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  •  legitimacy is one thing money can't buy, (11+ / 0-)

    at least when the shit really starts hitting the fan.

    Not even all the quantitative easing in the world can convince Americans that the economy is doing well. Not even all of Obama's most inspiring rhetorical bromides can convince Americans that the government is genuinely interested in their concerns.

    People can sense it, even if they can't fully articulate it yet. They know that something is deeply wrong.

    Problem is, once the government has failed so badly that it has totally discredited itself in the eyes of the populace, it leaves a legitimacy vacuum that other entities will be eager to fill.

    In this country, that entity is likely to be extremely reactionary: racist, xenophobic, militarist, and religiously fanatical. Which is the real danger of the government losing legitimacy.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 10:33:54 AM PST

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