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#1 stercus tauri

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 09:45 PM

Ever feel like the wealthy get more and more? Maybe because they do.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 03:21 PM

What he forgot to say is that many oligarchs prefer the 'order' that comes with dictators; particularly those that favor fascist processes.  Why fascist processes?   Because power flows with few restraints from the top in fascist organizations.

 

If that happens here, the blood of patriotic Americans, from the revolution through all our conflicts shed defending our freedom and democratic institutions, will have been in vain.

 

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 03:29 PM

We are not 'headed' anywhere we are there, have been ever since Ronald Reagan gave us supply side economics.

 

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 06:16 PM

We are not 'headed' anywhere we are there, have been ever since Ronald Reagan gave us supply side economics.

 

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I think you need to go back a bit further to the time; like to the time of Alexander Hamilton and the initial emergence of the Whig party.   The American revolution was a bourgeois revolt from the gathering of farmers, publishers, shippers,  preachers and lawyers in Philly in 1776.

 

Money and power have always had inordinate levels of influence in this nation.  The difference between political parties, which traditionally were a broad mixture of both conservative and liberal influences, is that the Democrats (except during the civil war) were generally more inclined to promote the interests of the masses than were the Republicans, Know-Nothings and Whigs that preceded them.

 

What has happened since basically the Goldwater era, was that the Republican party began running off the more progressive elements and demanding ideological purity. We are all familiar with the term "RINO" ... which was the notion that Republicans who would enthusiastically embrace the anti-science, anti-individual rights (except gun rights) agenda of the most conservative elements of the GOP were not wanted. 

 

This abandonment of the center is so obvious in the approach of the GOP, which, despite control of both houses and the presidency haven't a clue as to how to govern because you can't govern this nation from an ideological basis. (Trump is a dangerous narcissist, Paul Ryan he is an Ayn Rand ideologue and Mitch McConnell is as ethically corrupt a reptillian as has ever existed.) 

 

The demands for ideological purity on the democratic side is, to me personally, the more immediate and disturbing trend.  I think it important one party be inclusive, moderate and pragmatic ... and not subject to ideological knee-jerks ... as our national history demonstrates this approach remains the most reliably and effectively progressive approach.

 

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