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For years I've listened to Conservatives demand freedoms for speech, religion and gun ownership to name a few.  Personally, I agree with all three of those and I will assume that most Americans do as well.

But Conservatives are also the loudest and most forceful voice against freedoms like unions, contraception, abortion, gay marriage, health care, education and even voting rights.

It is simply amazing how our discourse is controlled by the Conservative's world view.

It is so rare to actually hear of liberals trying to erode away individual rights that I can't think of a single instance in the past 20 years, but if you listen to conservatives you'd think that's all they do.

I work for a company in which 60% of its income derives from Medicare payments.  Each time Medicare reimbursements are reduced my company blames Democrats even though it's Republicans who are continuously advocating for reductions in Medicare.  Time and time again I watch republicans demand reductions in Medicare but they never receive the blame when those reductions come about.

How does this continue to occur?

How is it that Republicans continue to remain blameless?

They run the country into a financial meltdown but Democrats receive the blame.

They start two wars but Democrats get blamed for voting for it or continuing it.

They reduce tax revenues but the inevitable debt which results is due to entitlement programs.

They lose elections but blame voter fraud.  

Condoleeza Rice knowingly lied to America but remained qualified to be Secretary od State, Susan Rice unknowingly lied but was disqualified for the same position.

This list is so long I could continue for hours, but I hope I've made my point.

I'm not suggesting that Democrats are free from similar accusations, but the sheer volume in the difference is overwhelming.

Yet Conservatives continue to remain blameless for everything.

Democrats are finally learning from history.  Demanding that Republicans submit specifics for the cuts in entitlements they desire, is a milestone for Democrats.  

If republicans want cuts let them get the blame.  

If republicans want to cause further damage to our economy by ransoming our debt ceiling, let them receive the blame.

If Republicans continue to demand unregulated gun ownership, let them receive the blame for not protecting Americans.

If Republicans continue to obstruct our government, make it clear who is to blame.  Democrats must learn the lesson that Republicans aren't riddled with guilt if their decisions lead to harm or tragedy.

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  •  Rupublicans are basically sociopathic, and (12+ / 0-)

    have no conscience. They never suffer pangs of guilt.

    There is no such thing as an off year election. Every election effects each other. We need to work as hard in 2014 as we did in 2012.

    by pollbuster on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 06:54:30 PM PST

    •  Besides, the assumption that guilt inhibits (3+ / 0-)
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      pollbuster, glorificus, madhaus

      the repetition of bad behavior has no basis in fact. Guilt is just as likely to prompt denial and a repetition of the offense, as if to prove it wasn't bad in the first place.

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 02:59:46 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  It prompts PROJECTION (0+ / 0-)

        Which is the Republican tell.  They have guilt alright, massive amounts of it. But this is how they swat it away: by blaming everyone else.

      •  Your comment sounds like what people capable (1+ / 0-)
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        hannah

        of feeling guilt want to believe is true for everyone.

        There is a difference in feeling guilt and feeling you should be feeling guilt.

        Those who continue to repeat an offense don't feel guilt.  At most they may feel a sense of shame but shame isn't strong and prohibitive enough to curtail behavior..  Shame can be easily mistaken for guilt and even professionals often confuse the two.

        Shame isn't an internal feeling, it derives from external pressures based on the expectations of others, whereas guilt derives from one's own empathy for others and remorse for causing pain in others.

        Guilt does prevent repeated behavior because it derives from within while shame, originating from an external source, fades over time.

        That's my perspective.

  •  They Believe Gov't Is Only for Rules, Not Outcomes (11+ / 0-)

    Government sets the rules, punishes violators, and then the outcomes are all personal responsibility of the victims.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 07:03:18 PM PST

    •  Can Game the Rules (7+ / 0-)

      You can game the rules, get them changed to favor your side.  Ever notice how they always seem to be negotiating with God?  Prayer is to be used as a negotiating tool rather than a means of enlightenment.

      "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

      by PrahaPartizan on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 07:38:20 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Correct until it's not. (5+ / 0-)

      Take HSBC for example, government sets the rules but in this instance where HSBC commits multiple felonies, the violators are not punished, no one is held responsible for their crimes and criminals are allowed to flourish.  

      Unfortunately, this instance is a failure of both political parties.  Both Republicans and Democrats are culpable for this injustice.  But the reason they will get away with it remains the same.  Bankers, overwhelmingly being conservative and Republican, are somehow immune from accountability and because they are conservatives they are not being held accountable for their actions even though they are admitted felons of the worst type.

      Like I said, conservatives have somehow become exempt from causality in America.

