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We have gone from the Great Society in 1964 to now being the Failed Society in 2012.

Failure is not easy to come to terms with. But we as a people in American society have quite simply and without a doubt Failed! .  American Society has been in decline for quite some time starting with the security insanity during the war on terror years, to the rise of a revolution of wanton anti intellectuals in the Tea Party, and now the latest canard Fast Food Homophobia.  These events and movements are clear indicators that we as a society have stopped in moving forward. While those involved in these aforementioned movements are true failures, we in the Progressive movement unfortunately have to take some blame because we have allowed them to play this game and not hold them accountable.

Modern day Conservatives have stopped living in our reality and created their own. Clearly when the facts do not serve them they create them. They want to continue living in a society that is repressive and authoritarian. The truth is these rabid individuals are actually a minority of the country, but they are a very vocal and visible minority which is often speaking. The problem is when we speak we let them, we do not challenge their belief system and try to hold them accountable for their words and actions. The Tea Party is a movement built entirely around fantasy and ignorance. The viewpoints espoused by these individuals range from the stupid to the downright insane! It is our responsibility if we are to get society moving forward, to help these people they are Americans as well and they really do need our help.

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    Ginsu

    -Alberto Pupo The Blog Of Progress http://theblogofprogress.com/

    by Alberto Pupo on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 06:49:18 PM PDT

  •  "It's not dark yet, but it's gettin' there." nt (0+ / 0-)

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 06:50:28 PM PDT

  •  You seem to have missed the (5+ / 0-)

    '60s which included the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts and the Vietnam Conflict right through the middle '70s.

    This country has seen very, very, very little peace, joy and happiness since it was founded.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 06:53:55 PM PDT

  •  I suggest you travel (4+ / 0-)

    then come back and write a diary.

    The US is a great country with great people.

    The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

    by ctexrep on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 06:58:26 PM PDT

  •  It Probably Started With the Manhattan Project (3+ / 0-)

    motivated by the Einstein Letter of 1939, which created the standing military-industrial-secrecy-intelligence complex. Another important step was probably the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947 which put important limits on unions' abilities to organize and strike.

    I've seen it reported that the 1957 Brown v Board school integration SCOTUS ruling was the trigger for making the Koch brothers rightwing activists. I'm sure it energized others as well, and by the mid 1960's the rightwing revolution we've known for most of a lifetime was underway.

    They recruited and began teaching the evangelicals roughly by the early 1970's as the middle class reached its all time economic peak, and the people have been losing ground ever since.

    It's not a recent phenomenon, and it has been warned about over the entire timespan.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 07:05:52 PM PDT

    •  And somewhere another yacht is upgraded (0+ / 0-)

      while another person is made homeless...and a dirty fucking hippie get's their wings.
      The cycle of life.
      ;-(>

      "We're right in the middle of a fucking reptile zoo! And somebody's giving booze to these goddamn things!"-Hunter S. Thompson ;-)>

      by rogerdaddy on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 07:19:19 PM PDT

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    •  we haven't been losing economically (1+ / 0-)
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      since the 70s because of conservative policies. Let's think about the world, post war.

      Europe blew up it's own industrial centers and a good chunk of it's residential and commercial centers. Japan destroyed what ever development was going in east asia and we blew Japan up. Africa didn't, and still doesn't, have anything that could resemble an industrial base. South america, and the rest of asia were also incredibly underdeveloped.

      In this kind of a world the United States and Canada were really the only standing countries with the natural resources, and industrial base to create the prosperity it did. We assited in the rebuilding in europe, and especially Japan. You say that the middle class reached it's height in the 70s right? That's right around the time when Japan's auto and electronics industries started to heavily compete with our own. By the 80s Toyotas, nintendos, and sony walkman's were everywhere. By the 90s mexico had some industrial capacity and china had dumped Maoism and imbraced limited capitalism and began to steal manufacturing jobs. India had developed it's communications to the point of being able to take call center jobs and even some I.T. positions.

      Really to just sumerize it. We're not the last castle standing after world war 2 anymore. We aren' the one and only place you can go for modern goods and services anymore and there are people willing to render those goods and services for less money. It is a race to the bottom unfortunately.

  •  Should we all commit suicide immediately? (1+ / 0-)
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  •  !!!!!! (2+ / 0-)
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    jethrock, raincrow

    Who names their pony Monty?

    by bubbanomics on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 07:16:27 PM PDT

  •  Nope, the decline started earlier, 1968 with (0+ / 0-)

    The election of Dick. This country has actually been barely a country. We're stupid & evil.

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 06:29:24 AM PDT

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