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Single women overwhelming vote for

Obama in 2012 and within a year there is suddenly great strife between feminists and others on the DU. I smell GOP sockpuppets. Who is with me? I mean I've been here for almost 10 years and never seen such consistant anger directed at each other on one topic like the last 4 months.

I wasn't sure if I should post this. But I figure there are people much more

involved in gun control than me out here on the DU who might like to know where the research is going. We have less of a gun love culture in Canada and we have way less in the way of shootings, though we have had some. I think gun "culture" is the difference. Guns are at the ready in the usa: mentally as a 'solution' and physically available. We in Canada watch the same movies as you and get the same video games. So that is not what I mean as culture. It is the way the NRA and the GOP have placed guns in the minds of suburban and urban americans. That taking things into your own hands and shooting is a much bigger fantasy in American men's culture. You have a much more emotional culture than Canada too. Things are solved with outward emotion in the USA. In Canada things are solved by empathy. IMHO

The GOP always try to co-opt events that stick in people's minds. Look at the way

they screamed bloody murder when Paul Wellstone's funeral had a democratic air to it. Look how they said nice things about Kennedy when his 50th anniversary was about: so as not to alienate their older base who were all deeply affected by Kennedy's assassination when they were young. And now this doing in of the idea of background checks. Blatant co-option of the thing that will stick in people's minds about 2012: Sandy Hook. These memories, which have a when and where you were when you heard component, make up the cornerstones in our lives and give us new direction, with an emotional engine to back it up. Manipulators need to control these if they want to control our narratives...which they do by interrupting the flow of passion. Hasn't worked. The victims and families of are organizing. Still, shame on you NRA. Shame on you.

Looks like the NRA made a big mistake in denying background checks. Sandy Hook

families, & other victims, are going to change the world. I heard on Anderson Cooper's show on the families today that some people on the right didn't want research into bad apples in the past, afraid that it will give criminals an excuse when they do wrong they say. Well Sandy Hook families are going straight to the heart of the matter. They will fund research into mental illness. And look below. Look how many ways they are making the world such a better place.

Newtown charities raise $27 million in wake of tragedy

By Daniella Silva, NBC News

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/14/21875236-newtown-charities-raise-27-million-in-wake-of-tragedy?lite




I wonder if all this underemployment is a goal in and of itself for the GOP. Cause

it used to be you got a job with your level of education and stayed there for a career. And you did not go out and get a better job that suited your improving talents. And corporations benefitted from that over-qualification of many employees. It made for more productivity.

Now with the unemployment rate high, and the GOP is no hurry to fix it, people are forced to take jobs that don't pay as well, that don't use all their skills. More productivity for CEOs. Just a thought.

It really is class warfare.

Why so much hate for Mandela on the part of the GOP base?

The whole GOP political strategy is based on the base hating african americans. What would happen if the base heard stories of one of the greatest leaders in the world who 1) chose love over hate 2) is black? It might grow the hearts of the base. Thus the stirring of the terrorist and communist memes in places where base voters of the GOP congregate. This is about the cornerstone memories the base has. And how the right wants to control what becomes the pinnacle in their bases' minds. The base might be moved by Mandela's humanity. Mandela's death is one of those events that make it into people's episodic memories (where were you when Mandela died?), which then become part of a person's personal narrative. This is about controlling the minds/hearts/narrative of the base. Teaching hate of Mandela is about politics in the USA and the 2014 elections. The base is a cult. They must 1)hate 2) hate African Americans. The GOP will fight to the death to keep it so.

My point is the GOP is very aware of tending the episodic memories/cornerstones of their base. That's how cults work. The GOP always goes all out when great Liberal leaders die or have anniversaries: Paul Wellstone, JFK, Mandela - the GOP was all over these events so no new liberals would be created.

That is exactly it. That is the brilliant thing the GOP has been

doing for the last 40 years. They have been taking the low information voter, who perhaps was not interested in the news at all, and has 1) made them afraid of many things 2)given them policies and bat**** crazy talking points on policies that would assuage these fears. And most important of all they got these low information voters to get out there and vote. Ours do not. We need an app like this to get out the Democratic vote. Cause like they say, if everyone who was democratic would actually get out there and vote, Democrats would always win. Thanks for doing this. What a great idea.

Bill Krystal is not dumb. He is trying to assuage those in the GOP base

who were young and traumatized by Kennedy's death that they should feel comfortable mourning him and remaining part of the GOP base. He is so creepy.

It is always welcome news when

Obama and the Democrats fight. I can barely imagine how hard it is to be a liberal in America. I can stand back a bit and breath because Im canadian. But even I cant take going toe to toe with GOP bloggers. They have the advantage of not being tied to any discernible reality when they fight. They are not interested in anything but a great outcome for the 1%. It is so frustrating because, as california shows, we know how to pay down debt and be fair. It is called a tax increase.

I seriously dont know where Reid and Obama get the energy to face those freaks every day. Please tell me that the senate will be trending Democratic for the next generation at least. Because it seems it will take that long to show the base how bankrupt the GOP really is. I dont know why I am so optimistic. In actual fact 300,000 Americans do Civil War reenactments (or is it 3 Million?). Which means at least 150,000 Americans are still fighting the civil war for the Confederate side. And we know in the GOP base it is much higher than that. And the GOP will do anything to keep the South just so......locked in time.

To the extent that theyll run any hatred against Obama so there will never be a connection between the GOP base and Obama. At first it was the birthers in the noise machine every single day spewing hate. Now it is Obamacare every single day. Not a second of daylight for those poor souls to actually enjoy a really neat president with a very modern and amazing story. Hes also funny and engaging. And he wants to do great things. And save money. Hell my family are as white and as 'frozen chosen' as you can get and we have been fist bumping each other goodnight since the night Obama was elected. A great president allows you to participate in his or her narrative. But no way will the right allow that in their base with this Obama Presidency. If people were actually allowed to feel any kinship with this president it could very well have changed their hearts. And that would tank the GOP strategy.

The base certainly would be much happier if they didn't follow the right. Instead they just listen to the right tell them they are being robbed in one way or another...tell them that something is being taken away from the base...so that the base will be fighting mad. And the sad part is they must be kept this way for all eternity. I tell ya. I don't know how Obama or Reid do it. But I'm glad they took a big swing at the GOP and their madness this week. It was a long time coming. And I hope it makes the 1% mad. Because I don't believe the 1% of particularly racist themselves....they are kinda immoral...they are just using race to get power. They know better.

I agree. Everything he says, every policystatement,

every plan for the people, always diminishes said people. I dont know if he gets a kick out of it but he just implied that poor people dont dream and that religious people are too stupid to see through his libertarian ass.
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