  •  Oh hell yes (15+ / 0-)

    Thank you diarist for saying what has been on my mind, the GOP refusal to acknowledge the failures of their policies is wrecking America, and the conservative infotainment complex means the GOP never pays a price with their base for the decline in America caused by GOP policies. It's an endless feedback cycle of suck and fail, and America pays the price.

    Heartily Rec'd and retweeted

    Regulate banks, not vaginas

    by MinistryOfTruth on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 07:24:44 PM PST

  •  Shameless (9+ / 0-)

    From my experience, it would appear that Republicans are just shameless.  Some people can feel that little twinge in their souls if something they've advocated doesn't work out.  Folks who make up the Republican core can't seem to generate that response.  Just think about the type of professions they gravitate toward - financiers, real estate types, high pressure sales.  All that matters is that an outcome favorable to them takes place and screw the fool who relied on their "advice" and "counsel."  

    They've always seemed more like the replicants from the movie Blade Runner than real people.  Could Republicans pass the Voight-Kampff test?  I really don't think so.

    "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

    by PrahaPartizan on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 07:36:25 PM PST

  •  They honestly do not believe their decisions turn (5+ / 0-)

    out bad.
    Period. And the MSM reports what the Republicans tell them happened rather than what actually happened. Or would see if they would look.
    Because if the news reports it and it reflects badly on the GOP, the echo chamber starts the "Liberal Bias" meme which has been shown to be false, but urban legend accepts is true.
    And the GOP says,"There you go again."
    Reagan and company set the agenda and the format with Central America and Iran-Contra; do it and never blink when you get caught and never admit it was wrong.
    It's simply a difference of opinion and values.
    Bush reiterated it by saying we were either "with him or with the terrorists". Carte blanche to do whatever.
    Karl Rove channeled Lee Atwater.

    The Dems have figured out they can actually reset the echo chamber because the people who elected them can see what is happening outside the chamber.

    Occupy- Your Mind. - No better friend, no worse enemy. -8.75, -6.21<> Bring the Troops Home Yesterday

    by Thousandwatts on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 08:01:28 PM PST

  •  This is why Republicans don't get blamed: (5+ / 0-)

    1 - the super-rich want to control the agenda of the U.S.

    2 - they have to deal with a minor annoyance called democracy and their interests don't match the interests of the 99%. Therefore, they have the Republican party.

    3 - the Republican party has one goal: cater to the super-rich and their needs, everything else they talk about is simply to dupe their authoritarian-following base into voting for them.

    4 - all mainstream media outlets are controlled by huge corporations, who are run by and for the super-rich (not shareholders). Conservatives therefore have sway within the MSM, anyone who works within the MSM and wants to keep their job always tries to prove they are balanced, usually by introducing false equivalency, often by starting with conservative framing on any issue.

    5 - conservatives have spent decades building up their infrastructure of think-tanks and media (Fox News, talk radio) to create a conservative echo-chamber where their authoritarian followers can be propagandized and conservative memes and framing can be developed and given credence.

    6 - any complex issue therefore starts out with a simple and consistent conservative viewpoint on one side, usually tapping into some kind of emotional "tough guy" point of view, where the progressive side, which is trying to actually solve a problem, must therefore be more nuanced and complex, and is easily shouted down by loudmouthed jerks, who usually outnumber a progressive by 3 to 1 on any tv broadcast.

    "If you've heard this story before, don't stop me, because I'd like to hear it again." Groucho Marx

    by Ruh Roh on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 09:13:33 PM PST

  •  The Failure of The Republicans is of their actions (2+ / 0-)
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    The failure of the Democrats is due to their inactions.  That is, refusal to slap down the Republicans, defend liberal principles, and generally be a bunch of nasty attack dogs when they have to do so, in order to advance the agenda of their own side. protect their gains and stop them from being eroded by the Right.  (Most Republicans seem to have no problem doing this, compared with only a small minority of Democrats wiling to operate in this manner.)

    But, this seems to be changing.

    This past year, everyone saw Harry Reid eating his Wheaties when it came to calling out Mitt Romney for not paying his taxes.  It was probably not true, but Harry knew that Mittens couldn't prove otherwise, because there was no way in eternity he was going to realease his tax returns.  Harry painted him into a corner, and then he turned the thumbscrews, mixed metaphors not withstanding.  

    The Democratic victory in this past election will only push things further along in the next two years and beyond.  Especially now that we got Allan Grayson back in the House.

  •  GOPers feel remorse or shame... (1+ / 0-)
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    Ruh Roh

    ...because that would require an amount of humility, humanity, altruism and most of all, a conscience. And they have none.

    All they have is a bottom line.

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