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TJ -- I agree with you on your last post but would push back on you your first post that Democrats are lacking leadership. In Congress you see it in statesmen like Adam Schiff and Mark Warner influencing their respective committee's investigations of Russian meddling in our election. Democrats certainly have had their share of appearances on talk shows articulating well thought out positions on the health care legislation and the budget. In fact much of what I have learned about various pieces of legislation I have learned from members of Congress appearing on these shows explaining the nuances of the proposed legislation. Of course, we both know that Fox News viewers are getting an entirely different story.
For a minority party I think they are doing the best job that they can, considering Republicans control everything.
On your last point: "I ask, what has your party done to help in the last 30 days, 60 days, ...... 180 days. Exactly, nothing. If our party was a restaurant they would no longer have my patronage."
I met many people who might echo your words as I canvassed neighborhoods and knocked on hundreds of doors. Some certainly had a lot to say about what they didn't like about government and I listened, but when I asked if they would consider volunteering and helping, I got a blank stare and excuses.
I'll leave that thought with a speech you no doubt have heard excerpts from a hundred times:
Historic Documents: "Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You"
The party is only as good as the people who decide to become a part of it to make their voices heard. And good people in the party translates into good government if we can get them elected. It is happening at the grass root level as so many young energetic people are running for office now that the party can select from the best of them.
My only reservation in that respect is that the two factions of the party have still not united. Bernie is still doing his thing giving his stump speech everywhere he goes, much the same as Trump is still campaigning giving his stump speech everywhere he goes.
So many Americans are caught in the middle not knowing which direction to turn to. The people of Montana felt that way and went with Gianforte.
I am not one of those Americans that believes we need to "throw all the bums out". And I certainly don't believe that just because a candidate for office has worked for a bank or a corporation or made some money in his or her life that somehow they don't pass the liberals' purity test. We need experienced politically savvy people if we are to go up against the big money ruthless Republicans funded by the likes of the Kochtopus.
The Kochtopus chews up and spits out inexperienced amateurs. It happened just now in Montana.