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  •  Because (0+ / 0-)

    it wasn't so up and up.

    Face up to it already, this government at the top is bought and paid for—all 3 branches.

      •  Everything (0+ / 0-)

        they do, honey, it's for the criminal elite.

        •  So ... (3+ / 0-)
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          ... no one can be authentically conservative without being bribed?

          •  if by "Authentically Conservative" one means (1+ / 0-)
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            Crazy like a fox

            a couple of SC justices going to closed conventions of corporate sponsored think tank type events... and even being keynote speakers at what are thinly veiled partisan political cabals discussions... and keeping a pretense of being impartial... but it is not limited to things like this.

            So yes of course they are "authentically conservative" in that they do not bother with much pretense of impartiality or lack of ties to very focused powerful interests who self describe as "conservative"...

            And as far at the word "bribed", it is a narrowly defined term... there are many other inducements and persuasion tactics far beyond a bag of money that do the same thing... not the least of which is grooming young replacements in relatively new right-wing law-schools established for the specific purpose of replacing as many of the judges, federal attorneys, state and local legal establishment with compliant like minded people in a decades long campaign... the "bribe" is the entire career  of the chosen ones... from being accepted in the law school and anything else after that greased the skids to ensure a large cohort of "acceptable" candidates  from which to advance the most promising semi-pawns into the highest positions... a mapped out lucrative career path for tools goes far beyond bribes and it is not just for future jurists but corporate law, lobbyists, strategic government roles all mixed together. Who ends up where in the end is not as important as the overall effort across the board to control the USA.

            Programming the people and the system goes far beyond mere bribes... but each person who moves up the ladder does somehow do quite well for themselves in investments and total net worth thanks to the inherent connections with their patrons' interests... so in the end it is a concept of bribe that is much more dangerous and powerful. And if they are not just conservative by inclination but are tools of self-serving oligarchs... are they still "Authentic conservatives"? Sounding like it is not enough. If they are party to maiming the lives of most citizens, conservative or progressive... I think they are not "authentic conservatives" in the original intended sense. But if there is a new definition of the term that replaces the old connotation... then yes they are the new form of "Authentic Conservative" which is actually a corruption of it twisted to serve the 0.1%... and that is historically what happens to conservatism - the philosophy is co-opted quite easily as a tool to perpetuate the wealth and power of the few at the expense of the many.

            Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

            by IreGyre on Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 08:06:02 AM PST

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