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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 07:18 PM
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14. In practice, this work takes the form of making the left side of the bell curve disappear.
Progressivism is ridiculed as fringe in televised, self-fulfilling prophecy. Most recently we saw (or more properly didn't see) the idea of single-payer universal health care made to vanish, and in its place a steadily-diluted concept of a nonspecific "public option" that threatens no insurance company executive's (or shareholder's) profits. In a time of real financial crisis, the simple fact that a single-payer public health plan can deliver much more care per dollar, despite the fact that such plans have already worked well for decades in medicare, VA and overseas, despite the fact that the constantly-derided "socialism" is how we already get an awful lot done in America, Big Money does not want us to entertain the notion as it is dragged, kicking and screaming, toward some sort of reform.

We see two major parties largely under corporate control, working to dismantle our liberties and rob our families, and no third party gaining traction that might serve our interests, a state of affairs never questioned by the MSM--and never allowed by the MSM to be questioned.

We know of looming ecological disaster, yet the MSM offer no solutions beyond the same ol' consumer capitalism, with occasional vague references to green technologies as mere flavoring.

Big Money drives our discourse as far to the right as it can, for the obvious reason: change threatens the status of the plutocrats. They try to keep our eyes glued to our televisions via a constant stream of pap that appeals to our worst impulses, offering token novelty without daring to promote real change.
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  -I smell the death of the modern Republican Party. Writer  Sep-19-09 03:45 PM   #0 
  - They're driving away moderates  Indigent   Sep-19-09 03:47 PM   #1 
  - No, its not good  DJ13   Sep-19-09 04:02 PM   #3 
  - You are correct, it's not good. Here in my red state, those moderates switch parties  proud2BlibKansan   Sep-20-09 12:30 PM   #25 
  - If this is the case....  vi5   Sep-19-09 03:57 PM   #2 
  - They don't stand for anything right now  lunatica   Sep-19-09 04:23 PM   #4 
  - It's the party of no  XemaSab   Sep-19-09 05:25 PM   #9 
  - No, you don't.  Orsino   Sep-19-09 04:27 PM   #5 
  - I'm going to challenge the abstractions you're presenting in your thesis...  Writer   Sep-19-09 04:31 PM   #6 
     - The racism/xenophobia doesn't *have* to work on most Americans.  Orsino   Sep-19-09 04:43 PM   #7 
        - Mostly agreed...  Writer   Sep-19-09 04:46 PM   #8 
           - In practice, this work takes the form of making the left side of the bell curve disappear.  Orsino   Sep-19-09 07:18 PM   #14 
              - bingo  struggle4progress   Sep-19-09 11:09 PM   #15 
              - +1 (spot on and beautifully said)  mitchum   Sep-20-09 11:37 AM   #23 
  - +1.  GivePeaceAchance   Sep-19-09 05:40 PM   #10 
  - Smells like Spring in the air! Actually, it smells like shit in the air, but  Phx_Dem   Sep-19-09 05:53 PM   #11 
  - We Dems must help nail shut the lid on the coffin - we must get together  old mark   Sep-19-09 06:09 PM   #12 
  - there's just NO WAY the republican party is ending  unblock   Sep-19-09 06:35 PM   #13 
  - It's a Poetic Exticntion  proud patriot   Sep-19-09 11:17 PM   #16 
  - Y'know, today's wackos sound a lot like rightwing Republicans I heard when growing up.  struggle4progress   Sep-19-09 11:24 PM   #17 
  - It will take a little time  MurrayDelph   Sep-20-09 12:30 AM   #18 
  - I'm hoping  LatteLibertine   Sep-20-09 01:08 AM   #19 
  - We may see the downfall of both parties in our lifetimes  democrat2thecore   Sep-20-09 01:52 AM   #20 
  - Persistent minority  quaker bill   Sep-20-09 06:47 AM   #21 
  - The GOP has become a Saturday morning cartoon with their  livetohike   Sep-20-09 10:54 AM   #22 
  - As always, after the Dems rescue capitalism, the right will  Gman2   Sep-20-09 12:25 PM   #24 
  - Before we get too cocky  AllentownJake   Sep-20-09 12:31 PM   #26 
  - All GOP policy starts with the conclusion = Rich people want money...and then they  applegrove   Sep-20-09 01:33 PM   #27 
  - The question is how much damage will they do.....  Jade Fox   Sep-20-09 04:24 PM   #28 
  - And the Democratic Party is already dead.  LWolf   Sep-21-09 07:48 AM   #29 
  - That is not true, the riht will implode, leaving the progressive libertarian party.  Gman2   Sep-21-09 08:39 AM   #31 
     - All that may be true,  LWolf   Sep-21-09 09:28 PM   #36 
  - Self serving, ego blinded and worthless OP  Bluenorthwest   Sep-21-09 08:19 AM   #30 
  - Data (link) shows that the GOP is getting stronger in most of the south, especially the Appalachians  AlinPA   Sep-21-09 01:06 PM   #32 
  - It will not die if our side doesn't start learning how to work together  Skidmore   Sep-21-09 01:11 PM   #33 
  - Can you really put those together?  polmaven   Sep-21-09 01:38 PM   #34 
  - I think as things stand now you are right, but  chieftain   Sep-21-09 03:49 PM   #35 
  - It won't die unless we kill it. We are going to have to get our hands dirty.  anonymous171   Sep-21-09 09:41 PM   #37 

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