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Mike Lofgren: The Party Is Over


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Kit
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American exceptionalism: a doctrine whose proponents hold that by divine dispensation America is exempt from all laws gov­erning international norms, physics, or rationality. Authentic: used to describe a candidate who is unaware of current events and->



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Kit B. (276)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 5:55 pm
(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)


Mike Lofgren: A Devil's Dictionary

Lee, Bernays, and Gingrich have all had a lasting impact on the political use of language in America. If you seek monuments to their accomplishments, you have to look no further than your daily paper or television news program. It is to them that we owe stories about "collateral damage" rather than "dead civilians." In that spirit, allow me to offer up my own devil's dictionary of contempo­rary American political terms.

Also see: "Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult"

American exceptionalism: a doctrine whose proponents hold that by divine dispensation America is exempt from all laws gov­erning international norms, physics, or rationality.

Authentic: used to describe a candidate who is unaware of current events and doesn't read a newspaper, and is proud of it.

Class warfare: a technique by which teachers, nurses, firemen, and cashiers are believed to be oppressing derivatives traders and CEOs, which includes unreasonably complaining that their wages aren't keeping up with the cost of their health insurance.

Conservative: a person profoundly respectful of heritage, tradition, and old-fashioned values while preaching the revolution and strip-mining the Grand Canyon for high-sulfur coal.

Darwin's theory of evolution: an evil doctrine that denies the teachings of the Bible. Social Darwinism, on the other hand, is what made America great and is perfectly consistent with the Sermon on the Mount.

Elites: insufferable, overeducated snobs who are not real Ameri­cans and may in fact be French. Mitt Romney (Harvard MBA and JD) and George W. Bush (Yale, Harvard) have often criti­cized such scoundrels.

Empower: If an American worker loses his pension or Social Se­curity, he is empowered.

Free-market capitalism: the economic system by which Halli­burton gets sole-source, cost-plus government contracts.

Global warming: a hoax perpetrated by a worldwide conspiracy of biased scientists. Fortunately it is being combated by right-wing foundations, oil companies, televangelists, and other disin­terested believers in objective fact.

Job creators: the truly creative engines of economic growth in our society: real-estate flippers, mortgage-backed securities bundlers, leveraged buyout specialists, dividend drawers, and hedge-fund billionaires.

Level playing field: what every lobbyist wants in the spirit of fairness. The only way to achieve it is by bribing politicians to award a sole-source contract to his client.

Liberal (pronounced librull): a satanic ideologue who is at once a socialist leveler, an elitist defender of privilege, an atheist, and a secret Muslim determined to bring sharia law to America.

Patriot: someone who loves America more than he loves the ma­jority of the people living therein.

Populist: an advocate for the interests of "real" Americans who vehemently fights for the abolition of all government regulation of Wall Street investment banks.

Prolife: the unconditional support of the first nine months of a human being's existence. After that period has expired, the same human being has an unconditional right to be executed by the state, sent off to war, or die without health insurance.

Real Americans: the minority of Americans who look, think, and act exactly as I do.

Rogue state: a country that violates international law by com­mitting armed aggression, torturing prisoners, assassinating opponents, and possessing weapons of mass destruction. cf: american exceptionalism

Sharia law: a fundamentalist religious doctrine imposed on a given political jurisdiction. Any resemblance to public statutes on abortion in the Commonwealth of Virginia is purely coincidental.

Take our country back: Give us what we want right now, even if we don't know what it is.

Tea Party: people covered by Medicare who hate socialized medicine.

Washington spending: the bad sort of spending that doesn't go toward earmarks to campaign contributors, subsidies to big oil, or the military's half-trillion-dollar budget. Everyone knows the Pentagon is across the Potomac in Virginia, not in Washington.

Win-win situation: see level playing field.

Reprinted by arrangement with Viking, a member of the Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from The Party is Over by Mike Lofgren.

Copyright © 2012 by Mike Lofgren, "The Party Is Over"

 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 5:59 pm

Also from Mike Lofgren: (@Salon.com)

Having observed politics up close and personal for most of my adult lifetime, I have come to the conclusion that the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism may have been the key ingredient in the transformation of the Republican Party. Politicized religion provides a substrate of beliefs that rationalizes—at least in the minds of its followers—all three of the GOP’s main tenets: wealth worship, war worship, and the permanent culture war.

