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  •  So let's go Godwin here. (9+ / 0-)

    Does Franklin Graham really want, through his approval of Putin, to associate himself with Hitler?

    "Get over it...and get out of the way." -- Gov. Steve Beshear (D-KY)

    by mspicata on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 10:48:04 AM PDT

    •  Wait, I'm confused. (4+ / 0-)

      I thought one is associated with Hitler by loving Obama?

      How can anyone hope to keep this stuff straight?

      "We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few. But we can't have both." - Justice Louis Brandeis

      by flitedocnm on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 12:22:09 PM PDT

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      •  Sigh. Let me explain this to you. (4+ / 0-)

        Obama is Healthcare Hitler on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and totally wimpy but still terribly dangerous Ender-of-Western-Civilization Stalin on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  He takes Sundays off because he's a Reverend-Wright-White-Hating-Black-Christian, but he's really, secretly, taking off Fridays because he's a Muslim terrorist.  Except for the seven days a week he's following March Madness or playing golf or going on vacation or practicing reading from a Teleprompter.  Benghazi, IRS, amen.

        See, it makes perfect sense!

        •  wish i could rec this but the button's disappeared (3+ / 0-)

          (i've never understood why it does that for some comments in a thread, & not others -- maybe i'll ask kos the next time he does one of his "ask me anything" diaries)

          anyway . . . funny comment. really enjoyed it :)

          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. ~ J.K. Galbraith

          by bluezen on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 07:26:33 PM PDT

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          •  It's just that it's an old thread (0+ / 0-)

            Your comment posted about 30 hours after the one you wanted to recommend.

            And this one is a week after yours.

            We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

            by david78209 on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 11:06:09 AM PDT

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    •  Franklin Godwin (2+ / 0-)
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      Does Franklin Graham really want, through his approval of Putin, to associate himself with Hitler?
      Yes.

      Deep down inside, that's what all those fundie-Dominionist preachers want: A fuehrer.

      "It's high time (and then some) that we put an end to the exceptionalistic nonsense floating around in our culture and face the fact that either the economy works for all, or it doesn't work AT all." -- Sean McCullough (DailyKos user thanatokephaloides)

      by thanatokephaloides on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 12:49:02 PM PDT

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      •  I think that's the key: They want a LEADER. (3+ / 0-)

        And they want to follow.

        As has been shown by studies, conservatives tend to be not only more black-and-white in their thinking, but also significantly more authoritarian.  They get more anxious when confronted with nuance and shades of grey.  

        They are more comfortable and less anxious when there is a clear hierarchy;  when there is someone above to tell them, in black-and-white terms, what is RIGHT or WRONG.  They are less anxious when there is a clear AUTHORITY figure to tell them what is the RIGHT thing to think and do.

        I think what this conservative obsession with "strong, manly" Putin reveals is ... whether in their God, or in their political leaders -- (and despite all their protests about Obama being a "dictator") -- they are the ones who actually crave a dictator, in the literal sense of the word.  Didn't Bush take an swaggering pride in being "the decider"?

        Conservatives want a strong, clear authority figure to dictate to them what to do and what to think, and they want to unthinkingly follow.  When they see someone like Putin, they can't help but be drawn to that kind of swaggering, arrogant power.

        •  Not just a Leader, but a Furher (as it was (2+ / 0-)
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          expressed in the original German).

          And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

          by MrJersey on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 02:48:16 PM PDT

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          •  fuehrer (1+ / 0-)
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            Not just a Leader, but a Furher (as it was expressed in the original German).
            "Furher" and "Fuehrer" are both English-language kludges for the German word. These kludges were devised so they could be typed on an English-language keyboard.

            You know, the kind mit nicht umlaut.

            :-)

            "It's high time (and then some) that we put an end to the exceptionalistic nonsense floating around in our culture and face the fact that either the economy works for all, or it doesn't work AT all." -- Sean McCullough (DailyKos user thanatokephaloides)

            by thanatokephaloides on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 03:28:23 PM PDT

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        •  Vote Republican. It's easier than thinking. /nt (3+ / 0-)
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          "It's high time (and then some) that we put an end to the exceptionalistic nonsense floating around in our culture and face the fact that either the economy works for all, or it doesn't work AT all." -- Sean McCullough (DailyKos user thanatokephaloides)

          by thanatokephaloides on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 03:22:14 PM PDT

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      •  it's very difficult for fascists (0+ / 0-)

        to constantly pretend they aren't fascists.

        They keep forgetting why they're supposed to give lip service to democracy and republic, when, in truth, they hate those things.

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