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  •  Was It Ever Thus? (7+ / 0-)

    A large percentage of Republican leaders and moneymen have always been viscerally committed to a philosophy of money and government from, it seems, the time of their birth, while Liberals seem, for the most part, to be intellectually committed to a group of principles.

    (Excellent analysis/diary, by the way.)

    The memory of Occupy still drives me nuts. A protest that resonated with a huge majority of the country, a slogan that grabbed the hearts of virtually everyone – and a steely, deeply committed determination to be ineffective and fail. A movement that could have carried the day, instead just dribbled away.

    It should be revived by a unified Democratic Party. Now.

    I think we need to add to the idea that Republicans have no hesitation working their five year, ten year, or even forty year plan, but they also work another plan at the same tine: relentless infiltration and undermining in all areas all the time.

    We win a few, such as equal rights in marriage, while they're attacking education twelve different ways from Creationism to Charter schools. They inspire and provoke their followers by controlling talk radio and other media outlets, and those followers go out, on their own, and attack American values at every level.

    We're always caught playing defense. All because their message and the emotional delivery of that message, instigates people of marginal understanding.

    I'm agreeing with everything you wrote, and think you did an exceptional job of observing and thinking. We need to get fired up, and realizing how awfully destructive and wrong and relentless Republicans are is the first step, and it can't be taken too soon or too strongly.

    A Southerner in Yankeeland

    To save your life read "Pity The Billionaire" by Thomas Frank, and "Winner-Take-All-Politics" by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson. Then read more books.

    by A Southerner in Yankeeland on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 01:11:41 PM PDT

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    •  Re: OWS - it didn't "just dribble away"... (1+ / 0-)
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      It seems to me it was violently suppressed and crushed, without regard for constitutional rights, in a national, federally coordinated effort, to prevent it from gaining too much momentum and challenging the status quo. The President was forced to co-opt some of the slogans in order to avoid the building backlash and lull the masses back to their stupor. The 1% obviously felt it had the potential for succeeding to force unfavorable policies on them, and that's not what they paid all that money for...

      when I see a republican on tv, I always think of Monty Python: "Shut your festering gob you tit! Your type makes me puke!"

      by bunsk on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 08:59:15 AM PDT

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