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  1. about 10 hours ago on Ted Rall

    As I wrote: progressive parties are a lot more diverse than conservative ones.

    And conservatives have fewer problems with a “dictatorial” leadership.

    The Democrats could try to “primary” Manchin, but his successor has to be either as conservative as Manchin or he would lose to a Republican. Manchin just does what his voters expect from him.

  2. 1 day ago on Ted Rall

    How do you make a politician or a party accountable? An election promise is not something you can go to court with. Obama promised that “you can keep your doctor” and the insurance companies prevented it. So what would you want to do in this case if you could? Trump promised a wall but didn’t get the money from congress. So what should he have done? (OK, not promise that Mexico will pay for it, that’s an easy one.)

    In my opinion, you suffer from your election system. We have proportional representation, so we can give our vote to some smaller party without helping the “Republicans”.

  3. 1 day ago on Ted Rall

    “The republicans do not have a Sinema/Manchin …”

    Did you miss this:

    Conservative parties seem to be a lot less diverse than others. This is not only true for the Democrats, it’s something I see in Europe. That means that they have to compromise internally – e.g. between AOC and Manchin.

    In Europe, there are more than two parties, at least four, in some countries eight. So, no one party can govern alone, they need a partner (see also Israel).The parties themselves can focus on a smaller clientele, but when trying to come together to build a working administration, they have to compromise.

    I’m not sure what you expect, but I’m afraid you won’t get it, neither in the U.S.A. nor elsewhere.

  4. 2 days ago on Ted Rall

    I admit that I don’t understand why they waited with the debt ceiling decision until they had lost the majority in the House. Especially when Jane Yellen told them so.

    With Sinema and Manchin they don’t really have a majority in the Senate, especially not a filibuster proof one.

  5. 2 days ago on Ted Rall

    Yes, and not voting for “your party” is an implicit half vote for the other party.

  6. 2 days ago on Ted Rall

    That may well be, but I guess that no party will be able to survive with just your vote – the also need the vote of other people, which typically means compromise.

    Even more so when the party in question does not really have a majority in the Senate or the House.

  7. 2 days ago on Ted Rall

    So don’t vote for Biden and have Trump. He will certainly give you all those things.

  8. 2 days ago on Ted Rall

    Yeah, it’s a really great idea not to vote for Biden because of the student loans and hereby making sure that Trump or DeSantis becomes the next president.

  9. 4 days ago on The Argyle Sweater

    I don’t find religions particularly interesting. There have been too many deaths in the name of religion(s). And many religious people treat those who believe in a different religion rather unfriendly.

  10. 4 days ago on Ted Rall

    I obviously did not write what I meant. To me, paying off your debts means to achieve a situation where you are without debts.