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  •  vacuous and oblivious (none)
    To paraphrase Dean Wermer is no way to go through life.  This is sort of the problem.  People grow up expecting things to always be more or less the way they have been.  For instance, I've always had indoor plumbing.  The other day the sewer pipe broke and I had to get pretty nasty with the apartment complex to get them to fix it permanently (they had already run their "snake" thing through FOUR times without a real fix).  The Health Department was brandished about and they came around.  The point is that I was pretty apoplectic over the loss of something that, what 2/3 of the world's population doesn't have?  

    Now when I grew up we could always count on running water, steady electric power and bad television, but not much else.  So I don't expect much more.  I sometimes wonder though if I had been brought up the way some of my old college chums were, living in a 5000+ sq. ft. house, big pool in the yard, lots of nice furnishings, all the latest toys, and loads of money in trust funds, stocks, bonds, etc...  Would I have simply come to expect that as the "basic essentials".  And would I have been willing to rationalize any policy, no matter how heinous and shortsighted, that promised to at least allow the party to go on for the near future?  I think is what Cheney really meant with his "the American way of life is non-negotiable" remark.  It's a code that means - vote for us and there's no crime we won't commit so you can keep your privileges.

    Then did he raise on high the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, saying, "Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy."

    by Event Horizon on Fri Nov 04, 2005 at 09:27:47 AM PST

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    •  Exactly right (none)
      They assume they'll have the good jobs, the nice houses, the good medical care, the money to take vacations, buy stuff, etc.

      Then they get out of college, and find out that 40k is a good job, but won't buy a house, that medical care costs a lot, that food costs money, gas costs money, credit cards have to be paid, utilities are expensive, etc., etc., etc.

      And they don't understand why they can't have those things. Their parents do. Often, their parents aren't making a whole lot more than the kids -- but they bought the house when it was only 60k, and in relation to what things cost then, they made a LOT more than what their kids are now.

      Piss enough people off, and things start to change. MAJORLY piss people off, and things blow up.

      We're between the change and blow up stages, veering toward the blow up.

      •  The problem with blow ups (none)
        is that all the pieces go flying off in all directions and you don't know the results.  People may come around to our side as things deteriorate or they may elect to give even more power to the radical right in hopes that they can "fix things" and restore the status quo.  I agree that a blow up is coming.  I just don't know if it's going to benefit our side or facilitate the final right wing coup against civil society and the remaining vestiges of democracy.

        Then did he raise on high the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, saying, "Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy."

        by Event Horizon on Fri Nov 04, 2005 at 02:00:35 PM PST

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