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  •  People might have dismissed them (9+ / 0-)

    as kooks in 1980 - but look at how far they've moved things towards accomplishing these goals since then.

    In 1980, the vast majority of these items were so far out of the nations Overton window, no one discussing them was taken seriously....  Today - not only do most on the right - not just the politicians, but many of their rank-and-file - look at these bullet point from a point of view that these are simply center-right conservative positions.  They are certainly no longer looked at by the right as being the ideas of far right kooks and whackadoo space cadet John Birchers.

    And on the left - you get Democrats more than willing to actually negotiate some of these items away bit-by-bit, moving the Overton window even further right still.

    The Koches have been far more successful than many people give them credit for being - and when you finally have the epiphany that that is the case, it should scare the living shit out of you that they've been so successful for so long without anyone even noticing what they were doing.

    Sure, they're somewhat in the daylight now - but how much is Reid putting them in the daylight because he believes what he's saying, and how much is he putting them in the daylight because he thinks it's just a prudent strategy for the midterms to make the Koches "villains" like the Koches use unions as villains?  Will this sunlight continue until people finally see how these assholes have manipulated the nation over the long term?  Or will that sunlight simply fade away in mid-November?

    I'm not that confident, especially since the Koches have plenty of Democrats in their pockets too.

    I hate to sound like some paranoid, alarmist rightwingnut, but I really do feel like we are becoming a oligarchy, and that the pace we are moving towards said oligarchy has been accelerating - with Randolph and Mortimer Koch leading the charge and showing other potential oligarchs like Adelson the way.

    I fear for the future of this nation, and especially the future of this nations working and middle classes.

    "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

    by Darth Stateworker on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 08:52:41 PM PDT

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