, human beings aren’t ready for democracy. I mean look at how we allowed this country to grow an aristocracy? How many of our political leaders are from either inherited wealth and power or both?

    Vote people…but be prepared for the crazies to win. And be prepared for more of nothing. Hey of we get lucky, and I’m being sarcastic here, a whole bunch of t-baggers will win and cause another government shut down or something. Least then they will have an excuse for doing nothing.

  • Nancy B

    I’ve only missed 3 elections in the past 35 years. Many of those were an exercise in futility because I live in a very red pocket of a reddish-purple state. But I did it because it’s my duty as a citizen. I’ve always felt that you don’t have a right to complain if you don’t vote. And around here, I have a lot to complain about.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Ronnie tell you to say that? LOL

      • Nancy B

        See, the reason you have to laugh at your own post is that it doesn’t make sense to anyone else. Did you mean Reagan? If so, where does that connect to what I said?

      • Stephen Barlow

        It was a Nancy joke hun.

      • Nancy B

        My apologies, then. I can never tell anymore.

      • Stephen Barlow

        I am pretty obtuse too boot.

        I figured you MUST have gotten all the Nancy “just say No, cause your psychic told you so” jokes…

        I generally don’t pick on NICE people who are real American Patriots.

  • Jim Bean

    I would suggest that its the constant bombardment of news of this administrations corruption and lawlessness that saps the enthusiasm of even the most vicious and unethical liberals.

    • Avatar

      I would suggest that you fact check your own comment before screaming useless anti-Obama bullshot. Look at Reagan administration, it’s still the historical most corrupt one ever seen, more than 200 officials in Reagan indicted and jailed.

      • William Fite

        At least Reagan’s Justice department does something about it. What has Holder done, other than call everyone a racist?

      • Avatar

        Not really. Nearly 90% of those indicted got walked away as free men/women, no prison times, and no permanent felony records.

    • Avatar

      Did you know that in dictionary term, ethnic applies to liberals very well than anyone in this country, period.

  • Chuck Homsy

    The
    article is pretty spot on though. I work for the supervisor of
    elections as a precinct manager and we only see about a 25% turnout, and
    maybe a ten percent return of mail in ballots. The repugnantcraps are
    going to win again and this time their tea bagging friends are going to
    be even worse than the last batch.

  • Avatar

    I’m sorry to say this but Republicans will retain the House and unfortunately, re-take the Senate. I guaranteed that because we doesn’t like to vote in midterms, something that Republicans really are appreciate.

    When it happens, mark my words, someone in teaturd caucus will file the impeachment process of Obama immediately.

    • Gregory Hinton

      you are correct they will, even though as ignorant and vile as baggers are they’ll do it even though they know they can never get the 67 votes in the Senate to fulfill their evil.

      • Avatar

        Republicans has succeeds in arm-twist Democrats to vote for anything the right want to pass during W. Bush years. I have no doubt there are plenty of weak and corporate-controlled Democrats in Senate.

    • DavidD

      They might not take the Senate.Things are looking up but we must get the vote out.

  • Holly Woodham

    If we had a media that were socially responsible and out for the greater good, they would be cultivating a civic minded and thoughtful audience. Instead, we have a media that overwhelmingly cultivates ignorance. We live in a corporatocracy that control the airwaves, where most people in this country get their information (or in this case misinformation). We can say it’s because people aren’t voting, but with a corporate owned media advocating for the 1%, many of the people at the bottom have learned to vote against their own best interests.

  • King Bee

    Sorry! I won’t vote for the Democrats as long as they support the Israeli slaughter of innocent kids, women, men, and Seniors in Gaza.
    I just as soon be represented by a Tea Party nitwit than a lying Democrat who is at the very least complicit in War Crimes being committed by the despicable regime in power in Israel.

    • Pragmatic Progressive

      I do not like war going on, but Israel has a right to safety and security, and if we were being subjected to such terrorist attacks constantly, our army would be defending us too. The only way you’ll get peace in the region is once Israel’s right to exist is recognized.

      • Rustbelt Democrat

        Very well said Pragmatic Progressive. And I will add that it’s very obvious that Hamas is using urban warfare, hiding it’s weapons amongst the civilians.

      • surfjac

        Yeah, but they don’t have a right to continue to displace the Palestinians with the settlements. Israel is an apartheid state and it should be condemned for that however, not supporting the saner left because of the stupidity going on in Israel is sillier. Go ahead and let’s see one of those war mongers, especially one of the ixtian ones, get power and we’ll end up with WWIII.

