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3rd of March, 2012

12:00 - Republican Party caucus...

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For two hours today, I took a role I didn't expect that I would ever take. For two hours today, I was a Republican.

Let's be blunt. I'm a liberal, secular person who believes in government as a counterweight to big business. What was I doing at the Republican Party caucus?

Entertaining myself. And doing what I do best: listen.

Don't get me wrong. In those two hours, I got good stories waiting in line.

I can write about the fellow who's getting his Ph. D. in fisheries through a National Science Foundation scholarship and summer work at the Fish and Wildlife Service... who is campaigning for Ron Paul.

I can write about the lady who's blaming the recession on all the dividends that corporations pay.

I learned that life insurance companies do not go bankrupt; at worst, they are liquidated.

But, bluntly, all the people at my table were ordinary people, listening to each other and trying to figure what's best for the country. I disagreed with them a lot less than I expected; they're mostly the pro-business, secular and libertarian Republicans that I once belonged to (and that I thought was dead in the Republican party.) Every one at my table (including me!) believed in gay marriage and thought that the biggest problem in the U.S. was the economy.

I'm very glad that I went. If your state has open caucuses, I highly recommend the experience... even if the Republicans aren't the party you'll vote for in the general elections.

Take care, all.

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From:merle_
Date:2012-Mar-3 10:08 pm (UTC)
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hat commuting by bike is some sort of UN conspiracy

Uhm. Really? How'd they swing that? Mostly curious; obviously it is not but it is a very weird argument to bring to the table.
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From:merle_
Date:2012-Mar-4 12:07 am (UTC)
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I've also heard that mass transit policies were plans to 'depopulate the land' in order to bring the population together in one place for easier control.

Wow. Considering the number of rich people who take public transit and the number of bus lines to smaller sections of town.. I would think they would blame it on communism and not be suggesting we need more of a police state. But that's just my nickel.

But, eh. I walk. I take the bus. I ride the subway. I don't care what they think of me. I'd bike too, if not for the potholes because the governments can't be bothered to fix the roads.
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From:merle_
Date:2012-Mar-6 01:50 am (UTC)
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Interesting. I had never considered stratification of the levels of suburbs, aside from the "if you're willing to drive forever to get to work you can have a 5b/3b mansion" bit. But you are correct, there are 'burbs you can get to via subway and ones you cannot get to with no car. I'm pure urban so did not think about that.

Cycling is going to turn us into homosexuals? Perhaps only women ever saw the Kathy Ireland photo with her on a bike. As far as conspiracies go I'm all for this one.
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From:xolo
Date:2012-Mar-3 10:03 pm (UTC)
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It's refreshing to know that at least some of those who consider themselves liberal are interested in what's best for America, have an open mind, and don't want to suppress any idea with which they disagree. I'm not sure there're that many of you left, but it's good that there are some.
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From:inaki
Date:2012-Mar-3 11:00 pm (UTC)
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This very definitely goes both ways. :)
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From:wbwolf
Date:2012-Mar-4 01:15 am (UTC)
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More than you might think, but they are usually not the ones screaming into the microphone. As noted above, it goes both ways.

On the other hand, I have noticed that those that are technically inclined and highly educated tend to side more towards the libertarian end of things (small government, leave me alone attitude). And western Washington does have a lot of those types around, so it's little surprise they would dominate the caucuses. (Heck, there's been a Ron Paul sign next to I-5 for years.) Interesting that pre-caucus polls were saying Romney followed by Santorum were leading.
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From:merle_
Date:2012-Mar-3 10:11 pm (UTC)
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What was I doing at the Republican Party caucus?
Entertaining myself.


Good on you, mate.

It is always wise to keep a cautious eye out, and the Republicans we grew up with are not the ones getting the news coverage these days. They've learned shock and misinformation tactics. But there certainly are good Reps out there these days. Not saying I'll vote for any of them (having already said I would not next election) but there are some sane minds out there.
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From:erbana
Date:2012-Apr-16 12:04 pm (UTC)
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...one day, we will all shun the labels that our fathers' created for us...and simply let our opinions and beliefs do the talking. labels, the root of all problems in politics.
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