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  •  If you admit that the election (4.00)
    was stolen, you have to start facing the fact that the US is no longer a democracy. It is a lot easier debating the possible demise of the democracy, believe that John Kerry was a lousy candidate and next time the democrats will do better, win the election and we all live happily ever after.

    If the election was stolen for a 2nd time I think it is fair to say that the US is not longer becoming but has become a dictatorship.

    You know you're in trouble, when you've got to ask Dick Cheney to "cheer up" the voters.

    by amsterdam on Wed Feb 09, 2005 at 04:52:55 AM PST

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    •  And the Repugs count on our not doing that (4.00)
      To realize that we are no longer a democracy but a dressed-up dictatorship is so painful that most of us will fight that knowledge emotionally as well as cognitively.  It just costs too much in psychological terms.  Fantasy becomes much preferable, and we will embrace it until forced to see things otherwise.

      Karl Rove knows that.  He knows the American people do not WANT to believe the corruption of the government we hold as better than any other. We're desperate not to believe that. We will fight that knowledge as long as each of us possibly can.  So it's totalitarianism made easy for Rove and his ilk.  Like taking candy from a baby.  

      On the other hand, maybe we're just patient.

      "...Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed..."  Thomas Jefferson

      •  the longer Americans are in denial (4.00)
        the more time they have to take away whatever democratic tools may be left, to take back your country.
        Just think 5 years back, and consider what state this country is in now. Would you have believed Guantanamo bay, Abu Graib, ten hour lines to cast your vote which than doesn't get counted, patriot act, Sadam bin Laden, phantom WMD, 1450 dead us soldiers, who knows how many dead Iraq civilians, the Geneva conventions declared quaint and obsolete and the person who made that delaration your new GA, a propsal to ammend the constitution to declare some people less equal then others.
        But of course you can decide to just be patient a little longer.    

        You know you're in trouble, when you've got to ask Dick Cheney to "cheer up" the voters.

        by amsterdam on Wed Feb 09, 2005 at 10:54:03 AM PST

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