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  •  Tipped though I think many are missing the point (20+ / 0-)

    Republicans, especially  Tea Wee flavor Republicans, would rather see Washington burn that lose their 80-year war to dismantle what they deride as 'New Deal socialism'.

    And while the Cruzers are gaining lots of attention for their WTF moves, the truth is they're only acting out what the GOP has been trying to do for three generations: make everything from Social Security to affordable health care socially unacceptable.

    To make being silenced, disgraced, underpaid and over-endangered by your betters cool again.

    On some silly notion that out and about, loud and proud neofeudalism was ever cool and ever will be.

    But make no mistake: the Republicans see the electoral light. They know they can't win elections anymore without changing.

    And they've made the choice to change - and become even more hostile to changes that help all Americans.

    Republicans simply aren't playing to win a political game; they're playing for power - all of it.

    And if their keeping power requires threatening or ending the Republic, they're quite resolved to roll the dice and have a go at it.

    And I think in Ted Cruz you see a man who is willing to play that game, though so far he's not very good at it.

    But coming down the pike will be that reactionary who has significantly more intelligence and even less compunction.

    Someone who won't mind threatening violence and lots of it if Republicans don't get their way.

    That adventurer is coming.

    The question for everyone here is: What are you going to do about it when he shows up, because such men don't care about peaceful discourse. They come to fight.

    And I think the Republicans, more and more with each passing year, have shown an ever greater willingness to fight - and I do mean fight in the sense of physical damage for purposes of political gain. Actual struggle. Actual partisan warfare.

    And they bank their future success on the conviction that Democrats will never, ever stand firm when it's all on the line.

    I happen to think that's a bad bet on their part but until their punched hard, exactly once, all of us, red and blue alike, are in grave danger from this festering situation.

    For this place in American history in which we find ourselves is not a toxic political environment:

    It's a death trap for us all. It's that bad.

    •  this could be a diary all by itself (4+ / 0-)
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      417els, kalmoth, cskendrick, Dave925

      Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
      Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

      by TrueBlueMajority on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 07:50:03 PM PDT

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      •  It's nothing I've not said for years (1+ / 0-)
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        and that others aren't saying plenty in real time already.

        In my experience liberals don't want to hear it that there's an entire bandwidth of their countrymen that functions fine in a state of utmost contempt for universal moral right and social justice - and will not tolerate such ideas taking hold in the United States without a fight. A real fight.

        We are going to have to fight them - or at least convince them the price of a fight would be far more than they can stand.

        But right now, Republicans aren't convinced we've any stomach for a street contest. They think they have it in the bag. It's why they dare do the things they do.

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