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  •  I'll have to think about that (3+ / 0-)
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    for a while. Not sure if I completely agree. How would that be any different from a politician being a practical opportunist, milking and stealing.

     Something is amiss when even Newt Gingrich doesn't have free speech. He got a real spanking, but from whom?

     

    ~a little change goes a long way~

    by missliberties on Thu Jun 02, 2011 at 09:36:43 PM PDT

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    •  I wasn't really paying attention to Newt. (6+ / 0-)

      Looking too closely at that side of the spectrum is like watching arachnid sex - intellectually fascinating, but gut-wrenching on every other level.

      Don't know exactly who shouted him down, but it sounds like standard practice in the GOP when a prominent member condemns legislation that was intended to be the centerpiece of their 2012 election strategy.  I don't doubt Gingrich expected the reaction - he knows the Ryan budget is an albatross, and that he'll have publicly severed himself from it.

      The conundrum of stable democracy: Reform requires the consent of the corrupt.

      by Troubadour on Thu Jun 02, 2011 at 10:45:48 PM PDT

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      •  pls fwd links to spider pr0n - Newt G. (6+ / 0-)

        Sorry, couldn't resist a little levity in this very heavy discussion.
        This is some of the most thoughtful and elquent writing I've seen on this site in the six + years I've been here.

        Throughout the whole thing I kept thinking; the world is full of bullies, and they're all republicans. Cruelty for cruelty's sake. Make sure to kick the widows, orphans, and stray puppies. Go out of your way to be nasty and ugly at every opportunity.
        And follow it up with meodramatic self-pity.

        Tipped, rec'd bookmarked, and sent to my list.
        Fantastic effort Troubadour.

        Obama's like Bush? No. He's more like Cheney. They both shoot people in the face.

        by kamarvt on Fri Jun 03, 2011 at 06:25:04 AM PDT

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        •  Troub (2+ / 0-)
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          is one the smartest contributors to this blog, imho.

           He sees cause and effect.

           He wasn't too popular pre-2010 elections, because he actually supports Obama in his efforts as one of the most tirelessly hard working Presidents ever. There were/are a lot of folks here who have a different view.

          ~a little change goes a long way~

          by missliberties on Fri Jun 03, 2011 at 10:41:13 AM PDT

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        •  You sum up their mentality perfectly. (4+ / 0-)

          The gratuitous malice that defines evil.  It isn't merely that they don't care - it's that they care in the opposite direction: They actively want to make other people suffer.  And that is their weakness.  If they listened to the pure nihilists who were totally agnostic to other people's interests, they would do a lot more damage.  But they consider it a moral imperative to hurt people, even when there is no profit in it for them.

          The conundrum of stable democracy: Reform requires the consent of the corrupt.

          by Troubadour on Fri Jun 03, 2011 at 11:42:15 AM PDT

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          •  Another facet of that is the "conservative" (3+ / 0-)

            penchant for gratuitous deceit.  They lie even when the truth is in their favor, or just make it up when it suits their point of view (illegal immigrants pay no taxes, we have to lighten taxes on the corporations so they can create jobs...lather rinse repeat).

            Your black cards can make you money, so you hide them when you're able; in the land of milk and honey, you must put them on the table - Steely Dan

            by OrdinaryIowan on Fri Jun 03, 2011 at 06:40:06 PM PDT

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