If you haven't already read the Trushout article by Mike Lofgren, it is long but worth the read:http://www.truth-out.org/goodbye-all-reflections-gop-operati... The article linked below highlights some of the points from Lofgren's commentary and provides some additional comments:http://powerwall.msnbc.msn.com/politics/gop-defector-spills-... GOP DEFECTOR SPILLS THE BEANS . . . I spend a part of virtually every day wondering where all this will lead. Will this fever break in two years? Five? Ten? What if it doesn't break until, oh, 2028? Or never? The goals of today's conservative movement are, shall we say, audacious. No public old-age pensions. No public old-age medical coverage. Taxes far, far lower than they are now, especially on that blessed and praiseworthy top 1 percent. Regulations gutted to the point of nonexistence. All achieved through the kind of political-terrorism tactics Lofgren describes. It's going to take them time to accomplish these things. Our system moves slowly, even for Leninists. But there is no reason to think they won't keep at it for many years to come.Every time I hear NPR (that allegedly socialistic outfit) describe the latest act of terrorism in neutral terms, the reporter taking care to blame “both sides,” interviewing an expert who is prudent enough to know that on NPR's 501(c)(3) air she must, if she wants to be quoted again someday, hold responsible the mysterious and mostly unnamable failings of the amorphous “system” for this or that Republican hostage-taking exercise, I wonder if these people hear themselves and understand how they're misleading America. NPR is better than most places, so surely they must, just as many elected Republicans must just as surely be a little ashamed of how they're acting in public. What can change it? Only a crisis (I mean an actual one) so deep and threatening that even NPR must call things what they are, and even some Republicans must say, “OK, there is such a thing as collective action, and we'd better undertake it.” Until then? More Lofgrens.
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