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  •  "Rightwing sadism" (29+ / 0-)

    That rings so true. What they are doing to America and Americans is very sadistic. I am not, however, a masochist. I am marching in protest, writing my elected employees, voting, sharing survival tips, writing, talking, and doing all I, as one person, can do to stem the rising tide of injuries those elected employees (and none of them are people for whom I voted or for whom I qualified to vote for).

    You are so right when you wrote:

    As far as Main Street and the 99% that live there are concerned, both outcomes are horrendous.

    All knowledge is worth having.

    by Noddy on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 12:14:58 PM PDT

    •  Just the rightwing? (7+ / 0-)

      So called centrist politicians these days are rightwing.

      •  Left wing, centrist, (15+ / 0-)

        right wing - it really doesn't matter.  It's the fact that they all seem to enjoy inflicting pain on their employers - and we have let them get away with it too long.

        It's like a dog that bites - it was so cute when they were a tiny puppy, but now that it's 150+ pounds, that bite isn't so cute anymore, but teaching the dog not to bite is a lot harder now that the habits are formed.

        All knowledge is worth having.

        by Noddy on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 01:39:00 PM PDT

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      •  Let's call them "conservative": (2+ / 0-)
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        From Wikipedia:

        Conservatism (Latin: conservare, "to preserve")[1]  is a political and social philosophy that promotes the maintenance of traditional institutions and supports, at the most, minimal and gradual change in society. Some conservatives seek to preserve things as they are, emphasizing stability and continuity, while others oppose modernism  and seek a return to "the way things were"
        This apparently is the international definition.  The article also says:
        The meaning of "conservatism" in America has little in common with the way the word is used elsewhere. As Ribuffo (2011) notes, "what Americans now call conservatism much of the world calls liberalism or neoliberalism."[
        H/t SwedishJewfish for pointing out the full article.  The US definition is the wrong definition.  I think we should bring the former definition back.  It makes more sense.  Imagine if we were only to call Nazis conservatives.  Everyone else would be "moderate" or "liberal." Wouldn't that be silly?  That's an extreme form of what we do in the US.

        "I've seen the flame of hope among the hopeless/ And that was truly the biggest heartbreak of all" -- Bruce Cockburn

        by Cassiodorus on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 07:11:38 PM PDT

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        •  This rose by any other name... (0+ / 0-)

          would still smell like SH*T!

          Interesting point, though, and shows me that I always have something to learn about labels (such as liberalism, neoliberalism.)

          I always hear it said that the political debate has been shifted so far out of square that the likes of Nixon, or even St. Reagan would find it tough to navigate today's US right-wing political structure...

          The important and difficult job is never to find the right answers, it is to find the right question. For there are few things as useless–if not dangerous–as the right answer to the wrong question. -- P. Drucker

          by The Angry Architect on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 04:35:31 PM PDT

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    •  Any more (3+ / 0-)
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      I feel like writing to elected officials (except for those like Bernie Sanders) is like writing to your abuser and asking them to stop hurting you.  I fear the truth is too many elected officials don't have the conscious to stop it and their lack of empathy (being able to put yourself in another's shoes) prevents them from stopping the pillaging.

      There are a elected officials that may know and empathize with the people, but I'm sure even they know they are helpless against an overwhelming majority.  I think at this point we need to start recreating a new system, with checks and balances, because this one is broken beyond repair.

      "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

      by zaka1 on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 03:07:06 PM PDT

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