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  •  No. You have to beat them with sticks too. (4.00)
    You have to make the lives of the Party Democrats as much a living hell for their Lesser Evil as the NRA and the RTL and the Moral Majority and all their ilk made life for the Republicans for the past 40 years until they turned their Party around and into what it is today.

    You have to force the change, you can't wait for it to happen. (See also King, Martin Luther Jr.)

    It won't be fun. They will scream. They will call you "mean." They will say you're the ones hurting the Party and America (as they already do.)

    But it's passively enabling Evil, pretending it's Good Enough by being Not As Bad As It Could Be, maybe lying a little bit harder and pretending your'e actually reducing the Evil by going along and getting along, if you don't poke them hard and relentlessly, the way you would with an evil ironmouthed son-of-a-gun who bites you whenever you turn your head, stomps on your feet,  rips the reins out of your hands, and bulldozes over everyone else on the trail.

    If, after all that, instead of popping him good with the crop and holding him to a tight trot, you give him sugar and carrots - then you've just told him you like it when he does that, and he should do it more, because you'll reward him for ignoring you and disobeying you and hurting you and being a menace to the rest of society...

    "Don't be a janitor on the Death Star!" - Grey Lady Bast (change @ for AT to email)

    by bellatrys on Thu Feb 02, 2006 at 02:11:18 PM PST

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