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Confessions of a
disillusioned Democrat

Washington Times, by Joe Piscopo

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Posted By:StormCnter, 8/15/2014 5:02:10 AM

I’m a Democrat. I’ve been a Democrat my entire life. I used to utter those two sentences with pride and would shout them from the highest rooftops. Now, I’m almost embarrassed to say those words. I almost can’t articulate my political affiliation in public (or on the radio) without immediately offering an apology and an explanation. How did I get here? I’ve been asking myself that question a lot lately. The more I ask it, the more I come to the realization that I haven’t changed all that much. Sure, I’m a little older … OK, a lot older. I

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Piercentire, 8/15/2014 5:16:28 AM     (No. 9966637)

wow.

very well written.
hopefully a lot of people read this.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Country Boy, 8/15/2014 5:20:40 AM     (No. 9966639)

Apparently Piscopo is not aware that the fork in the road for Dems was Joe Kennedy Sr., who believed/forecasted that national politics would morph into a business, just like any other business (Wall Street, pro sports, Hollywood). The days of country farmers-turned-politicians-turned-back-to-country-farmers (e.g. Harry Truman) were over. From JFK onward, all national DEM politicians were immensely powerful/corrupt, and would retire worth many many $millions. Clinton is worth hundreds of Millions, Gore the same. Obama will likely be a billionaire. (Where did that stimulus money disappear to??)

For people like Piscopo to much talking, too little thinking.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: dudette4freedom, 8/15/2014 5:31:53 AM     (No. 9966643)

i have a feeling there are quite a few who feel the same as Piscopo but who havent really articulated it yet. Hopefully theire views will be reflected in the midterms.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: DaddyO, 8/15/2014 5:50:49 AM     (No. 9966653)

Uh, Joe, this is what you get when you put liberal democrats in power.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Megrits, 8/15/2014 6:05:47 AM     (No. 9966662)



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Reply 6 - Posted by: Megrits, 8/15/2014 6:10:09 AM     (No. 9966665)

They´ve done far, far too much damage to ever, ever forgive them. You woke up too late Joe. I was born and raised into a democratic family also but learned three decades ago who they really are; CPUSA, disguised as Americans, nothing less.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Jebediah, 8/15/2014 7:01:35 AM     (No. 9966693)

Sounds good, Joe, but I would put $ on you voting for Hillary or, even worse, Elizabeth Warren without a 2nd thought......in other words, paying attention to what they SAY and not what they DO.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Really?, 8/15/2014 7:14:48 AM     (No. 9966701)

Keep thinking Joe. You are making progress.

Someday you´ll see that what you believe about Republicans is different as well.

You are getting there (but very slowly)

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Pilot222, 8/15/2014 7:27:12 AM     (No. 9966706)

To late JoJo. Just like I am learning from our so enlightened minority the African/Non-American, there is no forgiveness,so amount a regret that can ver compensate for the birth of a country with slavery , so there is no forgives to you libraries so just gave us a progression of dem slimed with alba my being your crowning glory

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Reply 10 - Posted by: F15 Gork, 8/15/2014 7:29:00 AM     (No. 9966708)

Sounds to me like he´s still a bleeding heart liberal...

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mws50, 8/15/2014 7:30:43 AM     (No. 9966712)

More democrats would have reached this stage in their lives around 30 years of age if they possessed any logic, common sense, or analytical abilities.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 8/15/2014 7:32:27 AM     (No. 9966716)

To be more precise: He´s a disillusioned Democrat who was never ever funny. Not once even after years of trying.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Muncsdad, 8/15/2014 7:34:48 AM     (No. 9966718)

Agree with some posters, but want to caution against some of the comments.

Reagan grew up a Democrat, as did I and many other now conservatives. Pescipo may have taken time to get there, but he is recognizing the evil the current Democrat Party has become.

We need to welcome him and others like him with open arms and not raise the drawbridge to keep them out!

Grace. Principles. Optimism. That will help us take the country back.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 8/15/2014 7:34:54 AM     (No. 9966719)

When I clicked on the article, some sound-byte chimed in. Don´t need that!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: harleynyc, 8/15/2014 7:41:50 AM     (No. 9966725)

Dear Joe, You are an idiot.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: FunOne, 8/15/2014 7:43:50 AM     (No. 9966728)

Complain. Talk about it. Write about it. But, remain a democrat, huh?

Show some character and leave the commies, Joe. I did that during the Jimmy Carter debacle. Made me feel clean.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: tank, 8/15/2014 8:09:55 AM     (No. 9966754)

Thanks #13. We could use a lot more thinking like that around here.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 8/15/2014 8:13:19 AM     (No. 9966761)

Wholeheartedly agree with #13. As a product of the 60s generation I was apolitical at best. I didn´t pay much attention until Ronald Reagan came along. It was just before that time that I started a family and a business- both of which were greatly harmed by the Carter years. I´ve never looked back since then and it has become even more apparent that we cannot allow these progressives to hold any position of authority , if at all possible.

