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angee_is_mad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-10-08 05:48 PM
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Deepak Chopra's accurate assessment of miss sarah
Found this on Huffingtonpost and hope it hasn't been posted yet. It is Deepak Chopra's view of the miss sarah phenomenon.

Here is the link:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deepak-chopra/obama-and-t...

Deepak Chopra on Obama and the Palin Effect

Sometimes politics has the uncanny effect of mirroring the national psyche even when nobody intended to do that. This is perfectly illustrated by the rousing effect that Gov. Sarah Palin had on the Republican convention in Minneapolis this week. On the surface, she outdoes former Vice President Dan Quayle as an unlikely choice, given her negligent parochial expertise in the complex affairs of governing. Her state of Alaska has less than 700,000 residents, which reduces the job of governor to the scale of running one-tenth of New York City . By comparison, Rudy Giuliani is a towering international figure. Palin's pluck has been admired, and her forthrightness, but her real appeal goes deeper.

She is the reverse of Barack Obama, in essence, his shadow, deriding his idealism and exhorting people to obey their worst impulses. In psychological terms, the shadow is that part of the psyche that hides out of sight, countering our aspirations, virtue, and vision with qualities we are ashamed to face: anger, fear, revenge, violence, selfishness, and suspicion of "the other."

Obama is calling for us to reach for our higher selves and, frankly, that stirs up hidden reactions of an unsavory kind. (Just to be perfectly clear, I am not making a verbal play out of the fact that Sen. Obama is black. The shadow is a metaphor widely in use before his arrival on the scene.) I recognize that psychological analysis of politics is usually not welcome by the public, but I believe such a perspective can be helpful here to understand Palin's message.

In her acceptance speech, Gov. Palin sent a rousing call to those who want to celebrate their resistance to change and a higher vision. Look at what she stands for:

-- Small town values -- a denial of America 's global role, a return to petty, small-minded parochialism.

--Ignorance of world affairs -- a repudiation of the need to repair America 's image abroad.

--Family values -- a code for walling out anybody who makes a claim for social justice. Such strangers, being outside the family, don't need to be heeded.

-- Rigid stands on guns and abortion -- a scornful repudiation that these issues can be negotiated with those who disagree.

-- Patriotism -- the usual fallback in a failed war.

--"Reform" -- an italicized term, since in addition to cleaning out corruption and excessive spending, one also throws out anyone who doesn't fit your ideology.

Palin reinforces the overall message of the reactionary right, which has been in play since 1980, that social justice is liberal- radical, that minorities and immigrants, being different from "us" pure American types, can be ignored, that progressivism takes too
much effort and globalism is a foreign threat. The radical right marches under the banners of "I'm all right, Jack," and "Why change? Everything's OK as it is."

The irony, of course, is that Gov. Palin is a woman and a reactionary at the same time. She can add mom to apple pie on her resume, while blithely reversing forty years of feminist progress. The irony is superficial; there are millions of women who stand on the side of conservatism, however obviously they are voting against their own good. The Republicans have won multiple national elections by raising shadow issues based on fear, rejection, hostility to change, and narrow-mindedness.

Obama's call for higher ideals in politics can't be seen in a vacuum. The shadow is real; it was bound to respond. Not just conservatives possess a shadow -- we all do.

So what comes next is a contest between the two forces of progress and inertia. Will the shadow win again, or has its furtive appeal become exhausted? No one can predict. The best thing about Gov. Palin is that she brought this conflict to light, which makes the upcoming debate honest. It would be a shame to elect another Reagan, whose smiling persona was a stalking horse for the reactionary forces that have brought us to the demoralized state we are in. We deserve to see what we are getting, without disguise.


America need to wake the hell up. ENOUGH!!!!!!
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Cosmocat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-10-08 05:53 PM
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1. A MUCH more coherent ...
expression of what I have been trying to say in general for a long time ...
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NotThisTime Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-11-08 06:28 PM
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17. It's the positive versus the negative in all of us... which will win? That's what this is about
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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-10-08 05:54 PM
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2. "while blithely reversing forty years of feminist progress"
I've been saying this all along... validation is sweet!
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angee_is_mad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-10-08 05:57 PM
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3. Yes it is
calling it like I-T-is
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Gabi Hayes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-10-08 05:59 PM
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4. he's very wise. he was on with some wingnut...can't remember who, but
it was OReilly or Hannity, or somebody like that, and they could not make a dent in his logic, and they looked VERY foolish

wish I could remember

he has a very interesting show on Sirius
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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-10-08 06:02 PM
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5. If you read the HuffPo comments to this article...
You will find several who take issue with Chopra's delving into politics as if it were beneath him. I find that ignorant and appalling! He is obviously concerned about the spiritual health and well-being of the people! This is how he is! This is what he does!

Kudos to Chopra for speaking out against those who would wrong us on oh, so many levels!
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katty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-11-08 06:23 PM
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14. yes, Deepak, one has to endure idiotic, no-nothing comments
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wiggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-10-08 06:04 PM
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6. knrnt.
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CJCRANE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-10-08 06:15 PM
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7. The thing about Palin
is that we have been through the same thing with Shrub.

The regular guy that you could have a beer with has proved to be a catastrophic failure.

Palin is both more and less than Bush was when he ran for POTUS. She is less experienced but even more extremely religious.
It should be obvious that she is a recipe for more disaster.

But the Republican base seems to lack the instinct for judging character. They have to put up with years of hardship before the truth finally sinks in.
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Marsala Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-10-08 06:16 PM
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9. The Republican base would vote for Bush again
Seriously. If he were running for a third term, he'd be polling 40%. At least.
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angee_is_mad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-10-08 06:22 PM
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11. Diffrence between miss sarah and GW?
lipstick! Yeah, I went there.
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FloridaJudy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-10-08 06:16 PM
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8. I don't normally agree with Chopra
But he's nailed it here.
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nam78_two Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-10-08 06:18 PM
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10. Add me to the list pf people who never cared for anything Deepak Chopra before this
but who think he nailed this one. He is SPOT ON...
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subsuelo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-11-08 06:14 PM
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12. kick
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katty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-11-08 06:22 PM
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13. he is spot on with 'the shadow' - so true
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barack the house Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-11-08 06:27 PM
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15. Dupe
Edited on Thu Sep-11-08 06:31 PM by barack the house
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barack the house Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-11-08 06:27 PM
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16. Wow yes, she is his complete through the looking glass self. Spooky....
Edited on Thu Sep-11-08 06:29 PM by barack the house
So the story hear Obama has to combat his darkside, like I said the other day it is about Palin. McCain is now the side act.
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GreenInNC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-11-08 06:41 PM
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18. When Deepak Chopra marries Oprah Winfrey.....
Will she be known as Oprah Chopra?
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