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  •  Every planetary event can be tortured into (77+ / 0-)

    a right-wing talking point if you just get the hang of it.

    Event:  Sarah Palin's daughter has baby out of wedlock
    RW Spin machine:  What impeccable family values.  A liberal would have flushed it down the sink.

    Event:  Tree roots break water main in downtown Tupelo
    RW Spin:  Damn liberal tree huggers won't let us cut down any trees.

    Event:  Man drops bag of groceries and breaks bottle of Geritol
    RW Spin: If liberals hadn't taken away my plastic bags this would never have happened.

    Event:  Obama takes vacation in Hawaii
    RW Spin:  Why can't our president take vacations in America?

    With a little practice anyone can play.  

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 01:16:50 PM PDT

    •  Spot on comment (30+ / 0-)

      There was a story in the Wichita Eagle about a sign warning of possible flooding that spelled "don't" as "dont" apparently because federal regulations prohibit the use of apostrophes or other punctuation in road signs. (Here's the story).

      While the rule does seem fairly dumb, the right-wing commenters underneath the story questioned the need for even having a sign, saying that generations of liberals in public schools have created dependent, mindless idiots, incapable of having common sense. You know, because when you're in an unfamiliar area, you damn well SHOULD know the flooding history and the potential for flash floods at that particular spot.

      So this is the point we are at in American politics: the right-wing (or a large portion of the right-wing, judging by the uprates the comment got) believes that government shouldn't even provide road signs to warn drivers or pedestrians of unknown dangers. And providing those signs is evidence of a nefarious progressive despotism. How are we supposed to live with these fucking people, let alone have rational, informed discourse and debate with them? The base of the Republican Party is filled with LUNATICS--delusional, angry, hypocritical crazy people. When you think about what their side really wants in our country, they can more accurately be described as anarchists. They are a danger to our survival as a nation.

      •  It boils down to this: "Don't tread on my racism!" (4+ / 0-)
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        Racism writ broadly. As in, hatred of anyone who isn't an ignorant, bigoted, intolerant, impotent, English (sort-of) speaking, gun-toting, "Christian"-bible-thumping, science-denying, aging and ugly white male.

        Sorry, I'm sure I left something out there.

      •  Nope, on Stephanopoulos/Radditz show today, (1+ / 0-)
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        George Will specifically and emphatically denied that libertarianism = anarchism. So you must be wrong.

        "These are not candidates. These are the empty stand-ins for lobbyists' policies to be legislated later." - Chimpy, 9/24/10

        by NWTerriD on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 04:03:37 PM PDT

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        •  Actually (2+ / 0-)
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          Right wing libertarianism does not equal anarchism. True anarchism means "without authority" and is anti-capitalist and left wing. It is free socialism, or non-authoritarian socialism. And ironically, something George Will probably doesn't know is libertarian still means anarchism (the original left wing sense of the word) in Europe, and has had that meaning from the mid 1800s until today.

          Leave it to the US to completely misunderstand history and come up with Orwellian usages of these terms. The right wing in America has misunderstood these terms.

          Here's more about these terms:

          Real anarchists prefer to call the self styled right wing "Libertarians" (a term originally used by left wing anarchists well over over a hundred years ago) propertarians. Real anarchists who are the original libertarians (a much misunderstood philosophy) believe that private property (used as the means of production) is founded on the baseless authority of the wealthy class (dating back to monarchs, lords, and feudalism), and used to enslave the working class (anyone who works for a boss), by the act of stealing the surplus profit produced by workers.

          Thus, propertarians really don't care if most people are slaves to the ruling class, and thus they don't really support liberty.

          In true anarchism, which is completely anticapitalist, people organize effectively around principles of egalitarianism and direct democracy, with community assemblies which have a system of giving each person an equal voice. The community uses methods of self-management. It is not chaos, but rather highly organized to serve the needs of the community. But there are no individuals given authority that cannot be immediately revoked by the general assemblies. Delegates are sent to federations of communities, and the delegates are mandated to enact the decisions and goals of the general assemblies. Delegates are recallable if they try to aggregate power to themselves. It is free socialism.

          This is an example of the original meaning and application of the term anarchist. And thus, the right wing self-styled adoption of the terms "libertarian" and so-called "anarcho-capitalism" are viewed as completely illogical misunderstandings of these terms. The right wing never understood libertarianism and anarchism, and their attempt to usurp these terms, and the resulting misunderstanding of them which has rippled through the US (but not Europe, which still uses these terms as they have always been used in the original meaning) have muddled the waters and confused people.

          I agree, though, that right wing so-called "Libertarians" could care less about real freedom, since they still support private ownership of the means of production and the resulting wage slavery. And they do want authority to exist to support the ruling class domination of property..

          "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

          by ZhenRen on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 06:15:45 PM PDT

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        •  Hmmm. (0+ / 0-)

          I had someone here tell me that George (is the royal baby named after him? Will he wear royal bow ties?) is a mainstream media pundit.

          So what George says must be true.

          © grover

          So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

          by grover on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 02:13:15 PM PDT

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    •  Yep (3+ / 0-)
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      Tom Comment material!

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