Religious cranks ceased to be a minor public nuisance in this country beginning in the 1970s and grew into a major element of the Republican rank and file. Pat Robertson’s strong showing in the 1988 Iowa presidential caucus signaled the gradual merger of politics and religion in the party. Unfortunately, at the time I mostly underestimated the implications of what I was seeing. It did strike me as oddly humorous that a fundamentalist staff member in my congressional office was going to take time off to convert the heathen in Greece, a country that had been overwhelmingly Christian for almost two thousand years. I recall another point, in the early 1990s, when a different fundamentalist GOP staffer said that dinosaur fossils were a hoax. As a mere legislative mechanic toiling away in what I held to be a civil rather than ecclesiastical calling, I did not yet see that ideological impulses far different from mine were poised to capture the party of Lincoln.

The results of this takeover are all around us: If the American people poll more like Iranians or Nigerians than Europeans or Canadians on questions of evolution, scriptural inerrancy, the presence of angels and demons, and so forth, it is due to the rise of the religious right, its insertion into the public sphere by the Republican Party, and the consequent normalizing of formerly reactionary beliefs. All around us now is a prevailing anti-intellectualism and hostility to science. Politicized religion is the sheet anchor of the dreary forty-year-old culture wars.

 

Angela N. (0)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 6:20 pm
ty
 

Vincenzo Correale (197)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 6:57 pm
Certainly feel I'm on the "shafted" end! Can't wait to read it!
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 7:04 pm

I'm late to party as well, but I will either buy the book or download to my Nook. There is an underlying sense of humor here, that really draws the reader in and wanting more.
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 7:05 pm

Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Vincenzo because you have done so within the last week.
 

Mary L. (138)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 7:25 pm
Lovely!
 

Craig Pittman (47)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 8:15 pm
As one of the shated masses this is a book I will make a point of purchasing.
Thanks very much for this Kit.
 

Michela m. (3955)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 9:34 pm
Thanks!!
 

Yvonne White (233)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 9:43 pm
LOL! Toooo realistic! No wonder Mike Lofgren is an EX-RepubliCON - he has a Brain & a sense of humor! Must have been a self-loathing Closet Democrat up until he snapped!;) Love It! Wish they could all be CONverted to Reality!:)
 

Michael Carney (212)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 11:12 pm
Noted, thanks, Kit...Very interesting, and I will read...
 

Judy C. (100)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 11:15 pm
Very good. I can visualize Paul Ryan studying this earnestly.
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (464)
Monday August 13, 2012, 12:44 am
Reminds me of Ambrose Beirce, "The Devil's Dictionary". Truly Satanic.
 

wendy webber (28)
Monday August 13, 2012, 3:01 am
If the list had not been so scary, I could have actually laughed at it's insanity! I will check out this book.Good to see he is now an x Republican,,,maybe there is hope after all? brains and a sense of humor one person mentioned......
 

. (0)
Monday August 13, 2012, 5:16 am
This book sounds like a really good read. I like to learn how governments (and politics) work in other countries and basically to build a basic understanding of what 'ordinary' people (as opposed to the politicians who we see on our TV screens) living in other countries think and feel. Having said that I am still struggling to get to grips with the politics of the European Union and these have a direct effect on me as I live in the UK, so I guess I'll concentrate on that issue for a while longer. Thanks for posting Kit, I enjoyed the reading the article.
 

Mike M. (56)
Monday August 13, 2012, 5:53 am
Very Interesting and unfortunately oh so true
 

Dandelion G. (383)
Monday August 13, 2012, 6:22 am
Wendell Porter, former CEO of one of the large Health Insurers finally had a heartfelt awakening and apologized to Michael Moore on TV. Wendell Porter had stated that it was an all out propaganda war attack on Michael Moore's movie as the movie Sicko was very truthful and that Porter and the other insurance Giants felt that if the American people really understood this truth it would be fatal to their business and ultimately their PROFITS. Wendell Porter finally became a human "being" again and not the robotic CEO only.

