Dear Liberals: Here’s a Dose of Harsh Reality You All Need to Hear

obama-frowningThis is going to be short, simple, honest and not something most liberals are going to want to hear. And that’s fine by me, because I’m completely frustrated with all this nonsense.

There’s a simple and undeniable fact when it comes to voting, our elections and who controls our government: When liberals show up to vote, we win.


And yes, it is just that simple.

Yet, despite this fact, liberals get their asses kicked just about every midterm election because millions of them decide not to vote. Then, when Republicans gain power in our government, many of these same liberals spend countless hours whining about how horrible Republicans are and how we can’t let them ruin this country.

Except, that’s exactly what we do.

Because that’s the frustrating truth about all of this – liberals outnumber conservatives. If liberals would just vote with the same consistency as conservatives, the Republican party would almost always been hidden in some back corner of our government. They would only be heard from only when we allowed their ignorance to have a voice. Which wouldn’t happen.

And in that moment, Republicans would realize that either their ignorance had to be extinguished or their party would perish.

But, no, that’s not what we do.

Instead, we sit back and whine about Democrats not doing anything while complaining about how horrific Republicans are. It’s an endless cycle where we allow Republicans to have just enough power to inhibit Democrats from accomplishing anything, while we complain about what Democrats aren’t able to accomplish – because we allowed Republicans to have power.

Then, instead of blaming ourselves (because, of course, it’s never our fault), we blame those who are currently in office and “punish” them – by not showing up to vote when the next elections roll around.

Which, of course, means Republicans once again gain more power.


Do you see how absolutely stupid this all is?

And the thing is, we can change it right now. All we have to do this November is show up and vote, that’s it. It’s really that simple. But we won’t. We’ll sit back, most likely allow Republicans to take back control of the Senate, then whine about how little President Obama accomplishes these next two years, while complaining about how inefficient our government is.

But at the end of the day, we can bitch and moan all we want, but we are the ones who constantly let Republicans gain that power to stand in the way of moving this country forward.

So, will we do it again this November? Most likely – but I hope not. I hope that sometime between now and then, liberals wake the hell up and realize that we hold the power in this country and there’s not a damn thing Republicans can do about it unless we let them.

Hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Steve Brains

    Hammer, nailhead. BAM! Good job.

    Show up!!! VOTE!!!! Keep the few. Replace the many.

    I live neat premier GOLD water trout fishing in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument. It’s all catch and release in this 20 foot wide ‘river’, 1/2 mile below the Canyon Rim there are only 3 ways to get down there. You can take a 14% grade, 15 MPH road that it to tight and curvy for 10 wheel dump trucks with 24 foot trailers (THey are prohibited)…, you can take the foot path, which includes 2 – 30 foot sections you NEED to climb hand over hand with CHAINS that have been pitoned into the rock face for 40 years… or you can maneuver your small boat past the buoyed barracade and go over the 100′ falls @ the Crystal Dam and get there Butch Cassidy/Sundance kid style.

    The point is, other than the thrill of hooking a monster rainbow, a true prize of record winner, you have nothing to show for your efforts.

    SHOWING UP AND VOTING CHANGES YOUR WORLD OVERNIGHT!!! it Changes your children’s future from one of ignorance to EDUCATION, one of sickness to HEALTH. How hard is it to sit for hours to get in that Christmas Sale on Black Friday @ 5AM, that concert ticket that goes on Sale @ 6AM?

    You have worked all your life to get into heaven (or hell), Think you could stand looking for a parking space, standing in line for an hour and a half (National avg), and making a friggin’ making a choice that would change YOU OWN FAMILY’s future from perpetual WAR and Corporatism to relative peace and mutual prosperity?

    NIKE!!!! Just DO IT!

    • Christopher Denney

      Sounds like a lovely spot to fish, I used to love camping up Poudre canyon in Roosevelt National Forest; too bad people aren’t willing to work as hard for their country as they are for their recreation.

      • Steve Brains

        That is sad and too true. Crystal Dam is the last and smallest of the three in Curecanti National Recreational Area. Just take US 50 West from Annapolis and when you get to BlueMesa Dam, take the next right. That will lead you down 256 wooden steps in dubious and ever changing repair and turn left. Walk past the boat dock (ONLY ONE) and don’t make a sound from then on.

        The canyon is 700 Ft deep and like a mega phone in an old ladies ear for the fish. I sit behind a rock for almost an hour before I bother tossing a line out. Here, on Morrow Point Lake, which is behind the 110FT Morrow Point Dam are the grand daddies!!! The fish almost no one EVER believes got away. This lake is almost 30 feet deep and less than 100 yards wide at the middle.

        I have been going there for 14 years and I NEVER hook lees than 3 over 30# trout. Lakers, like your great Aunt Bertha’s whole leg. These you can take home. I don’t think I have seen 25 people FISHING down there in all that time. I go once a month till it snows.

        WHY NOT? Because when it’s getting dark and cold, and that cooler of beer (+ tackle + lunch +chair + book + parka [Colorado canyons are COLD in the shade} it weighs 200# when holding the limit of trout… and UP 256 rickety old wooden steps in the darkening dusk when your breath turns to snow is a whole lot different than DOWN in the morning sun.

        And NO!!! you can NOT camp within 1/4 mile of the shore.

        i’ll make My avatar a pic.

      • Sandy Greer

        ^^^ Wordsmith on Board. ^^^

      • Steve Brains

        Thankyou.

      • Steve Brains

        Yep

      • Willie Wilson Jr

        I will vote blue.For my grandchildren

      • patriot 86

        Why.

  • Sandy Greer

    I never miss an election. But I think author assumes liberals always vote straight (D) ticket. I would not make that assumption, and think there will be crossover voting in this – as in all – elections. Many of us look at candidates as individuals, and good on us if/when we do. Many of us view issues in a non-partisan manner, as well.

    One thing jumped out at me from this article:

    >liberals outnumber conservatives. If liberals would just vote with the same consistency as conservatives, the Republican party would almost always been hidden in some back corner of our government. They would only be heard from only when we allowed their ignorance to have a voice. Which wouldn’t happen.

    ^^^I hope I read this wrong. Because it seems to imply that – if Dems were in charge – they would not allow Repubs a ‘voice’. I don’t care which party is in charge – not to allow the minority a ‘voice’ is Wrong.

    A better justification of crossover voting you couldn’t find.

    • Christopher Denney

      I don’t always vote Dem but, lately, I never vote Repub. It is important for everyone to vote, not so “our team” wins, but because if everyone has a voice, then those that seek to corrupt the system lose.

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        When a majority sit out elections, then those with a vested interest have a disproportionate influence on who our elected officials are, and who those officials listen to.

