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  •  So I read the whole Noonan article (20+ / 0-)

    and this bit shows some serious chutzpah:

    We all have our biases. Mine is for a federal government that, for all the partisan shootouts on the streets of Washington, is allowed to go about its work. That it not be distracted by scandal, that political disagreement be, in the end, subsumed to the common good.
    No Republican holding federal elected office today has the right to say that. The whole strategy of the U.S. Republican Party is to ensure that the federal government will not be allowed to go about its work, if not by legislative or budgetary means then by the drumming up of alleged scandals.

    More schoolyard judo from the Projection Party.

    "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is the first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk. Every state is totalitarian at heart; there are no ends to the cruelty it will go to to protect itself." -- Ian McDonald

    by Geenius at Wrok on Sat May 18, 2013 at 05:12:21 AM PDT

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    •  When you really, truly, believe (6+ / 0-)

      that the natural order of things is rule by the elite, by the wealthy, by the powerful, then you have to be hostile to the idea of a democratic government of the people, by the people, for the people.  It is not just rhetoric when they say government is the problem, not the solution; when they say they want to shrink the size of government so that it can be drowned in a bathtub.  I read elsewhere in this forum (all my good ideas come from others in this forum) that the conservatives in this country seek to build a power structure outside of government, namely in the corporate and wealthy elite, where government is merely a compliant arm of the ruling class.  I think that has effectively already happened.

      •  Let's be careful with our terms (3+ / 0-)
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        whaddaya, LLPete, DSPS owl

        Conservatives in this country seek to build a power structure outside of constitutional republican democracy, namely in the corporate and wealthy elite. Government is the power structure, wherever power lies. Constitutional republican democracy is our government. The executive-financial elite seek to build their own government, consisting of themselves and their minions, outside -- at and the expense of -- our government.

        Anarchy is bad for business. If one government crumbles, it will be replaced by another; it may not look like what we're accustomed to thinking of as government, but it will be a government. Feudalism was a government. Early agrarian theocracy was a government. Even the Hanseatic League was a sort of government.

        "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is the first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk. Every state is totalitarian at heart; there are no ends to the cruelty it will go to to protect itself." -- Ian McDonald

        by Geenius at Wrok on Sat May 18, 2013 at 06:23:20 AM PDT

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    •  Good Lord, did she write that? (2+ / 0-)
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      skohayes, Nowhere Man

      Has she fallen that far off of the reality wagon? Nevermind the obstructionism -- has she forgotten how the Death Party fucked over the whole country with the manufactured whitewater/lewinsky scandals? Or does she just not care?

      What is wrong with these people?

      Jesus.

      Peggy Noonan's sole contribution to western civilization:

      We've got a thousand points of light
      For the homeless man
      We've got a kinder,
      gentler,
      machine gun hand

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Sat May 18, 2013 at 06:39:48 AM PDT

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