I have no doubt after reading the article, which lever Joe will pull in the privacy of the voting booth and expect that he may sway quite a few others that have come to a similar conclusion. If not, we´re in big trouble.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 8/15/2014 8:21:59 AM     (No. 9966766)

Late in the article he says he can/will not call himself a republican. IMHO he speaks for many who have seen the dem party leave them but will never join with or support the party of the CoC and crony capitalists.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Udanja99, 8/15/2014 8:35:34 AM     (No. 9966776)

I grew up in a Republican family, have voted Republican since the age of 18, have sent donations to lots of Republican candidates and no longer call myself a Republican. The Republican Party is useless as are most of the Republicans in DC. I´m now a Tea Party Conservative.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: web, 8/15/2014 8:36:31 AM     (No. 9966778)

If you believed in civil rights like Lyndon Johnson, then that explains everything. He was one of the biggest racists around, like most of the Democratic Party. Anything they´ve done for equality was only done for political power, not out of any ethical or moral conviction.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: JDP, 8/15/2014 8:41:53 AM     (No. 9966792)

"... despite their lack of solutions...´ Joe, where are you getting this from, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS? Try listening to some other sources. Republicans have solutions, they´re just not being aired by the socialist press.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Knotwyrkin, 8/15/2014 8:45:10 AM     (No. 9966793)

Thanks #20. I keep getting pleading requests from the National GOP fundraisers asking why I haven´t donated - when in truth I have given more money than ever in the past two years. Then money has gone individually to Tea Party Conservatives. I have left the party of Dole/McCain/Gingrich.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: capecodfox, 8/15/2014 9:04:35 AM     (No. 9966816)

Is it just me, or is Celebrity Worship a liberal thing? Joe is ready to jump on the bandwagon of the next "Star."

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Reply 25 - Posted by: krause, 8/15/2014 9:44:06 AM     (No. 9966868)

If you are an objective thinker you cannot support what Obama is doing....unless you are an anti-American, anti-capitalist, socialist or marxist, a lobbyist who is getting something for their large contributions, or a easily-led low information person.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 8/15/2014 9:45:10 AM     (No. 9966869)

He´s not alone. Some polls have shown people age 60+ have shifted toward favoring Republicans rather dramatically. They see that the ´progress´ Democrats are bringing about is actually more poverty, more crime, and a diminished nation on all fronts.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: coldoc, 8/15/2014 9:50:00 AM     (No. 9966878)

I have never voted for a democrat in 50 years, but did admire the old scoop jackson and warren magnusen types for their dedication to country first. There were many more, but they are a species long extinct, replaced by greedy party first me second ideologues like reid, pelosi, schumer et al. Piscopo is right on and it has been said many times. Dems are now the international socialist party. They are far from "democratic".

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Reply 28 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 8/15/2014 9:54:31 AM     (No. 9966884)

Sorry, Joe - - you´re still delusional if you think that phony FDR "cared for the working man."

You´re a good-hearted guy, Joe - - but you´re still a naïve chump.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 8/15/2014 10:04:40 AM     (No. 9966905)

I was a Democrat because while it was clear to me that the Republican politicians were out of touch and cared for only the upper class, Democrats like Franklin Roosevelt cared for the masses and helping the working man.

That mindset remains ingrained in the American psyche as much as the one that blacks can´t get ahead because of slavery. What is it going to take to change it?

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Wakeupcall, 8/15/2014 10:07:03 AM     (No. 9966910)

The party of the working class has sold out to fat cats!

I have news for you Joe.

The Marxist democrat party has never been for the working class. They use the working class by taking millions of dollars from unions to pay for their turning America into another communist heaven like all their other great countries of freedom. The unions take the money from the workers as tribute to their millionaire union leadership and Marxist communist democrats. To the unions and the Marxist democrats the workers are merely useful idiots working to pay them to destroy America´s greatness.

For one thing try reading Democrat for life Zell Miller´s book ´A National Party No More´: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat".

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Reply 31 - Posted by: msjena, 8/15/2014 10:17:43 AM     (No. 9966926)

It´s never too late.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: save America, 8/15/2014 10:22:54 AM     (No. 9966937)

Sure sounds like he is still a liberal. He still believes the NBC version of who Conservatives are. Try being a Tea party/Conservative patriotic American Joe. You may find not only that you like it, but you may also realize that the Liberals of the 21st century are Un American nuts.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: cinwasp, 8/15/2014 10:37:53 AM     (No. 9966959)

This is the same guy who confessed that he was good friends with Robin Williams but never picked up that Robin was depressed.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: mulhaven, 8/15/2014 12:17:14 PM     (No. 9967099)

"Naive" seems to be the appropriate word for Piscopo. He believes the words these Democrat politicians and media spout, and he does not take into account the facts. FDR extended the depression by years and LBJ initiated the destruction of the black community. He longs for the media lionization of people who are Democrats or celebrities. His kind of shallowness is contemptible.

