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  •  yep, it's old stuff now (2+ / 0-)
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    This diary has been written by pundits for the last thirty years or more, at least since Reagan. But the fact is money rules, if the fundy's get too uppity they'll threaten cut off their leaders gravy train, it works every time.

    The oligarch don't really mind losing so much since they do quite well under democrats too. Notice how all the fundys quickly get into line when Newt strays just a little bit DeMint, Santorum couldn't wait to lick some boots.

    No, the fundys don't threaten the big money boys club (GOP) at all. They get to fume and pass a few hate laws but the real power remains locked up and won't be shared with the unwashed, ever.

    America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

    by cacamp on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 10:08:19 PM PST

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    •  Interesting that you say this (0+ / 0-)
      This diary has been written by pundits for the last thirty years or more

      meaning that things as they are are not as they've been.

      After all, no one ever thought that blacks would join the Democratic Party.

      Political realignments do happen. For example, if the Republicans were to relent on the immigration issue..and some evangelicals would go along with that

    •  Maybe (0+ / 0-)

      I'm old enough to have seen these predictions made before.  It feels different this time.  But you might be right -- if the economy rights itself and people feel like they're doing well again, then maybe the conflict will die down.  If, on the other hand, we end up in a long period of economic doldrums, then things could easily come to a head.  The religious right, in particular, is bolder now than they have ever been.  Many feel that they have been backed into a corner by such "threats" as gay marriage and decriminalization of marijuana.  They have been whipped into an eschatalogical frenzy by leaders like James Dobson, and truly believe that a fundamental battle for the "soul" of America is upon us.

      "We must move forward, not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom." - Kodos

      by Jon Stafford on Fri Jan 13, 2012 at 09:23:06 AM PST

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      •  yes, it's old but true (0+ / 0-)

        I'm just saying that the fundys are always brought to heel by the oligarchs who keep them on a leash. This is shown today by how Gingrich has been brought into line for offending big money but they couldn't care less how much they bang each other over social issues. I agee wth what you've written but the conflict is stacked against the fundys in todays GOP.

        America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

        by cacamp on Fri Jan 13, 2012 at 12:07:21 PM PST

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        •  Agreed (1+ / 0-)
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          The question is: Will the balance of power shift?  Or, if not, will the evangelicals bolt.  And if so, where would they go?  To the Democrats?  That seems unlikely.  More likely they'd form their own third party, perhaps in league with Tea Party elements.  They'd probably call themselves something like the "Faith, Family & Freedom Party."

          Hmm.  Hey, that's not bad.  Wanna help me bilk a bunch of wingnuts out of a lot of money?

          "We must move forward, not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom." - Kodos

          by Jon Stafford on Fri Jan 13, 2012 at 03:47:56 PM PST

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