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  •  Makes perfect sense. (13+ / 0-)

    I would say it's been more like 30 years, though. The rise of Fundamentalism started to be apparent to me in the early 80s when I was about 7 or 8 and then Reagan lowered taxes significantly on the wealthy. I didn't know anything about the taxes back then but I watched TV. Falwell, Jim Baker, Pat Robertson, etc. All the preachers that were famous like rockstars at the time was a little bit weird. They started to influence politics and policy and gained a lot of momentum in the 90s and beyond but now I think their wave has reached it's peak and is now crashing back.

    "It's not enough to acknowledge privilege. You have to resist." -soothsayer

    by GenXangster on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 09:27:01 PM PST

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    •  You're probably correct (15+ / 0-)

      The whole 700 club (at the aunt and uncles) thing was insane and creepy for sure.  I wasn't around (much) for the Cult of Reagen, but HW did seem like a pretty solid guy, and a decent president (I mean, I was a kid, what did I know?).  The idiotic behavior by Clinton only helped me feel high'n'mighty, but as I've gotten older, I care less about his personal life than I did at the time.  I wasn't happy about him lying, but it was more the "sex'n'rock'n'roll and being a democrat" that had me upset with him.  Now I see the double-standard that conservatives tend to try to hold non-conservatives to, while not holding themselves to that standard even a little (or at least they're MUCH quicker to forgive themselves).

      •  Indeed. (6+ / 0-)

        I couldn't care less what people do in their bedrooms as long as they don't politicize what other people do in their bedrooms. The whole "family values" position is useless and hollow when Republicans are going to get caught with their pants down as much as Democrats. It creates noise and distraction from real issues.

        "It's not enough to acknowledge privilege. You have to resist." -soothsayer

        by GenXangster on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 09:49:02 PM PST

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      •  It was never about the bedroom (although he should (0+ / 0-)

        have taken it further away from the oval office as far as I'm concerned). It WAS about a person with a law degree knowingly lying and dissembling on a Deposition.

        I learned what a "deposition" is at that very time, as a juror on an aggravated felonious sexual assault case in 1998, and our trial pivoted on whether or not the plaintiff said what she said on the deposition or not. So did his. Afraid of a little more scandal, enough to not tell the whole truth? Sorry Mr. C. If you're gonna do it you have to have big enough balls to say yeah, I did it, and I'll probably do it again. Just own it. Otherwise you're a blackmail security risk just like the "head" of the CIA recently. Just don't try to wiggle around it smothered in legalese.

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