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  •  Interesting thought. We definitely do (1+ / 0-)
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    need to find a way to blast through the ignorance that seems to flourish these days.  The absolute stupidity of people who voted FOR Scott Walker today leaves me blank-minded right now.  I can't comprehend it.  But if we don't find a way to get through the "noise" and deliberate disinformation, we are never going to break this Republican/Corporate hold on this country.

    We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Louis D. Brandeis

    by 3goldens on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 10:13:48 PM PDT

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    •  Long-term we have to MASSIVELY improve (3+ / 0-)
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      our public education system. I mean unrecognizably better, unimaginably better, disgustingly better, effectively raising the average IQ level by 10-20 points such that someone like Bush or McCain wouldn't stand a CHANCE. On the European model that much of the developing world like India and China has adopted, with a longer school year, longer school day, much tougher curriculum, much better trained teachers (who will remain unionized), and so on, with an emphasis on solid intellectual development, not rote lernin' on the still-prevalent 19th century model which taught students just enough to become good farmers or welders (not that there's anything wrong with either, but it just doesn't cut it anymore).

      If we do this, we will make it impossible to elect Repubs like these. IMPOSSIBLE. Intelligent people would never vote them in. But for that to happen, we have to get a long-term lock on power. And for THAT to happen, we have to become better at the GOP's game than they are. If that means lying, being vicious, being nasty, fighting dirty, then so be it. The stakes are too high to take the high road. We can't outspend or out-scumbag them, so we have to outsmart them, outwork them, outmaneuver them, outpropagandize them, and so on. Or we're dead.

      Basically, we have to adopt the Grant and Sherman model. For their AND our own good. We're in another civil war and this is the only way to win those.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 10:25:03 PM PDT

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