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George Lakoff writes: "Deficits can be addressed by raising revenue, plugging tax loopholes, putting people to work, and developing the economy long-term in all the ways the President has discussed. But deficits are not what really matters to conservatives. Conservatives really want to change the basis of American life, to make America run according to the conservative moral worldview in all areas of life."

Jim Griffin, dressed as Captain America, joins conservatives participating in a Tea Party protest in Washington, DC, 4/15/10. (photo: Getty Images)
Jim Griffin, dressed as Captain America, joins conservatives participating in a Tea Party protest in Washington, DC, 4/15/10. (photo: Getty Images)

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+5 # Alturn 2011-02-21 12:14
The father alone cannot produce life. He needs the mother for that and to create healthy offspring. That is why this conservative approach will spell disaster. Great saints who have achieved liberation have always honored the "Great Mother". They know they could not become Sons of God without a Great, nuturing Mother as well as a benevolent Father. Fundamental-lea ning conservatives only project upon others a limited view that they have gained. They will, however, now have real 'competition' in the realm of ideas as the World Teacher Maitreya increasingly comes before the public eye.

". . . the way forward is simple, requires only the acceptance of Justice and Freedom, Sharing and Love. These aspects are already within you and need only to be evoked by Me.
Christ is here, My friends. The Avatar has come. Your Brother walks among you. My Mission begins."
- Messages from Maitreya the Christ
 
 
-51 # hippies stink 2011-02-25 01:44
If you add up the IQ's of the author and all those who commented here, you would get the sum of 65. It scares me that you people are allowed to vote. This is why we need to have some kind of voter screening, so the country will not repeat the same mistake made in Nov 2008.
 
 
+51 # Regina 2011-02-21 13:19
The extreme "right" is neither "conservative" nor "moral." It is a cabal of extremists conspiring to revert to absolute control over peoples' lives, primarily but not exclusively for the accretion of wealth. Even their Bible-based screed is phony-baloney, meant to fool people into believing them. They seek to abolish two centuries of human progress, societal as well as individual, in order to control all resources. They gain office only when fools let them, getting themselves outvoted by bigger fools.
 
 
+19 # DaveW. 2011-02-21 16:44
Regina, "They seek to abolish two centuries of human progress, societal as well as individual, in order to control all resources." That's it Regina except that for the "Individualisti c" Conservative mindset, the last two hundred years were not "progress" but a "setback" to patented ideology. What they "really" want is a return to the "Feudalism" of Middle Ages Europe where slave labor was the norm and wars of conquest were fought by conscripts stripped of even the right to denounce their situation. "You're either with us or against us" Dubya famously remarked. In the coming order, unless you're one of the ruling elites,you won't have even that option. And the "voters" who think otherwise are manipulated by mass propaganda to the effect that even that miniscule "right" becomes illusory. Of course, Jesus wants us all to be prosperous. Which is, of course, preposterous.
 
 
+11 # annualoath 2011-02-21 20:15
dave w. i can't say enough about your post. you are so on the mark. "what they really want is a return to the feudalism of middle ages europe". well said dave.

dave, that's the whole ball of wax. the sooner the population understands that the sooner things will move forward and the progress of the entire world will begin again. i say "the entire world" because this conservative mindset and behavior has been happening and repeating itself all over the planet in countries everywhere. people are waking up everywhere else, but here we seem a bit slow.

all of your points are exactly right dave.

and, of course, all of us being prosperous in a "capitalist economy" is monstrously proposterous.

way to go dave.
 
