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  •  Hate is addictive (38+ / 0-)

    Once you rely on hate as one of your prime selling points, you have to keep finding new targets to hate.  The Republicans have done this for years, while relying on old standbys like gay people and black people.  In branching out to hating brown people and reaching back to antiquity to hate on the vajayjays, they've kept their knuckle-dragging base appeased, but they're running out of voters to scam with their lies.

    For the love of money is the root of all evil; and while some have coveted after it, they have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Timothy 6:10)

    by Dallasdoc on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 09:34:06 AM PDT

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    •  Like I said, they tried to make Muslim the new (4+ / 0-)

      black but I don't think it's working.

      Romney economics: Feed our seed corn to the fattest pigs and trust them to poop out jobs.

      by blue aardvark on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 10:09:47 AM PDT

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    •  Hate is also CONstrictive (16+ / 0-)

      I've watched this in my mostly angry old white cohort; they whittle away at who and what is acceptable until at 50 something there's basically no one left for them to relate to except the four guys they drink beer with, and three of them are kind of iffy sometimes. They are reactionary by definition, bemoaning the course of history while bereft of any practical means for changing it. They really are "desperate, clinging to guns and religion" and each other.

      I've recently been invited to a 40th high school reunion by people who "Like" Paul Ryan. The best reason I can think of for attending is to point out to them in October just how steep the auger-in trajectory of their hopes and dreams for a whiter America will certainly have become by then.

      Bitchezz.

      Just getting a handle on the knobs and dials.... Hey, don't touch that!

      by Old Lefty on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 10:10:20 AM PDT

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      •  Please write a diary about the reunion, (1+ / 0-)
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        if you wish.

        Fascinating to hear real-life accounts of demographic and political attitudes.

        Also, interesting article here:

        "The Gray And The Brown: The Generational Mismatch",
        by Ron Brownstein
        "A contrast in priorities is arising between nonwhite young voters and white, older voters."
        http://www.nationaljournal.com/...

        "..The political class cannot solve the problems it created. " - Jay Rosen

        by New Rule on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 04:19:57 PM PDT

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        •  Jeebus willing (0+ / 0-)

          I'll not be there, but I like the topic. I might just go for the diary potential alone. And, I'll read the linked material. Short of having done either, I believe there is indeed a story there upon which I shall cogitate at your suggestion.

          Just getting a handle on the knobs and dials.... Hey, don't touch that!

          by Old Lefty on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 11:59:12 PM PDT

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      •  This! (2+ / 0-)
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        I've watched this in my mostly angry old white cohort; they whittle away at who and what is acceptable until at 50 something there's basically no one left for them to relate to except the four guys they drink beer with, and three of them are kind of iffy sometimes.
        This is just the demographic disaster the GOP is facing.

        Here's another for 2012:
        In the 4 years since 2008 just about 10million Americans have died, mostly from old age. Over the same 4 years, about 13 million kids have passed (or will reach) their 18th birthday and become eligible to vote.

        Now there's a lot more going on here (voter suppression efforts, typical voter apathy at younger ages, etc.) but it is undeniable nationwide that 10 million people are no longer on the voting rolls, with most of them from the 65+ category. That group currently tilts GOP and McCain won it by 8 points.

        OTOH Obama won the 18-24 y.o. vote by 36 points (66-30).

        The WAVE is here......

        Shalom.

        "God has given wine to gladden the hearts of people." Psalm 104:15

        by WineRev on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 04:17:28 AM PDT

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        •  The REAL voter fraud is in absentee ballots. (1+ / 0-)
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          The Rethugs may still vote them even though they are dead.
          Seems there was a story in the news about a GOP county party chair whose girlfriend had voted in every election up to 2010.. She died in 2007 or some such.

          I do remember years ago hearing about religious right kids bussed to nursing homes to "help" the old folks to vote.

          To Goldman Sachs in according to their desires, From us in accordance with the IRS.

          by Bluehawk on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 06:27:14 AM PDT

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          •  The REAL voter fraud is self inflicted; (0+ / 0-)

            voters who suffer themselves to be the tools of the Plutocracy by voting R are willfully defrauding themselves.

            Just getting a handle on the knobs and dials.... Hey, don't touch that!

            by Old Lefty on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 12:47:31 PM PDT

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        •  One funeral at a time (0+ / 0-)
          A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
          Ernst Planckc
          For "scientific truth"  in the quote above read "political truth".
          Ernst Ludwig Planckc (23 April 1858 – 4 October 1947) was one of the most important German physicists of the late 19th and early 20th century, winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918; he is considered to be the founder of quantum theory.
          For "German"  in the quote above read "Human".
          As an example of the quoted proposition, Einstein did not love Planckc and dismissed his theory as "Spooky action at a distance" and many agreed at the time. 80 yers later, both are dead, and the major scientific challenge of our time is the attempt to reconcile Einstein with Planckc (not vice versa), General Relativity with Quantum Theory, now Planckc's ideas are accepted as doctrine and Einstein's of having been in error on this subject.

          However dissimilar in accomplisment or intellect my classmates are to these two great minds, the principle applies regardless. Thank goodness for Darwin and Entropy. Either the best ideas win out or we die out. Now is the time to choose.

          Just getting a handle on the knobs and dials.... Hey, don't touch that!

          by Old Lefty on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 12:41:15 PM PDT

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    •  Hate is not only addictive... (8+ / 0-)

      ...it's a gateway drug. It leads to the hard stuff -- violence.

      "Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates.” Simone Weil

      by chuco35 on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 04:30:33 PM PDT

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