Let us hope that others will also open their eyes and most importantly their hearts to the undo suffering that they have caused to many people and the environment from their thirst for nothing but the bottom line and the coins in their own personal pockets before it is too late. For each insider that stands up and calls the others who remains steadfast what they are all the better. Shine the light on the cockroaches, let the people see them behind their masks and what they truly are. I don't begrudge people a living, what I do have issue with is not giving two craps about others lives and how their actions play out upon the earth, a place we all need to survive and thrive.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Monday August 13, 2012, 6:58 am
Isn't it interesting how words can work? Murdered civilians become "collateral damage" - starving people are "food challenged". I'm afraid I'm all out of patience with the Republicans/Tea Party...
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday August 13, 2012, 8:26 am

All of the political rhetoric is "Word Games" a person need only pay attention to what each candidate is actually saying. If any one even dreams that these people are working to improve your life; then I have but one message; "Snap out of it".

This is not the politics of your youth, nor it is for any reason but personal gain and/or personal power. We no longer have "public servants" an idea that has lost all meaning. With very few exceptions, people are riding a high on gaining the "key" to executive wash room, this one just happens to be in halls of Congress. Though clearly there is a undeniable link between Congress and corporations.

I think Romney is sincere about his personal religious beliefs, as is Ryan. Frankly, I don't care what church - which religion nor how they practice those beliefs. Of all the pertinent information about a candidate this one is none of our business, it should not be a part of the national political discourse, nor should there ever be a debate hosted by any religious entity. This is meant to be a secular nation, since its' inception. Far too many people actually believe that voting for a candidate that espouses the same language as their preacher, priest, minister or rabbi, is then personally linked to them. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The purpose of a president, senator of legislator is NOT to promote any religious agenda, their singular purpose is to promote the general health and welfare of this nation. Read the Constitution.
 

Michael M. (59)
Monday August 13, 2012, 8:36 am
The big question is why it snowed Lofgren for so long. It certainly financially/socially benefited him. He's pretty clear on the deception. For those who have not gone to the site and read the definitions, do so, and get a jolt of dark humor in their truth.

Thanks you everyone who commented. It's good not to feel solo on understanding and being amazed at all those who believe and parrot the improbable rhetoric.
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday August 13, 2012, 8:45 am

Yes Dandelion, if you remember I presented this about Wendell Potter early on in 2009, when the health care debate was just beginning. I learned about him on a PBS program and then posted the interview at Care2. Later, he did speak with Michael Moore, which gave all of us insights we did not have prior to that. The lies and distortions about what public health care actually means to this country, the true need of what is rapidly becoming the majority and not the minority of citizens, should be a clear as glass. Unfortunately, it's much easier to just believe what is blasted through the TV screen then begin to do some research on truth and facts for oneself.

Wendell Potter, explained that in his capacity at Cigna he was able to first view the upcoming documentary "Sicko" and then proceed to give the public plausible distortions that would be easily believed. The key words being, "death panels" government is incapable of properly administering any thing, certainly not some thing as critical as health protections, that the health care bill would cost us more, rather than save the public money. Potter was able coordinated his efforts with the other big five insurance companies to secure the health and financial well-being of the insurance companies, not the public needs.
Americans have nearly unlimited resources to do in-depth research to find the truth, the truth is most are lazy and easy to sway, once the politicians get on board, which of course was guaranteed by campaign donations.
 

Gene Jacobson (255)
Monday August 13, 2012, 9:27 am
"Wendell Porter, former CEO of one of the large Health Insurers finally had a heartfelt awakening and apologized to Michael Moore on TV. Wendell Porter had stated that it was an all out propaganda war attack on Michael Moore's movie as the movie Sicko was very truthful and that Porter and the other insurance Giants felt that if the American people really understood this truth it would be fatal to their business and ultimately their PROFITS. Wendell Porter finally became a human "being" again and not the robotic CEO only."

