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  •  Another Krugman gem: (6+ / 0-)

    Last year, during the election, Krugman addressed Romney's lack of any sort of specific policy statements in his campaign.  Krugman noted that the voters were expected to vote for Romney solely on the basis of his "awesome awesomeness."  
    That's a very clever way of putting it, and I think it lines up quite nicely with a deeper truth:  we were expected to vote for Romney solely on the basis of his desire to be our Daddy, our patriarch.
    Mormonism is, of course, a patriarchy, and Romney is apparently very high up in that patriarchy.  Unfortunately for him, though, the pendulum is (thank g-d) swinging away from patriarchal values and institutions.  So when Romney said, "I'm gonna fire Big Bird!," I guess we were expected to whine and say, "Aw, Dad!  Not Big Bird!"  We didn't do that, of course, because most of us are not little children with Daddy Issues.
    I believe this ties in with the repub hatred of the poor in the sense that Daddy's not gonna help the poor because that's not what Daddy wants to do, so every time we "kids" "whine" about it, Daddy just doubles down on his hatred.
    Pretty sick, if you ask me.

    "One of the boss' hangers-on sometimes comes to call, at times you least expect. Tryin' to bully you, strongarm you, inspire you with fear--it has the opposite effect."--Bob Dylan, "Floater"

    by oldmaestro on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 06:22:08 AM PST

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