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  •  The Democratic Party is larger... (69+ / 0-)

    ...yet there are more right-wing talking heads on most of the Sunday morning shows. Why is that?

    The public is overwhelmingly in favor of no cuts to Social Security. Does that side get the overwhelming majority of time in the media? Clearly, no.

    I could make a list as long as my arm. Your statement that there is a correlation between support and deference in the media is preposterous.

    •  Politicians in both major parties are complicit (3+ / 0-)

      in being antagonistic to the populace. Private corporations, as part of the populace, are correct in perceiving that public corporations are trying to control them (and rightly so) and can't be blamed for trying to turn the tables, since the politicians' effort to employ private corporations to manipulate the populace is often contrary to their own interests. Serving as political enforcers does not necessarily improve the corporate bottom line.
      Where we the people have gone wrong is in not recognizing that the agents of government we have selected, especially to the legislative branch, are basically disinclined to serve the public interest. Their object is to be in charge, to exercise power, to determine how people behave, as they were able to do, virtually unchallenged, as long as "sovereign immunity" reigned (until the civil rights agenda merged with "government in the sunshine" provisions). Universal suffrage introduced a new era and our lawgivers don't like it. That's why the big story of 2012 was the overt effort to disenfranchise large segments of the populace. And the big success is that it failed.
      Will they try again? Probably. But the politicians' big problem is that the public is watching. We've got their number. And, regardless of how many people actually vote, that their behavior in office is being watched and recorded spells the end to their autonomy and immunity.

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 03:55:05 AM PST

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      •  Didn't used to be this way (2+ / 0-)
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        We once had two real political parties - no longer. The Democrats have been co-opted by big PACs and corporate interests. They play at faux-populism, but cannot actually mobilize anything.

        Can you imagine a real democrat from 30-40 years ago trading away the possibility of a public health care option? Or trading away drug re-imporation? Or even THINKING about floating a trial balloon about raising the Medicare eligibility age?

        Today's Democrat has successfully divorced all policy priorities from the moral considerations that underpin the party's raison d'etre.

        Now, when Republicans win elections they play to their base. When Democrats win elections they trash their base.

    •  and yet I hear this point of view everywhere from (1+ / 0-)
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      Capitol Hill to the editorial page of The Nation.

      The idea that the 2010 losses were due to some kind of liberal overreach still has some currency on the Hill, even with otherwise sensible men.

      But you're right that it's completely preposterous. In fact, the biggest story associated with the "fiscal cliff" is that a vast majority of the American people are opposed to any cuts in Medicare and Social Security, and the government is flagrantly disregarding their wishes. Both parties.

      There are some things that are unforgivable. Your willingness to play political games while people suffer and die is one of them--Onomastic

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 08:38:37 AM PST

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