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  •  Paranoia as politics. (3+ / 0-)
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    doraphasia, Faito, Hastur

    That's what this has become. Get the gun owners sooooo afraid of their own government, and then brainwash them into thinking their own government is out to get them. That's what  is happening with all the law enforcement officers getting killed. FOX and the GOP have to held accountable for this.

    Too many in this country feel the Constitution should include the 2nd Amendment. And nothing else.

    by blueoregon on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 03:11:09 PM PDT

    •  There is a method to their madness. (3+ / 0-)
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      lurkyloo, blueoregon, a2nite

      The GOP tactic of inducing public distrust of government is not only cynical, it is schizophrenic. For people who profess to revere the Constitution, it is strange that they so caustically denigrate the very federal government that is the material expression of the principles embodied in that document. This is not to say that there is not some theoretical limit to the size or intrusiveness of government. But most Republican officeholders seem strangely uninterested in the effective repeal of Fourth Amendment protections by the Patriot Act, the weakening of habeas corpus and self-incrimination protections in the public hysteria following 9/11 or the unpalatable fact that the United States has the largest incarcerated population of any country on earth. If anything, they would probably opt for more incarcerated persons, as imprisonment is a profit center for the prison privatization industry, which is itself a growth center for political contributions to these same politicians. Instead, they prefer to rail against those government programs that actually help people. And when a program is too popular to attack directly, like Medicare or Social Security, they prefer to undermine it by feigning an agonized concern about the deficit.

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