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  •  Avoiding cell phone is the only way (42+ / 0-)

    to get pro-Republican outcomes.

    Btw: Ras shit cost the Republicans heavily. They were certain they were going to win the Senate seats in Montana and North Dakota.

    They didn't do a damn thing to repair the damage, other than running stupid Rove ads -- similar to the shit Linda McMahon put out.

    Now they will have to oust Heidi Heitkamp as an incumbent. Very difficult to imagine that happening. This gal is one helluva natural politician -- and there's only 350,000 potential voters so they're all going to meet her face-to-face.

    Heidi could be there 2012-2018-2024-2030....

    This is a very, very smart gal.

    •  Rasmussen: (4+ / 0-)
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      OneL, equern, sethtriggs, bontemps2012

      The Literary Digest of 2012.

      The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

      by Upper West on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 07:59:37 AM PST

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      •  Poetry and amazement -- FDR in 1937! (1+ / 0-)
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        Thanks so much for the link to the Literary Digest. You have opened up a treasure trove of gems!

        It was great to learn about Literary Digest, and your comment is spot on!

        But the link at the bottom of the page is, perhaps, the most amazing. It's FDR's inaugural speech from 1937, and (much like the rest of the past couple of days) brings tears to my eyes.

        It's Roosevelt's "One Third of a Nation" speech, in which he most clearly outlines his vision for America. An America in which he says:

        We of the Republic sensed the truth that democratic government has innate capacity to protect its people against disasters once considered inevitable, to solve problems once considered unsolvable. We would not admit that we could not find a way to master economic epidemics just as, after centuries of fatalistic suffering, we had found a way to master epidemics of disease. We refused to leave the problems of our common welfare to be solved by the winds of chance and the hurricanes of disaster.
        Sheer poetry!
        Old truths have been relearned; untruths have been unlearned. We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we know now that it is bad economics. Out of the collapse of a prosperity whose builders boasted their practicality has come the conviction that in the long run economic morality pays. We are beginning to wipe out the line that divides the practical from the ideal; and in so doing we are fashioning an instrument of unimagined power for the establishment of a morally better world.
        How relevant today!

        And then he goes on to discuss the "Third of a Nation" who are too poor, too impoverished, and too opportunity deprived and the importance of government to help them. And then wraps up that argument with:

        The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
        Here's thelink.

        Well worth reading today.

        But beyond the policy outlined, and the thoughts presented is something both astounding and quite disheartening: language used that would be incomprehensible to a large portion of our current population. That's a disgrace, and a core reason why so many are so easily swayed by so little.

        What separates us, divides us, and diminishes the human spirit.

        by equern on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 02:14:03 PM PST

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        •  Thanks for this! (0+ / 0-)

          Earlier generations realized that they were using their government to solve problems.

          Later generations just figured these problems solved themselves, so what's the point of government?

          And that's where modern conservatism comes from.

          Now, we're moving back to solving problems again.  Slowly, but surely.

          Conservatives need to realize that their Silent Moral Majority is neither silent, nor moral, nor a majority.

          by nominalize on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 08:02:17 AM PST

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