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  •  I left out a word (5+ / 0-)


    As in "Fuck Decorum!"


    Better now.

    When Ms Slayman was hauled out of the Texas legislature before her First Amendment Rights had officially expired, the fat old turd with the gavel said people had to maintain decorum.

    Translation: "You slaves is too uppity. Know your place."

    Decorum is "knowing your place"

    •  The most effective, and consequently the highest (5+ / 0-)

      regarded presidents of the 20th century certainly didn't put much stock in "decorum" when it came to confronting their political enemies.  When Teddy Roosevelt took on the trusts, he relied first on stealth then on direct action against them including explaining his actions to the public and excoriating congress members who sided with the trusts.

      FDR actually "welcomed the hatred" of his political enemies and hit them repeatedly with proposed policies that the voters loved but the moneyed interests despised.  Many of his policies failed, but he proposed such an avalanche of legislation that special interests couldn't stop them all, and he threatened his opponents with radical changes in government systems in order to push his policies through congress.

      Lyndon Johnson, whom I consider one of the greats of the 20th century (at least on the domestic front) was also not shy about slapping around congress when necessary to enact his progressive legislation proposals.

      The big difference between those men and the current president is that they understood that the popularity of their proposals within the general public was more powerful than the money in the hands of Wall Street and  corporations.  Either Obama doesn't understand that, or doesn't trust that it's true, or it's simply not true anymore and he faces completely different challenges during his presidency.  I'd like to see him at least attempt to find out.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 06:25:47 AM PDT

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      •  I think there is a difference (2+ / 0-)
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        Greg Dworkin, glitterscale

        Back in the fifties and sixties and seventies, many voters got their political information from television and the newspaper. Despite the Sunday talking heads we have now, there was actually a lot more raw information about what was going on, delivered in a non-partisan way, by newscasters and reporters. People could, and did, make up their minds about who to support.

        Recently, though, especially on a local level, there is almost no information that is not filtered through a partisan lens. Campaign ads make up the bulk of information about political personalities, and money talks.

        FDR could take on a political opponent by name, and actually have an effect on voters in that opponent's district. Obama, not so much. Once a legislator has gerrymandered himself a rotten borough the 'will of the people' becomes moot.

        "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

        by Orinoco on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 07:07:50 AM PDT

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