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  •  I'd agree with your comment above, sort of, that (5+ / 0-)

    the country is left of the media.
    However, I think you could say the country thinks it is center-right, until you start looking at the issues individually.

    This is partly because of the strong sales pitch of the term "conservative". Everyone likes it. "Liberal" was demonized almost to oblivion, now it's been rehabilitated somewhat.

    In reality we need to move beyond the old "cold war" bipolarism.
    The people calling themselves "conservatives" are not really conservative, they're destructive. They're destructively regressive. They're recklessly, destructively regressive. They're radically, recklessly, destructively regressive.

    The average moderate/liberal Dem is more conservative. They are in favor of enough regulation of the markets to keep capitalism sustainable, as opposed to being disastrously unbalanced and dominated by cheaters.

    Obama's expressed objective is to restore the public's confidence in government, not to throw money at problems but to restore the sense to the public that government is "by the people, for the people, of the people" and that it is a responsive, adaptive servant performing necessary duties.
    This is not an ideology or dogma driven vision. It is a functional/analytic vision.

    The "left/right" polarity really doesn't fit the reality anymore.

    The racial/religious animus stirred up by the Kochs and Wall Street won't go away completely, but it will settle.
    The window of opportunity is available now to go forward and re-explain why rebuilding the middle class will help the poor, and why caring about whether the poor innercity kid gets a decent breakfast and a chance to study science and math (or arts and humanities) is in the best interest of the children and grandchildren of the privileged white suburbian.
    Global warming and clean energy will in fact bring the country together and restore a sense of community.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 05:29:08 AM PST

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