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  •  Political parties are power brokers. (3+ / 0-)
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    luckylizard, duhban, SYWTSAR

    When populism is on the rise, it spells the parties' demise. That is, if the people govern, then parties are just another inconvenient middleman. That's why parties are not enthusiastic about grass roots action.
    The old paradigm of Republicans being paternal disciplinarians while Democrats provided the maternal caring suited the authoritarians quite well. Government BY the people wasn't a viable option as long as only a minor segment of the population could vote. Women voting did not have much effect as long as they still voted like their men directed.
    When a woman could not undertake financial obligations unless the documents were co-signed by a male relative there was not much power to be exercised.
    The Republican party has become home to people who believe that the object of social organization is to rank and control human beings. Getting things done may be an ulterior motive, but power is mainly directed towards other people/persons. That's the essence of personal responsibility. The object is to make persons responsive to (obedient to) directives.
    The Democratic party and impartial people tend to be focused on accomplishing projects and recruiting like-minded persons to help them voluntarily. The project comes first; then the people. So, in a sense, the order is reversed. Republicans aim to get compliance for its own sake because compliance is perceived as virtuous, even though it is coerced. Although persuasion without any practical objective seems difficult, for people lacking in practical talents, it is enough. They don't have projects because they cannot think ahead. So, they are content to achieve what might be compared to iron filings milling around a magnet's pole. Some people are attracted to each other, or repelled, and that is enough for them.  They aggregate and congregate and accomplish nothing. And that is fine with them. They do not mind that their association is coerced.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 01:52:00 AM PDT

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    •  an interesting comment and observation (1+ / 0-)
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      I am not it's possible to completely generalize the problems with the GOP and power probably because the motives are mixed but still well stated

    •  The Republican party (1+ / 0-)
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      is opposed to democracy. They don't believe in free elections. Everything else is incidental.

      •  How they are selected is less important (1+ / 0-)
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        than whether or not they take direction once they are in office. We've got a bunch of petty potentates on Capitol Hill who think there were selected to rule, not serve.
        Some people seem to think that "public service" means the public exists to provide service to the poobahs.
        This belief is not restricted to one party.

        We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 06:32:01 AM PDT

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      •  They are the Coalition of the Unwilling (0+ / 0-)

        the party of Just Say No, standing athwart history yelling, "Stop!" But there are getting to be fewer of them. Fewer rich people controlling ever more of the wealth; fewer angry White men; fewer Fundamentalist bigots. The demographic transitions, in terms of population movements, birth rates, growing gender gaps and generation gaps, are all on our side and against them. The response is to deny that it is so, claiming that all polling firms, even Fox, are putting more Democats in their surveys than their are, or suppression, making sure that the pool of likely voters includes many fewer of us than them.

        Shorter Republican Party: Epic fail.

        America—We built that!

        by Mokurai on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 11:04:05 AM PDT

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