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  •  exactly when (23+ / 0-)

    did "centrist" become synonymous with "right-wing?"

    When they say "centrist agenda," I hear "three cheers for corporate America" and to hell with the little people.

    Tuesday's SOTU should be very interesting, if not pleasant.

    There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

    by puzzled on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 05:40:47 AM PST

    •  To answer your question (12+ / 0-)

      Because the left, such as it is, has refused to assert itself in the political sphere for a generation other than complain and some very undignified bits of begging, the center is now "the right." To put it another way: in America the political center is so far on the right that the right has had to fall off the cliff or rationality into a bizarro kind of anarchism. The center is, as a practical matter, the sum total of the various oligarchies, Wall Street, MIC, the Medical Industrial Complex, big Oil and other more junior partners.

      •  Quite a few of the working class... (3+ / 0-)
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        ... appear to consider themselves miserable sinners who deserve to be exploited by the rich.  Nobody fights for a right he doesn't believe he has.

        Propaganda has raised a huge crop in the rich soil of Calvinism.

      •  Actually, it's the (5+ / 0-)

        shifting of political principles, not any shifting of what the people want, need or will vote for/against. The Republican Party has succeeded in falling prey to its calculated embrace of the Talibangelical right (and now certifiably nutzo Teabaggers). They were all for designing their rhetoric to gain the millions of votes that could be commanded from pulpits on Sunday morning, though they never really had any intention of delivering a theocracy to the wannabe theocrats. But in their haste to make it appear so, they lost the rational conservatives that were once the true base of their Party. Ending in their complete marginalization per actually effective governance, to where all they do is stand united in saying 'NO!' to everything and anything, acting like Afghan warlords kidnapping people off the street and demanding ransom, etc., etc.

        The Democratic Party leadership did not fail to notice that the entire center to right of the political spectrum had been abandoned, so they've made bold plays to those now homeless conservatives and expect these to be their new base. IOW, the Democratic Party has become what was once the Republican Party. Historically, that has meant the other party moves to pick up the 'other' abandoned constituencies, but this time it hasn't happened and won't happen. This leaves the entire left side of the political spectrum without any representation in our party system. Accounting for about ~60% of the population, as evidenced in polling that shows a majority of the public in favor of more liberal policies.

        As Charles Ferguson (producer of Inside Job) said in a recent interview, that historically should result in the relatively sudden appearance and rise of a new political party. I suggest Labor, but it can be called just about anything. If it does not happen, the majority of citizens suffering heavy taxation without representation just might decide they're not going to take it anymore. There are several non-violent means available, so one might hope those remain preferable.

        Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

        by Joieau on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 10:11:29 AM PST

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        •  Great post but I disagree on some points (0+ / 0-)

          Most notably the fact that Americans are actually "progressive" -- not they are not. What polls consistently have shown is Americans believe utterly contradictory things about almost everything. The American public has shown us how democracy does not work when people lack the simplest ability to reason. There is no other choice than have an oligarchy rule and so they do. The problem is, unlike some oligarchies that have existed in the past, they lack both morality and wisdom.

          I think the American public, as many people have commented on here, will get fed-up and move us further to the right. The left has decided not to be in the fight for the hearts and minds of the average American and shows no sign of revival. BTW, fighting does not mean calling Congress that's almost irrelevant--fighting means shutting something down, boycotts, strikes, civil disobedience that aint' happening.

          •  I disagree that it's the (1+ / 0-)
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            people who are moving right. But of course you can believe whatever you like. Mostly the people are just trying to get by these days, at the tail end of having been purposefully impoverished over decades, plus the dramatic end-game that has been played over the last couple of years. Surely you don't think it's accidental that the moment things look like they might start getting better for the public (after bailing out the greedheads to the tune of trillions), the price of fuel, energy and food suddenly shoot through the roof.

            I mean, you say the American public is completely devoid of reasoning ability, but I presume you exempt yourself from that blanket condemnation. So use your reasoning ability - open your eyes and take a good look around. Things will not be allowed to get any better for the public. In fact, it looks more like things are being orchestrated to prevent that at all costs. Welcome to permanent austerity, brought to you by our financial overlords and their Shock Doctrine.

            And don't be silly. The people will not be allowed to shut anything down.

            Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

            by Joieau on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 12:34:10 PM PST

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