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  •  They're using intimidating revolutionary rhetoric (1+ / 0-)
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    it is nothing new on the Right. Grover Norquist used to refer to "cells" of activists, explicitly modeled on the Bolshevik Communist revolution. He had a portrait of Lenin on his wall.  

    The Cato institute has long championed a "Leninist strategy" for privatizing Social Security and other government programs.

    Many ultra-right wingers seek to emulate the revolutionary successes of the Russian Communists. Based on results over the past 8 years, I'd say they've been hell bent on emulating their failures once in power, as well.

    There are a lot of militaristic and violent revolutionary metaphors used in politics - on both ends of the spectrum, despite protestations toe the contrary here recently.

    My take on this is Norris and Beck are laughing all the way to the bank on this one - and that the hysteria on the Left just tripled their turnout (which will still be pathetic).

    One day posterity will remember, this strange era, these strange times, when ordinary common honesty was called courage. -- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

    by RandomActsOfReason on Wed Mar 11, 2009 at 04:59:11 PM PDT

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    •  Tuned into Beck for about 10 minutes tonight (0+ / 0-)

      it's like theater.  He's such a caricature of I don't know what. I can't take the guy seriously.  So staged.

      I think for the most part, that people should be free do whatever they want as long as they're not hurting anybody else and I don't have to pay for it.

      by gblix on Wed Mar 11, 2009 at 05:50:54 PM PDT

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      •  Careful, they'll be coming after you, too (0+ / 0-)

        if it is illegal to say it, it's illegal to hear it, too.

        One day posterity will remember, this strange era, these strange times, when ordinary common honesty was called courage. -- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

        by RandomActsOfReason on Wed Mar 11, 2009 at 07:44:10 PM PDT

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