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  •  This trajectory is not new, (19+ / 0-)

    it's gotten steeper in the past five years, partly from ODS, but they've been on the crazytrain since Carter. The treasonous plot with Iran to hold the hostages until after the election to put St Ronnie in office, marked the beginning of the criminal phase of the GOP spiral. Since then the GOP has engaged in RICOable organized crime but due to their ownership of the media (accomplished under RWR) the stories of this crimewave have been neatly buried and/or ignored by all but the alt.media.
    Like any untreated psychopathology, the crazy builds on itself. Ronnie isn't radical enough for today's TeaBagger-driven GOP. In Ronnie's day, the leading edge of crazy were the Operation Rescue/Megachurch fruitcakes. The infection spread to Congress with the Gingrich Revolution and the obsession with Bill Clinton's zipper. Again, with the help of a leashed media and now a Republican packed SCOTUS, we got 8 years of violently crazy, actually some of that still dragging on due to the incredibly complicated quagmire that BushCheney charged in to.
    Once Obama was elected, a new level of outright crazy hit the streets. Come on, staple tea bags to your hat, make a misspelled sign, imply bloody violence in your threats against Gubmint and expect people to take you seriously? Not even the craziest hippies and yippies would have tried that. Abby Hoffman and Jerry Rubin knew that they were pranking the straights, humor was a major part of their arsenal.
    The TeaBaggers are not joking, they are a symptom of political insanity.
    I believe they've gone past the point where they can be cured. The party has become toxic to it's members (it has long been toxic to the rest of us) and the best thing that could happen is that the party envelope finally tears apart and the separate contents fly off in their own directions. I believe this process is inevitable and in fact already happening, just not fast enough.
    I would like to find a way to speed the wheel. The longer their death throes continue, the more damage they do to us as a Nation and to us as individuals.
    Granted that a permanent single-party dominance, for a half century or more would eventually be just as ruinous in other ways, but a decade or two of unobstructed Democratic rule in all three branches would go quite some distance in restoring the damage done by five decades of methodical destruction by the radical Right.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:25:29 AM PDT

    •  Amen. (7+ / 0-)

      There have always been crazies out there, but it wasn't until Fox mainlined the Right's brand of Delusional Paranoia directly into the veins of America's low hanging fruit that resulted in electing these cretins to office.

      The sane (or semi-sane) must GOTV, so we can fix the mess created by the guano loco Sarah Palin Fan Club segment of the Republican Party.

      1st step - delete Murdochism from our airwaves. His cult is a clear and present danger to America.

      Nature created the human race, but humans created racism.

      by GrannyOPhilly on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 06:26:36 AM PDT

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    •  Corporations are by nature rightinst (1+ / 0-)
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      The more power private capital gets, the more right-wing yuor society will be.  The media is one example.  They didn't need Reagan to be rightist.   He just allowed them not to bother with the mask so much anymore.  As it happened, they didn't need it.  The vast, overwhelming majority of Americans saw no change, and they were correct not to.  Meanwhile the Dems have sought to "compromise" by pursuing pro-corporate, pro-capital policies of their own, which has only served to drive the entire national ethos rightward.  Oh yay.

      "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" ~Dr. Samuel Johnson

      by ActivistGuy on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 11:44:57 AM PDT

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      •  He allowed them to consolidate (1+ / 0-)
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        from several hundred individual media outlets to 7 to now 4 or 5 major media corporations. Just as he allowed agglomeration across the business sector, the rise of mega corporations, if not started under Reagan, they got their rocketfuel from his deregulation and non-enforcement.

        If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

        by CwV on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 12:21:11 PM PDT

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