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  •  There is an easy explanation for all this (5+ / 0-)
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    madness. The Republican party has become the preferred venue for mean-spirited instinct-driven people, whose behavior is ape-like and predatory of their own kind. Not a good combination. However, their ability to act indirectly or vicariously by using figments of the imagination like money and the law as weapons disguises its destructiveness.

    You don't know you're being screwed when it's being done with a pen and a dollar bill.

    The thing about instinct-driven humans is that they are largely directed by what they see, along with some visceral reactions of which they are unaware. If they don't see it, they don't believe it--i.e. the environment, being largely invisible to them, doesn't exist. That's complicated by the fact that "appearances are deceiving" not on purpose, but because lighting conditions and eyesight itself is likely flawed. So, people who rely on superficial optics are often wrong. And they hate that. And it makes them mean and quarrelsome and suspicious and paranoid and generally unpleasant to be around. Liberals trying to set them right doesn't help. Indeed, liberal generosity is to abused or spurned, because it's what the mingies know from experience, so they must be wrong and ill-intentioned.

    How do you persuade a mosquito not to suck blood?

    When I suggest that the Republican party has become home to these kinds of people, I don't want to imply that's the only place they are found. We have some mingies in the Demicratic Party, as well. Instinct-driven meanies recognize each other on a primitive level of which they themselves are perhaps not even aware. "Birds of a feather flock together," but it's not based, as humans seem to think, on the color of the feathers. It's based on similarity of behavior. So, I would suggest, for example, that the exclusionist and separatist and anti-social behaviors we identify as predominant in the southern states aren't inbred but are rather the result of generous people moving out when they've been exploited enough and mean people moving in from places where exploitation is not the norm. I think it's harder to be mean in big cities, unless you're content to be mean by yourself. As long as you don't bother others, people will leave you alone.
    Small towns are exclusive. If you're not mean enough, a small town will either drive you out or drive you crazy.

    Sorry, that's personal opinion which may not be fair, but it is based on personal experience.

    How do you persuade a mosquito not to suck blood?

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 05:28:55 AM PDT

    •  There will always be an economic and intellectual (6+ / 0-)
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      underclass. I.e. the bottom 30-50%. Many of them will understandably seek ways to emotionally compensate for their lesser status, and many of them will come up with and fall back on shortcuts such as CTs, denialism, religion, guns, racism, etc. (which is why Obama was spot-on in that much-maligned 2008 speech, however politically inadvisable). Add to this people traumatized, confused and angered by cultural, social and economic upheaval, and you have the makings of a very large group of unhappy people eager to cling to any available lifeboat. And there will always be political snake oil salesman eager to take advantage of them by playing these up to them. Thus today's GOP base and leadership:

      White racists upset that being white is no longer as advantageous as it once was.

      Working class people who find that well-paying jobs are hard to come by.

      Religious conservatives upset with gay rights, abortion, secularism, etc.

      Militant patriots upset that US power abroad appears to be slipping.


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

      by kovie on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 06:56:22 AM PDT

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    •  in many ways, we are like Weimar Germany in 1925 (3+ / 0-)
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      Soon, simple demographics will make it impossible for the angry white men to win democratically.  But they can still try to win UN-democratically (hence all their "militias).

      If that happens, I hope we as a nation ar ebetter at fighting fascists (literally) than the Weimar Republic was.

      •  that's what worries me...the NRA and gun (0+ / 0-)

        laws aren't designed to 'guard against a tyrranical government'. These laws and the NRA are there to protect the tyrranical government once it gets in power. See the Basij of Iran if you want an example.

        "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities" Voltaire.

        by JWK on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 11:05:30 AM PDT

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    •  ANOTHER awesome hannah post - and I knew it (1+ / 0-)
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      was you in the 1st para!   :o)

      If only you would post some insights and have some depth in your fluffy diaries-disguised-as-comments   : D

      The GOP says you have to have an ID to vote, but $ Millionaire donors should remain anonymous?

      by JVolvo on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 10:49:02 AM PDT

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