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  •  Cutting off your nose (12+ / 0-)

    To spite your face goes PERFECTLY right now.

    Between my shoulders is a genius. Between my legs is a penis. It seems I have to get both my minds right...

    by theone718 on Wed May 06, 2009 at 03:48:31 PM PDT

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    •  it is troubling, though. (4+ / 0-)
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      Knut Wicksell, kovie, jpfdeuce, golconda2

      Given the earlier posts about secession sentiment, I'm afraid that a particular element of our society has not had as much influence and power over a national party organization since before the 1860s.  

      Think about it. Following the civil war, the south was economically devastated, and while it became a significant part of the Democratic party, it was much less powerful.  This segment began migrating to the Republicans with the Dixiecrats.  At first, they were one of many and were diluted among the R's just as they were among the D's.  Along with Republican ascendance of the last 40 years, there has been a greater economic prosperity in the Sun Belt, including the South. Now, it is the ideological descendants of those people who are now running the show at the RNC.

      So, this is the first time that this social element has had this measure of national stature and control over a national organization like the Republican Party. I don't think we've quite seen a politics in this country quite like this since before the Civil War.   The sudden resurgence of secessionist sentiment and attempts at nullification through 'sovereignty' resolutions, would seem to support this conclusion, as we haven't seen anything like that advocated in our politics since the Antebellum time period.  I can't discount the sudden resurgence of these ideas as divorced from the realization of near absolute control of the Republican party apparatus by the South.

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