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Defining the New Republican Party and understanding its ideological basis.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/special-editorial-bain-main_616568.html?nopager=1:

…the description of what Romney is in that passage is the realistic description of what corporatist, capitalist, Darwinian Republican ideology holds, and the article is absolutely true in regards to the fact that being a capitalist in the private sector that is entirely focused on profit (over people) and serving its corporate masters — capitalists, corporatists and profiteers — is in absolute contrast to a government servant that understands that government’s “customers” are the same as government’s “bosses” — the taxpayers and citizens of this country, and that the government is not supposed to operate on a profit with it’s CEO (the president) only focused on maximizing profit, regardless of who it hurts.

The Tea Party Republicans are an anomaly in that the “movement” is comprised primarily of middle-class voters — even though it has its roots and primary financial backing from elitist Koch Brothers foundations. These middle-class voters are voting against their own best interests when they support the policies that benefit the wealthy elite, not themselves, and it at first seems mystifying, but when you view it as a process of redefinition and rewriting history that has taken place over decades, you see how we got where we are now.

Republicans now think of and use interchangeably capitalism and democracy as if they meant the same thing, and they do not. First, capitalism is an economic system, not a political one. Second, Anmerica is not a democracy: we do not live in a democracy, we live in a republic.

And this is the core difference between Republicans/Libertarians and Democrats in terms of their core constituency and policies. Never in my lifetime has the class division been so sharp. And it is due, in large part to the Republican redefinition of what defines our country. Continue reading

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Reflecting on 2008

Well, I learned a lot this year…. They say a cynic is a disillusioned idealist.  To be honest, I suppose I have qualified on that score for some time now. For starters, I learned that liberal Democrats are just as … Continue reading

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Learning from history: Regulation works

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” —  George Santayana quotes (Spanish born American Philosopher, Poet and Humanist who made important contributions to aesthetics, speculative philosophy and literary criticism. 1863-1952)   This housing market debacle … Continue reading

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Birds of a feather…

I read a comment in an e-mail thread that grabbed my attention: “And, imagine where Obama’s poll numbers would be if the media actually investigated Obama’s ties to Nadhmi Auchi, Tony Rezko, Khalid al-Mansour (principle advisor to Saudi Billionaire, Prince … Continue reading

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The X Factor

By Lynette Long http://www.lynettelong.com drlynettelong@aol.com http://riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2008/09/06/a-letter-from-lynettePosted   Gloria Steinem, in her recent editorial in the Los Angeles Times, came out strongly against Governor Palin claiming the only thing women have in common with Palin is an X chromosome. I respectfully … Continue reading

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