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  •  That's just because the issues have shifted (3+ / 0-)
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    bontemps2012, jayden, CA wildwoman

    from being based on social policy to economic and "cultural" policy. I.e. from religion, abortion and gays to spending, entitlements, the deficit, guns and of course Obama's skin color. The same people are bankrolling efforts to block progressive policy. They're just doing it via different issue sets.

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

    by kovie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 04:36:34 PM PST

    •  They didn't shift, they veered (7+ / 0-)

      I am on several rightwing mailing lists such as Bob Livingston's and GOPUSA, and all of a sudden in the last month, they just don't have time for gay marriage anymore because it's all guns, all the time. They are flipping out about guns. There are some really tiny penises over there on the right.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:24:02 PM PST

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      •  "Guns 'n Babies !!" has been a theme (1+ / 0-)
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        for decades. The core image has a big guy standing there holding his shotgun and a baby.

        Tribal values.


        Don't waste time on the Freudian crap. For every nugget out of Uncle Siggie, there's a score of misfires.

        These people are responding to Big Lie propaganda that sells an America with "Batman" levels of violence -- 2,500,000 home defenses a year. Total bxllshxt.

        "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army Attorney to Sen. McCarthy, 1954. "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012.

        by bontemps2012 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:44:06 PM PST

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      •  They shifted (2+ / 0-)
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        in the sense that the people who've been bankrolling the GOP and far right since the 70's, i.e. the Olins, Bradleys, Scaifes, Kochs, Chevrons, etc., have realize that social issues have kind of petered out as viable avenues of political manipulation, while economic and cultural ones are on the upswing. I don't know to what extent this was "natural" (issues do get played out sometimes), and to what extent it was manipulated. I suppose some of both. But basically the same people and special interests are still trying to defeat progressive policies by exploiting existing and manufacturing new RW rage against the left.

        Ten years ago it was fear of terrorism. Then it was gay marriage and evolution. Then it was death panels and birth certificates. Now it's banning guns and out of control spending. Tomorrow it may be transvestites in our schools and the War Against Lawn Mowers for all I know. There will always be issues to rally wingnuts against us socialists. They just change every few years. Or, more accurately, they shift in importance depending on public attitudes, but most have been around for decades or longer. It's largely made up, and entirely exploited. And it's ultimately about power and money, not issues.

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

        by kovie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:44:25 PM PST

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        •  Guns are their wedge issue du jour (0+ / 0-)

          Right now they see that guns are the way to rile up the conservative sheeple and keep the cash pouring into the right-wing grifter "advocacy" groups.  This year's BS "story" is that Teh Scary Black Prezdent is a "Gun Grabber" who will send stormtroopers into your double-wide to take away your guns and ammo.

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          by MJB on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 10:52:54 AM PST

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