 
+15 # DaveW. 2011-02-21 23:51
annualoath, Thanks! I'll be perfectly honest with you though,I'm frightened.I have two daughters in their twenties and I am truly worried about the world they and so many young people are inheriting. I'm 54 and lived more than half my lifetime. When public schools and parks and libraries were essential ingredients to a successful society.They weren't developed for profit.Everythi ng under our current Capitalistic mindset HAS to turn a profit or it is deemed harmful or tax inducing.This pernicious mode of thinking and the propaganda that propels it is eerily reminiscent of Nazi Germany in the 1930's.Find and identify an "other" to affix negative characteristics to. Then focus the public on this "imaginary" enemy whilst the real "culprits" acquire and solidify their power.Provide "infotainment" instead of news and factually challenged or devoid "opinion" and pass it off as being news.We are,in my opinion,well on our way to becoming a "two-tiered" society where elites occupy all the positions of power and the vast majority of the populace is reduced to doing their nefarious bidding.Many German people of the 30's didn't believe things would become as insidious as they did. They were wrong.Many Americans,even now,are completely unaware of the dealings of the mega-rich,their duplicitous connections to our courts and to our government.And you're right. Its a worldwide phenomenon.
 
 
+5 # Regina 2011-02-21 23:12
Dave W: You're right. You added the "how" to my "what." My point of reference for "progress" was the public benefit -- that of course was "regress" for the manipulative cabal.
 
 
-4 # vertglnt 2011-02-21 17:01
So right! Even Lakoff is helping these
radical retionaries by "framing" them
as "conservatives" . He should know better.
 
 
+6 # tomo 2011-02-21 19:42
vertglnt: There is a KIND of conservatism here. Think "City on a Hill." Think "American exceptionalism. " Think how the Puritans were on a "mission" to establish a new Eden--and how Indians were the "serpents" or "the Canaanites" ripe for destruction. Think how "worldly success" was the sign of God's favor. Think Monroe Doctrine, Manifest Destiny, the Winning of the West, survival of the the fittest, "The Open-Door Policy," and recall the two great wars to make the world "safe for democracy," and the long Cold War to make it safer still.

It's all the "expediency" that we have allowed ourselves in the service of such things--all this garbage that we have churned out--that our political leaders, Democratic no less than Republican, are "conserving."

But I see your point, too. If one thinks about actually protecting anything, our political leaders do not qualify. Recognizing this, we have had to turn to another term; today when we look to someone actually preserving something of value, we have to call them a "conservationis t." Needless to say, "conservationis ts" have been thrown out of conservative politics every bit as much as Jesus has been thrown out of Christianity.
 
 
+5 # annualoath 2011-02-21 20:03
hey regina, you're so, so right. i especially like your reference to "their phony-baloney bible based creed meant to fool people into believing them".

the topic of religion is a conversation in and of itself.

nice comment regina!
 
 
+8 # Yaice 2011-02-22 06:04
Yes, Regina, I agree with you. But be aware that there are many Christians like me who are NOT conservative. Jim Wallis's fine organization, Sojourners, is one example of progressive Christians.

http://www.sojo.net

The problem is that conservatives learned years ago that they can get votes by pandering to naive Christians simply by throwing a few "Gods" and "Jesuses" into their rhetoric without genuine Christian values to back it up.
 
 
+3 # james balfour 2011-02-21 13:22
I trust that everyone reading this will
know that the number of US military bases
worldwide is vastly more than the 174
mentioned in this column. May be as many
as 1,000.
 
 
+29 # fredboy 2011-02-21 13:29
What conservatives really want is control.
And the one thing they will never earn, respect.
So they try to bully. Gang. And impose.

I love comedian Chris Rock's analysis of why conservative whites howl so loudly--they are like small children knowing they will soon be off to bed. They know the time is coming then they will no longer be the majority and will be set aside.

Let us hope this is their last, hateful, gasp and a better set of minds and morals and values surfaces that cares about our planet and the health, safety and happiness of all who inhabit it.
 
 
0 # m 2011-02-22 04:25
I am sad to say that what you say is not necessarily the 'future'.., nor an absolute truth.. and certainly not relative to any kind of reality I see unfolding right now in America.

Since when in history has simply being a mathematical MINORITY meant that a group is also guaranteed to be set aside?

CONservatives of all shades collectively are a mathematical minority right now in America and their grip on power and control of this country is tighter and greater than ever...
 
