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  •  The United States IS a "center-right country" (1+ / 0-)
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    The first reaction many people may have when looking at a standard red/blue map of county-level election results . . . . reinforce[s] the perception that this is a "center-right nation."

    The U.S. is not a "Republican" country, which these maps can misleadingly suggest.  However, the U.S. is one of the most, if not the world's most, illiberal western democracy.  

    The U.S. is a "Center-Right" country.  This is continually reinforced by the center-right policies of Democrats in Congress and a President who deliberately eschewed taking liberal positions as a candidate and has governed from a center-right position as our President.

    Only in the U.S. - particularly our media - are Democrats immediately labeled "liberal" and Republicans, who are bat-shit crazy right wing radicals, generously labeled "conservative."  

    The few liberals left in Congress are completely marginalized and the conservative wing of the Democratic caucuses in both houses of Congress call the shots.  

    In almost every western democracy (think EU) Barack Obama and his staunchest policy supporters in Congress would correctly be referred to as "conservative."  Republicans (Louis Gohmert, Eric Cantor, Ted Cruz & 200 other members of the Senate/House) would be considered unelectable by the leading Conservative parties in most, or all, of Europe.  

    It is tellingly sad that wing-nut bigots, xenophobes, sexist & belligerently and dangerously unstable militaristic Republicans are the new "Conservative," while the Democratic enablers of class warfare and bucket carriers of the banking/insurance/fossil fuel energy lobbies are the new "Liberals."                                                              

    In France, Germany, Great Britain etc., a Democrat such as David Prior (D-Walmart) would never be put forward as a candidate by the conservatives.  Conservative party leaders & operatives would see a far-right Democrat, such as Prior, as far too risky to run to be the face of the conservative parties.  His policy positions are so far to the right, and far too out-of-touch with the electorate, to be taken seriously as a "Conservative" candidate.

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    by Caoimhin Laochdha on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 08:33:44 PM PST

    •  I think center right here in America is taken (3+ / 0-)

      to mean Business Friendly.

      I not sure why, though, we'd (working people) want to try so hard to be friends with a group that wants workers generally brought down to the lowest level rather than brought up to a higher level.

      -- We are just regular people informed on issues

      by mike101 on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 08:50:58 PM PST

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    •  You nailed it, Caoimhin: "ILLiberal Democracy!" (0+ / 0-)

      The entire movement of both parties to the Right over the past 50+ years has been astounding!   Eisenhower--by today's standards--would be a flaming "Commie Pinko."  Even "Saint Ronnie" would be ostracized by most Republicans today as being a "raging" liberal if they actually dissected his policies now.  

      As a sixty-year-old lifelong Democrat, I am saddened to see just how easily the Koch Brothers pull the strings of both parties today. They just do it more blatantly on the Republican side.  President Obama could indeed kill the Keystone XL Pipeline--but won't.   He KNOWS it will exacerbate the Climate Change that he professes to care "so" much about.  Why won't he stop it? Because he dances to the exact same strings of Wall Street and the Koch Brothers that the Repugs do.

      If this is a "Democracy," it certainly is a very "ILLiberal" one--as you well said.

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