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  •  I MEANT to conflate them. (1+ / 0-)
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    Let me explain briefly.

    As a child growing up in the 1950s, my father held the government, and all who represented the government, in contempt.  It was small time, but he sold MARGARINE across state lines to Minnesota, where it was not allowed because they were protecting their BUTTER industry. It sounds absurd today, I know.

    Jump to his death in 1978, when I was told he'd spent time in prison, in Minnesota, for writing bad checks. The contempt he learned for government generalized to ALL forms of government, and he passed it to all his kids.

    I felt contempt for the police (and the feds) during my drug days, and when I became politically aware, the 'fascists' running the government also became conflated in my mind.

    I observed along the way that this conflation, this generalization, is the experience for many less educated, less activist, less political among the public. The gummint is the gummint, and that's that. Pay yer taxes and don't complain TOO much.

    So part of what we have to do to change things is to clarify what's actually happening with the government, who the players are, how it's affected by the lobbys and media, and continually revisit the how of the public's actual perception and experience of our government, our shared enterprise and continuing experiment in social justice and liberty...

    "...the Constitution of the U.S. is an entitlement for everybody." - Jim Clyburn

    by Beastly Fool on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 12:23:00 PM PDT

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