“Agree. She's being effective where she is right now. To run, she'd have to court the same corruption whose feet she's holding to the fire right now. You need plenty of money to get the attention of the sleep walking, spectacle-loving voting public.”
tecumsehpt on Dec 4, 2013 at 20:39:43
I think that she would be able to run a good campaign for far less than what you might think. The active opposition of the banksters would provide her with tons of free publicity, as well as a whole lot of grassroots support.”
Apr 26, 2013 at 12:57:49
“I'm not questioning what you say; I just wonder what you would pick up in the presence of a psychopath, one who wears the mask of sanity. They actually do not experience empathic feelings like the rest of us. But they have learned to mimic them in order to manipulate. Would you have recognized Ted Bundy?
When a person is missing that much of their humanity, it's as if the body snatchers have invaded.”
“Your second paragraph is thought provoking but what does "Democracy working" really mean? Democracy, without qualifiers, simply means majority rule. Imagine rule by a majority that defines itself as "those who look like me and believe in the same god I do". They would claim patriotism, but you can see what their idea of patriotism is. A long enough time span of this and the minority protections enshrined in the Bill of Rights would be eroded away. If fear and selfishness are the prime (unconscious) motivations, democracy won't save us.
So, something, I don't know exactly what, is needed in enough of us to make this thing work. A paraphrase of Montesquieu:
Tyranny requires the cultivation of fear
Monarchy requires the cultivation of loyalty and honor
Democracy requires the cultivation of virtue”
Roy E Pearson on Nov 27, 2012 at 14:37:28
“Ah, Virtue. Maybe as in Virtual? Sorry, I agree with what you say and suggest that a strict Democracy in a country where the majority worshiped and thought alike would be hard on the non-majority.
One goal any constructive political system has to be the resolution of differences in a peaceful manner.
For Democracy to work there has to be a protection of the weak against the powerful. Our founders understood this, being educated, and we have when we use it, protection for the rights of minorities. That more than anything defines the generation(s) covered by the article. My Son is 26 and I had a hard time getting him to see and understand racism. His generation does not think that way. (generalized statement)
Education is critical and his generation has been exposed to more information than anyone can use, so they know more than my generation did at his age.
I am not sure how virtuous his generation is, but then have heightened sense of justice and I think that is better than virtue. :)”
“What you say is true of republican followers but not republican leaders. The leaders who are aware cynically manipulate to gain and hold power. But another dynamic is at play with some of them (I think I got this from Stephen Pinker); the most effective way to fool others is to fool yourself first. Believe your own lie with some essential part of your being. With this type I think the cognitive dissonance has to show somehow in the person's bearing. I saw it in Romney's empty eyes during the debates.”
GRY54 on Nov 9, 2012 at 12:26:35
“You are absolutely right. You went into the more sophisticated anaylsis of this. I put it down in a very layman way. You are very correct about lying to yourself first. That is how liars succeed. They first convince themselves. And you are absolutely right about the leaders' and followers' relationships with republicans. I have noticed this in my life about other things in general. You are a very insightful psychologist. Thanks for your analysis.”
“You're on a roll, JP. Yes, you can equate critical thinking with the scientific method becuase its model is that everything we think we've learned is only given provisional assent. Nothing is considered final or unquestionable.
“Do you think this situation reflects the will of the majority of Texas voters? Or did it happen while they were focused (or distracted) elsewhere? It looks like a plan to generate a servant class. I guess places like the Houston space center figure they can import the needed brain power but still, wouldn't it benefit businesses to not have to do remedial training?”
theRealAmerica on Jun 28, 2012 at 15:23:31
“The metro areas are turning bluer everyday...unfortunately...there are far too many nooks and crannies that just vote for the "white" guys...if you know what I mean.”
“Again, Martha; it's not one man. And unless Republicans distance themselves from this madness, they own it. So in that way, yes, you are responsible.
Gabrielle Giffords is recovering from a bullet through her brain because of it.”
martharadarears on May 9, 2012 at 18:53:50
“I have denounced it in every way I can. But I cannot denounce the 2nd Amendment. As an ex-cop who has seen what can happen when the police don't get there in time--which is impossible--I am of the opinion that everyone who can legally own a firearm, and is willing and able to learn HOW and WHEN to use it correctly, should own a firearm. Zimmerman, and whoever shot Gabrielle Giffords, learned how to use a firearm but not when to use it.
It is impossible to disarm this nation because too many criminals own illegal, unregistered firearms. The police cannot be everywhere and response time from when the call is made to 911 and when the police arrive, can be anything from five minutes to half an hour. It therefore behooves people to be able to defend themselves. But that is not a call to armed insurrection.
The Secret Service and the FBI will take care of McPhee.I'm sure the leadership of the GOP will disown him. But we can't unwrite what he wrote. We can't undo what he has done. All we can do is make it clear that he does not represent the mainstream of the Republican Party.”
“Here's the logic, Martha: the Republican leadership isn't repudiating this "2nd Amendment remedy" poison because without the racists in the tent the party is done. When the Civil Rights Act blew the Democrats out of the south, they moved in to pick up the pieces. Now they're reaping the whirlwind as the nation moves on.
Most understand that not all Republicans are like this. But if you think 8000 comments are about one idiot ranting you haven't been paying attention.”
martharadarears on May 9, 2012 at 18:44:18
“I have been paying attention. The comments are that all the Republicans agree with McPhee. That isn't true. The 2nd Amendment is important because a country in which the citizens are armed is difficult for an enemy to conquer and occupy. When someone is planning a coup he tries first to disarm the populace. But the populace isn't going to rise up against somebody who isn't trying to start a coup.”
“We can hope that it may be a major good that our black president caused it to crawl out from under its rock for all to see. It raises question like, "Where do your loyalties lie, with your race or with your nation?".”
“They can't say it and they can't admit it to themselves. But it's not that deeply buried. When they hear or see the words indicating that we see through them, the cognitive dissonance reaches epic proportions.
This applies only to authoritarian followers. Their leaders know exactly where the rage is coming from and shamelessly use it to maintain the corporate state. See "Romney, Mitt".”