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  •  It's consciously marginalizing the majority. (11+ / 0-)

    Our system has both means for the majority to assert itself and means for the minority to thwart it, eg, congress passing laws and the unelected supreme court striking them down.

    But what we keep seeing is the unelected enact an anti majoritarian agenda which seeks to change the system to give the minority elites more power.  

    It's beginning to look like the rock beats scissors, as every move puts more power in the hands of the few who are thwarting the many, like the rich, like the judiciary, like the people in charge of voting, and each of them supports the other.  

    That is, the supreme court puts Bush in power, Bush appoints two justitices, Bush gives out huge tax cuts, supreme court removes any practical limits to th epower of money in politics forever, Republicans elected to state houses promptly disenfranchise voters so that the majority can't vote, and on and on.

    You can talk all you want about demographic changes and read polls as to public opinion, but the majority is becoming marginalized.

    Romney is campaigning to be President SuperBain; his cure is to cut wages, end pensions, let companies go bankrupt, and let the assets of production go dark or be sold to China. He really thinks thats the best of all possible Americas.

    by Inland on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 07:09:31 AM PDT

    •  Only in the beginning because the stupid, shallow (1+ / 0-)
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      tv, news, and movie propaganda has been SO effective that STUPID now almost IS the majority.  In 10 years, without massive change or massive collapse and revolution, STUPID and BRUTISH will EASILY be a big majority.

      I hope I'm not here.

      The real power in America is held by a fast-emerging new Oligarchy of pimps and preachers who see no need for Democracy or fairness or even trees, except maybe the ones in their own yards, and they don't mind admitting it. ~ Hunter S. Thompson

      by Saint Jimmy on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 07:45:01 AM PDT

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      •  Contrary to what you are arguing (1+ / 0-)
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        H. L. Mencken was lamenting the stupidity of the American Booboisie back in the 1920s. Before that, Lincoln noted that you can fool some of the people all of the time. Jefferson lamented the ignorant state of voters in 1800.

        Busting the Dog Whistle code.

        by Mokurai on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 04:32:45 PM PDT

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