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    And what are followers like? Robinson lays that out thusly
    The "thusly laid out" paragraph describes every single thing  I have ever had the misfortune of reading on RedState, and every single angry Teapublican comment-thread.

    Who'd a thunk that this would be the case? After all the " aggressive support of authority" needs to be done my the lemming-followers : Malkin, Breitbart (at least he's silent now), O'Reilly . .. . etc.etc. I even see Boehner, McConnell, Issa, Cantor and that ilk as supporters.

    Question is: who is that these pretend top-dogs supporting?

    Answer: the real top-dogs - ones with the mega-money/power (Romney, Bushes, Norquist, Kochs). I've long wondered how it is that people "vote against their own self-interest", and this diary has dropped the last piece of the puzzle in place for me (slow, I know, but better late than never):

    They're voting precisely in their own (partial) self-interest. Thos who most need reasonably priced healthcare, worker's protections like OSHA etc. ...  are "Aggressive[ly] support[ing] ... authority" -because for some reason suppressing the questioners is more important to them than their own civil liberties or economic interest. It's driven by hate - but we've known that for a very long time.

    A few freeze-frames of Malkin's hideously deformed hate/anger-face is all a person needs to see her real driving force: HATE

    •  Another Football metaphor (1+ / 0-)
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      They don't want to let down the team. Or they are willing to "take one for the team".

      The problem with the "team" is the problem with any ideology that puts "group interests" before "individual interests". There is always an individual behind the group - running the group and exploiting it for his or her (mostly his) interests. The "team" becomes a way to misdirect attention and criticism from any particular individual - especially the one getting all the gravy. If some criticism does get through, then it's time for a scapegoat.

      Le nirvane n'existe pas. - Etienne Lamotte

      by breakingranks on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 02:22:59 PM PST

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