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… As they get the day’s ‘marching orders.’

Republicans have long been known for their adherence to a careful thought-out and planned ‘message,’ so that their practice of repetition, repetition, repetition achieves maximum impact with the electorate. Even so, it is rare to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into this practice as it filters down to their youngest members.

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It is a very short video, only slightly garbled, so I was able to do a fairly complete transcript of the latest message, focusing, this time, on their time-honored practice of scape-goating - holding others (never THEM!) accountable for some real or imagined slight of our citizens or someone else in the world.

It’s an insidious practice, hard to watch, I concede, but mercifully short, at, on this occasion, a scant 18 seconds. Yet, even that is planned and accounted for, as their attention spans are known to be short, and a more complex message simply would never do, either for their ‘messengers’ or for those so susceptible to their lies and manipulations. One thought is really about all they can hold in their heads, at this young age (and it doesn't get much better as they mature, as you know).

I am dismayed it has fallen to Top Comments to 'break' this incident, but I have read the comments attached to the video on YouTube, and it is clear that none of the commenters have completely understood what they were watching. Simply, without this diary, it is possible the story would never get out.

Here, then, is the video that was captured. Young Republicans. In lock-step chorus, performing their call and response duties, faithfully, mindlessly.


And here is the transcript, as best I could capture it.

Instructor:

Whatever happened, who is to blame?

Mob:

Obaaahmaaah.

Instructor:

Who is that again?!

Mob:

Obaaahmaaah.
Instructor:

Who?!

Mob:

Obaaahmaaah.

Ok, you’re good.

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From zenbassoon:
In Richard Lyon's diary about Secretary Kerry being open to working with Iran to stop ISIS , Rich in PA makes the perfect comment.
A couple of 'flagged' comments:
Flagged by Timaeus, this comment by Mokurai gives deeper insight into HRC for the coming fights.
Flagged by kharma, this comment by allenjo is a fine (and well-received!) one on the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
From BeninSC:
This comment from Dave in Northridge describes a very good Top Comments comment recommendation practice, one I think most of us observe! (All I (BeninSC) would add is, that I did not recommend a comment in a TC or other context is NOT a message! Not for me. I likely never read the comment I did not rec.)

Top Mojo for yesterday, June 15th, first comments and tip jars excluded. Thank you mik for the mojo magic! For those of you interested in How Top Mojo Works, please see his diary FAQing Top Mojo.

  1) I'd be OK with HRC by Boris Godunov — 131
  2) Think how much more consequential he could by Fordmandalay — 110
  3) The campaign hasn't begun yet. . . by The X — 104
  4) But I'll add that this is all premature by Boris Godunov — 95
  5) By Obama evolving against DOMA, he came to the by Wendys Wink — 92
  6) Yes. She was a great mind who had the misfortune.. by arendt — 91
  7) No list is complete by oruacat2 — 88
  8) If you look closely at ever evil thing, by CwV — 88
  9) Yup, he killed OBL by edwardssl — 85
10) He asks the correct question by BOHICA — 84
11) I still think by 47songs — 84
12) My ideal candidate.. by Le Champignon — 82
13) Shep Smith has been known to commit journalism by zenbassoon — 79
14) Personally by vcmvo2 — 79
15) Holy cripes, reading that Jane Jacobs quote was by concernedamerican — 78
16) Know how you feel. I danced on Nixon's grave. by DocDawg — 78
17) Finally, a voice of sanity... by JeffW — 76
18) From what I was able to ascertain by Mopshell — 75
19) Kudos for bringing back Jacobs by Dallasdoc — 74
20) Thanks eric. I think Krugman is right on target. by HoundDog — 73
21) been raining for days and days by Portia Elm — 70
22) Sekritarmy Father's Know Best! by arizonablue — 67
23) Holy shit. by zenbassoon — 67
24) In my life by Livvy5 — 63
25) I am not interested in who by rexymeteorite — 62
26) W/o the family pulling every string possible GWB by RFK Lives — 60
27) Yes. common sense at last. by dengre — 59
28) 11.  Never listen to the always-wrong by Dallasdoc — 58
29) Wow is this negative. by tmservo433 — 57
30) No time for alone time. by kerflooey — 57
31) Handbasket situation. by side pocket — 57

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