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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-21-06 02:55 PM
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23. Get this and get it right
I'm not a "blame America firster", I'm a blame Republicans -- first, last and always. If there's a problem in this country, it can almost universally be traced to Republican policies of greed and bloodthirstiness, coupled with paranoia and jingoistic nationalist fervor. The goodness of the American people is blunted, turned aside, tamped down, and thwarted by the GOP whenever we turn our backs on our own citizens, or when we invade other countries without cause, or when anyone thinks that freedom and liberty are a zero sum game -- that is, granting you more freedom necessarily limits the amount of freedom that I enjoy.

Republicans appeal to the vain, and the puerile, and all the lesser demons of our nature, encouraging people to band together only to contend with one another while the overrich make money off the spectacle, or from arming both sides. Whenever people come together despite their differences to make common cause for the greater societal good, you can bet there's a Republican somewhere gnashing his teeth and plotting to draw more imaginary lines between citizens to set us at each other's throats again.

Not all Republicans recognize this quality in their political party, for sure. Many are duped by the siren's song of lower taxes, as if their personal taxes really go lower when Republicans are in power, or as if the ordering of society is accomplished by some miraculous process that doesn't cost anything. And for that deception, I . . .

Blame Republicans First!
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