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Cyrano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-11 04:54 PM
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Back to the dark ages
Edited on Sat Aug-27-11 05:25 PM by Cyrano
I once thought that we Americans were advancing into an enlightened future. What a fool I was. I didnt understand the idiocy, or the homicidal/suicidal nature of humanity.

Over 65 years ago, WWII ended. And then America built a middle class. Im not sure that there was such a thing as a middle class until then. The governments GI program, the ability to get an education, to buy a home and to own a car by holding just one job, became a reality. But most importantly, people had the chance to send their children to college hoping that their lives would be better than their own.

That era is long gone and an incredible meanness and ugliness has overtaken our country. The Republican Party has demolished what was once called The American Dream. Their leaders destroyed it out of greed. And their followers destroyed it out of ignorance.

In the 1980s, under the rule of the amiable imbecile, Ronald Reagan, the destruction of America started in earnest. Unions were demolished, government oversight of business rules and regulations were tossed into the dumpster, and the idea of people paying taxes was redefined as evil.

If you think that taxes are evil, how do you build roads, fix bridges, educate children, recover from disasters, care for veterans, help the elderly and everyone else who is mentally or physically disabled and cant help themselves? Obviously, you cant. So the truth is that todays Republican Party doesnt give a damn about any of this. The fact is, they dont care who lives or dies, as long as it doesnt affect them personally.

Such people used to be called barbarians. Today, we call them Republicans.

Assuming that you dont already get it, the Republicans, and far too many blue dog Democrats, are your deadly enemies. What we can do to regain our freedoms is questionable and limited. Personally, I think that humanity is screwed until the next Renaissance rolls around.

So welcome to the new dark ages. And if you have a concept that will help us avoid a prolonged period of darkness, please share it with us.
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KT2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-11 05:06 PM
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1. "I wish I could organize
a trip of the Tea Party activists and thake them to Haiti," says one veteran aid worker, "so they could see what happens to a country with no government."

from Rolling Stone issue 1137, August 18

I believe this is a sentiment worth repeating.
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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-11 05:13 PM
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2. Kurt Vonnegut said this:
"You want to know something? We are still in the Dark Ages. The Dark Ages they haven't ended yet."

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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-11 05:17 PM
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3. The Barbarians are at the Gate.
It was the slaves who opened the gates of Rome in 410, just like the Teabaggers of Today.
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Cyrano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-11 05:28 PM
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4. Could you please be more specific?
Your comparison of Rome's slaves to today's Teabaggers is confusing.
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-11 06:36 AM
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10. Teabaggers are slaves to the System just like we are
The Roman Slaves, by siding with the Barbarians, were freed from their slavery, but their actions helped bring on the Dark Ages.
The Teabaggers claim to want their 'Freedom', and feel that bringing down the System will accomplish that goal, while in fact, most are dependent on the very System they want to destroy.
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-11 05:33 PM
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5. There's hope. Here's a thread I tried to start which should make you feel better
Edited on Sat Aug-27-11 05:37 PM by lunatica
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

There's a link to a very good alternet article about three things we need to do to grow real Democracy.
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Cyrano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-11 06:29 AM
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8. Thanks for the link, lunatica. I suppose the article should have
cheered me up, but it didn't. And the reason is that I've lost any faith I may have had regarding the intelligence of the American public. When fools like Bachmann, Perry, Santorum, Gingrich, et al, are running around with the belief they can become president, and so many people supporting them, it's hard to hold out any hope at all for America.

I think that far too few people "get it," or ever will.
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robcon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-11 05:44 PM
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6. This is the enlightened age of technological progress.
Your attempt to spin it as a dark age is disgusting.
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Cyrano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-11 05:53 PM
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7. Ummm, technological advancements and human behavior are mutually exclusive.
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robcon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-11 07:06 AM
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11. What a ridiculous lie, Cyrano.
If you don't think the average person is better-fed, better-clothed, better-sheltered, and lives a longer, healthier life than a few centuries ago, you've been living in a cave or are an uneducated dope.
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Cyrano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-11 09:55 AM
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12. Actually, robcon, I could hit the alert on your post.
But then, I'd just be depriving other DUers of a good laugh.

(Oh, and go ahead and have your last word. Over and out.)
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NickB79 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-11 10:49 AM
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16. The same could be said of anyone living in a dictatorship
When you compare them to their ancestors that lived hundreds of years ago. It's like the Fox News argument that the poor aren't really poor because 99.6% of them own a refrigerator.

And the trend we're seeing in the US is going in the OPPOSITE direction of what it should be, when you look at the massive rise in poverty and use of food stamps just to survive now that the Republicans have destroyed the economy.
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Tx4obama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-11 06:34 AM
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9. A LIST to send to the Republicans/Teabaggers

102 Things NOT To Do If You Hate Taxes
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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Motown_Johnny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-11 10:19 AM
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13. Demographics are in our favor, hopefully the Republican Party
will be reduced to third party status within the next 20 or 30 years.


It is always darkest before the dawn. Yes it looks dark now but I still have faith that a new time of enlightenment will dawn.
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Cyrano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-11 11:31 AM
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17. I know my outlook is pessimistic. But I do hope you're right, Motown_Johnny.
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Zax2me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-11 10:32 AM
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14. When I look around my city and community, I see nothing close
to anything one would assume is the dark ages.
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kwolf68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-11 10:43 AM
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15. Can't say I disagree

This age is also becoming "Dark" from the standpoint that intellect, enlightenment, progress and science are mocked and ridiculed.

When people who 'know things' are banished as societal infidels where does society go next?

The New Dark Ages are coming folks...Bought and paid for by your friendly oligarchy.
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