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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:10 PM
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Politics As Total War
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Politics As Total War
Andrew Sullivan
30 Jun 2010 11:10 am


When Andrew Breitbart offers $100,000 for a private email list-serv archive, essentially all bets are off. Every blogger or writer who has ever offered an opinion is now on warning: your opponents will not just argue against you, they will do all they can to ransack your private life, cull your email in-tray, and use whatever material they have to unleash the moronic hounds of today's right-wing base.

Yes, the Economist was right. This is not about transparency, or hypocrisy. It's about power. And when you are Andrew Breitbart, power is all that matters. There is not a whit of thoughtfulness about this, not an iota of pretense that it might actually advance the conversation about how to deal with, say, a world still perilously close to a second Great Depression, a government that is bankrupt, two wars that have been or are being lost, an energy crisis that is also threatening our planet's ecosystem, and a media increasingly incapable of holding the powerful accountable.

Meanwhile, the GOP leaders, having done all they can to destroy a presidency by obstructing everything and anything he might do or have done to address the crippling problems bequeathed him by his predecessor, are now also waging a scorched earth battle to prevent the working poor from having any real access to affordable health insurance.

This is what the right now is: no solutions, just anger, paranoia, insecurity and partisan hatred.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:35 PM
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1. That's why kicking the Republican's ass is paramount above all else!
They need to know that no matter what their politics are,
destroying this country ain't what anybody's politics should
ever be about.....if they want to be elected. period.

That's why I ain't got time for the circular firing squad.

They win, and we just showed the world that in America,
the only thing one needs to be is a self-righteous bankrupt
narcisistic asshole.
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SunsetDreams Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:22 PM
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2. K&R
Sister, I love your OPs, they are always information packed.

The first paragraph reminds me of CC. (If you don't know what I mean, I will PM you)

This says it all:
"This is what the right now is: no solutions, just anger, paranoia, insecurity and partisan hatred."

Sadly, there are way too many people in this country who buy into that type of propaganda.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 11:07 AM
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3. It is no wonder
that they buy into the propaganda.

The media goes out of their way to promote criticism of anything and everything leftish. Take any issue for verification of what I said.

I like the example of how the media focused on GOP criticism of the 'then' proposed stimulus bill. It was outrageous. And it watered down the bill and the effectiveness of the stimulus. Of course when the stimulus was less effective than it should have been it gave the GOP yet another opportunity to criticize. Vicious circle.
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