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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 06:41 AM

2. More than 30 years...

Conservatives have gained power over the last 50-60 years by using fearmongering and targeted bigotry to pad their numbers in the service of tax cuts and deregulation.

People like William F. Buckley and his National Review crowd worked to sideline the John Birch Society as the public face of conservatism, while not alienating the JBS rank and file so much that the Birchers wouldn't vote for their preferred candidates.

Nixon added the Southern Strategy. In the 70's they started promoting single-issue voting on hot-button issues in order to help break up the Democratic coalition. By the 90's Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh had mainstreamed extravagant loathing of liberals and Democrats, making compromise on policy an act of treachery against Real Conservatism. Treating Democrats as traitors became a rallying cry.

To enact more inclusive populist economic policies, we have to break up the conservative phalanx that blocks even small items. And part of doing that is to not let them wash their hands of Trump. Trump just slapped his name on a building they had already built.

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