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  •  Agreed: Two Points (15+ / 0-)

    I like to say that that gun is the only long and hard thing Sen. McConnell can wrap his hands around these days (wink, nod).

    Two points about the article
    1) Sen. McConnell, and many other buttoned-down members of the corporatocracy, know they appears as weak dandies to the great unwashed voting public.  Brandishing a gun gives them that strong, manly cred that is so lacking in their day-to-day, and that their voters desperately need for continued support.

    2) The author makes reference to democracy:

    "More broadly, I always believed that the beauty of democracy is that it is supposed to take violence out of the process of lawmaking. In a democracy, the vision that gets the most support wins, rather than the one with the most guns behind it."
    Sadly, we no longer have a democracy in this country; we have instead a corporatocracy.  It should be clear to all that popular feeling and support no longer determine the policies of this country.  If popular support was all that was necessary, we would have stricter gun regulations in this country.  While a democracy may take violence out of the process of law-making, law-making in a corporatocracy may require a little violence.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 07:49:21 AM PDT

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    •  Wrong (0+ / 0-)

      The "popular feeling and support" that you speak of is "soft" support, something that people are for when you ask them in a survey, but which does not have much influence on their deeds or whom they vote for. Politicians don't count soft support. They only count the support that gets voters to the polls to vote for them and gets them to send in contributions. Until the general mass of Democratic voters develops the involvement of the desperation-fueled old white farts who prop up the Thugs, they will just be brushed aside. If you don't vote, if you don't contribute, you don't count.

      Democracies are not ruled by majority opinion. If they were, all they would need to do is have a plebiscite every time a new law became necessary. Democracies are ruled by those who believe they are worth ruling -- by those who know that a smaller group of committed voters will always outvote a mushy mass of people who are vaguely discontented with the way things are but not willing to put in the effort to change them.

      And stop these onanistic meanderings about "a little violence." The other side will always be able to use more violence, and will always be more willing to use it. You're not going to beat them on their own turf. And you don't have to, since the Left has nearly all of the good ideas anyway. All major issues have to be addressed with the passion and focus that marriage equality has been pushed forward. The Right sure did a good job blocking that, didn't they? Well, yes, until they were simply shoved aside by a growing popular consensus. If you want to establish single payer.... if you want to end gerrymandering....if you want to reduce the footprint of the military and devote the resources to fighting global climate change.... you're going to have to get just as pissed off and organized as Adam and Steve did when they couldn't get a marriage license and were told they were perverts. Adam and Steve are now in the process of stomping the people who insulted and demeaned them into the ground. You could do the same with all major issues, though probably not all at the same time. You just have to care enough.

      "They bash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn, Gulag Archipelago volume 3)

      by sagesource on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 08:04:10 PM PDT

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      •  Soft support (0+ / 0-)

        May I point out some other things that have "soft support":
        - Enfranchisement for all voters
        - Living wages and a safe work environment
        - Affordable housing
        - Access to healthcare for the sick and ailing
        - Reproductive rights
        - Civil rights protections for individual privacy
        - Civil rights protections for a public trial by jury
        - Civil rights protections for access to legal counsel when accused of a crime
        - The right not to be sentenced to death by fiat
        - A proper separation of government policy from religious thought
        - A tax policy that treats wealthy and poor with equanimity

        I could go on...

        I believe you have made my point for me when you said:

        "if you don't contribute, you don't count"
        In a nation of roughly 60 million voters, about 600,000 of them (about 1% as it turns out) contribute.  The remaining 59,400,000 million voters - as you say - DO NOT COUNT.  Their political ideas and wishes are ignored.

        I must point out that your comment implicitly blames those 59,400,000 voters for their political powerlessness, very much like the wealthy blaming the poor for their poverty.

        "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

        by Hugh Jim Bissell on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 07:55:10 AM PDT

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