 
+2 # genierae 2011-02-23 10:06
m: It may well be true that Conservatives are a mathematical minority right now in America, but they have deluded millions of Americans into believing their crap, and so they extend their hold on power by increasing their influence. If they are not stopped soon, they will become so entrenched that they won't need to dupe the people, they will just ignore us. Truth is the only thing that will stop them, and that's why Wisconsin is so important. The protesters there are speaking truth to power, and at the same time they are enlightening the people of Wisconsin. This is spreading across the nation, and every one of us must do all we can to support them. This is not just a battle for today, it will determine whether future generations will live as free Americans, one for all, and all for one, or whether they will be slaves to corporate dictators, who profit off of their blood, sweat and tears.
 
 
+31 # bigkahuna671 2011-02-21 13:31
Don't blame middle class Democrats for allowing the conservative agenda to fabricate falsehoods about the economy and how to fix it. It's the Democratic congressmen in both houses who have allowed this to happen. President Obama needs to accept some responsibility, as well, for he is the man who appointed Wall Streeters like Geithner and Summers to manage and advise his administration. Still, it is the responsibility of the GOP for this entire mess...they inherited a surplus after Clinton and ran it into a massive deficit, with such a strong downturn in the economy, the result of mismanagement of the banks and financial houses through lack of oversight, that it will take many years for us to recover. Blaming the Dems is like blaming your mailman for stamp rate increases. We can recover, but not by following Republicans, they really don't want the middle class to recover. We need to get tougher on people like Walker in Wisconsin and Brewer in Arizona and tell them not one more penny in tax cuts for big business until they actually start producing good-paying jobs. Stop attacking the unions, the only reason they exist is because Big Business would eliminate the middle class and work the slave class to death!!!
 
 
+7 # DaveW. 2011-02-21 16:31
bigkahuna671, I agree that blaming "middle class Democrats for allowing the conservative agenda to fabricate falsehoods about the economy and how to fix it" are incorrect. You're also correct in pointing out "Democrats in both houses of Congress allowing this to happen" as well as President Obama complicity by the "team" of financial advisers he chose. This "rugged individualism" the conservatives promote is largely a myth, self-perpetuate d by those who have been able to "game" the current system to their maximum advantage. How many wealthy people out there NEVER worked a day for their riches but simply were the beneficiaries of a inheritance? What it amounts to for conservatives is "Social Darwinism." Anyone familiar with the teachings of William Graham Sumner and Herbert Spencer approximately 100 years ago can tell you this current conservative ideology is like the Frankenstein monster in an old Universal horror flick. You keep killing the "monster" off but somehow he keeps returning to life. I believe the general public will have to be FULLY inundated by this pernicious ideology before it reacts in the manner necessary to defeat it. The Titanic lost many people because they hadn't the lifeboats needed for everyone on board. Over 1,500 dead bodies floating in icy water provided the impetus for change. Horrifically, people will have to die here as well before we see a reversal.
 
 
+1 # X Dane 2011-02-23 15:37
Dave, genieray, Regina, freedboy, m and all the rest of you concerned people, it is heartwarming to read your comments. I agree totally with your worries. It is sickening to witness what is going on. As you may realize from my name English is not my first language, so at times I may not be precise enough.

I think conserving is NOT bad. We SHOULD conserve energy, resources and more, so to call the right wing conservatives is --to me-- misleading. I see them more as REACTIONARIES. Am I wrong??

I think it would also be important to mention to those being missled by the rightwing, how totally immoral the RW is. I don't know if it started BEFORE Reagan, that the insurance companies sold stocks to the public; but that really made the cost spiral, for now the stockholders wanted BIGGER profits.

We need to make our citizens understand how utterly immoral that is. If Dave owns stocks in a company insuring Regina, it is to his advantage to deny her an expensive life-saving operation, for that will cut into his profit. That to me is monstrous.
I will continue
 
 
0 # X Dane 2011-02-23 16:04
I have felt so discouraged, for although I am fine, I worry for my two daughters, their better halves and my two grandsons. I will no doubt be dead before the BIG disasters hit; but their lives will be greatly affected, so it is essential that we get young people involved in protecting the planet. We really need to appeal to them.