Sicko is an absolute masterpiece. And a devastating commentary on all that is wrong with America's health care system. I gave copies away as Christmas gifts. It is no less relevant to day. Mitt acknowledged as much while in Israel when he said with real admiration, "you are healthier than we are, have better outcomes and your health care is 8% of GDP, while ours is 18%." Not realizing, of course, he was praising a true socialistic system in Israel. He is toast. Burnt toast.
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (464)
Monday August 13, 2012, 11:14 am
The Top Ten Differences Between White and Non-White Terrorists | Alternet

Society & Culture (tags: terrorists, ethnicprofiling )
BMutiny - alternet.org
White terrorists are called "gunmen." What does that even mean? A person with a gun? Wouldn't that be, like, everyone in the US? Other terrorists are called, like, "terrorists."
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Here is another News Item that gives DEFINITIONS.
The news media use ENTIRELY DIFFERENT WORDS when talking about "White" terrorists {such as the one who shot up the Sikh temple} and terrorists of other Ethnicities.
This is how the Public's perceptions are shaped -- of "terrorists", and of Race itself.

[I expected a ton of comments with racist content for daring to post this; but they haven't yet materialized. In fact, no-one seems to have read it at all, except for a couple of people!]
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (464)
Monday August 13, 2012, 11:22 am
A few "definitions" from the other article:
4. The family of a white terrorist is interviewed, weeping as they wonder where he went wrong. The families of other terrorists are almost never interviewed.
5. White terrorists are part of a “fringe.” Other terrorists are apparently mainstream.
6. White terrorists are random events, like tornadoes. Other terrorists are long-running conspiracies.
7. White terrorists are never called “white.” But other terrorists are given ethnic affiliations.
8. Nobody thinks white terrorists are typical of white people. But other terrorists are considered paragons of their societies.

More manipulation of the contents of our minds! Skewing our perceptions.... even when we TRY to think objectively!
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday August 13, 2012, 11:45 am

Sorry folks, so many good comments and so few Green Stars.
 

Dandelion G. (383)
Monday August 13, 2012, 12:43 pm
Arielle, those two phrases you brought out are among my pet peeves. How nice to smooth over hunger that leads to a lack of good health and shortening of life, or innocent people being blown to bits in our name and with our tax monies, with nice clinical terms.

Is as I said above, propaganda, another technique. It is either change words around, fail to tell truth, use part of the truth and twist it, cover things up. All falls under the propaganda to sway the majority of the public to go along with things they wouldn't normally go along with.

Gloss it over, smoke and mirrors, whatever terms one wants to use, to have us all turn a blind eye or go along slicing our own throats and those of our neighbors, friends, and family members. These are ruthless humans without hearts, that only have their own personal agenda's in mind and care not what happens to others as long as it benefits them, or what they perceive benefits them and their buddies.

With the wanton destruction of our eco environments, we may be gone, but they will wear the gas masks and pay a kings ransom for clean water to drink, but they fail to see that. How many grandchildren are going to be proud of their ruthless predecessors when they understand it was they who doomed them to a suffering planet.
 

Caitlin Mac Iver (103)
Monday August 13, 2012, 12:45 pm
There's nothing more satisfying that knowing about the self-conversion of an individual to a place of greater understanding. Lofgren and Colonel Bacevich (go to PBS.com and BillMoyers.com to view videos) are worthy converts to sanity and reason. When people can express their conversion with humor, it's even better. Thanks, Kit, for pointing out this one. I'll have to search for Wendell Porter (or Potter) to learn more about him. Thanks, again.
 

Dandelion G. (383)
Monday August 13, 2012, 12:50 pm
Sorry Cailin, it's Wendell Potter, I had mistakenly written Porter.
 

Wayne W. (12)
Monday August 13, 2012, 1:00 pm
Good points, BMutiny. A long time ago I saw an TV interview with a Palestinian. He said that America drops bombs from planes and it's called war. He said Palestinians can't afford planes so they deliver the bombs themselves and it's called terrorism.
 

Paula M. (39)
Monday August 13, 2012, 1:05 pm
I had wondered whether progressives did really believed in American exceptionalism, despite sometimes parroting support for the concept when politically appropriate. Thank you for confirming that they do not.
 

Dandelion G. (383)
Monday August 13, 2012, 1:27 pm
Don't mix apples and oranges. There is nothing exceptional with lies, deceit, mayham, destruction, starvation, crime, scams, so on and so forth. Unless you find them exceptional in having tanked an economy and messed up the environment to a good degree as exceptional, why yes, a good job screwing things up is well under way.

