I feel your pain
If I still lived in MI, my democratic vote would count. In Portland, however, the primary is the only important vote as far as democrats are concerned. My current county of residence is so far left that you can't make a statement with a democratic vote. Haven't made the Chillum yet, but I will get to it next week, probably tuesday. I read your rebuttal and you make some good points. He definitely lived through most of the history in question, but I can't help but feel Elecartist was totally wrong about the expansion bit (more paranoia than fact).