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  •  Let's not be too hard (2+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe, manyamile

    on this writer for his optimism.  Optimism sustains.  

    Sure, religious fundamentalists faded into the background after the Scopes trial of 1925, but they were around between then and the emergence of the modern religious right in 1978.  They were just hidden from the elite but were well-known players in right-wing circles.

    Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.  Continue to monitor and counter evil as it comes to the fore.

    After the Russian Revolution, the victors got about consolidating power even as foreign troops (including those of Britain, the U.S., Czechoslovakia, and Japan) aided the counterrevolution.  Some pondered what it would take to unify the people to accept the revolution.  Some (was it Zinoviev and Kamenev?) established that some 10% of the population would never accept it and pondered what was to be done about that.  Well, we all know the result, which happened under Stalinism: reprisals against the Kulaks [rural rich farmers] escalated to not only Siberian exiles and summary executions on a mass scale but  a reign of interpersonal terror that Kafka must've appreciated.  One of Russia's former Premier Medvedev's namesakes (his father?) wrote a book about the Stalin era called "Let History Judge" which was essentially an almanac of who was executed and for what.  

    Rather than end up like that, let's bide our time, count our victories, remain vigilant, and be gracious in victory.

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

    by Kangaroo on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 09:41:28 AM PST

    •  if only it was just 10%... (0+ / 0-)

      we wouldn't have to kill them even, they could vote their hearts out and never have a chance

      •  It isn't too much more (0+ / 0-)

        Communities founded on hypocricy cannot be sustained.  

        In "10 Wrong Things I Learned in a Conservative Church" Rev. John Killinger discussed baylor University's faculty being required to sign a statement they believed the Bible was literally true.  He said "I suppose most tell this white lie in order to keep their jobs."  

        The 10% are the maipulators and the rest are their dupes who won't follow them off the cliff.

        The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

        by Kangaroo on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 01:48:08 PM PST

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