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Sun Aug 12, 2012, 03:12 PM

the choices could not be more clear, the differences in the parties/candidates more stark [View all]

and it is not a choice between progressivism and conservatism. It is a choice between progressivism and radical reactionary randian social Darwinism. Once upon a time progressives proposed plans to eliminate social ills. Conservatives then expressed their desire to address these social ills and would then propose a watered down version of their own. Sometimes the conservative input might be be a good idea. A perfect example would be the earned income tax credit. Mainstream conservative European parties, for the most part, still operate this way.

But today's Republican politicians are of a different nature. They see any tax whatsoever as theft. The tea baggers would actually like to repeal the 14th amendment which would not only prevent American born children of immigrants from having citizenship but would actually empower the states to return to Jim Crow.

When William f. Buckley founded the modern Conservative movement and launched the national review, one of his first and most important battles was against the john birch society, knowing conservatism would never become a legit. political/intellectual movement if it was associated with crazy, conspiratorial racists.

Now those same people (or their ideological descendants) ARE the GOP.

We have to win.

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