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August 26, 2018

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I object to positing a kind of equivalency between the farther "left" positions and the farther "right" positions of Democrats and Republicans. With the Rs you are talking about racism, nationalism, militarism, theocracy, climate change denial, etc. With the Ds you are talking about health care as a right, less income inequality, keeping fossil fuels in the ground, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, Black Lives Matter, etc. The solution, in my liberal view, is not to end the "polarization" but to see more and more people vote with a revitalized, more liberal, Democratic party so that we can take over and carry out our agenda. This is what Franklin Roosevelt did in 1932 and it can happen again.

Jim, I don't think I mentioned, or even implied, an equivalency between Democratic and Republican extremism. My point in this post was just to remind ourselves that there used to be much more of a middle ground in Congress, and now there is very little. Neither side has all the answers. Reflexively rejecting every idea of the Other Side isn't good for our country or for democracy.

OK, but the fact of the matter is that my side has considerably more good ideas than the other side. Most of the ideas on the other side, if they persist, could eventually mean the end of our species.

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