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  •  In a nutshell ken ... (10+ / 0-)
    Don't expect Republicans to change until it costs them elections.
    Not sure what they'll change into ... but more reason than ever we keep vigil.

    Only Punxsutawney Phil can save us now.

    by jwinIL14 on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 02:06:08 AM PST

    •  Self-centered humans do not change. (18+ / 0-)

      That's what people who have known Chris Christie for 25 years aver.  He hasn't changed. He's always been combative. Bullies get away with it because rational people expect if they get what they want, they'll be satisfied. But, they're not. Abusers are never satisfied. Abuse is a habit that turns into an addiction until there's an intervention and the community says enough is enough.

      Obamacare at your fingertips: 1-800-318-2596; TTY: 1-855-889-4325

      by hannah on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 02:41:03 AM PST

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      •  Self-preservation became a universal insticnt (2+ / 0-)
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        via. human evolution, but selfish greed sadly a much more recent invention. We as a species on this 3rd rock from sun best learn to do better than that.

        Only Punxsutawney Phil can save us now.

        by jwinIL14 on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 02:57:25 AM PST

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        •  It's my guess that the self-centered, self-serving (7+ / 0-)

          but unaware humans have always been with us and likely always will be.
          Socrates counseled, "know thyself," to people who obviously can't do that.
          Jesus Christ said to just "forgive them, for they know not what they do." Since they don't know what to do, they steal to survive. That Jesus was hung between two thieves was not a happenstance. He had been on the side of the incompetent all along.
          Our problem comes from tasking incompetents with running things. "Laisez fair" is not a kindness when what we are letting them do is make a mess. That, by the way, is the lesson of the Christie Jam. He and his henchmen made a mess.
          And, wonder of wonders, Democrats have finally decided not to keep cleaning up after the elephants.

          Obamacare at your fingertips: 1-800-318-2596; TTY: 1-855-889-4325

          by hannah on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 03:29:43 AM PST

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          •  If us homo sapiens split off from the primates (4+ / 0-)
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            some many hundred thousand years ago, then Jesus is actually pretty new,
            but regardless, your points well taken.  Be well hannah, and take care friend.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

            Only Punxsutawney Phil can save us now.

            by jwinIL14 on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 03:53:43 AM PST

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    •  Sociopaths are not treatable. (10+ / 0-)

      You have to avoid them.

      Change your phone number. Get a Court Order if necessary to enforce a separation restraint. Don't be shy defending yourself from predators.

      Fault the Republicans' big-bucks "angels." Their leaders are sociopaths. Consider a simple program change:

      ObamaCare is 99% insurance reform.

      That's an obvious fact, once it is pointed out. And the PPACA reforms are good for just about everybody.

      "Government takeover of health care" and such phrases are sociopathic. Political lies that reflect zero-empathy people-screwing sociopathy.

      The top Republicans hate democracy. Really, they hate it. Here's reporting on the mindset of Franz Luntz, the GOP's top gun for focus groups:

      But it was Obama [Luntz] principally blamed. The people in his focus groups, he perceived, had absorbed the president's message of class divisions, haves and have-nots, of redistribution. [That the rich are winning at Class Warfare.] It was a message... so powerful he had no slogans, no arguments with which to beat it back....
      Amazing. Obama has leveraged a simple low-level program of insurance reform to make it into national Teachable Moment that demonstrates where the Republican Party stands on Class Warfare.

      Who knew?

      •  I read that diary. (5+ / 0-)

        Amazing how many people failed to recognize that Luntz's supposed angst is just another attack on Obama and Democrats.

        "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

        by happy camper on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 07:22:18 AM PST

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        •  It's the "Catch 666" syndrome. (2+ / 0-)
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          A sociopath won't recognize that he's a sociopath. Similar to Joseph Heller's book.

          Sure thing, this works for Frank Luntz. He's a text book 'path and has detailed excuses for each part of it.

          That's the core of why Ayn Rand has a following.

          "Writer of Sacred Books" -- strange title for a hair-and-makeup gal from Hollywood. She'd learned how to suck up and please sociopaths. But one of them stole her book royalties, so she died broke.

      •  The median income of a first-time (0+ / 0-)

        insurance buyer might be $20,000/year.

        The medical provider community might have a median income of $60,000/year.

        Take from the low-income and give to the affluent and rich - that's the Obama way.

        Smack people with fines of $750 or more per year if the low-income (and about 50% Hispanic) folks don't fork over money to the greedy medical-industrial-insurance complex.

    •  It HAS cost them elections (6+ / 0-)

      It cost them the Presidency and the Senate, just in the last two elections.

      You'd never know it though, the way some "Democrats" treat them with such deference. Our problem isn't that "Republicans" don't pay by losing elections. Our problem is that far too many "Democrats" don't act like Democrats anymore, once they win them.

      When you see people referring to this stuff as Kabuki theater, they're not exaggerating. And they wish like hell there was a better term for it.  

      This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

      by lunachickie on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 07:04:30 AM PST

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