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One thing the Progressive resurgence has not done is attack conservatism itself. We think tactically, or in small reforms. Many of our leaders seem to buy the notion that our country is "Center-Right". We need to emulate Glenn Beck (I cannot believe I wrote that). Beck's TV show used dubious historical claims to concoct a rightist revisionist history that attacked 'Progressive' values and ideas. All we have to say for most of, for instance, the Tea Bagger's ideas is "we tried this" either in the  first ten, Articles of Confederation years of our republic, or in general in the 19th century. I can hardly believe that we can't even mention that in the 1990's all the same scolds bleated about how a higher minimum wage and higher taxes would destroy the US economy. Instead we got a tremendous boom and a balanced budget. I , very  naively, thought that would shut up the tax avoidance fetishists but, no, they are unfazed by facts.                                                                                                                    Right wing imagery resonates with the working class. Since this has been a fairly rightist country for much of its history and our myths are all about individual  glory  coupled with the working class of every nations reflexive nationalism, gives Rightists an built in edge. We cannot write off the rural Americans themselves. Most of them are intelligent people who have been sold, using sophisticated marketing, an intellectual bill of goods. The 1960s started over 50 years ago. Cannot we ween the  US off those outdated stereotypes that feed our distrust of each other?

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    Right wing imagery resonates with the working class. Since this has been a fairly rightist country for much of its history and our myths are all about individual  glory  coupled with the working class of every nations reflexive nationalism, gives Rightists an built in edge.
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    What is "right wing imagery"?  Give a few examples.
    You have stated that it "resonates" with the working class.  Give an example of this.
    What historical events, movements etc.  indicate that the country has been "fairly rightist" for much of its history?  
    Individualism is not just a right-wing concept.
    Nationalism is not right wing either.
    If anything a good reason for supporting the strengthening of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the ACA is that these programs strengthen, through social means, the national compact.
    Right-wing policies such as favoring a regressive tax policy and the policy objectives favoring
    1. the "deserving" and
    2. the rich
    undermine the national compact also through social means, through massive social engineering!
    They claim the left is tyrannous, but they should look in the mirror.
    There's an old proverb-- don't curse the mirror if your face is ugly.
    In spite of all their individualist rhetoric and beliefs, their love of market forces and refusal to master them for public good has hollowed out the right wing.
    They fancy that their wills are made of steel, but their future is made only of glass.
    It is only a matter of time before they go the way of the Whigs.
    Their issues are gone.
    They are on the treadmill.

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