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  •  Uh huh, right (2+ / 0-)
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    jqb, capelza

    Well, that is the glaring conceit of the far left.  In truth, Progress comes one step at a time.

    Punctuated evolution in human society inevitably leads to dictatorship.

    •  Who said otherwise? (3+ / 0-)
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      Sagebrush Bob, badger, churchylafemme

      That said, by any reasonable count, both the New Deal and the Civil Rights movement were big changes.  Neither led to dictatorship.  (On the other hand, a collapsing economy and a government that refuses to help has led to dictatorship).

    •  What leads to dictatorship (4+ / 0-)

      Such irony in your comment.

      Thomas Jefferson put it well:

      Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.

      Obama Key accomplishments: (1) Insurance company welfare. (2) Puts SS / Medicare on the table to be slashed. (3) Extends tax cuts to the rich. (4) Raises more campaign funds than anyone in history.

      by Sagebrush Bob on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 07:20:45 PM PDT

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      •  The irony is you read that (0+ / 0-)

        in support of your position.  

        Jefferson was quite clear on when the People themselves should resort to change from without the system:

        When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
        •  He also notes (0+ / 0-)

          that we are entitled to abolish "any form of government".   Given that the reasons "governments are formed among men (sic)"  can no longer be viewed as likely to result from any government or "form of government", then we find ourselves at an interesting crossroads, don't we?

          For further comment, see my sig line.

          "Tu vida es ahora" ~graffiti in Madrid's Puerta del Sol, May, 2011.

          by ActivistGuy on Sat Jul 16, 2011 at 07:52:12 PM PDT

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