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    their strategy

    What Obama left out is that that's one of the intentions of poisoning the political climate. Most people think that that sort of negativity is just an attempt to shape an argument, albeit a clumsy and distasteful attempt. But in reality the purpose is to turn people off and dissuade them from participating.

    for decades. Wingnut icon Paul Weyrich, co-founder of the Heritage Foundation and Moral Majority, said long ago that when everyone votes, Republicans lose. He was right.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Sun May 02, 2010 at 05:33:40 AM PDT

    •  Obama confirmed that (3+ / 0-)

      in a diary he wrote right here on Daily Kos back in 2005.

      The bottom line is that our job is harder than the conservatives' job.  After all, it's easy to articulate a belligerent foreign policy based solely on unilateral military action, a policy that sounds tough and acts dumb; it's harder to craft a foreign policy that's tough and smart.  It's easy to dismantle government safety nets; it's harder to transform those safety nets so that they work for people and can be paid for.  It's easy to embrace a theological absolutism; it's harder to find the right balance between the legitimate role of faith in our lives and the demands of our civic religion.  But that's our job.  And I firmly believe that whenever we exaggerate or demonize, or oversimplify or overstate our case, we lose.  Whenever we dumb down the political debate, we lose.  A polarized electorate that is turned off of politics, and easily dismisses both parties because of the nasty, dishonest tone of the debate, works perfectly well for those who seek to chip away at the very idea of government because, in the end, a cynical electorate is a selfish electorate.

      I'd recommend that those who have a few minutes go back and read that whole diary. His speech yesterday was a reaffirmation of what he's been talking about for a very long time.

      Almost everything you do will seem insignificant, but it is important that you do it. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by NLinStPaul on Sun May 02, 2010 at 06:41:14 AM PDT

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