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  •  Liberals are the new "jews" (4.00)
    If conservatives can make it stick, that is. And they are trying so hard ... what is strange is how all of them can think the same narrow code so vehemently, like it is manna from Heaven.

    When you read about the German public of WWII and realize that the denunciation of jews had the same sort of unified appeal - yeah, it is scary. But America does not realize it is a liberal nation anymore, and is fading into that authority-loving protofascist wave that swept Europe almost a hundred years ago.

    But there is something else going on. As if capitalism is making life so hard that many don't care if it all blows up. Rome was a capitalist republic, and that political nightmare eventually ended in the Dark Ages.

    But I don't think people really believe it yet, though many are wary and sounding the alarm.

    •  dehumanization (4.00)
      What almost physically sickens me whenever I see Ann Coulter, or read about Michael Savage, is that whether they know it or not (and I really have no idea), their rhetoric opens the door to unbearable horrors. Dehumanizing your opponents is the first step to jailing them, beating them, or ultimately deciding that the world would be better off without all of them.

      They're no longer seen as parents, children, individuals, people who love and are loved. They're monsters. Traitors. Liars. Murderers. Immoral, wicked things. Bugs to be exterminated.

      So, yes, on one level we're fighting for our survival. There's no compromise with the rabid core of the right wing hate machine.

      On another, though, we're fighting for our ideals, which is a much more uplifting (and immediate, in the sense that nobody is yet knocking on our doors or herding us onto trains) kind of struggle. That means, in part, not dehumanizing our opponents. Hating them is ultimately counterproductive.

      The phrase Martin Luther King used was "agape".  He described it as

      "...something of the understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill for all men. It is a love  that seeks nothing in return. It is an overflowing love; it's what theologians would     call the love of God working in the lives of men. And when you rise to love on this level, you begin to love men, not because they are likeable, but because God loves them. You look at every man, and you love him because you know God loves him. And he might be the worst person you've ever seen."

      I'm not religious, in this sense, but I certainly can perceive the worth of this concept. By remembering the humanity of even the most evil-seeming on the other side, I think we consciously reaffirm our own.

      •  One voice (4.00)
        If we are waiting to be "ghetto-ized" then the fight is already over and we are the losers.

        We are already marginalized. We are vilified. The next step is criminalized and that process began this week. It is a short hop over a deep chasm to save ourselves and we need to rally our forces.

        I was watching some horrible Pundit/"news" show that I normally would never watch (and don't remember whose show it was or what channel it was on) I was struck by the pundit asking a liberal guest who their leader was and she (the guest) kept saying that democrats don't have leaders they have idea's. Bullshit.

        First of all every organization/group/club has a leader. The Middle School Chess Club has a leader. Quilting Bee's have leaders.  Even the freakin Icee Cold Sno-Kone Shack in the Walgreen's parking lot has a leader.

        Our leader is Dean. He is the DNC chair. We need to rally and take this to him. Whenever any of these nuts ask who our leader is say it is Dean. He is our voice. That is why he was elected. We need to lobby him and other Democrats to strengthen our party the way the Republicans have strengthened theirs.

        I am not advocating "Dear Leader" pod people syndrome. But we need to speak with one voice so that we can be clearly understood. Dean has been doing a good job. We need to make sure Democrats in the public eye all get on the same page and lay this to rest. If all the Democrats get together and decide to end this (and by this I don't mean this page specifically, I mean this trend in general) then we can put a stop to the vilification of dissent and the slow murder of free speech.

        There are always two parties; the establishment and the movement. -Emerson

        by coconutjones on Sun Feb 20, 2005 at 09:29:20 PM PST

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    •  This analogy works (4.00)
      better than you think. Try sourcing some old Nazi propaganda and simply sub in the word "liberal" for "Jew" and see how much it sounds like right-wing talk radio.

      As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it? - William Marcy Tweed

      by sidnora on Mon Feb 21, 2005 at 06:56:45 AM PST

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