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  •  Interesting and timely article on Salon (2+ / 0-)
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    that speaks to this:

    Welcome to the new Civil War

    If you correlate the states where both same-sex marriage and same-sex civil unions have been banned and the states with the harshest restrictions on abortion, you begin to measure the breadth of the neo-Confederacy .... The battleground states of the moment, on these issues as on many others, are strikingly familiar: Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. All four are currently in the grip of neo-Confederate forces on a state level, and all four have enacted gay-marriage bans and abortion restrictions, even though Obama won them all in both of his election campaigns.

    Do I even need to mention that none of the neo-Confederate states are in the Northeast or on the West Coast, regions where abortion remains widely available and same-sex marriage is rapidly becoming routine? Or that the neo-Confederate states of the South and the Plains States have sent nearly all of the intransigent, anti-taxation Tea Party members to Congress, while the neo-Union states of the East and West, with their polyglot, immigrant-rich populations, have elected few or none?

    Emphasis mine. Substitute "neo-Confederate" for "Bircher" for a near-perfect correlation.

    Thanks for this diary. Very insightful.

    "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

    by annan on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 09:03:57 AM PST

    •  Neo-Confederate = Bircher. (5+ / 0-)
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      Oh, yeah. Good pick up.

      My one nit-pick is objecting to continued use of "Tea Party," here and there in media, years after that populist movement ceased to exist.

      Going to "Neo-Confederate" looks to me to be asking too much of readers. And what the Confederacy wanted was slaves -- buy them, own them, work the males to death, and fuck the prettier teenage girls. That was spoken of as "States' Rights."

      Birchers are an intersection with Dominionists, who want to own slaves (through lifetimes of debt) and to fuck the prettier teenage girls. Same useful perversities.

      Buying slaves and working slaves to death -- not necessary.

      "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012

      by bontemps2012 on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 09:35:39 AM PST

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      •  I agree. Bircher is the perfect frame in my cohort (1+ / 0-)
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        Using the John Birch connection speaks to older mainstream country-club Republicans in a way that neo-confederate never will.

        However, I wonder about voters under 40. How much do they know about the John Birch Society?

        "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

        by annan on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 11:01:28 AM PST

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        •  We can teach them. (1+ / 0-)
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          There's got to be somebody here with training in poli-sci and history, able to take on doing a series of diaries on the John Birch Society.

          Know your enemy. That's it.

          "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012

          by bontemps2012 on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 05:35:32 PM PST

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          •  Teaching moments ... (1+ / 0-)
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            Just had lunch with three 20-somethings. Asked them if they knew about the John Birch Society and they didn't. My politically aware nephew was interested, so I pointed him to this diary.

            I still thinks this is a terrific frame for the intended audience.

            "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

            by annan on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 01:10:27 PM PST

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            •  Thank you. (0+ / 0-)

              Wish I'd had more time and known more going in. This could be a lot better.

              What we need is a first-rate series that does the history of JBS and the billionaires' intrusions into American democracy.

              The fight is between them and Gouverneur Morris's Preamble.

              "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012

              by bontemps2012 on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 08:42:46 AM PST

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