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  •  You hit the nail on the head. (4+ / 0-)
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    sabredance, kurt, pgm 01, maggiejean

    The repugs are scared, the right wing noise machine all point fingers in the exact opposite direction to blame the liberals. If the progressives could find a way to redirect that fear, the repugs would cease to exist.

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    High RWA lawmakers also score higher in prejudice, and wish they could pass laws limiting the freedom of speech, freedom of the press,the right of assembly, and other freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. They want to impose strict limitations on abortion, they favor capital punishment, and they oppose tougher gun control laws. Finally,politicians answer the RWA Scale with such extraordinary levels of internal consistency, it appears the scale provides our most powerful measure of the liberal-conservative dimension in politics.

    Thus, a relatively strong relation has been established between RWA and political conservatism among political elites as well as the masses.


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