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    The term 'idea' is value neutral.  The Rethugs ultimate goals aside, those things that seem as ideas in the sense that the English language uses that term have become quite popular in state legislatures and Congress over the years.  

    The Rethugs do, in fact, borrow from progressive ideas, they just are much better than the Dems have been at re-defining the debate--think 'No Child Left Behind', 'Clear Skies', and 'compassionate conservatism.'

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      not value neutral within the context provided by BO.  

      And like I said, Reagan certainly didn't express or promote any notion related to dems other than "bad...., very, very bad."

      Bush's presidency is now inextricably yoked to the policies of aggression and subjugation. Mike Whitney

      by dfarrah on Sat Jan 19, 2008 at 12:46:53 PM PST

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    •  'ideas' does have an opposite (1+ / 0-)
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      The term 'idea' is value neutral.

      No, it isn't, especially not given the political behavior of the Republicans.
      Using the term 'idea' in the way Obama was using it implies that ideas are good things, that ideas deserve to be valued.  That is a value judgment.
      Actual Republican practice is the exact opposite: the voters are to be prevented from processing or thinking about ideas and are instead shocked into regression on the basis of their feelings, traumatized into a world-view
      and mindset that is the opposite of rational, idea-based thinking.

      "You can't nice these people to death."-- John Edwards

      by ge0rge on Sat Jan 19, 2008 at 01:01:57 PM PST

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