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  •  Well, not legitimately... (3+ / 0-)
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    quill, jan4insight, MichaelNY

    ...but, yeah, I know what you are saying.  For the doomsday preppers, doomsday is already here--a black man is in the white house and even got re-elected.  The country may not even be able to be "saved".  So, now it's crucial to destroy everything they can to deny the victors the spoils.

    It's the result of 50 years of identity politics, where "tribe" tops policy.  So, all that matters now is destroying everything, lest "those people' get one single piece of prosperity.

    It's a sad mindset, but that's precisely where they are at.  It'certainly isn't rational.  What the heck is so scary about expanding access to health insurance?  It's not.  But, frame it as "those people" taking your hard earned tax dolars away from you, and well... here's where we are.


    by LordMike on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 03:27:04 PM PDT

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    •  would be nice if Dem leaders got a clue about this (2+ / 0-)
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      Maybe they're figuring it out at long last, but the only way to deal with that kind of dangerous mindset is to not give an inch, and treat this threat seriously - as in start an all-out mobilization to remove these people from any position of power.

      "Tell the truth and run." -- Yugoslav proverb

      by quill on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 04:56:04 PM PDT

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      •  Its not just (some) leaders, its the indies and (3+ / 0-)
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        a lot of D voters who think these folks are just like them and so we can arrive at a rational compromise, that we would call progressive b/c that objective evidence demands solutions/policies that generally are progressive and further progressive ends.  They simply do not understand that the world as seen by many Thugs, base and thus leaders alike, is so very different, apocalyptically different, that little common ground exists and rarely is anything beyond a temporary common policy likely.

        This is why Obama, and some other D leaders, continually stresses open hands, trying to find common ground and reasonable compromises to move the country forward.  Those voters want the country moving forward and sincerely, if wrongly, believe the other side wants the same.  Consequently, they demand the very high-wire act that infuriates some progressives and leads them to label BO et al as sell outs.

    •  Interesting that the Waltons have a fancy shelter (0+ / 0-)

      See Wal-Mart nation.

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