I feel a LITTLE BETTER, seeing what is happening in Wisconsin, and now also Indiana, Ohio and I think also Idaho.

Many who blew my mind, because they obviously voted against their own best interests are beginning to see the light. (I think? Sure hope)
And it is great that it started in middle America, the strong, no nonsense people,
Had it begun in the coastal more liberal areas, it could have been dismissed as these crazy liberals.

I am not sure exactly how to get the ball rolling even more, connecting the people, ---who feel like we do-- all over the country.
We have as many smart people as they have in Egypt, so let's see what WE can do.
I am looking forward to hear from you.
 
 
+14 # calpoet 2011-02-21 13:39
Excellent piece. I especially like this paragraph:

In the 2008 campaign, candidate Obama accurately described the basis of American democracy: Empathy — citizens caring for each other, both social and personal responsibility— acting on that care, and an ethic of excellence. From these, our freedoms and our way of life follow, as does the role of government: to protect and empower everyone equally. Protection includes safety, health, the environment, pensions and empowerment starts with education and infrastructure. No one can be free without these, and without a commitment to care and act on that care by one’s fellow citizens.
 
 
+40 # Baruch 2011-02-21 13:46
What Lakoff neglects to say is that this individualism is actually narcissism. It is a psychological developmental stage which healthy humans negotiate between 2 and 4 years of age, moving on eventually to a stage called mutuality. The "conservative" political movement we see in this country is not actually conservative, it is sociopathic. It is all about "me me me" and to hell with "you you you."

I have read Lakoff's material before which he essentially recaps here in this article. The problem I have with it is he paints the "strict father" ideology in relatively benign terms when in fact it is not benign, it is a state of arrested development, and ultimately is pathological.
 
 
+3 # tomo 2011-02-21 19:58
The term "pathological" seems about right to me. The effort to end public services as we know them is a pathological effort. If I say our present political leadership is nuts (Obama--who handed the keys of the treasury to Geithner!--just as nutty as the rest), it is not primarily to vent invective. I cannot come up with a better explanation. They are like an addict at a gambling table; they have gone dizzy; they are in the grip of something they do not understand. Self-interest, even, cannot explain their conduct. There is no longer any rational self-interest that is guiding them. Clearly they need help. But then we, whose lives and future they are gaming with, need it too.
 
 
+14 # AML 2011-02-21 13:56
I share the views here, noting that Conservatives think of the government as a parent, and the Liberals think of the goverment as a child, to be nurtured, but corrected when needed.
This malarky about "smaller government" is a ruse (from the top 2%)to do away with social programs without changing the laws to make the wealthiest pay their fair share of taxes.
Notice how they generally tend to hide and smokescreen instead of say right out that they think of themselves as the ruling class?
I give you the Koch brothers as a prime example. They have been silently pulling strings ever since one of them ran for office and failed. They got the illustrious governor of Wisconsin elected by funding $millions in attack ads against his Democratic opponent.
Make no mistake; the spawn of Fred Koch, fou
 
 
+3 # Regina 2011-02-21 23:21
What I would like to know is whether there's any connection between the Koch Boys and the Citizens United case, that set them free to buy both Congress members and governors and not even disclose those manipulations.
 
 
+3 # AML 2011-02-23 09:19
Supreme Court Jesters Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia attended the Koch brothers annual rich folks' conference in Rancho Mirage, CA twice now. Clarence responded when asked he was just 'popping by', but declared on his income tax return that he was reimbursed for 4 days of hotel, meals, transpo, etc. These two justices have made the Supreme Court into a joke.If there is one thing we need to do, it's to reverse the Citizens United decision, and hopefully disbar Thomas, since his wife materially benefitted from his decision, and he 'forgot' to include her six figure income over 5 years.
 
 
+2 # X Dane 2011-02-23 15:04
Regina, I would bet there is. I think some smart investigative reporter--(not many of THEM left)--can find out.
Their tentacles are in everywhere.

Do you remember back when they were hounding Clinton, and Hillary said: there is a "VAST RIGHTWING CONSPIRACY"?? People ridiculed her mercilessly. BUT SHE WAS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT.
 