      • Pragmatic Progressive

        Israel is not an apartheid state. To tar Israel with that kind of brush is utterly malicious. I’m appalled at those on the left who claim to be a progressive or liberal yet promote such anti-Semitism. Jews are the majority within Israel, but the non-Jewish minority (Arab, Christians, Bedouin, Druze, Baha’i and others) enjoy full citizenship with voting rights and representation in the government.

      • Rustbelt Democrat

        Pragmatic,
        I second what you said and stand with you against anti-Semitic remarks such as that.

      • King Bee

        Have you faux Progressives ever seen the Daily Show? May I recommend it to you. Jon Stewart may help you to understand that Anti-Zionism IS NOT Anti-Semitism.
        Reading the comments here proves that it doesn’t matter who is elected. As ill-informed as Americans are today; it is already too late for the USA.

      • Southern Liberal

        Pragmatic,

        I join you and Rustbelt and any others in denouncing anti-Semitism that I’ve seen some, but most certainly not all, on the left using.

      • surfjac

        Apparently the Palestinians do not benefit from the largesse of the Israeli people like those other groups do.
        Look, I get it…they lob rockets, Israel lobs rockets, rockets kill. The people of Israel are under constant threat as are the Palestinians apparently. It’s like we’re all just waiting for them to blow themselves up in mutually assured destruction. However, there must be some intelligence and compassion from both sides towards the other. Got that? Both sides…Towards the other.

      • Blue In A Red State

        I find it rather hard to negotiate with a group (Hamas) who has zero regard for the lives of their own civilians, let alone the civilians in Israel. If Hamas cared about their civilians they would be working to improve their living conditions instead of attacking Israel.

      • surfjac

        Of course, they are a radical terrorist group albeit one democratically elected and they don’t care but we do. Maybe we shouldn’t either but that’s not how we roll is it? That’s what the problem really is..the way Hamas values its citizens as shields rather than people. Did the Palestinians elect Hamas so Hamas could use the citizens as shields or represent the best interests of the citizens? Please, someone answer that question with authority…Why was Hamas elected in the first place? Because of the brutality of Israel employed because of the bombs Hamas had been throwing at Israel?…or was there something else more benign in their plans?

      • Southern Liberal

        If Hamas is truly a democratically-elected organization, then they have no excuse for organizing terrorists. A true democracy works peacefully to gain freedom as opposed to killing innocent civilians. Hamas is a desperate organization that wants nothing more than to kill their neighbors in Israel. If Hamas wants to truly be a democratic organization, they must disarm.

      • Pragmatic Progressive

        There will be peace between Israel Israel and the Palestinians only when the Palestinians overthrow or vote out the violent theocrats and kleptocrats of Hamas.

      • surfjac

        Maybe…unless some other radical group comes along and the Palestinians vote them in. As a group, I have no idea why they would have voted in Hamas to lead them. They’ve never done anything positive for the Palestinians and everyone knows they are using the Palestinians as shields because they feel they should. It is disgusting but it is their way. Your right, change will come when they are ready for change.

      • Moderate Lefty

        We have to replace the cycle of violence with a recognition of three things: (1) that both sides have valid claims, (2) the blame game is pointless because there is more than enough blame to go around, and (3) the solution is two states, based on the 1967 borders with land swaps, international peacekeeping, and international aid to rebuild Palestine.

        The question, of course, is how could we ever get to that solution. Here are a few thoughts. Palestinians need to realize that they can never win through violence, if for no other reason than that they are massively outgunned. Instead, Palestinians should follow the lead of the Civil Rights Movement and Gandhi and engage in active, non-violent civil disobedience. Israelis need to stop the illegal settlements. And the US and the rest of the international community need to use foreign aid to empower moderates who are operating in good faith and isolate and push out of power extremists on both sides.

      • R RS

        Israel is not at issue here. If anybody wants peace, the one state solution is best because unity is what brings peace. No better example than in the USA and UK.

        Still, we as a society need to stop allowing ourselves to be sidetracked by foreign wars and other distractions. Everybody here and elsewhere needs to get out and vote. Once Democrats and progressives are put into office and our domestic problems are solved, then we can deal with extraneous issues such as foreign affairs.

      • King Bee

        It’s always nice to see the IDF posting here in the comments.
        I’m surprised that you have the time for this. Don’t you have a baby to kill?

    • Christian Lefty

      I’ve come to the conclusion that there will never be peace there. Those people have been fighting since Biblical times and will continue to do so.

  • Pragmatic Progressive

    Yes. Very much agree with what the author is saying. Every election, from your local town to the national level, is important.

