Labels: American Extremists
posted by Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy at 12:01 AM
Case in point.
Pretty much the story for the Democratic Party for the past fifty years:"All of these major responses of the Kennedy administration in the first year were based on two major premises: first, that the Communists [i.e., "Terrorists"] were indeed a harsh and formidable enemy ... and that a relaxation of tensions could only come once the administration had proven its toughness, and second, that Kennedy's [i.e., Obama's] political problems at home were primarily from the right and the center, that the left could be handled, indeed that it had nowhere else to go, and that it must accept the Administration's private statements of good will and bide its time for the good liberal things which might one day come. The latter attitude, the belief in the essential political weakness of the liberal-left, encouraged the Administration in some of its harder-line activities..." -- David Halberstam, The Best and the Brightest (1969)
"If voting could change anything it would be illegal." --said by a really smart person a long time ago.Lucky for us they changed voting so it doesn't matter so we can go on voting to our hearts content without worrying about changing things or breaking the law.
Great quote, Michael, thanks!
Fascism by another name, abetted and enabled by the timorous, terrified remnants of a formerly significant Democratic Party:"While the Republican Party is ever-vigilant about the care and feeding of its zealots, the Democratic Party is equally concerned to discourage its democrats."The timidity of the Democratic Party mesmerized by centrist precepts points to the crucial fact that, for the poor, minorities, the working class, anti-corporatists, pro-environmentalists, and anti-imperialists, there is no opposition party working actively on their behalf. And this despite the fact that these elements are recognized as the loyal base of the party. By ignoring dissent and by assuming that the dissenters have no alternative, the party serves the important, if ironical, stabilizing function and in effect marginalizes any possible threat to the corporate allies of the Republicans. Unlike the Democrats, however, the Republicans, with their combination of reactionary and innovative elements, are a cohesive, if not coherent, opposition force." -- Sheldon Wolin, Democracy Incorporated: managed Democracy and the specter of Inverted Totalitarianism ( Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2008)
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