What I find exceptional is taking care of all of our brothers and sisters and all of our relations, that includes the non humans, like plants, animals, fish so on and so forth. When everyone is able to live in a non polluted environment, has enough to eat, clean air to breath and non toxic water to drink, has medical care when needed, children having a bright future instead of being made into serfs, then we'll talk exceptionalism.

By wanting that doesn't mean it is not patriotic, it means we see a better vision for this Country than in the selfish way it has been taken over by the Heartless Ones. But if you want to continue to support those Heartless Ones, as I can't see why anyone would, I guess don't let the facts get in the way.

I think a new avatar besides a tree needs to be found, a tree is the lungs of the earth, a tree is well connected and nurtured by our Mother, a tree listens to the wise Helpers in the Winds, a tree reaches forwards between the spirit and the physical and speaks of wisdom. A tree doesn't fit your last comment nor a few others I've seen on C2 as of late.
 

Jane H. (138)
Monday August 13, 2012, 2:12 pm
THANK YOU , KIT!!! wonderful!!!
 

Jelica R. (157)
Monday August 13, 2012, 2:46 pm
If you have time, also see Lofgren's Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult
 

Dandelion G. (383)
Monday August 13, 2012, 3:11 pm
Excellent link Jelica, now if only those who need it the most would read it. Don't suppose any trees will.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Monday August 13, 2012, 4:46 pm
Noted. Thanks, Kit, this is an amazing piece.
 

Robert S. (115)
Monday August 13, 2012, 4:50 pm
http://www.care2.com/news/member/101693842/3426337

Good post Kit. I give up. You post um I'll watch. Peace out.
 

Jelica R. (157)
Monday August 13, 2012, 5:19 pm
I think they prefer watching over reading, Dandelion. Less involvement is needed if one doesn't have to use imagination, it's more like in a movie - our hero will survive, make lemonade from lemons life throws at him and live happily ever after ...
 

Robert S. (115)
Monday August 13, 2012, 6:43 pm
From what I have gleaned, not only won't they read it, but wouldn't watch anything that challenges what they "believe" either...just like many that needed to see "Sicko" would never go see it, because they know better than to clutter and confuse their minds with information. It always just makes them mad to do so.
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Monday August 13, 2012, 6:47 pm
The Chinese used to be exceptional back when they had a dynastic emperor to govern instead of a Communist junta pretending to power. They invented the printing press, paper, gunpowder, rocketry, kites, grenades, arch bridges, earthquake proof construction, the compass, and domestication of the silkworm, among other things. Germany had its chance at greatness, shot down by a demented Austrian artist turned megalomaniac Jew-hater. The Jews had their greatest time when they developed universal literacy among their people, ensuring their cultural immortality and the ability to learn from their own history or that of others. THe Romans invented concrete and other elements of advanced stone and brick work, as well as having a great participatory republic before some chump titled himself Cæsar and collapsed it into an empire of greed. The British, Spanish, Viking, and other civilisations had their moment... The USA is in decline for the same reasons the others faded: excessive socialism. Government isn't supposed to be there to 'guarantee that everyone gets their minimum needs', it's there to control or eliminate serious crime and provide limitted infrastructure support and establish a framework for national defence, no more. The current wave of nationalisation and dole had a different name a couple millennia ago: 'bread and circuses'. Now it's 'welfare and bad TV'.
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Monday August 13, 2012, 7:51 pm
Thanks for the post.
 

Nancy C. (810)
Monday August 13, 2012, 8:40 pm
One day, I hope a day not so very far in the distance, I'd like to read "At Long Last, The Golden Rule is Back". When they can't run fast enough to keep the swinging door from slammin' them, perhaps they'll change their tune. The ngo's are giving many corrupt, devious, corporations a legal run for their money. Since the US government is in bed with the most earth shattering, ruining dominions, somebody's gotta do it. It's painfully difficult to fathom the death, torture, abuse, and destruction in the name of freedom that my precious country has not only been complicit in, but has actually acted therein as a inciting catalyst. Thank goodness for the activists and the converts as Lofgren to clear the fog. In this small community of earth, let's keep holding up the mirror...
 

