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  •  Good insight (3+ / 0-)
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    There seems to be little deference to authority in the TP movement's leadership, especially those in Congress. However, there is great reverence for the idea of it, particularly if the individual is the authority.

    In other words, they crave power for themselves, but defer to no one else's.

    "Mitt Romney isn't a vulture capitalist: vultures only eat things that are dead." -S. Colbert

    by newinfluence on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 11:06:56 AM PST

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    •  The TP and authority (2+ / 0-)
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      It sticks out like a sore thumb if you think about what "authority" (which includes tradition in Haidt's categories) moves them.. The founders! The Constitution! Original intent!

      "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

      by Catte Nappe on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 11:23:34 AM PST

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      •  They revere it, no doubt (3+ / 0-)
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        Funny, though, how they refuse to actually respect the duly elected government that those authorities birthed. Constitution as an idea is worshiped, but Constitutional government as a reality, not so much.

        "Mitt Romney isn't a vulture capitalist: vultures only eat things that are dead." -S. Colbert

        by newinfluence on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 11:46:41 AM PST

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        •  That goes to the purity/defilement axis. (0+ / 0-)

          (not sure how they worded it, purity/defile is close enough?)
          They love the Constitution for its pure ideals, but the actual real-world use of the Constitution puts its dirty fingers all over it, smears and smudges those high-minded ideals, reminds us of inconvienient tensions (such as the Second Amendment's "well regulated" necessity) rather than be the plumb-line that "everyone knows" to be true.

          A winning campaign? You didn't build that...

          by SilentBrook on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 01:30:39 PM PST

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