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The promise of this nation, the United States of America, is that her people will continue to endeavor in the never-ending task of helping bring about a more perfect union.  If today there is any semblance of decency, of progress, of justice, of equality under the law, it all has come about as the result of multi-generational mighty struggles against injustice, oppression, corruption, racism, and enslavement.  And for this, we have only one segment of the population to thank: members of the enlightened liberal/progressive movement.

There can be no debate about this; it is based on unadulterated facts; it is empirical; it is a truism.

Nevertheless, as the nation has struggled to rid itself of the influences from the most disturbing, uglier, evil, exploitative, and outright sadistic impulses and base (or debased) instincts of human nature, the ideal of becoming a more perfect union has always been challenged by the sad reality that there exists among us a certain element that acts as a disease that always threatens to weaken our society.  It's an abhorrent element; disgusting, hate-filled; where ignorance is not rejected, but embraced; where the most debased of human instincts fester, emanating a nauseating stench.

Thankfully, because of the advances brought about exclusively by Liberals and Progressives, that poisonous segment of the population is slowly disappearing, and one day they will become extinct.  That is the promise of modernity, of enlightenment, of education, of decency, and the yearning for equality under the law, and justice, and fairness.

One day in the no-too-distant future, the wild-eyed extreme religious end-of-days fundamentalist will be completely marginalized, their numbers dwindled to irrelevance, because of the enlightenment brought about by education, and science--thank God for that!  One day the rabid angry racist will be here no more, as society continues its march towards racial diversity, and equality.  One day the fanatic ultra-nationalist, and the jingoistic, and the ethnocentric, and the nativist, will all be left to fester and stew in their own vitriol, paranoia, and ignorance, again dwindling to irrelevance as the rest of society moves forward towards a more perfect union.

So my question to you, brothers and sisters, is why do we spend so much time focusing on their lunacy?  You are a decent person; you understand the concept of community, of living in harmony with each other and with nature, of the rule of law, and equality under the law, of the rewards of an educated mind, and of technology, and science.

Currently the aforementioned abhorrent elements of society are making pronouncements about starting an armed revolution, animated by their lunacy, paranoia and deep-seated hatreds and all manner of debased attitudes and instincts.  Yes, my brothers and sisters; we refer to them as nut-jobs, repugs, rethugs, extremists, etc., and why not?  They are; any cursory analysis of these people, of their beliefs, of their rhetoric, will lead any sane person to come to that conclusion.

But they are deranged.  Yes, the sick, opportunistic demagogues who profit by fanning the flames of paranoia and racist anger within this dwindling group of miscreants are indeed hoping to bring about violence and create havoc.  And given the level of vitriol and lunacy these people live with, yes, it is possible that these irresponsible actors will manipulate and entice a few nut-jobs to get violent.  But a revolution?  Please!

These ring-masters are money-grabbing cowards.  Have you noticed that most of them have no idea what it is like to actually serve in the military?  Have you noticed that actual war heroes, people who have seen actual combat, are the most reasonable people, responsible in their rhetoric, and exemplary about the way they live their lives?  

All these noises you hear, all the saliva-spewing, vein-popping ugliness you hear from these miscreants is just a manifestation of their ongoing and assured demise, as they convulse, stewing in rage and anger, because the world is changing around them.  Because no longer will the world validate their superstitions, their unwarranted sense of superiority, their embrace of ignorance.

Yes, yes, the danger is that the fascist billionaires and their think-tanks, and the control they have over much of the media, are constantly trying to use these low-life elements of society as their useful idiots.

But these fascist billionaires and ALEC, and the NRA, etc., will fail.  Because there are more decent people in this country than these dwindling retrogrades--by a huge margin. Yes, as they manipulate these unsavory elements of society and push some of them to violence, these organizations and individuals will have (and do have) blood on their hands.

But again, we know moving the country towards a more perfect union is not easy.  It has never been easy.

So it is our duty as Liberals and Progressives, as the true and only guardians of enlightenment and modernity, to continue the struggle, to move forward, to spend our energy and talent and resources and time on productive endeavors, on finding ways to improve education, on removing the influence of fascistic billionaires obsessed with buying off the entire government, and on removing the corrupt money-grabbing politicians at their service.  Yes, that's our duty, and we must and we will continue the struggle.

But let's not focus too much on the lunacy.  What the right-wing does when they offend by opening their mouths and talk about armed revolutions and killing people and about birth certificates, etc., is tantamount to watching a deranged institutionalized individual spreading feces on a wall, frantically.  Yes, it is kind of disturbing to see that, but why would I spend any time describing what the deranged inmate is doing?  There is no value whatsoever.

I do grant you that, in actuality, the deranged people that are spreading the feces are out and about, walking among us; so, yes, we need to pay some attention.  But let's keep it in perspective; let's spend more time on constructive things, on ideas, and activism.

I for one could not give a fuck what these lunatics say; I have no interest.  I'm more interested to know what Elizabeth Warren has to say about anything, or what Bernie Sanders is doing, or what the folks at ActBlue, or MoveOn, or DalyKos, or CREDO, are engaged in.