Jae A. (321)
Monday August 13, 2012, 9:02 pm
Wow..so many great comments to read after that of the article/list of great definitions but I can't think of anything to add at this time. Now there's a first huh ! :-) ANyway, thanks for the enjoyable reads everyone. Showers of imaginary stars to everyone I wasn't able to send one to currently !
 

Roseann d. (178)
Monday August 13, 2012, 9:59 pm
2 Trillion to privatize Social Security... Where is THAT money coming from Paul Ryan? All these Republican coots collect government pensions though and they have no problem with that. If privatization is such a good thing, why can't we privatize their pension funds? You don't see them doing it with their own financial safety net. $$$.
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (464)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 12:45 am
"American exceptionalism: a doctrine whose proponents hold that by divine dispensation America is exempt from all laws gov­erning international norms, physics, or rationality."

So, the Right-wingers REALLY DO BELIEVE that America is exempt from normal morality BY DIVINE DISPENSATION AND DECREE; in other words, EVERYthing we do is by definition GOOD AND RIGHT; for NO OTHER REASON than that WE, the good ol' U.S. of A., are doing it!!!???!!!

OF COURSE the Right-wing believe that! IT'S PART OF AMERICAN RELIGION to believe that! If you don't believe that, you're both Unpatriotic, AND a Heretic from Christianity!!!

I just want to ask Paula, when DID she see any Progressives "parroting support for the concept when politically appropriate"? *I* sure never saw any of that [thank goodness!].

And I don't expect EVER to see ANY Progressives embracing such an idea as VILE, ILLOGICAL, CONTRARY-TO-BOTH-REASON-AND-THE-MOST-ELEMENTARY-ETHICS as "American Exceptionalism"!!!!!

Ptui, I SPIT ON the idea that America is under some kind of Divine Dispensation from an imaginary fairytale being that DOESN'T EVEN EXIST! and that that excuses and explains EVERY HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE CRIME AMERICA HAS EVER COMMITTED! {Under the definition of American Exceptionalism, America has never committed even one single criminal act anytime, anywhere -- because by DEFINITION, you see, that is IMPOSSIBLE.}
PTUI, I SPIT ON THAT IDEA!!!!!!!

Unlike some of the other definitions given in "A Devil's Dictionary",which were meant to be sarcastic, the definition of American Exceptionalism ACTUALLY REFLECTS WHAT RIGHT-WINGERS THINK AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT. And, like Paula I guess, they THINK THIS IS JUST... FINE.
Their so-called "morality" IS IN THE UTTERMOST PITS OF VILE DEGREDATION, thinking so!
It means that "I" by definition, can do no wrong -- because I belong to a strong country THAT CAN TRAMPLE ON EVERY PRECEPT OF RIGHT, JUSTICE AND MORALITY THAT IT IS TO ITS ADVANTAGE TO DO SO; just because haha, we are so STRONG everybody else just has to suck it up, whatever we do!!!
THIS IS NOT THE MORALITY I WAS TAUGHT BY MY MOM AND DAD -- among others!

PTUI! PTUI! PTUI! I got to GET RID OF this feeling of UNCLEANNESS I get from this sort of base, vile mentality!
Unfortunately so common on the Right, a Right-wing cliche' in fact!
 

Kamila A. (141)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 8:54 am
We have arrived at the clear division between sane and insane, and who stands where. In their upside down world-view though, the insane right-wingers are incapable of discernment as they go deeper and deeper into their psychopathy.
Great article Kit, thank you. The creepy factor is off the charts. Sometimes I feel like the whole world has gone insane, but then I see you guys posting these great comments and realize there is still hope.
 

Devon Leonard (54)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 2:31 pm
Wow...Thanks Kit. I'd like to hear more on this and Mike Lofgren in the near future. What an excellent educational piece of writting. And so was the link from Jelica.... I was very moved and in heartfelt agreement with Dandelions saying that.."we see a better vision for this country than in the selfish way it has been taken over by the Heartless Ones."
"I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality." - Martin Luther King Jr said that......
Thoughts are powerful. I want to choose the good ones whenever I can.
 

Jelica R. (157)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 5:11 pm
Camila, I agree. To meet people with functioning brain is precisely what keeps me here.

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." - Oscar Wilde
 
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