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  •  Count the Votes. We have 3 parties. (6+ / 0-)

    Follow The Money. The big money from billionaire Republicans has been connected with the John Birch Society and its projects since 1959. This is not a "tea party."

    Authoritarian, anti-libertarian, anti-you-name-the-targets paranoid propaganda has been seizing House seat away from Bizzie Republicans since 1984. This went on steadily through 2000 and then saw another surge in 2010. The voting patterns of these Birchers have turned against cooperative democracy.

    Before 1984, anti-communism had been the organizing principle for political authoritarianism. Then generalized paranoia took over with marked success.

    Birch Society Republicans: America Now Has Three Major Political Parties

    -- Birch Society Republicans (150 seats)

    -- Business Republicans (84 seats)

    Note that the Bizzies are now a minor party with 19% of the House.

    Birchers at 34% are anti-immigration, anti-government, anti-compromise, anti-democracy, and opposed to taxes in all forms and appearances. The Bircher billionaires' agenda is not the mainstream Republican businessmen's agenda.

    The Koch family helped found the John Birch Society. They finance Bircher candidates heavily. They assure that JBS ideological slogans and xenophobic paranoia define Bircher campaigns.

    They finance propaganda from hundreds of shops to invoke exogenous paranoia. For example, NRA sells its Big Lie that Americans live in a "Batman" world of extreme violence where there are 2,500,000 armed home defenses a year. That is hokum.

    The real number for all civilian armed defenses against crimes is fewer than 25,000. Way less. And the acid test is body count.

    Doing body count is easy. Bodies don't move. Pathologists and MEs file their reports. So do the test: in 2010 the national total for civilian justifiable homicides was 232.

    That figure, 232 bodies, puts the lie to NRA's false-threat propaganda scheme.

    This test data includes small business defenses from bodegas, check cashers, pawn shops and the like. Home defenses present a smaller fraction. People in home setting report firing their guns at human targets somewhere between 3% and 8% of the incidents that they report as home defenses. A third of those shootings kill somebody, usually at very close range.

    Bircher Republicans couldn't care less that their propaganda is false. They are aiming to generate mental disorder among their followers, technically an artificial paranoia, with exogenous means.

    "The Russians are coming !" has been replaced with lies about global warming, Birtherism, secret Muslim, the NRA's 2,500,000 home firefights, George Soros, leftist re-education in schools, a war on Christianity, ACORN stealing the 2012 election, disability rights as an attack on home schooling, avoided any and all discussion of redistribution of wealth to the 1%, and even the madness of the Sandy Hook Elementary School denials.

    Looks to be $500-million a year spent pushing these threat-based fantasies. Plus the crazy stories coming out of commercial outlets such as Fox News and Wall Street Journal.

    What's amazing is that anybody hit with this crap is functionally solid.

    Maybe they're not ??? There could be tens of millions of Americans living in fear of imaginary enemies. That is exactly what the Birchers want.

    "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 04:46:18 PM PST

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    •  Like the Orwellian state of constant war (2+ / 0-)
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      The paranoia induced state of constant distraction.

      •  War is peace. (2+ / 0-)
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        Freedom is slavery.
        Ignorance is strength.
        The 99% are a joke.

        Orwell hit 3 out of 4.

        "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 06:31:55 PM PST

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    •  there are (2+ / 0-)
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      There could be tens of millions of Americans living in fear of imaginary enemies. That is exactly what the Birchers want.
      maybe more. we see it everyday. in the rants of the likes of Ted Nugent and other RWNJ, in Facebook comments, on other news site's comments, its endless.

      sometimes it does feel like 'they' surround 'US.'

      the Billionaire Birchers have done their job well.

      HOW, and WHEN? do we start pushing back?

      pointing and laughing at them and their ridiculousness is NOT going to do it. has the opposite effect, in fact. like hitting a hornet's nest with a stick.

      been saying this here and on other "lib" sites forever. may as well talk to a brick f*cking wall...sigh

      no man is completely worthless, he can always be used as a bad example.

      by srfRantz on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 06:36:01 AM PST

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      •  Maybe you've got it. (2+ / 0-)
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        "Pointing and laughing at them and their ridiculousness is NOT going to do it. has the opposite effect, in fact. like hitting a hornet's nest with a stick."
        Except to the hornets and sticks part.

        -- The artificial paranoia is based on lies.

        -- There are only so many lies.

        -- There are only so many groups of lies, so many cross-reinforcing collections of lies.

        -- Pointing and nailing the facts could make sense.

        NRA has been instrumental in selling an extra $50-billion / 100,000,000 extra firearms in America over the last 20 years.

        That's from the crazy lies aobut 2,500,000 defensive gun uses a year. (DGUs.)  There's a whole pack of lies running around with that one.

        How hard can it be to hammer that one down as a lie ?

        "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 Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 07:14:13 AM PST

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        •  hard, very hard (0+ / 0-)

          you ever try to get one true believer to give up belief in even one little lie?

          damn near impossible. sadly.

          this is because the prime directive of the right wing belief system is to protect the belief system against all threats including any inconvenient truths, facts, reason, logic, etc. exposure to any conflicting information causes painful cognitive dissonance which in turn causes them to both lash out violently and to hold tighter to their "truth."

          there are, however, supposedly, those who are not true believers and can be "wised up"

          we need to figure out how to reach them with the truth.

          how? got me.

          IMHO Rachel Maddow and the like do an excellent job of breaking down a lot of the lies, but the ones who need to listen to her, don't. so then what?

          also too, Lakoff says negating the lies only reinforces them because they are repeated in the process which has greater success in reaffirming them than the actual negation. He says the only way to combat the RW noise machine is with our own Truth repeated as often as possible to as many as we can reach.

          as I understand him...

          no man is completely worthless, he can always be used as a bad example.

          by srfRantz on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 06:19:15 AM PST

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