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I would have put a picture up on this diary but I couldn't find a picture of Jebus riding a dinosaur running down an interracial gay married couple. So...
There is a Left and a Right and a Center in American politics. The Left is usually identified as Democrat voters and the Right as Republican voters. The Center can go either way. This is what swings elections.
As a matter of fact America has been moving to the Left in recent years. Demographics are changing. America is becoming more diverse racially,ethnically, attitudes towards sexual orientation, and America is becoming poorer to name a few. We could spend more time defining the differences between the Left and Right but most people hear understand those differences.

Lets talk about the Center. The Center has been moving gradually to the Left as time moves by.Gay Marriage, Legalized weed and other recent developments would imply that.
The right has recognized this and they aren't  happy about it all.
In order to try and move the Center to the Right they have employed the most cynical tactics. Race baiting, Homophobia, misogyny, class warfare, etc. I could post links but we all know what I am talking about.
I'm not saying all on the Right are like this, it just seems that most people who employ the tactics are in the Right.
As more time goes on I believe for the right it is less and less about the tactics listed above and more about the money. The Right is the party of the big business, big oil, big pharma, military/industrial complex. They use the tactics to divide the Center to the Right
to enhance their profits usually at he expense of the people.
If the Right spent half the energy appealing to the better angels of the Center as they did to the hate in the Center they maybe would survive as a viable party to represent Conservatives. This would also serve to moderate and control the worst instincts of Big Money in this country Moving them more to the Center.
Moving this country is easy if we get along. Hate is regressive and it's a lot of work

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    “He talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans.” James Carville

    by Mokislab on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 02:58:07 PM PST

  •  From South Pacific: (2+ / 0-)
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    mookins, Mokislab

    "You've Got To Be Carefully Taught," (Lyrics from South Pacific.)

    You've got to be taught to hate and fear,

    You've got to be taught from year to year,

    It's got to be drummed in your dear little ear,

    You've got to be carefully taught.

    You've got to be taught to be afraid

    Of people whose eyes are oddly made,

    And people whose skin is a diff'rent shade,

    You've got to be carefully taught.

    You've got to be taught before it's too late,

    Before you are six or seven or eight,

    To hate all the people your relatives hate,

    You've got to be carefully taught!

    As my father used to say,"We have the best government money can buy."

    by BPARTR on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 05:02:10 PM PST

  •  In an ideal world, I think you'd be right (1+ / 0-)
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    But we're dealing with reality as it is. And when you say this:

    If the Right spent half the energy appealing to the better angels of the Center as they did to the hate in the Center they maybe would survive as a viable party to represent Conservatives.
    I can't help but think that "appealing to the better angels" of anyone would conjure liberal values: that the sick should be cared for, the hungry fed, children should have well-funded and safe schools, etc.

    The boot-strapocracy the Right is so wedded to, while a fiction, has a strong hold on its adherents. They would have no ideology or identity without it. Letting people who haven't "earned" food or health care or housing would cause so much confusion that they can't let it go.

  •  Totally agree. (1+ / 0-)
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    I often look at such folks and just wonder, "isn't your life, hating total strangers, completely exhausting?"

    © grover

    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 07:42:46 PM PST

  •  Maybe that's why (0+ / 0-)

    We have all the good art, music and fashion. I mean-- Duck Dynasty?

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