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  •  Do you really think so? (4+ / 0-)
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    joynow, Matt Z, fernan47, AZphilosopher

    Serious question.  My first response in reading your comment was "Yes, that's right", but the longer I thought about it the less I am sure.

    "When your heart skips a beat stay on your feet, don't throw that moment away!"--Rob Fetters, 'Fear is Never Boring'

    by BigOkie on Thu Apr 08, 2010 at 03:43:44 PM PDT

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    •  I've seen a big change over the last 8 years. (16+ / 0-)

      I'm white and my fiancee is black.  When we started dating in 2002, many strangers who saw us together were literally shocked.  The reactions have become more and more subdued over the years, now with mainly the elderly and obvious racists expressing any manner of apparent disapproval.

      When I was growing up in the 80's and early 90's, it wasn't surprising for any conversation about blacks to contain the terms "lazy" or "welfare queens".  It's not really like that anymore.

      The generation targeted by the Southern Strategy is literally dying out.  Our more inclusive, more accepting, more diverse generation is ascendant, and they know it.  They feel their political power slipping away, and that fear is what really drives their movement.  They are no longer the "silent majority" they once bragged of being.

      "I know this defies the law of gravity, but you see, I never studied law." -Bugs Bunny

      by KroneckerD on Thu Apr 08, 2010 at 04:02:03 PM PDT

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      •  I see this in my kids and their friends (5+ / 0-)

        They are very comfortable in diverse groups and don't understand what all the fuss is about.  But - will this generation vote and support candidates with those views?  Complacency in the face of the tea party agenda is very dangerous.

        •  Agreed. So many more inter-racial families. nt (0+ / 0-)
        •  What exactly is the tea party agenda? (1+ / 0-)
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          If it's to put those "small government" Republicans back in power, they'll be sorely disappointed if they actually succeed.  The economy won't get any better, and jobs will keep going overseas.

          Most Republicans weren't really happy with Bush but it was for the wrong reasons.  They thought it was because D.C. corrupted him or something. They never seemed to realize it was the Republican agenda to lead they way Bush did.  

          Of course, I guess the tea partiers have every right to be angry at the Democratic party.  Obama and co. pretty much stand for the same economic polices the Republicans do.  Fact is, unless you make your money on Wall Street, neither political party is going to make your financial situation much better.  

          "Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." - Thomas Paine

          by methinshaw on Thu Apr 08, 2010 at 05:43:41 PM PDT

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        •  I have seen those tolerant kids grown up (1+ / 0-)
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          It's amazing to me that the kids I knew that were so tolerant are now grown up in their 40's and just as bad, or worse, than their racist parents.

          They were great when they were 10 or 15 years old.  

          But they've forgotten that "We are the World" stuff and now they quote Glenn Beck and the Drug-addled Gas Bag hisself.

      •  It's getting better but (6+ / 0-)

        it sure hasn't died.  I had a guy walk out of the bar that I work at Tuesday (not the first time) when my husband showed up (hubby is Black) to pick up some books out of my truck.  He saw us hug each other and told the guy next to him "You gotta be kidding, I'm outta here, I don't believe in that shit"....

        ~War is Peace~Freedom is Slavery~Ignorance is Strength~ George Orwell "1984"

        by Kristina40 on Thu Apr 08, 2010 at 05:14:25 PM PDT

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