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  •  Rendering democracy quaint. (6+ / 0-)

    That republicans have been using anti-democratic means has been obvious for over a decade.  Think of electronic voting and their opposition to any verifiable paper trail, understaffing and long voter lines in Ohio democratic precincts in 2004, voter purges, etc.

    None of these things are accidents, and all have been planned and coordinated for a very long time.

    Republicans have shown and proven the will lie, cheat and steal to win.  Nixon famously believed: "If the president does it it is legal."  Republicans believe: If they can rig the vote then it's democratic.  Remember. they are the real patriots, they are the real America, and they are going to take their country back.  Any means can be justified, it's all fair, and God is on their side.

    But, as a country, we are just ignoring it.  

    •  They didn't always act that way (3+ / 0-)
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      bontemps2012, slothlax, Boppy

      I wonder if it is still possible for them to regain some of their former integrity. I hope so. They need more thinkers like William Buckley today. He could be very wrong (as I detailed above) but he was intellectually honest enough to make a case for what he really believed at the time, and he wsa open to changing his beliefs when compelling arguments forced him to.

      •  Bircher Republicans always acted this way. (1+ / 0-)
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        slothlax

        Goldwater was opposed to them even in the 1970s. He knew they were nuts.

        "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army Attorney to Sen. McCarthy, 1954. "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012.

        by bontemps2012 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 04:58:51 PM PST

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        •  I think the distinction you are making (2+ / 0-)
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          bontemps2012, ichibon

          between the Conservative Right, and the Far Far Right (the Birchers as you group them) is an informative one. They are in many ways distinct from either the old school centrist Republicans OR even the old school movement conserative Republicans that Goldwater once led. And then there are simply unprincipled pragmatist self serving largely financial interests and the politicos they employ to win by whatever means necessary. There used to be more business oriented Republicans with more integrity than this bunch that now plots Republican strategy willfully dismissive of basic democracy..I do know that type were players in the earlier Republican Party also. They stopped at NOTHING trying to undermine FDR.

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