      • Bonnie Harris

        agreed….usually I vote Dem on the federal part of the ticket, but for a deep blue state like mine (MD), i took a chance on a Repub for a local office – he actually emphasized his work on (and plans to improve how my county handles) domestic violence cases…so, in the end, not every Repub is a tp’er with ODS…some actually want to do good community service…

      • Nick

        I did the same with our County Commissioner. I vote “D” straight down the ticket, but our “R” incumbant is a good man with balanced ethics. He will negotiate in better faith with the gas companyies (Western Colorado) because he also owns a small ski area. That put’s him right in the middle.

      • patriot 86

        Thanks ‘ nice to see a few on here who see the good and bad in both parties.I’m conservative but if there ever came along a liberal who was pro gun ‘ pro life ‘ pro constitution and put america first i’d vote for them in a heartbeat cuz I want someone who wants the best for the country in general and not just advancing their parties agenda.

      • Bonnie Harris

        and i’m sure you’d prefer a blow job with all that…i’m sure That would get your vote….

      • patriot 86

        Nah I don’t want one from a old hag like you who I’d be doing a favor for ‘ cuz I’m sure you have’nt seen a cock since your wedding night when your ex hubbies bag fell off and he went soft instantly when he saw what he put it in.

      • jchastn

        That may work on a local level, but be careful. The GOP tells candidates to appear much more “moderate” than they actually expect them to vote once they gain office. If you are GOP you are expected to follow the party line, or no money for re-election.

      • patriot 86

        Yeah and like the dems are not told the same thing .Be fair here.

      • patriot 86

        WHICH WOULD MEAN THE DEMS WOULD HAVE LOST THE LAST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CUZ OBAMA WON BECAUSE OF VOTER FRAUD.

    • I noticed that as well, but considered it to mean the current far-right whacko brand of Republicans. Because “liberal” and “conservative” are both relative terms. If the Republicans would come back to what has been historical conservative positions, we’d be back to a two-party system where issues are openly debated, all reasonable people heard, and the whackos (on both sides) relegated to obscurity.

      • Sandy Greer

        >but considered it to mean the current far-right whacko brand of Republicans.

        That’s putting a good spin on it. I assume nothing beyond what is said. He’s a writer; writes for his living. He chooses his words with care – as does any writer.

        But the important thing is what the American public thinks. Not ones in (D) corner – but the ‘others’. Because he represents Dems when he writes. Bad enough we’ve got posters here tell conservatives every day to STFU. We don’t need it posited by writers out front of the Cause. Because I know there really are people who believe that’s how things should be.

        Just not a direction I can follow.

      • jchastn

        The GOP has spent the last 3 decades purging moderates from their ranks. They invited the Tea Bagger into the Party and they can’t make them leave. There will be no more moderates in the “party of Lincoln”.

    • Margaret Sturman

      Judging from history, you know that the age of compromise ended when Clinton became President and they went after him for being unfaithful to his wife, then compromise was buried when the “black guy” set foot in the white house. Don’t try to make it sound complicated, it’s not. I remember Democrats and Republicans working for the common good, all they do now is work for billionaires and corporations and that includes some Democrats too, depending on the issue. I just look at their voting records, still have to vote Democrat until the Republicans start representing the average American.

      • madame48

        It really started with Reagan then took off when Newtie created his plan to bomb the congress, wreck its functioning. I remember when he said ” don’t defeat your opponent, destroy him” and that election isn’t a contest for votes, it is a WAR. HE worked with the radicals to use computers to gerrymander like never before, with the beginnings of the idea of suppressing minority voters. HE and DeLay pushed the ” I won’t speak with, socialize with, be friends with…a Dem. and his famous list of words to use to describe Dems ” sick, perverted, abnormal, America hating etc…instead of just a different ideology ….cultivating the hateful viper pit now in DC GOP .

      • JimmyWhite

        Don’t forget the evil little Karl Rove.

      • jchastn

        You are exactly right. Republican tactics have destroyed our government, which was their intention. If we give them the power they will establish a GOP dictatorship where we all vote but the same people get elected year after year after year and they will all be GOP and fully owned by the Kochs and their friends.

      • janetmamajo4

        Me, too, Margaret. Republicans hate the ACA, and instead of making it better, republicans want to do away with it altogether, and have nothing else to offer in it’s place. ALL politicians are acting like fools, but it seems the republicans do and say things that are just so crazy, and don’t apologize for them….

      • jchastn

        Don’t forget to visit your gay friends in the “relocation center”.

      • buricco

        I’m not exactly a fan of the Democrats, but I’m downright terrified of what could happen to people like myself if the Teahadis get what they want.

      • patriot 86

        Let’s see here .No more bullshit anti second amendment infringments on our freedom.No more obumblercare bleeding the middle class dry with their skyrocketing premiums due next year .No more ex orders over ruling everything the constitution guarantees us and most important ‘ no loading of the supreme court with anti life anti second amendment judges to strip us of our rights .Sounds great to me ‘ glad I voted conservative .Go Pubs.

      • buricco

        I’ll take that over being out on the street because someone with a hardon for “freedom” decides to cut off benefits to people with disabilities and some nut with an arsenal decides he’s gonna enforce the judgment of $DEITY upon the nation…

      • patriot 86

        Your playing right into the democrooks hands with their fear mongering .OMG IF THE REPUBLICANS GET POWER PEOPLE WILL BE OUT ON THE STREETS.please people wake up .

      • buricco

        I looked at what the Democrats were trying to push. I looked at what the Republicans were trying to push. The Republicans I’ve heard have been extremely vocal about wanting to cut – or rather *gut* – disability benefits, food stamps, and other stuff that people with disabilities rely on, saying “oh, they should rely on their families, they should rely on their churches” (some of us HAVE no such thing to fall back on). And when that line is cut, what do you expect to happen?

      • patriot 86

        Wack job libs ‘ you always gotta go to the extreme of everything .Without a second amendment guaranteeing our right to protect ourselves from a dictatoral govt you would be on the street anyway cuz they would come and take what you had and you would be able to do nothing .WHICH IS WORSE.

      • JimmyWhite

        If there was any proof to your rants you would be worth the debate, but once again…you far right whacko’s have no proof or evidence so you just sound ignorant.

      • patriot 86

        Typical lib ‘DENY ‘ DENY ‘ DENY ‘if it does not suit your purpose .

      • tipical

        tipical is in no way Liberal Now that is out of the way get on with your position about the Democrats and the do nothing Republicans that side with them. This new Congress should be helpful but not the total solution. I want to see if they have the wherewithal to impeach Obooma.

      • patriot 86

        You and me both ‘ if they have the balls to do that then i’lle start believing in them again as well.

      • patriot 86

        Just like you left wing wack jobs have lost credibility with all your bs and making excuses for all obumblers f**k ups .

    • JimmyWhite

      Since the tea party took control of the right, they have gone off the deep end. I lean more left but I agree with you on the each side needs a voice. But the voice from the right these days is not good. I will not be voting for any Republican.