 
+2 # AML 2011-02-23 09:09
continued:
founder of the John Birch Society, truly aim to turn our country into an unabashed oligarchy unless we step in and, as the Constitution reminds us, "promote the general Welfare".
 
 
+8 # wuddaworld 2011-02-21 14:21
George: Here’s where the strict ‘father’ analogy loses me. In their ‘moral’ universe, one would assume a two-parent family where the wife doesn’t work outside the home and the children do chores. In that system, the father at least provides food, shelter, health care and other necessities for the family in exchange for their love, cooperative familial roles, and loyalty. Yet in your analogy (and in their world view), the father would deny his family even these things in exchange. Not even the most authoritarian father does that. So there's a heartlessness there that seems to be lost by using the word 'father' in the analogy.
 
 
+4 # AML 2011-02-23 09:23
It's not just 'father'; it's 'authoritarian father; I had one and fortunately realized early on that bullying doesn't work and survived to become a rabid progressive.
 
 
+10 # rsstein 2011-02-21 14:50
I find myself pretty much in agreement with views expressed by George Lakoff in the attached article,"What Conservatives Really Want". There is a philosophical difference which I view from the point of view of feed back mechanism. A good one is self correcting like a steam engine governor. When the engine goes to fast, the governor reduces the speed to slow it down. However, much of the conservative approach works the other way and tends to self-perpetuate and even magnify the excesses, Unregulated enterprises operate so as to maximize their profit, often to the neglect of their effect on others. They do so by polluting, consuming resources, and suppressing criticism. They enjoy their special status and operate in a fashion to prevent other from achieving it. They grow at the expense of others, and if not regulated will dominate the society. They are in control of information and tend to distort negative comments and take advantage of others not having their special status. This is an unstable situation,
 
 
+14 # m 2011-02-21 15:08
AND AS LONG AS ALMOST ALL MEDIA ENTERPRISES IN AMERICA ARE ALLOWED TO BE OWNED, CONTROLLED, OPERATED AND EXPLOITED BY JUST A VERY FEW GLOBAL CORPORATIONS LIKE INDIVIDUAL MEDIA FIEFDOMS TO BE COORDINATED AND USED FOR WHATEVER SOCIAL-POLITICA L PURPOSES DESIRED, THE CORPORATE CONSERVATIVE AGENDA MAY JUST WELL '''CONTINUE''' DOWN ITS SO FAR VERY SUCCESSFUL ROAD TO A 'SIMPLER' AMERICA CONSISTING LESS REPUBLIC AND FAR MORE OF A TWO CLASS CORPORATACRACY OF, BY AND FOR THE CORPORATE CLASS AND RUN BY 2-3% OF THE WEALTHIEST MEMBERS OF THE GLOBAL CORPORATE CLASS..!

The obsessive-compu lsive Corporate-Repub lican talking points known as 'SMALLER GOVERNMENT' and 'LESS GOVERNMENT' are umbrella-maskin gs of the biggest hoodwinking-fli m-flam-con-job in history and titled as such only for the purpose of masking the political-socia l agenda and effort to transfer the power and wealth of 97-98% of Americans unto the 2-3% Global Corporate Wealthy Class through relentless Deregualtion and Detaxation schemes benefitting the Global Corporate Class at the expense of EVERYONE else...
 
 
+11 # bigkahuna671 2011-02-21 19:58
m - you sure got it right, my friend (hate to use that McCainism). Everyone on the right wants to complain about the 'liberal' media but really, come on, the media belong to billionaires and so editors and network management will do as they're told. Look what happened to Keith Olbermann if you don't believe that. Still, the Dems have to realize they're supposed to be representing the middle class and start fighting for us. Instead though, they back off, as if they're afraid to upset their lobbyist friends. We've given the rich their tax breaks, watered down the health bill, and not punished BP, the banks and financial institutions, not charged any of the Bush administration for their illegal activities...al l of this while not standing up for the very people who elect them over and over. I guess they JUST DON'T GET IT!!!
 
