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  •  The wife and I have discussed this experiment on (6+ / 0-)

    several occasions over the past few years.  We seem to agree that the giving of power of one over another, transforms that one with the power.  Subtly at first and gradually his/her behavior becomes more oppressive, dominant and even worse when they realize there is no one the other can complain to or provide help for them.

    I stand by the old adage that "absolute power - corrupts absolutely."  As Conservatives and their corporate benefactors and funders assume more and more power and influence, it will only get worse.

    If we compare where Libya, India, Bahrain and many other nations and their societies are today, one can easily see a perfect example of the absolute power concept; the people under rule by those dictatorial authoritarian governments have no where to turn and no one to complain to or come to their aid or assistance.  If the U.S. continues on the path of late we are headed in that direction and when we arrive we'll find corporate owners sitting upon the throne.  We will be in that same boat if this happens.

    Keep in mind as we move to make efforts of assisting those in India and elsewhere, the Republicants objected to our interference, stalled and wanted to prevent our actions by holding hearings, votes, etc...anything to stall our providing assistance.  I think their hesitancy is due to an unspoken belief that there is nothing wrong with totally controlling an entire society - if you're the one in control.

    "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

    by Bob Sloan on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 08:07:24 PM PDT

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    •  I think there are many components (7+ / 0-)

      to the psyche which contribute to becoming either a sadistic 'guard' or a benevolent 'caretaker'.

      I'm horrified by the impact that hate talk radio and Fox has had on the American collective consciousness. Both have been around for many, many years and more than enough time to infect an entire generation of listeners/viewers from young kids to their grandparents.

      It's fair to assume that this segment of the population would very quickly become sadistic guards.  I'd like to think that those who reject this culture of dehumanization would act as benevolent caretakers.

      The republican party took a wicked turn which I believe corresponds first with the co-opting of the religious right wing. Today's republican party has moved into even more dangerous territory with the inclusion of the Baggers and the pseudo-conservatives.

      The protests in WI awakened so many of us who needed to be reminded that we aren't helpless and do have recourse if we only unite, stand together and protest peacefully.  We saw protesters thanking the cops and international donations for pizza.

      Walker and his 'guards' became thugs and are incapable of recovering their lost advantage.

      May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

      by msmacgyver on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 08:52:22 PM PDT

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      •  I agree and admit that I have written about the (4+ / 0-)
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        "Conversion" of many conservatives to far right wing evangelical concepts and the impact this has had upon the Republican party as well as our society.  The merger of the two ideologies has led to opening the door to political participation and politicking for the religious right.

        Today religious groups, foundations and organizations are involved in everything government and political.  Most non-conservative candidates are asked over and over again what their religious beliefs and practices are  - rather than what their political stance is on issues.  Religious preferences have become more important in election cycles than social issues.

        That party opened the door to both the Tea Baggers and the evangelicals and now have to live among them and more or less adopt some or most of the agenda favored by both.  I say this because by accepting these fringe factions into the R party, they have driven many more moderate R's out of the party altogether.  They have to now cater to those that replaced the moderates to retain a semblance of an actual political party.  If they don't adapt, the party will cease to exist as a political power and they'll lose their influence and position to Independents and Democrats.

        "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

        by Bob Sloan on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 09:27:09 PM PDT

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