I heard last night from a legitimate news source, i.e. one that is held accountable and adheres to at least some measure of objectivity, that the Democratic party has agreed to focus this election on the issues, rather than simply run against Trump.  It wasn't "big" news given what's going on, but big enough to make me proud. 

     The most obvious course of action would be to fall into the trap of recrimination with him.  The nation has been primed to do battle with itself.  There is case after case after case of Trump's insults to democracy and the values that created this country.  With only the latest being his attempts to exploit the killings at the synagogue, and threaten "war" with the refugees from Central America. Rather than up the wattage, the Democratic party has chosen collectively to tone it down.

     That means there are still some adults in charge.  Undoubtedly, it's a legacy from Obama.  "When they go low, we go high."  It was very frustrating at times to watch, like when he bent over backwards to appease them and preach "unity" despite their hostility towards him--personally.  It broke my heart when he released his birth certificate, knowing full well it was a racist ploy.  When Netanyahu shamed him in our own Congress, and they applauded, he remained silent, not allowing them to take him down to their level--and very few even thought to acknowledge his patience and self-control.  He was, after all, the President of the United States and Israel is a country that would probably not exist except for us.

     I admit, I'd reached the point where it wouldn't have mattered if Mueller came out with his case before the midterms rather than after--anything to contain Trump or get him out of office before he can do any more damage, but it appears cooler heads have prevailed--and it's just as well.  Nothing is probably ever going to mend the breach in our body politic at present, but this much animosity is a threat to everyone--and if someone doesn't grow up no one will.

     Focusing on the issues is the "higher" road.  It means the public will continue to be informed, rather than baited and manipulated like an insolent gang of delinquents.  Millions are still without health insurance, the immigration problem is not going to be solved without a comprehensive and cooperative approach, and this nation's retreat from the world stage will only make us more vulnerable, not less.  The cost of the incivility increases every day as does the likely hood there will be more mass shootings, regardless of which gang opens fire next.

     It's not the easy path.  It's not the most likely to garnish support.  It doesn't appeal to those who are already convinced.  It's entirely possible it won't have effect with those for whom it's intended, unfortunately, given the level of discord that has already been reached.  If they can't see through the charade by now, they probably never will.  Perhaps, if it has a benefit, it will even go unseen, since nobody knows what "toning it down" looks like any more either.

     But it does make me proud to be a Democrat.      

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Comment by Maui Surfer on November 2, 2018 at 8:16am

Regardless of current chaos. the Dems are the future of the USA, and the world. I have exhausted my words on Obama, for the last time, unless you are a Black Man or have direct Black Experience you are blind to why he did what he did. He had VERY good reasons, the best political instincts, as well as what was best for the country, and ZERO paranoia ... the RACIST HATE he lived through every day was not imagined, it was as thick you could slice it with a KNIFE. For those of you who don't get it, Joe Wilson, Traitor, yells "You Lie" in the halls of congress and for that gets a rifle named after him. Drumpf the fake Swede who hid his Nazi and KKK ties and is a  Confederate Yankee who lies tens of thousands of times, sometimes hundreds per day, and the backlash is- NOTHING. Starting to get White Privilege yet? Understand this, I just saw an interview where a Black Man explained why they like Michelle Obama better than Barack. "She's like us ...", he quite honestly pointed out. See, they know our former Black Hawaiian Fearless Leader, who led us out of the Great Depression Part Deux, is not a black man from Chicago, or the descendant of any slaves. He is a Hawaiian with descendence from those who fought in this country's Revolutionary War against the Evil Cavaliers who still control the South. End of story, till Tuesday  ...  Vote Dem.

They go low, we go high ... and, we also kick them while they are down. The world requires both to deal with its evil and complexity.

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on November 2, 2018 at 9:18am

"When they go low, we go high."

Eric "When they go low, we kick them" Holder, Maxine "No peace, no sleep" Waters, Hillary "you cannot be civil” Clinton, etc. disagree.

When BOTH parties promote violence, and they do, don't act all high and mighty when it happens.  There are too many people (waves at MF) who constantly speak the rhetoric of violence and hate and, sadly, some people listen.

Comment by Tom Cordle on November 2, 2018 at 5:46pm

I was a registered Independent for decades, until I moved to Tennessee, where one does not register by Party affiliation. But the wretched rhetorical excesses, the blatant bullhorn racism, the voter suppression – the utter calumny and perfidy at every turn and on every count by Republican operatives and politicians, left me no choice. My independence vanished in the haze, as John Lennon put it. This time out, I simply voted – proudly – a straight Democratic ticket.

It will be interesting to see how many like me will do the same come Tuesday

Comment by Maui Surfer on November 2, 2018 at 6:39pm

Kiss off Coward SBA, all words and no nothing else. We DO NOT START FIGHTS, EVER, WE FINISH THEM. Again, you are a weak big mouth who would not know what to do if a tear gas canister landed at your feet, and the Dems would never do that, not since we got rid of Daley and the Chicago Machine, it is all Repuke all the Time.

Comment by koshersalaami on November 3, 2018 at 8:12am

The question I have about the Democrats is what we’ll do about redistricting if we get the opportunity. The temptation will be to Gerrymander the other way. I’m not sure what I think about this question. On one hand, we could simply be Right against Wrong; on the other, we could stop bringing knives to a gunfight. If we take that particular high road, we will get zero credit for it among Republicans for the simple reason that they base what they do on who they oppose, not on what their opposition does. How they treated President Obama is irrefutable proof of this. They treated a moderate centrist with twelve ancestors who fought in the American Revolution and who introduced a health care plan authored and field tested by Republicans as a dangerous radical with foreign loyalties. And it is precisely this approach, started by Newt Gingrich, a man who has probably done more damage to the United States than anyone else alive, that has led to the aforementioned reactions from Clinton, Waters, and Holder. 

Maui is right - the last time the Democrats initiated violence in any systemic sense was probably in Chicago under Daley (sr.), and at that point the parties will still transitioning into ideological roles where liberals were being forced out of the Republican Party and conservatives were leaving the Democratic Party over egalitarian issues. 

For what it’s worth, I share this author’s opinion of Netanyahu’s addressing Congress without bothering to tell the President of the United States he was coming. The episode was nothing short of disgusting and as an American I found it deeply embarrassing. 

Comment by Maui Surfer on November 3, 2018 at 8:41am

I can tell you I never fake anything, and one thing I DID NOT FAKE was my number on a fucking ping pong ball that said we want you to travel overseas and kill people who look like you, who are your cousins you never met. Until your ass is ON THE LINE you are nothing but a leaking hot air balloon.

Comment by alsoknownas on November 3, 2018 at 9:20am

Couldn't agree more MS. 

Comment by Tom Cordle on November 3, 2018 at 1:34pm

@KS – the solution is to take redistricting out of the hands of elected officials. That is an OBVIOUS conflict of interest. Don't have a recommendation for how to configure the panel – zip codes? – school districts? - courts?  longitude/latitude? - but anything would be better than what we have now.

Comment by koshersalaami on November 3, 2018 at 1:58pm

The solution is obvious assuming that what Democrats in power want is a just solution vs. a competitive solution. 

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