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  •  Interesting parallels in the tactics of conservati (4+ / 0-)
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    I also would like to add my applause for an excellant article.

    I see interesting parallels in the political tactics of the conservatives: claim the government does not work, act to wreck the functioning of government, then point to the wreckage as proof that indeed government does not work.

    We see these tactics in a number of arenas: the difficulties of the post office, reducing inspectors at the FDA, blocking confirmations for agency heads, and of course gun laws and policy.

    The prize to be won for this monkey-wrenching of government is smaller government: fewer laws, fewer regulations, and lower taxes.  A conservative wet-dream.

    A few days ago, I was complaining in this forum about gun enthusiasts effort to monkey-wrench enforcement of gun laws.  A gun enthusiasts asked me to provide specific examples, and I could think of none.  Thanks to Tytalus, I now have some good examples to share.

    The best fix, both for the enforcement of gun laws and the desire of conservatives in general to wreck the functioning of government is to eliminate a system of government that allows the wealthy and corporate interests to buy the law-makers and the laws they want.  We should return elections back to the people.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:11:05 AM PST

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    •  Glad to help, pal (0+ / 0-)

      My diaries are not very popular, but I find some of them useful as resources long after the fact.  :)  I think you're right that it reflects a general strategy of anti-gov't conservatives who take federal elected offices. Even at the state level there's a certain amount of purposeful incompetence to be found, like here in AZ. I think the rubber tends to meet the road only at more local levels.

      “Now, I can imagine the shocking headlines you’ll print tomorrow morning: 'More guns,' you’ll claim, 'are the NRA’s answer to everything!'" -- Wayne LaPierre

      by tytalus on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:26:23 AM PST

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