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  •  This planet. (5+ / 0-)
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    Betty Pinson, rudy23, cruz, Nannyberry, annan

    You haven't seen the Democratic Party chase the heels of the Neo-Cons rightward since Reagan?
    You don't see that what Reagan espoused is now to the left of Obama?

    Yes, the Democrats moved rightward, if only to distance themselves from the hateful slander of the very word "liberal" as engineered and incessantly pursued by the Neo-Conservative "vast rightwing conspiracy" propaganda machine of the Reagan years and onward.

    The Democratic Party moved rightward, alright. And it's up to Progressives, Liberals, to drag it back and re-establish its liberal influence.

    I still can't get over how Liberals just laid back and let it happen- let their good political philosophy be mocked and disparaged with little more than a peep in reply. Perhaps we were too used to Conservatives living in the margins of politics. Perhaps we had no idea how organized they were. Perhaps we couldn't believe they'd really do the things they said they'd do, for the harm it would do the nation and especially the working American.

    If you didn't note the rightward move of the Democratic Party, you must be late to watching politics. For those of us watching closely for the last 40 years, nothing could be more obvious.

    "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 11:31:25 AM PST

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    •  I agree (2+ / 0-)
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      Betty Pinson, NoMoreLies

      It's the "and the left" that I don't see.

      None are so hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free. The truth has been kept from the depth of their minds by masters who rule them with lies. -Johann von Goethe

      by gjohnsit on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 12:09:45 PM PST

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    •  The rightwing propaganda machine was assembling (4+ / 0-)

      in the 1970s earlier than the "Reagan Revolution". At the time it was called the "Backlash" of Angry White Men. They were very, very angry about uppity blacks and women. Gays weren't really prominent political enemies yet -- they were too busy trying to recover from psychiatric abuse during that period.

      The real turning point was the defeat of the ERA. Up until then, it looked like social progress was unstoppable. But when the ERA was derailed, the right knew they had found their game plan and by the end of the decade they put Reagan in the White House.

      American Presidents: 43 men, 0 women. Ready for Hillary

      by atana on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 12:14:20 PM PST

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      •  Too late to "like" your comment. (0+ / 0-)

        But I do.

        And I think it was the phrase break that threw me. I see it now and agree.

        "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

        by Gentle Giant on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 01:44:28 PM PST

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