      • patriot 86

        Then you vote for tyranny cuz the dems are all about control of the people ‘ nothing more.

      • JimmyWhite

        “control of the people”??? You really are a waste of energy. Go back to the sand and stick your head in that hole it’s been in forever!

      • patriot 86

        Sounds like you know it well .Please do us all a favor and do so cuz your ilk are the problem .

    • Nick

      The last 6 years were a perfect example of “minority rule” Did you like that?

      • patriot 86

        AGREED.

    • jchastn

      I used to vote a mixed ticket until the Republican Party took a huge jump to the right, and purged all the moderates out of the party. They are now a bigoted, right wing party in lockstep and if any Republican candidate is saying they are not in lockstep and have other ideas, they are either lying or they are about to get kicked out of the GOP. I also understand the importance of not throwing my vote away on independents or third party candidates because that is just a vote for a republican.

    • patriot 86

      So right ‘the poster of that article wants a dictatorship not a republican voice in the mix .What a nightmare that would turn out to be .LIKE NAZI GERMANY.

    • theyak47

      Well, I would be inclined to call Ted Cruz, Louis Gohmert and Michelle Bachmann perfect justification for crossover voting. As their level of crazy should be hidden in some back corner. So I guess we will agree to disagree.

  • Dad In Westchester

    Americans must remember that the federal government’s main mission is to protect its citizens, not control it. Remember that fact and everyone get along.

    • Margaret Sturman

      In theory, it sound just fine. Right now, unfortunately, it’s only a theory and a distant memory.

    • jchastn

      Well if you think that the Republicans don’t want to CONTROL you, you are fooling yourself.

      • patriot 86

        Not in the same way the democRATS want to control us.Show me one republican who is so obsessed with gun control as obama and his bunch .

    • patriot 86

      Where have you been ‘ it’s been all about controling the citizens as far back as LBJ.

  • Michael Siever

    I hate this stereotype. Why can’t every midterm be like the 2006 election? You know, the one where Democrats kicked Republicans asses for a change?

    • Steve Brains

      See above.

    • patriot 86

      Your party would’nt be getting it’s ass kicked as often as it does if they would keep their f*****g noses out of peoples everyday lives and stop taking our god given rights away every chance they get .If they would do the will of the people and not sit on their high horses and tell us what they think we need they would get a lot more time in office.

      • Michael Siever

        Yeah, like those pesky Democrat-backed abortion bans, birth control provision laws, transvaginal ultrasound laws, same-sex marriage bans, voter ID laws, Tesla-targeted auto dealership laws. F*** those big government libbies back to China!

  • felipe63

    “Dear Liberals: Here’s a Dose of Harsh Reality You All Need to Hear.”

    With a couple exceptions, The Democratic Party no longer represents liberalism in this country. They are nothing more than right of the center, republican-lite, corporate owned lackeys.

    So here is the harsh reality, voting Dem won’t change a damn thing. Vote for Hillary, the woman whose first job out of college was at a law firm representing the Wal-Marts & Monsantos of the world, and see what happens. More breaks for the wealthy while the other 98% will take in the….

    • Darrell Sisson

      We need an Elizabeth Warren party.

      • Margaret Sturman

        Darrell, it really doesn’t matter who’s in the White House if we don’t pay attention to our state legislature, governor, and who’s representing our states in the house and senate. There is only so much the President can do and as we have learned, that gets diminished when everything is getting voted down by the opposition and corruption. Vote in every election, pay attention to local, house and senate, advocate to repeal Citizens United and have some real election reform. Until big money is removed from the equation this government will continue to fail in representing its people. Having the best government money can buy is not a good goal.

      • Darrell Sisson

        Preaching to the choir here.
        I was just stating that I’m more of a fan of Warren’s politics than the current state of the democratic party. And I’m not sure what your reply has to do with my post. But thanks for replying.

      • JOHN McCARTHY NUDE ARREST

        and Bernie sanders

    • Steve Brains

      This is painfully true. TURNING OUT and voting NOT RED will definitely CHANGE THINGS in the up for grabs races!!!! Even the not so grabby races. I think the REDS will lose 5 Senate seats. We’ll just be changing colors in GA, KS, SD, KY and …. damnIfergit

    • gmartini

      I get your point but that is what primaries are for. We vote for the candidate that we want—period. Now, it’s the general election and you basically have two choices, an R and a D. I will go with the D, please because I’ve never in my 30+ years of voting voted for an R. Having said that, if Hillary runs for President as we all expect in 2016, I will treat her the same way as I did her husband—not vote for her in CA’s primary. More than likely, she will win my Party’s nomination and I will be forced to vote for her in the general unless some miracle occurs and I see a Bernie or an Elizabeth on the ballot running as an Independent or whatever else.

      • felipe63

        The problem with the primaries is that the DNC will always back the DINO, instead of a real liberal, as they did in Arkansas in 2010 when they supported Blanche Lincoln over Bill Halter for Senate or when they supported Kaptur over Kucinich in 2012.

      • Margaret Sturman

        The DNC will back whoever has a good chance to win, it’s up to us to show them.

      • felipe63

        I would say Bill Halter had a better chance of winning the general election that Blanche Lincoln lost.

    • DavidD

      I vote every election.I’m a Social Democrat living in the rural South so the choices usally aren’t good but I still vote.
      I agree about the Democratic Party but the world is not set up to suit me and as one individual I can’t do much but even if Clinton is the nominee and I fully share your view of her I’m voting for her.
      The GOP leadership down here is verging on fascism and more than a few are over the line.
      Until we have a real Labor Party we are SOL anyway so at least vote to keep the GOP out of power and we will work on it from there.

      • felipe63

        David – I do get what you’re saying. For me, I’m fortunate enough to live in a bright blue state and can afford to throw away my vote for president on a 3rd party candidate, because the Dem candidate is going to get all the electoral college votes anyway.

      • Dee Dee

        As a Democratic Socialist I can never vote for Hillary. She’s bought & paid for & couldn’t care less about you or me. We need to get behind a Sanders/Warren ticket; or at least one of them.

      • FlSam

        Well, if you can never vote for Hillary, even if she ends up being the nominee, than your lack of voting will simply help ensure more extremist whack jobs rise to power. I’m not a big fan of her myself, but I can see the necessity of voting for her if that’s who the nominee ends up being, considering the agenda of the right wing extremists that are now the darlings of the republican party. The agenda of the right goes WAY beyond corporate influence, something liberals sometimes ignore.

      • Willie Wilson Jr

        It would be nice but those two aren’t experienced and we would lose two good PEOPLE in the Senate

      • Willie Wilson Jr

        You are correct. . Times have changed but i still vote blue.

