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View Diary: Are we too far gone to recover any sanity?? (65 comments)

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  •  We'll survive (8+ / 0-)

    The sane among us need to take more responsibility for what happens down the road.  From here on the left we need to make a better effort to communicate with those who disagree with us, win them over (as much as we can).

    I think we've been deluded in our belief that life (and by extension political life) makes sense.  It's not about knowing the truth, but (in democracy) about communicating it.

    I personally believe we've fallen down on that.  When we disagree with the right we tend to laugh at them and call them names.  That rarely changes anybody's mind.

    Why don't our politicians attach some negative branding on conservatism (you know, that philosophy that opposed the abolition of slavery, that opposed universal suffrage, that thought it was OK to have children work in mines and factories instead of going to school)?  Because we don't (at least not often enough).  Instead we go wonky and put lower info people to sleep, or we act superior to them and give them reason to believe we don't care about them.

    Or we get despondent and quit a little bit.

    When I was kid I heard the elders talking about that other depression and what led up to it.  They dug in and after awhile the country turned around.  We can do that too.  I think we will.  I hope we will.

    •  Very good analogy (5+ / 0-)
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      weck, Urizen, Gordon20024, JMoore, Smoh

      But will they listen if we have been branded enemies of the state or communists?  Look at what happened  to Rep Giffords

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      by Vetwife on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 09:04:13 AM PDT

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      •  Some will (6+ / 0-)
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        JMoore, Actbriniel, Vetwife, Smoh, askyron, bronte17

        Sadly, there will always be haters among us and there will always be idiots who listen to them.

        But. . .

        Joe McCarthy terrorized america for awhile.  The next generation made fighting for civil rights romantic.

        Each time the tide turns life gets a little better.  My great grandma wasn't allowed to own property, my grandma wasn't allowed to vote, my mom got paid 1/7th of what her male predecessor got for the same work.  Is everything hunky dory now?  Nope.  It's up to us here now to add another link to the chain of social progress.

    •  I agree (0+ / 0-)

       The Road Less Traveled

      I play for keeps. Kindness, Equality, Enlightenment, Peace, and Sustainability.

      by QDMacaw on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 06:22:57 PM PDT

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