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  •  I remember hearing about Slepian and it was one (9+ / 0-)

    of the early indicators of darkness closing in. This has been going on for quite a while, and predates Slepian's murder [see my post above about Father Coughlin].

    It's not conservatism that is dying.
    Conservatism is DEAD.
    Honest true policy driven conservatism has been dead since the 1970s-1980s. It was replaced by greed and rank criminality, is systemic and has infected nearly every single official in the Republican Party. There are a handful of exceptions, a small handful.

    (And yes, the infection has jumped across the aisle, too.)

    What we have been seeing in this country for the last 30, 40 years is the rising up and most importantly the mainstreaming by media of the same type of ignorance and hatred that was used by [Godwin alert] the Nazis. The KKK used this type of rhetoric regionally for over a 100 years, but Limbaugh and his ilk have taken the same type of message nationally now. The ignorant and easily swayed masses of the 'faithful' listen and react like trained dogs, just like they did in Coughlin's time.

    Today, we have the slick graphics of Murdoch's Fox News, and 600 radio stations blaring Rush Limbaugh's filth and hatred.

    •  History's repeating itself, this time as farce (2+ / 0-)
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      There's no question that Limbaugh- or Fox-style hate speech is doing great harm to this country. But, the Nuremberg Rally feel that Palin brought to the McCain campaign backfired. Most of America saw that and recoiled in horror. There's hope for us yet.

      I forget who gave this succinct explanation of how the First Amendment works: David Duke had the right to publish racist books. And because he did, the voters knew exactly what he was made of, and exercised their rights to vote for the other guy. Had his book been banned, he might have won.

      So part of me thinks, give 'em enough rope. Let America see exactly his hateful, how morally bankrupt, and how bereft of ideas these so-called conservatives are.

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