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  •  So many are wrought with fear (2+ / 0-)
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    JerryNA, insipid47

    hence the meme of the "takers."  Those in power wield this, holding their followers in thrall with insinuations that if the "other" take an equal right, an equal share, an equal respect, whatever, in some way that will take away respect, power, wealth, whatever, from their minions.  And those fearful, weak minds swallow it hook, line and sinker.  They hate the "other" because they fear it represents some type of loss for them personally.  That fear represents the single, largest dividing line in our society.  On one side, you have those who fear that if others get something, they lose something of their own. On the other side, you have those who realize when we are all strong, healthy, succeeding, with equal opportunity, we are all the better for it as a whole.  

    You are my brother, my sister.

    by RoCali on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 09:00:33 PM PDT

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    •  Their fear is openly stated-it's just misdirected. (2+ / 0-)
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      RoCali, insipid47

      They fear change.  They fear the fact that they are poorer now than 20 years ago, but can't figure out who is to blame.  They certainly refuse to blame the trickle-up policies they have supported since they voted for Ronnie "I don't recall" Reagan.  Introspection is not the strong suit of an average conservative, I believe.  

      They say they fear the "collapse of the institution of marriage".  What that means- who knows?  They certainly can't define it, but their preacher and their local politician makes it sound plausible.  How it will happen- again, who knows?  More married couples somehow breaking the institution of marriage is a contradiction.  Unless gay divorces will somehow do worse than celebrity 5 day marriages or RushL's 4 or 5 serial divorces or ...  My brain hurts just thinking about their insanity.

      •  "My brain hurts just thinking about their (0+ / 0-)

        insanity."  Absolutely. I've tried to understand how they feel and think, but contemplating the mental contortions and contradictions hurts my head. In some ways, despite my disgust for many of their policies, I pity them. I cannot imagine going through life so filled with fear, hate, and the constant struggle to explain and support those contradictions they are rife with, so often against their own best interests.  

        You are my brother, my sister.

        by RoCali on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 09:29:08 PM PDT

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    •  "Others" (2+ / 0-)
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      Your use of the word "others' is right on.  What Mr. Lilyea doesn't seem to understand is that gay soldiers are just as much soldiers as he.  They took the same oath, they had the same training and they risk and lose their lives in the same way.  They're not "others" they're part of the same service.

      He cannot claim to be a champion of soldiers rights (something he does) without championing the rights of ALL soldiers even the gay ones.

      If he were a true champion of soldiers rights, he'd be angry that they were denied rights  this long, not that they're being granted now.

      •  They are soldiers, period. (0+ / 0-)

        His insistence on defining them as "other" based on a simple characteristic only defines himself,

        You are my brother, my sister.

        by RoCali on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 09:31:54 PM PDT

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        •  Plus... (0+ / 0-)

          Can you think of ONE right-wing solution that DOESN'T involve making someone-of middle to lower income suffer?

          Their "solutions" are ALWAYS to end the social safety net, stop unemployment, end food stamps, privatize Medicare/Social Security/ deport "illegals" end health care reform, invade Iraq

          I know this statement is incendiary, but I do believe they're sadists.  They love guns because they kill people.  They hate government programs not because they fail to end poverty, but because they do ameliorate it.  They love war because it kills people.

          I really can't believe they get any votes at all.

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