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  •  My inexpert view as a former Republican... (5+ / 0-)

    The fundamental differences that I, as a consumer of ideas, see between the extremist right and the left are:

    (1) The left's long-term ability to persuade produces irrevocable change (i.e. marriage equality) while the right's willingness to lie produces eventual buyer remorse (i.e. the aftermath of the California tax revolt).  The reason that issues such as marriage equality, skepticism of war, anti-apartheid sentiment, and the follies of Iraq and Afghanistan are considered mainstream today is that the left's arguments have withstood the tests of time while the right's arguments were found wanting.

    (2)  The left's worldview is grounded in an inherent decency and fairness that tracks nicely with the inherent fairness of people.  My own opposition to marriage equality was grounded in ignorance, not meanness.  Given enough time to digest the facts and screen out the right's maniacal noise, I came to what I believe is a logical conclusion that happens to track with those on the left.

    By no means do I think we are seeing the end of either the Republican Party or the Tea Party.  However, I doubt either are relevant much past the end of the next census, demographic shifts, and inevitable un-gerrymandering of at least a few red states.  The howling faction of the extremist right will always be there and they'll always have some political power, but I doubt they have the power to hold their current position.

    Once they lose, having an impotent, lunatic, howling minority might serve as an inoculation against them ever regaining the position they hold today.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Gandhi

    by DaveinBremerton on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 09:48:43 AM PDT

    •  Nicely said ... (2+ / 0-)
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      Gorette, DaveinBremerton

      ... and here's hoping your crystal ball is looking into our future.

    •  Great points you make. Yes, it seems a (1+ / 0-)
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      huge difference is their willingness, eagerness, propensity to lie as a rule.

      There is almost nothing they will not lie about in order to get ahead. They have no scruples and do not care about people, the second huge difference.

      "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

      by Gorette on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 10:47:20 AM PDT

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