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  •  To answer your headline question, (24+ / 0-)

    all are, to a large degree, mediocrities with impressive power to convince people otherwise.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 07:11:39 AM PDT

    •  I was gonna say... (12+ / 0-)

      they have an "h," an "i," an "e" and an "r" in common. I like your answer better.

      Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

      by angry marmot on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 07:13:52 AM PDT

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    •  more to the point (18+ / 0-)

      they're desperate to maintain their privileges because they know that without them they won't keep up. nothing scares them more than a level playing field.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 07:27:55 AM PDT

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    •  they are willing to do what others aren't (8+ / 0-)

      Hitler was willing to kill about 6 million jews.  He was a charismatic leader that convinced his population that they were not responsible for their failures to suceed, but could safely place the blame on others.

      We see this in current charismatic, often religious, leaders.   The pedophilia in the boy scouts and catholic church and in general is the responsibility of the gays, not institutional complicy.  The responsibility for the breakdown of the family is the responsibility of the gays, not the church that began accepting divorce and adultery in the 50's and 60's and the election of the first divorced president largely due to evangelical support.

      Black people are stealing your taxes, which is why you are poor, it has nothing to do with you being an uneducated meth addict.  Illegals are stealing you job, it has nothing to do with you spending your youth sleeping in class rather than gaining skills.  Just blame the undesirables.

      Journalists provide credence for this belief by assuming those who are rich or entitled deserve to be heard and are more credible than those who are less rich.  The rich are just going to keep doing what made them rich, which is often oppressing those who are too polite to fight back.

      •  Are you asserting that the wealthy steal tax $$? (1+ / 0-)
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        More than the poor?? I am shocked I tell you! Shocked!

      •  Hitler (1+ / 0-)
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        As we are forced to deal with these unrealistic Hitler comparisons, we must ask ourselves what is happening to the American electorate. There is nothing similar between Hitler and Obama, or Hitler and any other Democrat. Hitler became popular for one reason; Germany was severely punished economically for World War I, and the German people were desperate to alleviate their suffering. Hitler promised and produced, a path back to prosperity, and the German people simply looked the other way. Sure, they had to blame someone for their misery, and the Jews fit the bill to perfection in the eyes of many of the people.
        If anything, the resonance of "having someone to blame" seems to fit closer with the GOP/Tea party and their far right radicals. Never mind the policies of Bush or Reagan, two deficit spending ,tax giveaway presidents', whose only real allegiance was to the wealthy and big business.  Never mine the deregulation and lack of oversight that led to our financial markets collapsing, never mind the outsourcing of American jobs, they find it simply easiest to blame Obama.
        Never mind that Congress has made it their mission to block most democratic legislation, never mine their unwillingness to compromise, it is easier to blame Obama.
        What is perhaps the saddest part of the past 40 years, is that the American people have been so busy arguing among themselves over petty shit, all of it orchestrated by our divisive government, that we have allowed the top 1 percent to grab over 50 percent of our collective national wealth.
        We have allowed corporate America to consolidate to the point of zero competition, we have allowed the manipulation of our progressive tax code to the extent that a middle class worker pays a higher effective tax rate than a billionaire. Many allow themselves to be manipulated by elected officials, officials who themselves are all multi-millionaires. Is the electorate ( at least a large portion of it) so ignorant and uneducated, that they actually believe these elected officials are working in their best interest?
        Americans needs to wake-up and take back their government, instead of allowing the likes of the Koch brothers to purchase a government that will continue to do their bidding. Until/unless this happens, this nation is in for a long and continued fall into a divide class system, the America of the 1-2 percent, and the America that is left for the rest of us.

    •  Republico episode V: "The Rich Strikes Back" (0+ / 0-)
      Langone’s comments — sure to draw ire from those who find such comparisons to Nazi Germany insensitive — echo previous remarks from venture capitalist Tom Perkins, who likened the actions of some in the Occupy Wall Street movement to the Kristallnacht attacks on Jews in 1938. Perkins gave several interviews after the ensuing uproar, but he never really backed away from the comparison. And Langone showed no hesitancy in invoking the Nazis when describing current populist rhetoric.

      Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

      by annieli on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 09:41:20 AM PDT

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      •  American nazis (0+ / 0-)

        I don't understand how any American can be compared to nazis....unless you live in Iraq.

        •  It's very easy. (0+ / 0-)

          Blame the current government for the massive disaster the country is seen to be in (there was more basis back in the 30s however).
          Blame minority groups for everything.
          "Exceptionalism".

          I honestly could go on, there's plenty of comparisons to be drawn that don't require contortions to arrive at if you ever studied the lead up to WWII.

          I wish I had stocks in aluminium these days. All that foil would be a great investment opportunity.

          by Ceri Cat on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 05:27:18 PM PDT

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