      • jchastn

        REMEMBER THIS BEFORE AND WHILE VOTING: Every
        vote for a republican is a vote against women’s rights, worker’s rights, civil
        rights, LGBT rights, immigration reform, voter rights, environmental
        protection, quality education, fair taxation, the right to privacy, Veteran’s
        jobs bill, American jobs, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, the middle
        class, student loan refinancing, American health care system, affordable
        healthcare, science, the reality of climate change, unemployment benefits,
        minimum wage increase, social security, medicare, religious freedom, separation of church and state, net neutrality, campaign finance reform, and general sanity in the political process.

      • patriot 86

        You are so wrong .every vote for a republican is a vote for the rights of the unborn who have no voice or vote .When you align yourself with a party that will allow a woman to murder her unborn child what does that make any of you who support them.THINK ABOUT IT.

      • Piss on your unborn shit. You throw them under the bus at the first light, what with no Medicare/Medicaid funding (or your wish for it), and gutting food stamps, and then throwing us on the street when we come out at 16.

        George Carlin had it right: “Preborn you’re fined, preschool, you’re FUCKED!”

        Quit trying to bullshit us. You’re not in the howler monkey room of National Review. We’re smarter than you. OWN YOUR INSOLENCE.

    • Jim Muncy

      True, but where ya gonna go? It’s Hilary or defeat. I like Warren and Sanders, too, but they can’t win. It’s a hellish situation.

      • felipe63

        I live in a bright blue state where a turnip with a D behinds it’s name would win the all the electoral college votes. A corporate kiss ass like Hillary won’t miss my vote, and I’ll sleep well knowing I didn”t vote her just because she is the lessor of 2 evils.

      • Jim Muncy

        Good, but all of us can’t do that. In Texas, every vote matters.

      • felipe63

        I feel your pain Jim, but the reality is that the D candidate hasn’t came within 5 points of winning TX in over 20 yrs. you can afford to vote your conscience because voting D in a presidential election is throwing away your vote too. That being the case, vote for the candidate who suits you best, not just because they have a D after their name. I would same the same to anybody who votes R here on the west coast.

      • Bonnie Harris

        so, the question is: what are YOU doing to change the system? since you don’t want to vote for most Dems…and most likely you aren’t voting for Reps….so, a “throw away” vote for, say, a Green candidate is your solution? not in this world, it isn’t….or should i say “not in this country”….
        look, i’d LOVE to vote for all Green candidates, but that is NOT the reality of how our political system works…and THIS is the crux of the matter that too many liberals willingly ignore because it’s easier to blame Dems for not being all that we want them to be….

      • felipe63

        It’s a better solution than voting for a person who doesn’t represent your values just because they have a D after their name.

        How does repeatedly voting for somebody who doesn’t represent your ideas help change the system? All it does is breed a crop of politician that know they can count on your vote just because they are “D’s, regardless of what they do in office.

      • patriot 86

        Exactly .Just voting dem or repub cuz there are no others you agree with is stupid and just prolongs the agony.

      • patriot 86

        Until there is a third option the crazy merry go round will keep spinning .I am conservative and think they are the lesser of the two evils in congress but if a solid contender from the reform or green party would run i’d jump ship in a heartbeat.

      • patriot 86

        Thank you ‘ finally someone with some sense.

    • Margaret Sturman

      Until there’s someone more liberal with a chance to win, I will still vote Democrat. I don’t focus so much on the President, if we haven’t learned that this time around, we never will. The Senate, the House and local governments are just as important, if not more. I always vote blue.

      • patriot 86

        No matter how wrong your candidate may be right .Your part of the problem with this country .Too damn many people who think [WELL GRANDDADDY WAS A DEMOCRAT SO I BETTER NOT REVOLT AND DO THE RIGHT THING .

    • Dee Dee

      She’ll not get my vote!

      • Which could royally crap on the SCOTUS turnout. You’re to blame if that happens.

    • aspromised

      The White House occupant is the least of your/our worries. Most damage is being done at the state level. Kansas, Wisconsin, Texas … on and on.

      • felipe63

        You are correct, but the problem is the majority of state level D’s do not represent liberalism any more than national level D’s.

      • patriot 86

        Explain please.

    • Bonnie Harris

      there is no doubt that Dems on the federal level leave much to be desired for most of us progressives/liberals….HOWEVER, my people (women, black, red and brown) fought and DIED for the right to vote…i’ll be damned if i let their sacrifice be ignored because i don’t get everything i want in a candidate….the REAL job is to change the system…and this is where most liberals turn a blind eye…it’s easier to blame President Obama for not fixing every problem in this country, proudly boast that they didn’t vote, and then sit on their collective ass complaining about how bad things are…UGH/ARGH to that mentality…

      • felipe63

        What does this have to do with anything I wrote? Nothing. I vote, I just don’t vote in lock step with the Democratic party. I’m not going to vote for the lessor of two evils which seems to be the only option the Dem seem to offer.

      • jchastn

        I keep hearing this complaint that the Democrats in DC are no good. I must be lucky living in a state where we have a great Democrat senate delegation and great Dem reps!

      • patriot 86

        They are probably just so disgusted with all the outright lies he told to get elected twice and never made good on.

      • Bonnie Harris

        and yet they DO NOTHING to help fix the problems…if they are disgusted, it is simply a reflexion of the MESS they helped to make, but refuse to help clean up…

      • patriot 86

        WHERE WER YOU NOVEMBER 4TH ‘YOU DON’T CALL THAT A FIX.

    • patriot 86

      Great post .

  • Christopher Denney

    It would be nice if some of the candidates (possibly even ones not running) on the Dem side would pool some of their campaign funds and put out a general “get out an vote” message, without reference to any particular candidate.

    Midterm elections are like midterm tests, if you skip the midterm you fail the class; don’t fail the class, don’t fail the country!

    • JustNosy

      If you don’t mind, I’m stealing that great line.

    • Bonnie Harris

      there is such a thing; it’s called League of Women Voters….or is that too political a name for an organization….

  • Kitte Lishuss

    One word: Gerrymandering. Also Blatant election fraud/theft was what got Bush in office twice.

    • Margaret Sturman

      Agreed. Still, it’s harder to commit fraud when we vote in great numbers.

      • patriot 86

        OH YOU MEAN LIKE THE WHOLE CEMETERY OF DEAD VOTERS WHO VOTED FOR OBUMBLER THE LAST ELECTION.hahaha.

      • Bonnie Harris

        Epic Fail!

      • patriot 86

        Yup was for the dems november 4th .SPOT ON.

    • jazzsax_ut

      90% turnout will override gerrymandering.

    • patriot 86

      LOL are you serious ‘ you f*****g libs are the biggest idiots voting.How do you think obumbler got in twice .VOTER FRAUD .deal with it morons ‘ you want your bread buttered on both sides and when you get your asses handed to you it’s bush’s fault F*****G HILARIOUS.

