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    •  It's never too late to start... (6+ / 0-)

      "The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously." -- Hubert H. Humphrey

      by Candide08 on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 08:57:37 AM PDT

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      •  I think Maddow is making a real start (17+ / 0-)

        Her show in which she identified Mitt as a serial liar of a type even hardened politicians consider extreme was a great start. Similarly  her focus on the radical anti-democratic nature of the special manager law in Michigan was a real eye-opener.

        Digby's column this week pointing out that the Republican Party is too far gone to merely bring back to its good senses and let it once again learn to act as a rational opposing party was another. She's right. The Republican Party must be destroyed.

        Your post above, Armando, is another great reminder. You told us that the Republican Party was off the rails and you were right. Of course, those of us who live in the great Southern Baptist and Libertarian Theocracy of Texas have been aware of this since Bush Jr. defeated Ann Richards for Governor in 1994. The continued reelection of the West Texas farm boy Rick Perry as Governor continues to prove that.

        It's not just that the conservatives have thrown lots of money at elections, often illegally. They have also defunded Democratic money sources at the same time. That's been the purpose of the anti-union legislation at the state level, especially the Right-to-Work laws. They have similarly been doing everything possible to weaken the federal government, both by limiting what it can regulate,  by reducing funds to the federal government, and by spending federal funds on dead end projects to include the most wasteful of them all, unnecessary wars.

        A modern industrial nation requires a mobile workforce which is very educated (making universal public education a necessity.) This creates relatively uniform mass markets for businesses to serve (well paid consumers),  it creates a work force which can operate the businesses those markets need to serve them, and the science that goes along with it creates the continual improvements required to cause the economy to continue to grow. But this requires a strong central government to coordinate the very highly specialized workers such an industrial economy requires.

        Conservatives hate the continual change and diversity such an industrial economy demands, so they want to go back to the pre-1930's model. Only that was a rural agricultural economy and a much, much smaller population. That traditional economy cannot feed today's American population.

        It doesn't matter. The conservatives want to destroy the modern industrial and urban America and especially its culture of education, diversity and tolerance. They blame the federal government for forcing them to modernize their slow-moving mostly unchanging agricultural states (i.e the South and Midwest, as well as southern Illinois and Ohio.) The Constitution gives these small states an effective veto in the Senate.

        Do you begin to see the pattern? The Republican Party has been taken over by the John Birchers and their like-minded angry people who demand an end to social changes. The State power centers (mostly agricultural and extraction industry wealthy families) have control of the US Senate and with the 2010 teaparty elections, control of the House. All they have to do is delegitimize Obama and defeat him and they can stop the entire process of modernization.

        Ask them. This is the fantasy that drives them. And they don't care who gets in the way, because the farm boy culture (see Rick Perry) is a very narrow one that says defend and enrich your friends and to Hell with your enemies.

        Needless to say I did not start out to write all this, but it is so damned obvious I don't understand why everyone doesn't see it and talk about it. The Republican Party must be destroyed if America is to survive and move into the next century!

        Democrats stand for Liberty, Security, Support of Families and Opportunity Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

        by Rick B on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 10:02:30 AM PDT

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    •  i think that many democrats buy into the (1+ / 0-)
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      neo-liberal capitalism will solve all problems bullshit.

      in many instances the democrats you think need to grow a spine are, in fact corporatist hacks.

      there's a reason feinstein voted for roberts.

      she's not a democrat.

      big badda boom : GRB 080913

      by squarewheel on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 12:23:47 PM PDT

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