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Claire

Great post Lance.

Gwen

Wow. I think this is the clearest explanation I've ever read of the different perspectives of words.

Mark

It seems there are two kinds of people on the right these days. They are the insane ones that throw bricks or racial slurs, and the ones that stir them up. If there are any others out there that are mature and responsible and that respect civilization, then where are they? Why haven't we heard from them? All I've heard is criticism of Democrats for even mentioning the violence and threats of violence from the right.

Rana

Mark, I think they've moved into the Democratic party (see, "Blue Dogs").

Has anyone here seen the chart comparing the 1993 GOP health insurance reform proposal with the latest legislation? They hit almost all the same points.

Either that, or they are people like my father (who is just a voter, not a politician) who threw up their hands in disgust years ago and are now conservative "independents." He had no problem voting for HR Clinton, nor Obama, for the simple reason that their politics make more sense to him as an atheist-agnostic, old-school, government-out-of-out-bedrooms conservative than the current crop of meddling idiot wingnuts that make up the Republican party these days.

(If anything, their presence in the party merely confirms his belief that most politicians are corrupt and/or incompetent; it's just a matter of which ones will be corrupt in your favor.)

actor212

I agree with Rana. The GOP has undergone a putsch in the past decade or so, where if you disagree with the party platform, you will either be silenced or be Spectored. It's how they win elections, by keeping a united front and on message.

That's cracking, by the way, but that's a horse of a different colour.

It comes down to this, Lance, the difference in lexicon: Democrats are over-educated and forgot how to talk to people. Republicans are undereducated, and forgot how to think.

This is why the most successful Democrats since 1960 have been what many of us on the left call DINOs: they can talk to people, and understand the pulse of the nation, but they don't talk DOWN to people to get their point across.

Cleveland Bob

I've been away from the innertubes the past week or so Lance. This is a great post. I will humbly cross post over at my digs. Many thanks.

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