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  •  But there are other factors as well, including (4+ / 0-)

    - a much more powerful corporatocracy, that has managed to whittle away almost all the barriers between money and politics;

    - a coalescing and agitation of the authoritarian masses on the right by focus-group tested framing and language;

    - Fox news and AM radio providing years of constant subconscious droning and programming;

    - a President who plays into the deepest fears of the racist, xenophobic masses on the right;

    - an ultra-corporatist stacked Supreme Court;

    - the highest inequitable distribution of wealth since the great depression - and growing;

    - structural economic changes due to global trade agreements and policies draining whole industrial sectors out of the nation;

    - an unprecedented culture of ignorance and anti-factual belief, policy, and action on the right;

    - and a complete breakdown of the ability for the government to properly function, primarily due to the abuse of the filibuster.

    I'm not sure past times are as directly relevant in this situation - much as it's not that useful when sportscasters talk about a time two teams previously faced each other as if it were somehow relevant, but at a time when every single player and the coach were different. I believe the hardened right, more conditioned with fearful rhetoric of mainstream media than ever before, will be inconsolably terrified with their decline, and will see themselves more and more as a rebel force that must destroy the evil overlords of democracy, liberty, and freedom much as the Islamic revolution in Iran or the Taliban in Afghanistan.

    There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why...
    I dream of things that never were, and ask why not? ~ Robert Kennedy

    by Reality Bites Back on Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 12:11:21 PM PST

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