      • JimmyWhite

        You really are of low intelligence aren’t you “patriot86.” Do yourself a favor and turn off your computer for further embarrassment to yourself.

      • patriot 86

        No you are the embarrassment with your retarted replies with no substance or argument against anything someone else posts you don’t agree with .Be proud lib ‘ your boy barry the LAME ASS IN THE WHITE HOUSE TAUGHT YOU WELL.

      • JimmyWhite

        I can give you facts all day long man, but I’ve learned not to waste my energy on people who live in the dark. So continue with your stupidity.

      • patriot 86

        Your facts are in truth all lies spun to sound legit if you say them often enough .

  • barbaralee12

    We have no choice but to turn out this election.

  • Ed Morgano

    I WILL vote but……….. My vote will not matter. I live in South Carolina. That in itself is very frustrating, making the effort and knowing all the while that people in SC don’t have enough sense to take care of themselves. Lindsey Graham needs to retire, Governor Haley needs to retire. We’re 7th from the bottom in education and economics. Poor people are dying because the state refuses to support the ACA. It’s a pretty place to live, but I don’t like being surrounded by neanderthals. 🙂 Rant over.

    • DavidD

      Vote anyway.I’m in the same spot but I a’int giving up until I’m dead. I vote just to defy the bastards some elections more than anything else but like you I vote.

    • JWCollins

      Same deal in Georgia…..a land where people want laws that compel others to adopt religious views, social views, economic views that mirror their own right wing, me-first versions. And if an election results counter the above, that election simply does not count.

      • jchastn

        Your vote matters. Everyone’s votes matter. The conservative(yes, conservative)controlled media wants us all to give up and believe that Republicans have the Senate in the bag, but it is only true if we make it true and stay home. And even if the candidates that you vote for don’t win, at least you can look at yourself in the mirror and know that it wasn’t your fault. One day we might not have the right to vote anymore, and it will only be because we haven’t exercised our voting rights enough.

      • patriot 86

        News flash ‘ the senate is locked up and a republican strong hold with more seats gained than needed so they are not going away like you all hope the next mid term.The libs lost cuz they followed obumbler off the cliff he led them to with shoving the unaffordable care act down peoples throats ‘ as well as his pathetic use of the children killed at newtown to try and force more draconian gun laws down our throats.I was absolutely exstatic they got their asses handed to them cuz now the gop can throw out the bad parts of the ACA like the individual and employer mandates and streamline it to add more competition which will keep premiums down.Also they now can get justice for the four americans killed at bengazi and the BATF agent killed by the obama administrations f****d up fast and furious debacle .

    • ann cadbury

      I feel the same way sometimes living in the Ozarks in Arkansas. Beautiful, but my friends are racists and idiots. tough sometimes.

      • Nick

        I have no friends who are racists. That’s my choice.

      • jchastn

        Well your vote counteracts your neighbors idiot vote. You are essential to smart government. VOTE!!

      • patriot 86

        If you have racists and idiots for friends ‘ what does that make you .Just saying.

    • No one has outed Lindsay yet?

      • Ed Morgano

        Nope, the good people of South Carolina sent him back to washington for another 6 years. Expletive, expletive, expletive, expletive, expletive! Proving that keeping the electorate uneducated is a great thing for politicians.

      • Ryan Wheeler

        If he is such the devil why was he reelected? Maybe you should go somewhere your wanted. If all my friends were racist bigots I’d leave that place and find a new home. Fortunately for me I’m a conservative with black family members. So I aee the hate and misguided material put out by the real racist democrats. Anyone with any real intelligence knows we dont hate minorities as dems suggest. But it did help get him elected.

        With that said, instead of being totally naive as to call our entire group racist, you could investigate why one group has used the race card much more than the other. As a republican we respect every race regardless of what liberal politicians try and say. What we dont respect is killing and stealing. Its not our fault that most of those crimes and the killing happens in the big cities. Where liberals are in control!

        Lets not forget who has spent tons of money to make lives better, but ironically no lives got better and we’re in more debt than ever. If you have a brain you couldn’t come to any other conclusion than Obama has failed. Still the same old complaining from liberals, even when WE all elected Obama(republicans too) and he is the failure.. One day you will see how you are used as a puppet for whacked out liberal politicians. Around 35 years ago they decided it was in their beat interest to claim Republicans hate minorities and only care about themselves. But again thats just the manipulated sheep spreading bullshit

  • strayaway

    “liberals outnumber conservatives”

    CNN and Gallup say otherwise.

    • Margaret Sturman

      CNN and Gallup? I don’t trust polls, the entire media machine whether left or right is now designed to manipulate everyone. In all the years I’ve been voting no one, ever, has asked me my opinion. Money is talking louder than anything right now, I don’t listen to money.

    • JOHN McCARTHY NUDE ARREST

      based upon the most recent presidential elections liberals outnumber regressives,,,,,,,especially 2012
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      which begs: what EXACTLY are ”conservatives” conserving???

      • strayaway

        I won’t argue that since even i don’t like establishment neocon Republicans any better than Democrats. I question what many conservatives imagine they are conserving too. On the other hand, I am amazed at the often destructive agendas of liberals. I can understand good education and infrastructure but can’t imagine what good will come of millions of abortions, open borders, censorship, spying on Americans, and mimicking Bush’s foreign and corporatist policies. The latter don’t improve because they now have a blue label.

      • JOHN McCARTHY NUDE ARREST

        of all the ones I have discussions on here with YOU are easily the most logical and thus– my favorite to chat with
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        keep up the great work; we will chat soon!

      • strayaway

        I have similarly come to appreciate you, to a degree, in your various incarnations.

      • Willie Wilson Jr

        If those million Babies are born who Will take care of them

      • strayaway

        The emphasis was on “millions”, an estimated 57,000,000 abortions in the US since roe vs. Wade. I wasn’t coming out against all abortions but 57,000,000 seems like about 50,000,000 too many. Really, I’m a moderate on this issue. I don’t think that the slaughter has been good for the country getting back to the question of what do conservative, or in this case liberals, conserve. There was once such a thing as personal responsibility for one’s actions. We have gone from marriage being a pre-requisite to birth to Sandra Fluke, an aging student at an expensive university, making a spectacle of herself demanding free birth control. Materialism has replaced families. You might as well have asked if Americans had larger families, who would buy mcmansions and cars with a lot of options? If peoples heads were in a different place, those children would be taken care of but adults would have fewer toys. The Western world will pay for this. Muslims in Germany and hispanics in California will replace materialism with their own children and cultures and liberalism will be replaced with children – except maybe in Japan where the robots eventually revolt.

      • patriot 86

        So your solution is just to kill them .BRILLIANT.

      • patriot 86

        Great point.

  • JaegerMax

    Nice article, but unfortunately quite redundant. Redundancy does NOT pack a punch. Someone should have edited it better, and cut it to a finely honed edge.

