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  •  That whole slip by Rand Paul (7+ / 0-)

    Which, as has been reported: “I just did CNN. I just go over and over again: ‘We’re willing to compromise, we’re willing to negotiate,’” Paul said of his interview, adding of Democrats’ stance: “I don’t think they’ve poll tested,‘We won’t negotiate.’ I think it’s awful for them to say that over and over again.”

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    In other words, this isn't about principle or any other conceivably legitimate concern. It's far more evil than that.

    Charles P. Pierce spells out the entire mindset of the GOP on this: it's all about Ratfucking.

    There are two basic philosophical foundation stones to ratfucking. The first is that political sabotage for its own sake is a worthy enough goal. There doesn't necessarily have to be an obvious purpose or obvious logic behind it. Everything is simply tactics. Those tactics either work or they don't. To believe this, of course, one must first believe that all politics is a essentially a zero-sum game of power; you win and the other guy loses. Who rules? Period. ...

    ...The second basic philosophical tenet of ratfucking is that it is essentially bullying. It is essentially about ridicule and deceit as ends in themselves. Segretti's activities were meant to bring embarrassment and public scorn upon his targets. They were not aimed at proving to voters that the opposition was wrong. They were aimed at making it look ridiculous...

    Read the Whole Thing, and you'll understand exactly what Boehner, Cruz and the rest are trying to do.

    One further note: it couldn't work if it weren't for a press corps willing to let themselves be used.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 05:28:37 PM PDT

    •  o thank you. (2+ / 0-)
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      gosh they're awful, aren't they ...

      @Hugh: There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution. * Addington's perpwalk? TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

      by greenbird on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 05:51:20 PM PDT

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    •  Xaxnar, I would love to see you diary this. (1+ / 0-)
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      I think you could write a great diary.

      "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

      by BadKitties on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 08:15:20 PM PDT

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    •  I think I'd say they've been doing it for a (1+ / 0-)
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      long time and the reason they got away with it wasn't just because the press went along. The chief executive being willing to take the blame for everything that went wrong was also an essential part. Harry Truman's hubris got the best of him when he said "the buck stops here." In fact, the bucks stop flowing when Congress rations and Congress has been rationing for political (power) purposes for decades.
      At first, when Nixon took off the bands of gold, they panicked. But it was soon realized that paper dollars are just as easy to control. All that's necessary is to ration them at the source and then persuade the cohorts to ration some more, after they've taken their cut in profits.

      Rationing is an interesting process. All that's required is to create an artificial scarcity of some good and then dole out the resource as a reward for obedient behavior. It's how the population of Germany was ruled after World War II. It's what food aid does in this day and age.
      "No free lunch" means sustenance has to be purchased with the coin of obedience. Food stamps, school lunches and pension payments all violate that paradigm -- that just stayin' alive has to be earned.

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