  • Dave

    I’m getting so sick of this message….You sound like a right wing publication….fine then…..you say we’ll lose, so why should we even bother to vote. That is what I am hearing over and over again. The people that read these posts/stories are the ones that are concerned and ARE going to vote…..you’re preaching to the choir…..do something and reach out to the ones that are NOT going to vote, or have problems getting to the polls.

  • surfjac

    That mr. perdue guy who won some repbublican’t primary said he wanted to deny Harry Reid another vote in the senate. Great, another guy who wants to be elected to do nothing but obstruct. That’s who people are voting for: people that don’t give a f about leading only obstructing. Maybe the Dems should become the party of NO; it works so well for the right.

  • Stephen Barlow

    Ever notice how many right wing nut ads are on this site?

  • Matthew Reece

    Voting is immoral because it initiates force against one’s fellow human beings by imposing rulers upon them.

    • Jennifer Elisabeth

      Are you really that stupid or are you pulling our legs?

      • Matthew Reece

        I am sorry that you were raised to believe that ad hominem and ad lapidem are legitimate forms of argument. The truth is that such tactics admit defeat, ignorance, and intellectual dishonesty.

  • R RS

    Here in Minnesota we see tv ads which continually condemn Governor Dayton despite the great success of his administration. Ads attack Senator Franken and ACA despite their successes as well.

    WHERE IS THE DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE???

    Where are ads that prove the ACA and these Dem politicians have been successes??

    Silence is death, The Democratic party chooses to remain silent in the face of these endless lies and distortions. This is why so few people show up to vote – they feel that it is a hopeless cause. But they wouldn’t feel that way if the party would stop its campaign of silence and passivity. It simply must choose to answer back NOW, not later.

    • UU Progressive

      That’s the thing I get fed up with regarding the Democrats lately.

  • Carol Clinch

    VOTE VOTE VOTE BLUNAMI. MUST VOTE BLUE!!!

  • Dave

    I’m getting so sick and tired of all these stories that say “we will lose”….Your message says to “Go out and vote” , but ALL of these stories say it really doesn’t matter because we will lose anyway….YOU are discouraging people by bringing the momentum and motivation DOWN by continually writing all these disparaging articles!

  • ExcellentJim

    Although I disagree with EVERYTHING the Progressives stand for – I agree with the subject of this article – Everyone, Please Vote.
    Then, when the Conservatives win, you’ll finally understand that’s what America Wants.

    • Clifford Neeley

      Jim I wish you were correct–However Liberals will never understand anything until it is too late and then they will be the loudest to complain and blame everything on the Republicans, GWB, and RACE.

  • Duke Williams

    I`m sorry, I didn`t mean to come onto this incognito racist blogsite………those Republicans are not about erasing anything a black man has done………they are about setting this country on the right path that the founders intended…..no I`m not Republican…………..but I can identify much better with them and logical thinking rather than progressive (feel good) thinking of the liberals………you are going to see a landslide election this November………and rightly so….you deserve the losses!!!

  • JohnLasherisGay

    forward comrades!

  • William Freeman

    From your mouth to God’s ears- If people who are not bright enough to educate themselves and consider the issues without reference to some demagogue or race-baiter, then they should stay home.

  • Hudmar

    Gee, I thought it was because the people are finding out the truth.

  • Jesse Legasse

    Manny Schewitz is yet another example of the lazy blogger that watches too much mainstream media (MBC, CBS, ABC, HBO, CNN & MSNBC)for his rhetoric and commentary. The leftist machine continues to spin fact into pure fantasy, whatever it takes to achieve the mindlessness zombie-like distraction they require from actual truth. This article is yet another example of proposed victory over the boogeyman. Schewitz might as well be calling for an uprising to band together and fight against the evil of the jabberwocky….or the evil leprechauns of belfast, or the frankenstein monster.

    Folks, grow up. The conclusion that these lefty’s arrive about the Tea Party being racist and made up of only backwoods “right-wing extremists” makes ZERO sense. Why don’t these “progressives” try actually “talking to” a Tea party activist, try to learn something genuine about them, instead of being so easily influenced by CNN and raising pitchforks, nooses and torches at conservatives? Seriously, be honest for a change and just admit the Tea Party is about standing up to government corruption, and not racism or partisan hatred. Just stop the idiocy already and just be honest.

  • SouthernPatriot55

    See you at the polls when we take BACK the Senate! Bahaha!

  • R RS

    Stop the excuses – get out and vote. Tell everyone you know who cares for America to do the same.

    It is time to take back the USA from the corporate and Fox network interests.