  • ellenbethgill

    I think you are ignoring the fact that most of the Democratic candidates are not liberals, but often vote with Republicans and against liberal values when they get into office. Sure, I vote, but there is often no one to vote for, and lately I have been leaving blanks in some races where the Democrat is as bad as the Republican.

    • Margaret Sturman

      It’s not most, look at some of the votes on legislation. We need to concentrate on two things; first, vote blue to send the message, second, make sure you advocate repeatedly to repeal Citizens United. We are dealing with humans here, most of them have a price. We must do all we can to remove the obscene amounts of money from the political process the Supreme Court let loose with their idiotic decision.None of us can afford to vote, then look away. We need to hold their feet to the fire often to remind them that they are public servants, not royalty.

  • Robert Squires

    The inherent deficiency in trying to be politically left (or right) perfect … Progress requires compromise, compromise requires meeting toward the center.

    • Margaret Sturman

      the center right now is way too far right for me.

    • Jim Muncy

      You may be right; it sounds right, you know, moderation in all things, but shouldn’t we do the right thing at the right time to the right degree? That right thing might be skewed way left or right. In a world war, for instance, you want to put the pedal to the metal. Our chintzy government stimulus programs, relatively speaking, of course, are helping only in small ways. Paul Krugman, Nobel-Prize Winner in economics, begs us to go all out in order to bring us out of our economic doldrums. Then, when the economy is strong again, cut back on government spending.

  • emeraldeyes24

    This is NO time to bitch and moan! Too much is at stake! ROCK THE VOTE!! Take someone with you to vote or 2 or 3 or 5 or 10!

    • patriot 86

      Yeah go ahead ‘ vote once in ten different precincts ‘ that’s how you stupid libs win elections anyway.

      • Bonnie Harris

        do you receive good money for being a paid troll?

      • patriot 86

        OMG ‘ is that all you can come up with ‘pathetic ‘but all libs pretty much are.

      • patriot 86

        Bet that is how you make a living ‘ that and food stamps all the working people are paying for.

  • youmustgo

    Even if the country were to go blue, my ignorant, murderous, corrupt state will stay red and keep working on seceding. There are those of us who deserve to be saved, instead we’re marooned out here fighting a freight train that is killing many of us. I was shocked to find no one on the federal level would help me. I feel so all alone.

    • Margaret Sturman

      Your state is not ignorant, murderous or corrupt. The government is, I’m sure there are many good, well meaning people such as yourself in it. Concentrate on the good and plow forward, those of us living in red states must all do the same.

      • youmustgo

        Margaret, please don’t split hairs. When one speaks of state control, the fact that it is state government run is implied. I got no more plow. I have been defeated in the worst possible ways, as well as so many people I love.

      • youmustgo

        I do, honey, I do. I’m surrounded by people who buy into the lies, lock, stock and barrel. I love them. But they don’t see how badly they are hurting themselves and others living here. That’s my point. Fighting against it and trying to get those I love to see what is happening, what they consistently vote for and against, has made me very ill. It’s tragic.

      • youmustgo

        Unless they die, of course…

    • jchastn

      I would do everything possible to leave a state like that.

      • youmustgo

        wish I could. Have extensive family too debilitated to leave.

  • A.J.

    my first election was in 08. i missed the midterms because I honestly had no idea they where happening. Will be out to vote on the 4th this time tho. Hope many of my fellow young ppl will do the same

  • Ron Hansen

    Ya don’t think that maybe the fact that there is no kept wing media has anything to do with this? Or perhaps that fake, trickle down Democrats running from democratic positions maybe?
    Social media is changing things; and it should surprise nobody that their next play is to control the net.

    • jchastn

      The “left wing media” is a myth. It is wholly owned by huge corporate interests.

  • Sal Paradise .

    What would this liberal show up to vote for? Schumer, Cuomo or Clinton????
    I have no one to vote for who reflects my views, I have no representative.

    • Jim Muncy

      It basically sucks.

    • Margaret Sturman

      I live in Florida, feel the same. I still vote blue because the alternative is so scary.

    • patriot 86

      You have my sympathy ‘ they are all douche bags.

      • Sal Paradise .

        I would not say that. But they are not progressive.

  • Nick

    How exactly if it figured that “liberals” constitute a majority? According to the latest polls, a plurality (40%) identify as “conservative,” 25% identify as “liberal,” while the remaining 35% identify as “moderate.” And these numbers fluctuate, though never has there been a true majority, unless you break down the moderates into “liberal” and “conservative” based on how they might lean. Liberal and conservative purists would likely reject this, adhering to the notion of ideological absolutism.

  • Mark Schmidt

    Some years ago, I saw an interview with a regional GOP big shot, who stated openly that republicans count heavily on the Democrats either not voting for some reason of their own devise, or splitting the ticket. He made the point that GOPers ALWAYS show up to vote, even if they dislike the candidate and they NEVER split a ticket because they despise Democrats. So even though we have a million more registered Democratic voters here in PA than the GOpers have, they swept the state in 2010, and took us from 5th in creating jobs to 50th in less than 4 years…and blame the unemployed for it.

    • patriot 86

      And just who has been president in that time period .OBAMA ‘NUFF SAID.

      • And that’s the best you can do?

        You’re a racist and a troll, simple as. You’ve done nothing but besmirch the office of the POTUS…had we done A TENTH of the shit you pulled on this board, you’d run us up for treason.

        AND YOU FUCKING KNOW IT.

  • Troy Boyle

    I agree with this but there is a caveat: even when the vote turns out our way, we still don’t get the changes that we want, and so we become disaffected. Carter, Clinton and Obama did very little to advance the plight of the working poor, to narrow the wealth gap, to increase social services, reduce the military budget or increase funding to science and technology.

    When Republicans are in power, they are EFFECTIVE in a way that Democrats simply are not. I don’t know why that is. Perhaps because we disagree too much, but whatever the reason, telling us to vote only as a bulwark against Republican resurgence isn’t a winning call-to-arms. You need to convince us that voting FOR Democrats will result in changes that affect our lives in a positive way.

    • jchastn

      What you are not understanding is that President Obama has NEVER been in power. About 3 weeks of non-divided government is all he got. Once the Senate Majority fell below the filibuster proof line, McConnell declared that they would sink the country rather than allow anything President Obama wanted to become law. A normal, functioning government would have passed a jobs bill to get Americans back to work, i don’t know, maybe building new bridges to replace the ones in this country that are a century old and about to collapse. And maybe we wouldn’t have had 2 government shutdowns complete with credit downgrades. Perhaps the world wouldn’t think we were such dumbshits. I don’t know.

      • patriot 86

        No way ‘ your not gonna let obama off the hook that easily are you.When obama took office he had a senate and house super majority for the first two years and could have pushed through anything he wanted but instead he and they sat on their hands and did nothing .Don’t put any blame any farther than obama and his party for they had the power and did’nt use it.

