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  •  ALL Zealots are problematic, but . . . (0+ / 0-)

    Many ad hominem attacks, but very few policy critiques in this thread.  I am no fan of Norquist, as I am no fan of any zealot who preaches fundamentalist propaganda.  But rather than demonizing him, you should try to understand WHY his propoganda is so effective and whether any part of his platform has any merit.  There are millions of people who disagree with Grover and yet, like me, think the federal government is much too big and does far too much for way too many.  

    Norquist, as would be equally true of any hardcore leftist zealot, is SO convinced of the correctness of his cause, that he is incabable of having a productive dialogue with anyone who isn't drunk on the same Kool Aid as he is.

    I may not agree with much or most of what he espouses, but I do realize that many people who envision a smaller government (which is Norquist's primary argument) are not hateful or sociopathic, they just have a different philisophical approach to the role of government, to wit,  government, at every level, should be no bigger than  necessary to provide for the fundamental needs of the electorate it serves; needs that can only be provided by government -- police, roads and military are the ideal examples.

    Can anyone make a rational argument that the federal government is too small and should grow to have an even larger and more central role in people's lives?  I can't.  But I am certain many of you can.  

    •  Why Norquist's propaganda works (2+ / 0-)

      oh, and the Koch brothers, with $$$$$$$

      Over the past 25 years, Norquist has received funding from many of America's wealthiest corporations, including Philip Morris, Pfizer and Micro­soft. To build a farm team of anti-tax conservatives, Norquist shrewdly took the pledge to state legislatures across the country, pressuring up-and- coming Republicans to make it a core issue before they're called up to the big leagues.

      Then, after Obama was elected, this ultimate Washington insider positioned himself as a leader of the anti-establishment Tea Party, complete with financial support from the billionaire Koch brothers. "These Tea Party people, in effect, take their orders from him," says Bruce Bartlett, an architect of the Reagan tax cuts. "He decides: This is a permissible tax action, or this is not a permissible tax action. And of course, anything that cuts taxes is per se OK."

      from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

      by Catte Nappe on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 11:08:38 AM PST

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