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  •  Good diary, Gregg. (14+ / 0-)

    Sadly, I'm not so sure we've been making much progress over the past 10 years. If you look at the Tea Party "movement", and their origins, as well as just how popular they're becoming with disaffected conservatives, that's definitely a sign of something very concerning.

    I do think progress will still win out in the end, as it always has, but I am very concerned about the next 10-15 years as the far-right makes one last desperate move to salvage themselves; there are those, in fact, who would resort to terrorism, or even worse, in their death throes.....if you've heard of the "Turner Diaries", that book was the primary inspiration for Timothy McVeigh, the OKC Bomber.....and who knows how many more far-right lunatics and monsters could be plotting something right now?

    •  We just have to be "unsilent" again. (14+ / 0-)

      In lots of places, such as the parts of Oklahoma and Kansas where my people come from, we fail to confront the people around us about these crazy ideas they harbor.  

      I just don't have the patience to ignore R/W talking points any longer out of a sense of "keeping the peace". Their track record of stupidity is so incredible by now that these people need to go sit in the corner and think about their entire belief system.  

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

      by ciganka on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:24:34 AM PST

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      •  I like the phrase "unsilent." It conveys the (17+ / 0-)

        notion of letting people know you disagree without implying that you're escalating into a huge fight. Once I recall being a guest in someone's house who said some racist things. This was very awkward because it was my sister's mother-in-law. I had arrived for Thanksgiving with my mother and leaving was not an option. My brother-in-law has had many arguments with his parents over the years. So you have this huge mess of family dynamics going on. My b-i-l was not in the room at the time, and my sis's m-i-l said something about "those" people. I pushed the boundaries of politeness far enough that my mother started to squirm in her seat but not enough to make a "scene."

        I think some of the people with more extreme ideas are able to hold them because they live in an echo chamber and being "unsilent" is a way of stopping the echo and introducing the notion that apparently sane people, people they know, don't see the world the same way. It may even be more effective than a big argument in many instances.

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