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  •  What don't you understand? (12+ / 0-)

    That 35 million beats 3 million?
    That in time of economic hardship we are all vulnerable to the sentiment that it's the unions' fault, and the public employees' fault, and the minorities' fault?
    That an organized national campaign on the part of the right wing beats a disorganized Democratic Party where everyone looks out for themselves and nobody cares about any core progressive principles?
    Where a meek looser runs again to repeat a loss he has already suffered, and is beaten by a brash governor?
    Surprise?
    That picking at the ethics of Walker does not a campaign make?  Surprise?

    The people WANT division, they want a war on the public employees, on the unions, on good health benefits.  They want to make everyone suffer like they do.  Most of them feel like day laborers, and they are going to get the hides of those who are in cushy jobs with cushy health plans and cushy retirements and cushy union guarantees that they will have a job tomorrow.   And they are going to get the hides of people who do nothing and are sitting on cushy welfare and cushy disabilities.  And - as we have seen in past debates - if they don't want to pay for health insurance, or maybe are just too lazy to be able to pay for health insurance, let them die!
    We are on a race to the bottom, and the right has successfully set us against each other.  Surprise?
    We will all soon get the government we deserve.  God help us all.  

    •  One more thing that I forgot (3+ / 0-)
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      greengemini, FutureNow, treesrock

      Thank you so much, dear leader of the Democratic Party, for tweeting your support.  It was invaluable.

      •  Yeah, dems again (0+ / 0-)

        snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

        This week, I began thinking that BO won't win.  I think dems are going to get crushed.  We had it all and frittered it all away for next to nothing.

        The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

        by dfarrah on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 08:43:35 PM PDT

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      •  wait to thank him until after (0+ / 0-)

        the election

        when he gives us Simpson-Bowles for Christmas

        It is the highest impertinence ... in kings and ministers, to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, ... They are themselves always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society. - Adam Smith

        by treesrock on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 07:44:44 AM PDT

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    •  I think you hit it on the head. (2+ / 0-)
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      I've been saying this for some time.  Whether it's years of media dominance, the economy, the final payoff of intentionally weakened government (to justify cutting more services), the general populace seems to have embraced this 'race to the bottom' attitude.  The fact that so many have bought into the fact that Obama is so "radical" when many of his policies are center right at best is further proof.  By not hitting rock bottom after the crash in 2008, the true culprits of our problems (the ideology, not just the last administration) were spared.  It's ironic that so many of the safety nets kicked in as they were intended to do, and are now the focus of such ire (social security, medicare/medicaid, unemployment insurance, etc).  As the destruction of public education and health continues, the regression can be completed.

    •  another from "They Thought They Were Free" (1+ / 0-)
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      semiot

      I have a comment above from the 1955 book with this title.

      The author, a journalist, a Jew, went to Germany

      The first two paragraphs are from the review by Thom Hartman then one by the author of the book.

      Thom was concerned about history repeating itself.

      Well, it is happening right here.

      "This was also Milton Mayer's great fear and great fascination, after he got to know real Nazis. An American Jew of German ancestry, and a brilliant reporter, Mayer went to Germany 7 years after Hitler's fall and befriended 10 Nazis. This book is, in large part, his story of that experience. Intertwined through it -- written in 1955 -- are repeated overt and subtle warnings to future generations of Americans -- us, today."

      "Mayer opens the book by noting that he was prepared to hate the Nazis he would meet. But, he wrote, he discovered they were just as human as the rest of us:"

      I liked them. I couldn't help it. Again and again, as I sat or walked with one or another of my ten [Nazi] friends, I was overcome by the same sensation that had got in the way of my newspaper reporting in Chicago years before [in the 1930s]. I liked Al Capone. I liked the way he treated his mother. He treated her better than I treated mine.
      (Thom Hartman in quotes, Milton Mayer in block quotes)
      "One of his closing chapters, "Peoria Uber Alles," is so poignant and prescient that were Mayer still alive today I doubt he could read it out loud without his voice breaking. It's the story of how what happened in Germany could just as easily happen in Peoria, Illinois, particularly if the city were to become isolationistic and suffered some sort of natural or man-made disaster or attack that threw its people into the warm but deadly embrace of authoritarianism."
      The [Peorian] individual surrenders his individuality without a murmur, without, indeed, a second thought - and not just his individual hobbies and tastes, but his individual occupation, his individual family concerns, his individual needs. The primordial community, the tribe, re-emerges, it's first function the preservation of all its members. Every normal personality of the day becomes an 'authoritarian personality.' A few recalcitrants have to be disciplined (vigorously, under the circumstances) for neglect or betrayal of their duty. A few groups have to be watched or, if necessary, taken in hand - the antisocial elements, the liberty-howlers, the agitators among the poor, and the criminal gangs. For the rest of the citizens - 95 percent or so of the population - duty is now the central fact of life. They obey, at first awkwardly, but, surprisingly soon, spontaneously.
      Here is the link
      http://blog.buzzflash.com/...

      Just do a google search and get more articles about the book.

      The short, shocking book by Naomi Wolf "The End Of America: Letter to a Young Patriot" published in 2007 lays out the parallels.

      **
      Now I am going to take a risk. By stating a fact.

      Our leader can now make a decision in secret, using a secret process, not covered by the law, and have anyone in the world murdered.

    •  and yet (0+ / 0-)
      I have no problem with people getting what they deserve. I do have a problem with me getting what they deserve.
      h/t to Notorious P.A.T. in comments at the Ian Welsh website

      It is the highest impertinence ... in kings and ministers, to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, ... They are themselves always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society. - Adam Smith

      by treesrock on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 07:43:38 AM PDT

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