    • patriot 86

      Good post ‘ honest and to the point ‘ and very true.Just voting lib or republican cuz you don’t like the other party solves nothing .Until we have a third option were screwed.

  • Lloyd Arriola

    Damn straight. VOTE!

  • chaserblue

    Problem is, it’s turned religious. There was a time when I didn’t mind voting for either party. As mentioned I would vote for the one that made the most sense to me, affiliation be damned. But now, it’s as if the religious overtones have drowned everything out.
    Social issues are so far gone it’s not even funny. The party that calls for less government intrusion has no problem crawling into the most private and personal areas in the name of their god. One I hold no belief in or respect for. They would presume to invade my body and jail my sisters for daring to control theirs, deciding that some segments of the population don’t have the same rights as they do, according to their god. I’m damn sick and tired of it. They would happily over turn the Constitution of the United States in order to elevate their god and force others to live under their perception of what they believe he desires. They have said that women are no better than pigs and cows, that homosexuals are responsible for everything bad and they pray that harm comes to them. And these are the people elected to lead. I am sick of these people. And it breaks right down party lines. Never, in my lifetime, have I ever seen the country this divided or this much animosity between us. It’s dangerous and it’s like a bomb getting ready to go off. You cannot put this much stress on a badly eroded platform and expect it to hold.
    I see problems with both sides. I am not overly fond of the progressive leadership and how it has managed so far. And it really does come down to the lesser of two evils. So, yes, I’ll be at the polls, and I will go cancel someone’s vote out. But at least I will go vote. I owe it to everyone else.

  • Willie Wilson Jr

    We learned our lesson. .. vote blue

  • janetmamajo4

    I have voted in every midterm election since I moved here to NC from NY…. in NY, I truthfully, at times, stayed away from the polls, but I knew there were many liberals who had the democrats’ back. Not a good excuse, but there it is… brutally honest. I have voted here since the 2007 elections. It doesn’t matter. We are the only ones in our neighbor who are liberals. We are outvoted by people who hate our President for the color of his skin…I have had someone tell me, “His name is funny”…. so please don’t speak for all liberals. We do vote, we are just outnumbered. And these people watch and believe everything they hear on fox news…..and will not listen to facts.

    • patriot 86

      And all you libs believe everything coming out of president obamas mouth ‘ like the 30 million people enrolled in obamacare ‘ the 10 million jobs created since he took office and the ecomony that is in good shape .PLEASE it’s lies like this that get the conservatives to the polls .

  • Larry Dague

    It is because we are cowards. They kill Americans, lie to Congress, elect criminal role models…shit on the constitution….and we always say: “Let’s not sink to their level. It makes us look bad”…they laugh all the way to the next criminal action

  • Meggie

    It’s not just the voters…even more it’s the lazy louts that we vote for. I’m talking about the gutless, lazy, phone-it-in Democrats. The ones who are more concerned with their own incumbencies than in serving the public, the ones who have thrown the middle class under the bus because they are afraid that if they speak up, they will become the magnets for the Republican’s Kock/Rove-fueled dirty noise machine. THEY have, with their fear, their hiding and their silence, permitted the far right to claim the moral high-ground. We desperately need term limits to get rid of the dead wood in the party….ones like my Democratic Senator and my Democratic congressman, who, when I explained what it’s like to have all but a tiny sliver of interest stolen and given to the crooks in banking who made the mess in the first place and to have no money for almost 6 years for stuff like dental care and home maintenance unless I steal it from the pittance we scrimped to leave to OUR OWN KIDS(and NOT the trust fund brats of the bankers)., one’s aide gave my name to a suicide hotline and the other’s aide said he do nothing for me but get some tickets to visit the White House.

    Both parties stink. The only thing that both parties agreed upon turned out to be that it’s just fine to throw old savers under the bus and then to spend the next 6 years backing over them. And it’s never going to change.

    • jchastn

      I do not understand that statement. I spent a week in Washington DC and spent time with my states senate delegation and they are NOT “lazy, phone it in Democrats”. They work hard in a very difficult situation where it is almost impossible to get anything passed because of the obstructionism by the Senate minority. Nothing has gotten done in this Congress MOSTLY because of Republican obstruction. THAT is the truth that Faux News would not like you to know. It is easy to just blame both sides, calling them all bad apples. But that is not based on the reality of the situation. Our economy was saved by the initial actions of the Obama Administration. The GOP put a stop to any further action towards recovery because they knew it would sink their party in the midterms and beyond. They put the interests of the nation and its citizens at the bottom of their list while they dealt with how to stop the President and his party from being successful. Now they focus on social issues instead of the economic pain that most workers in the US are still feeling. The Republicans are traitors.

  • Eliot

    2 party system is a three ring circus. The Founding Fathers would be rolling in their graves if they knew about our current system. They never intended for thus to happen. It’s supposed to be non-partisan all the way.

  • King_Mobley

    I vote in every election, including mid-terms, but I vote for the liberal candidates, not the Democrats. I vote my conscience and I’m happy to live with the result.

    • jchastn

      Well you deserve the Facist Government that we will get.

      • patriot 86

        Which one is that ‘ obama is a facist.

      • King_Mobley

        You obviously have no clue what the word fascist means. Hell, you can’t even spell it right.

      • As a gay man, we’ve got a Christofascist government in place.

        Voting 3rd party just to assuage your own damn guilt is giving us shitheads like troll boy here.

  • Ngoldwe

    Voting does not matter anymore. Too much corporate influence and too much graft and corruption in the political process. There will be more and more election fraud. I have no hope for the future. Too many Dominionists have infiltrated not only our government and judiciary, but also our military. I expect a Dominionist takeover in a few years. Unless you are willing to organize into a national secular oriented militia and arm yourselves to fight the future Dominionist takeover, then you might as well kiss your Republic and all your freedoms goodbye as the new theocracy will be summarily established by force. Don’t care if you are a Liberal, moderate, atheist, Christian, or homosexual, we all are marked for elimination as the undesirables of the Dominionist American Fascists. That is all I have to say. See you all in a prison camp in a few years.

  • Jim Longo
  • George Nestico

    The Ko KO for CoCo puffs vote but have no Idea what the issues are they are more worried about food stamp Queens and their guns than the issues that directly effect their lives, fear mongering the uneducated about their guns gets them all out,

    • patriot 86

      yeah and our guns give you the right to run your mouth .Next time you spew your bs thank a gun owner .Without them we’d be in fema camps by now.