Is he waiting for the Democrat media to show adulation for some Republicans?

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Reply 35 - Posted by: LtE126, 8/15/2014 1:49:22 PM     (No. 9967226)

cough bull--it cough

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Doctor P, 8/15/2014 2:22:40 PM     (No. 9967288)

The Civil Rights Acts were passed with the help of the party of Lincoln. A higher percentage of the GOP voted for the bill than the democrat party of Bull Connor.

This was in keeping with the GOP passing the 14th amendment to allow the Freedmen to enjoy the same rights as others instead of the other party´s Jim Crow laws.

Then note which party gets the most money from the big donors and caters to billionaires. There is a difference between those freedom seekers and those who are just rent seekers.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Really?, 8/16/2014 7:53:31 AM     (No. 9967945)

#13 is correct. This is no time to rebuke anyone for being taken in. The left has always won over their voters with "compassion" and "care" and you can´t blame anyone who wishes for those noble intentions.

It sometimes takes awhile to realize that Republicans have these same desires, but believe truly that there are better and more realistic ways to provide them.

I was stunned the other day to hear a Democrat ask if Republicans REALLY believe that abortion was murder . I could not believe they actually thought we just wanted to "saddle" some unwed mother with a baby.

We will only bridge the gap between us by accepting the ones who are willing to talk and welcome them to the dialogue.

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Meghan McCain joined the dog pile on the Secret Service this week, saying she’s had “nothing but horrible experiences" with the agency and likening the agents to “glorified mall cops.” The 29-year-old author and television personality, who is also the daughter of former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), opened up on Pivot’s “TakePart Live” about some of her interactions with the Secret Service. "I have nothing but horrible experiences with the Secret Service,” McCain said. “One of my friends called them glorified mall cops and I don´t think that´s terribly far off. I found them cliquey. I hated

Some Blacks See Secret Service
as Flawed Shield for the President

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New York Times, by Peter Baker    Original Article
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WASHINGTON — Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland was at the grocery store the other day when he ran into an elderly black woman who expressed growing concern about President Obama’s safety. Why, she asked, wasn’t he being better protected by his Secret Service agents? The furor that led to this week’s resignation of the director of the Secret Service resonated deeply among blacks, outraged that those supposed to be guarding the first black president were somehow falling down on the job — and suspicious even without evidence that it may be deliberate. “It is something that is widespread in

White House says it has
Ebola virus under control

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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Sarah Ferris    Original Article
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Top White House officials on Friday worked to reassure the American public that the national response to Ebola is under control. Leaders of the country’s health, defense and military branches stressed that they are taking the right steps to contain the spread of the deadly virus, which was first diagnosed in the U.S. on Tuesday. Top White House officials on Friday worked to reassure the American public that the national response to Ebola is under control. Leaders of the country’s health, defense and military branches stressed that they are taking the right steps to contain the spread of the deadly virus, which

California’s next big political fight:
Plastic grocery bags

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Washington Post, by Reid Wilson    Original Article
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Go to a grocery store in California and buy all the milk, eggs and vegetables you want. But there’s one thing you won’t find at the checkout line, beginning July 1, 2015: Plastic bags to carry your stuff home. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Tuesday signed into law a ban on single-use plastic bags, making California the first state to prohibit stores from using the ubiquitous carry-alls. Shoppers will be charged 10 cents for every paper bag and heavy-duty plastic bag they use. “This bill is a step in the right direction,” Brown said in a press release announcing his approval. “It

Lindsey Graham Mulling White House Run
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Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
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The hawkish Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says he is thinking about running for president in 2016. In an interview with Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard, the senator, running for re-election to the Senate this year, said: “If I get through my general election, if nobody steps up in the presidential mix, if nobody’s out there talking — me and McCain have been talking — I may just jump in to get to make these arguments,” Graham said. Graham, 59, also dismissed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, 43, as a presidential candidate, saying he is too young. “He’s a good

Hillary Gets Tocqueville
Wrong By 100 Years

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Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 10/2/2014 11:31:10 AM     Post Reply
Speaking at a Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors event last night, Hillary Clinton decided to talk about Alexis de Tocqueville. The problem? She got it wrong -- by about a hundred years. "There´s a wonderful phrase that was first used by Alexis de Tocqueville, who came to the United States in the very early 1930s and traveled around our country," said Hillary Clinton, a probable 2016 presidential candidate. "And he was so amazed at how Americans organized themselves -- you know, coming from aristocratic Europe, which was totally top-down and hierarchical -- he couldn´t believe how many of us were joiners.


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