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  •  Republicans engage in psychological (3+ / 0-)

    warfare because they are convinced that what they can make people believe will affect how they act. So, they've been practicing for four decades how best to get their true believers to the polls and how to encourage everyone else to stay home. They think that, if there's no chance of winning, most people won't play. That's another reason for treating elections as if they were horse races.

    If we are realistic and consider elections to be a hiring process, then we want lots of candidates from which to choose and we prefer them to be uniformly qualified because that makes the inevitable crap shoot less crappy.

    Truth is that, if we have government BY the people, then the political parties, even more than the powers of public officials, are superfluous. Unless political parties come up with new uses for themselves (like grooming good candidates and insuring the integrity of the electoral process), we have no use for them. So, being human, power-crazed party operatives resent the populace. It's not just Republicans who think "populism" is a dirty word.

    Before the advent of universal suffrage, the major parties were quite content to divide the electorate between them to dominate and patronize. Neither were/are keen to do the people's bidding. Operatives are looking for obedience and compliance and the only thing the base or the grass roots are good for is to be cropped or fleeced.

    by hannah on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 04:55:53 AM PST

    •  Republicans engage in (0+ / 0-)

      fear mongering.

      It's what uneducated folks react to.

      Our job as every Democrat is to subside the fear and lead the masses toward the light.

      When Republicans win, it really means we failed.

      I am a Progressive. I believe in one simple phrase: "... with liberty, and justice for all."

      by Nebraska68847Dem on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 08:23:43 AM PST

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