  • Steven Alan Taylor

    How about this: how about the Green Party gets big enough to be viable or the Democrats give us some candidates who aren’t made of paper and spit. My recent choices in the second-biggest liberal enclave of Kentucky have been people like Ben Chandler, Alison Grimes, and Daniel Mongiardo (ok, not recent, but still!) We get blue dogs who pander to right-wing causes and snipe at local progressive groups.
    Give liberals a candidate they can care about and they’ll turn out. Otherwise, the Dems deserve to lose to the Republicans for putting GOP candidates up on their ticket!

  • Mifflin Rickey

    the real problem is the system itself.Voting should be mandatory for all adults,with a fine for non-participatio big enough that it hurts.Voting should take place for an extended period of time,say 14-28 days,it’s ridiculous to try and hold an honest and fair election in one day and expect to get the results by bedtime. so wait at least a week between the polls close and the results being released, .allowing all a chance to exercise their right. All political parties should be strictly outlawed,force those who represent us to concentrate on an agenda put forth by their constituents,not the one manufactured by the parties, both of which are owned by wall street and the 1%and serve only their interests.That’s a true statement,if you think otherwise you are in serious denial, that’s why the system endures and keeps us in gridlock.We should also end forever politics as a career.Term limits,2 terms max,and the revolving door between Washington and corporate Amerika should be removed altogether forever,make it a crime for any politician to work for any business he supported legislation concerning.While we’re at it, make lobbying a serious felony, both for offering or receiving compensation other than their salary.Salary should be whatever the median wage of the rep’s native state is, not how much he can solicit from those who seek to buy our government.We should require that a serving rep’s career or job be protected while they are serving their term,so they not need be concerned with losing their ability to make a living by serving their country honestly as opposed to lining their pockets and promoting a smoke and mirrors agenda that only serves a small minority, while the rest of us get shafted time and again. You may not agree with these suggestions, but it is painfully obvious that the system is irrepairably broken and both parties are just two sides of the same coin,The repugnicans set the Agenda the corporate masters demand while the dumbocrats pretend to oppose it and serve as an illusion of choice. all the while they both swim in oceans of dirty money and emerge from a career of screwing us over wealthy and privileged, while they sell their countrymen out. oh well, I never underestimate the drooling ignorance of the average voter, if they really had any sense at all we wouldn’t be in the shape we are now.

  • Paul Caporino

    I voted absentee already!

  • whomod

    You wanna know what i’m getting real tired of from “the left”.?This “well so and so is a corporatist Democrat, so you can just forget about them. they won’t be getting my vote”.

    It’s not about who they are cozy with or who gives them money. You’d think watching the Tea Party would have taught us something. But apparently is has taught us NOTHING. And I chalk it up to our own LAZINESS.

    And that lesson is.. look at what i’ll call ‘previously sane’ Republicans in the Senate. These aren’t “Tea Party” Republicans,. people like John McCain. These are people who have been in the Senate for DECADES. People who once upon a time were reasonable and would debate an compromise with the other side, make deals, craft bipartisan legislation.

    When you hear them nowadays, they’re simply pandering in fear to the Tea Party base, lest they get “primaried”. It doesn’t matter how much money Goldman Sachs gave John McCain or how he personally feels about anything. He votes and talks nowadays based on what he feels will ensure his political survival So you hear him talk about how America was founded as a Christian nation, even though he is educated enough to know better, you hear him go on with the dumb talking point about how he’s “not a scientist” when climate change comes up. Even though he is informed enough to know better. The same with a LOT of Senate Republicans.

    Now us… who in the Democratic Party is in fear of the left primarying them? NO ONE! Because “the left will simply vote for the Green candidate or the Independent, or the “socialist” because their butts hurt that the corporatist Dem is cozy with Wall Street or gets big campaign contributions from them. So they’ll vote 3rd party, regardless of the fact that they know damn well that these 3rd parties don’t stand a chance in hell of doing ANYTHING. Rather than remaining engaged and radicalized and bringing that energy to becoming a real credible threat to those corporatist Dems. Like the Tea Party is on the Republican side.

    Corporatist Dems don’t care if you vote for that 3rd party candidate. In fact they’re happy and relieved that you do. It keeps the gravy train rolling for them and keeps the pressure off of them actually having to do anything that may threaten that.

    You wanna change this country and the Democratic Party to a more progressive one? Then you have to be a constant and enduring pain in the ass until you are a credible threat to their re-election. Regardless of how much big money they receive. And that takes constant engagement and rabble rousing. It’s not the mainstream that changes the party’s direction. It’s the energized and dependable minority.

    You think the Tea Party is actually a substantial percentage of the electorate? They’re not. BUT they’re the ones driving the gOp. Because they’re the energized ones. They’re the ones who SHOW UP. MAKE NOISE.

    And yeah, there is secret money behind them. Big deal. It’s not as if we’re unable to fund raise ourselves.

    The problem is that we, unlike the Tea Party all go away and expect them to still listen to us. We seem to have forgotten the lessons that BOTH FDR and Lyndon Johnson taught us. ‘MAKE ME DO IT!”

    And both those guys lived in an era with much less money and corruption in the political process. But somehow we all voted for Obama and then expected him alone to take on Washington and usher in progressive utopia. It doesn’t work that way.

    The New Deal came about after much strikes and bloodshed and Civil Rights came about after much protesting and bloodshed. There was pressure brought to bear. Civil tension.

    In the absence of any civil tension and pressure, a politicians will have no choice but to take the politically expedient path. Whether he wants to or not.

    But we seem to be happy to just place the blame squarely on our politicians and then threaten to take our ball and give it to the guy who has no chance in hell of ever winning. The Tea party on the other hand, demands their way loudly and incessantly and usually gets it.

  • Jerry Garcia

    You are assuming that the democratic party is the bastion of liberalism, instead of Plan “B: for the Kock brothers. Keystone, fracking the Gulf, Fukushima, more nuclear reactors, apathetic on solar, running from Obamacare, etc. The republicans (who I loathe), do a better job at promoting fear and hate, than Dems do on real common sense issues. If they lose the Senate, they (we) deserve it.

  • jazzsax_ut

    Spot on. Already voted.

  • Marshall Weaver

    Vote yes on issue 2 in Florida. I did.

  • Dane

    Very well said, and true.

  • Susan Acciaiuoli

    I voted, but I live in the reddest district in Florida, 15th reddest district in the country, but I still got out and voted because I want my right to complain! lol

  • Dan Barnett

    Though I agree that people should vote, I disagree that liberals should vote for democrats. Democrats and republicans are both conservative. They wish to conserve the way everything is run. The bigger issue of why “liberals” as you call them don’t vote for democrats is because they want a third option and that option doesn’t exist. Until people start voting for outside parties, this country will always suffer the corruption and greed that comes from a two party system. The problem is that people need to vote for these outside parties with full knowledge their candidate won’t win. It’s not fun to fight a losing battle, so people simply choose not to participate.

    • patriot 86

      Spot on dude .Thanks for the wisdom .The only way we will get out of the rut were in is with a third option like the reform or green party .