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  •  The disrespect goes back further, to Bill Clinton (3+ / 0-)

    at least. The 1990's is when we started to hear expressions like "the L-word"... a deliberate campaign to not merely criticize liberals, but to shame them.

    The open disrespect for liberalism, and liberal candidates, gained power through the "social media" of the nineties... right-wing talk-radio. Hosts like Rush Limbaugh connected conservative leaders to a deep well of white racial resentment that simmered below the surface of suburban America.

    Overt racism was totally uncool by that time, but the people who "lost" the desegregation battles of the Seventies could vent their anger on "liberals" without being scolded by their children.

    In the more sophisticated circles, jokes about "political correctness" turned up in the nineties. This shut down critical thinking and stained liberal policy as something akin to Stalinist orthodoxy. "Politically incorrect" became a badge of honor among Gingrich's "counter revolutionaries". But they too were fueled by the racist undercurrent.

    “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing
    he was never reasoned into” - Jonathan Swift

    by jjohnjj on Sun May 19, 2013 at 08:35:27 AM PDT

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