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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, November 23, 2009

Maybe scarier than Palin


  • The mind reels...

    Arguably "the government" became larger, more intrusive, and greater in debt under GWB and the GOP congress... It was then that these same people would shout down anti-Bush protesters as being traitors and being anti-American.

    Now, with a president and congress that's trying to IMPROVE the lot of Americans... to act as servants to the people rather than spying on them... they're all up in arms!?

    This is fucked up!

    Look, I don't want to get all wing nutty, but didn't the Nazi's rise to power by stoking the fears of Germans... by blaming "the other" for all their woes and claiming that they were going to take back Germany for the Germans? These are scary times.

    By Blogger -epm, at 9:21 AM  

  • Yes, but these aren't the NAzis. If Cheney's unabashed claims of executive power didn't police state us after 9/11, I feel pretty secure in saying that a much less capable Palin/Boehner/Cantor/McConnel cabal will never be able to come close.

    PS. Everyone always forgets Reagan's massive debts.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:09 AM  

  • No, but there's now a radicalized (and violent-prone) minority. The Beck/Palin crowd... the teabaggers... these folks weren't at this emotionally unstable state back when their people were in the WH. They were afraid of terrorists, not their government...

    This is a whole new ball game. Not post 9/11 but post 11/4 (2008). The target of the fear has changes from an external "them" to the internal us. The very head of our government. Also, the hate-media has kicked up the violent and fear-inducing paranoia machine to an 11.

    No. This is different. This is beyond Boehner/Cantor/McConnel...

    By Blogger -epm, at 11:31 AM  

  • I'll certainly give you that. It's still my opinion that the truly angry section is still small, and their irrationality harms their cause.

    If, and I emphasize if, Obama became unpopular like George Bush which I don't really see, them this element would become a much bigger player. In the end, though, I would see more Mussolini than Nazis. You know?

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 1:07 PM  

  • Yes. I hate using the "Nazi" comparator. It's too blunt an instrument.

    By Blogger -epm, at 1:14 PM  

  • Plus, I think this batch of Republicans is more prone to the corrupt fiefdoms and favors for friends than structured discipline.

    They have not overwhelmed me with either competence or discipline.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 1:24 PM  

  • Talk about training people to worship the hand that bites them.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:24 PM  

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