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Response to 4bucksagallon (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 12:07 PM

4. They've controlled the media for a generation. That's why. Time flies as the fascism grows.

Rush exploded out of nowhere to become their voice in the early 90's. Think about it, that's the lifetime of many of our young people.

Before that, the Reagan propagandists controlled their parents with religious right guilt trips to make them ashamed of the 'excesses' of the 60s, 70s and 80s. So that's why liberalism and democracy are portrayed as they are today. People don't even think there was ever anything else.

I've been arguing with people, watching this build for years. The media is one of the most powerful forces on the planet. They literally overtake real life and create a different language and reality for many. We have to educate people, knowing that we will be ridiculed by those who let Fox and the right do their thinking for them. So much easier to spout slogans and not think about what's really going on here, also humbling to do so.

We have to take a step back and find that common ground, that logic that can't be denied, from the perspective of equality. That concept was once well known, written in the pledge of allegiance to 'one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.' Or the other version, 'one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.'

We need to remind people of that principle; people have come to think that voter ID laws only discriminate against people they see as criminals, not one of the whole. But 'for all' is bigger than that. Sort of like unconditional love or as some call Jesus' theme of universal forgiveness as 'shameless grace.' In other words, all can be hurt, all are equal.

Anything that goes against the pledge, or if you are talking to the religious, which restricting voting rights does, should be pointed out, might do some good. Just a suggestion, as I've used it successfully with some of the right.

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