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  •  Great Diary -- with Fred Whispering Points (19+ / 0-)

    There are so many excellent points in this post: it is chock full of great lines for Fred Whispering:

    Real tyrants don’t let citizens publicly accuse them.

    Both decry "out-of-control government," but upon browsing each I concluded their complaint is that government is out of their control. Rejected by voters in 2006 and 2008, they reject the popular sovereignty of democracy in favor of the private sovereignty of rule by wealth ... or as they call it: "free markets."

    he proposes that government should serve the rich and leave the poor to make do (or not) on their own.

    The author's arguments show how easy it is to, as you say, "cherry-pick and mischaracterize history, economics, and contemporary politics". As long as you have a willing publisher who will publish either based on ideology or because the book will sell to the Faux News crowd there will be people writing these kind of things.

    I have to admit to chuckling at this:

    Thus, he argues, each state may interpret the U.S. Constitution for itself and nullify any law the state feels is unconstitutional. [...] His historical evidence is a hodge-podge of dissent, from Thomas Jefferson preferring the Articles of Confederation to Senator John Calhoun championing "states rights" in defense of slavery. All are are arguments that lost in their times, presented as if they are the core values of our nation.

    Hey, if a bad argument failed in one century and was tried again in another and failed, what is to stop a "scholar" from trying it again? Since History along with Science is not very important to the Tea Party GOP, maybe they think that if they say "Thomas Jefferson" next to the failed argument that it makes it appear like success.

    Much of life is knowing what to Google
    (and blogging at BPI Campus)

    by JanF on Thu Jul 29, 2010 at 04:25:31 AM PDT

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