On the threat of armed revolution by these knuckle-dragging fools, let any of them take the first step; they will quickly find out they are outnumbered a million to one, because there are many, many times more decent people in this country than these miscreants.

So, that's my little advice on how to deal with the current crop of Republicans...

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  •  "better to light a candle than to curse (4+ / 0-)

    the darkness" is plain empirical wisdom.

    Every authoritarian faction seeks to increase hostility and chaos. Left, right, and forever. They know they are a faction; their core view of the value of life is repugnant to the majority of people; that only in chaos do they have a chance to grab the levers of power.

    As to our modern right: I've been thinking lately it's about the hysteria. I read their sites and they just have a little echo chamber where they work themselves up to a panic.

    Reminds me of when I was a kid, and we'd all go late at night into locally abandoned buildings. And being 10 and 12 and all we'd have been thinking about ghosts and monsters. Then one guy would imagine he saw something in the dark and we'd all stare intently, and in a few minutes we'd have convinced ourselves a huge ghost was coming after us. We'd be out on the street in a panic.

    They're like that. The real question then, since you point out that our various revilements does little useful about the problem...

    What do professionals say about how to deal with people in the grips of hysteria and panic?

    There'd be a fruitful discussion, no?

    Thanks for pointing out the simple reality about what political wing progress comes from in the US. It's always been someone with a humanly decent agenda, using humanly decent methods, working with the like-natured which either starts a beneficial change in governance, or keeps it alive in times unfavorable to real change.

    Markos! Not only are the Gates Not Crashed, they've fallen on us. Actual Representatives are what we urgently need, because we have almost none.

    by Jim P on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:20:38 PM PST

    •  My main point is that people of good will need to (1+ / 0-)
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      continue moving forward with an agenda, a plan, a strategy, with activism.  It seems to me, when I study the history of activism in the U.S. (and other places), that you move your agenda forward by "having an agenda," and by doing something about, by having clear vision of the future, by having moral clarity.

      I know is kind of fun and easy to just make fun of the crazies and marvel about their stupidity, but I think we should do less of that and more of the actual activism and engagement.

      Thanks for your very thoughtful comments...

  •  The proper handling summed up in one word. Don't. (3+ / 0-)
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    Why we talk about them could have something to do with all of their batshit crazy antics.  I live in Arizona and we do have Democrats and liberals here.  The state's representatives in the House now break down to 5 Democrats and 4 Republicans.  If every other state followed our example, Nancy Pelosi woud be Speaker.  One of our representatives, Raul Grijalva, co-chairs the Progressive caucus. No one ever talks about any of these Democrats because the Repubicans hog the spotlight with one stunt after another.

    The Republicans only play offense against Democrats.  They have a strategy of constant attacks which the Democrats should ignore.  They keep the Democrats busy trying to set the record straight.

    "Democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ---'Fighting Bob' LaFollette

    by leftreborn on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 01:14:41 AM PST

    •  See, I never would have realized that AZ (1+ / 0-)
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      representation in the House is weighted toward the democrats.  I do know Grijalva as one of the good guys, but did not even affiliate him with AZ.  

      Getting tired of the cray is an important step forward.  If we look back through history - both world and US specific - we can easily see this is part of a typical cycle.  

      I was amazed to learn that Koch brothers' father was involved in the founding of the John Birch Society.  Now we have to push the kids back into the same obscurity that their father was pushed back into.  The right wing circle of life I suppose.

      I think that the work of the left to get the cray out there for everyone to see has been important; cray is now in full view of even the most casual observer.  

      The big question is how can we move past this part of the cycle.  How can we escape these excesses from the past?  How do we start to rebuild?  The damage that our country has sustained has been tremendous:  the wars, capture of regulatory agencies, corruption, financial fraud and conspiracy at the highest levels - the list goes on.

      However, there is a rising tide of people that have grown weary of this, and they are rapidly losing patience with the right.  

      It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

      by ciganka on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 11:27:38 PM PST

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  •  You write with beauty! (1+ / 0-)
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    Would that everything that you say be so, but, alas, is not.

    I do not fear, but rather know, that there are unkind people all around.  If you look next door, or up the street, you will find at least one soon.  That does not mean that we are ALL mean spirited, but I posit this with you.

    You, like I, am an Idealist.  Those of us with that personality just want everyone to get on well, to love each other, and to solve problems in a collective manner.

    Unfortunately, not everyone is an Idealist.  The darned Artisans, Guardians, and Rationals screw up the world for the rest of us.

    Warmest regards,


    I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

    by Translator on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 01:17:20 AM PST

  •  Yes, "handle" is a good word. (2+ / 0-)
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    Obstreperous people have to be restrained. Hands need to be laid on. Words are not enough. They have to be told "no," but restraints also have to be imposed. Fortunately, money makes it possible to do that without inflicting any real dammage. Money actually makes it possible to compensate those they would injure. Money does make it possible to make in right. Money, which they can use as a tool to deprive, can be used by us as a tool to provide. It can work both ways.
    Unlike a gun, money is a tool for both good and bad. Guns are designed to kill and killing is bad, unless the killer aims to eat what he kills.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:36:21 AM PST

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