 
+3 # don emilio 2011-02-21 16:07
Lakoff, like most liberals, doesn't understand that Democrats are the twiddle dee to the Republicans' twiddle dum. Good cop, bad cop. They are the ameliorationist faction in a single party state.

They love to help the victims as long as it doesn't interfere with orderly workings of corporate capitalism. Of course, they willfully fail to recognize this contradiction. To prove the point, just ask Chuck Schumer, or, for that matter, the SEC and the Justice Department, why none of his Wall Street pals should go to jail.

But liberals always feel better after self rightously attacking the callousness of our greedy corporate masters. They can then, in good conscience, collect the campaign contributions put up by the same people, who well understand the difference between rhetoric and reality.
 
 
+7 # DaveW. 2011-02-21 19:18
don emilio, "But liberals always feel better after self-righteousl y attacking the callousness of our greedy corporate masters." So I take it "you are" acknowledging that we do indeed have "greedy corporate masters." Do some research and you'll see where the vast majority of the "greedy corporate masters" place their "bets" come election time. I'm NOT exonerating Schumer or Obama or any other Democrat, Ben Nelson of Nebraska comes to immediate mind, for their collusion with the forces destroying us. And I agree with your implication. A lot of "Wall Street" pals need to be sitting in a jail cell.
 
 
+3 # annualoath 2011-02-21 20:35
don emilio, all of your points are well taken, and true.

in my view, being that i am poor and know that conservatives don't represent my interests, until we're able to topple these folks from their lofty perch, i feel i'm caught between choosing the lesser of two evils. i continue to participate in the political process as it's presently constructed because that's all i have for now. so, though i know that both sides are essentially funded by the same entiity, i have to vote democrat while simultaneously working to create a better political system.

don emilio, i think your points cannot be ignore and must always be part of the ongoing narraitve.

excellent stuff don.
 
 
+10 # DPM 2011-02-21 16:22
We don't need to nit-pick the words in the above article. It is essentially correct. What has to be done is, fight. Fight with words, with education and with boycotts. Fight the corporate criminals and their political favorites. Do it any way we can. It is up to us. We didn't win our rights overnight, but we are rapidly losing them.
 
 
+6 # Exotikat 2011-02-21 16:51
It's almost impossible for me not to draw an analogy between Lakoff's description of the authoritarian "father" figure and what has evolved in the Middle East over the past couple of generations. Ultimately, if the Conservatives continue to control more and more policy in this country, there will be a two-tiered citizenry, just as there is in the Middle East. Women and youth will be beholden to the autocrats who hold all the keys to success. There will be virtually no true middle class. Because the market decides, anyone who wants or needs a job will have to pay someone in the autocracy to be let into the magic circle, just as happens now in the Middle East. Losing bargaining rights is the start of the slippery slope. If this country has any sense at all left, it will nip this terrible development in the bud and rise up to support our sisters and brothers in Wisconsin.
 
 
+8 # PhilO 2011-02-21 16:58
The 'right' is 100% wrong!

BTW, they are merely making use of the budget crisis (caused by two unnecessary wars and their banker-buddies) to expedite their agenda [i.e., 'never let a good crisis go to waste']. It's a shame that they don't focus their energies on ending the wars, bringing the banker-barons to justice, and enacting safeguards to ensure that such fiscal moral tragedies never occur again.
 
 
+9 # Sukumar 2011-02-21 17:27
"If there is not enough money for [pensions and benefits], it is because the contracted funds have been taken by conservative officials and given to wealthy people and corporations instead of to the people who have earned them."

Let's avoid euphamisms and use the right words here. The money for pensions and benefits has been LOOTED by conservatives and given to the wealthy and corporations.
 
 
+4 # annualoath 2011-02-21 19:56
fredboy, very nice comment. very on point about everything except one point. in my view conservatives can't possibly be the majority. there are vastly more poor and middle income people than there are well to do people. though some middle income folks get manipulated and bamboozled into thinking that the well to do part of our population have their best interests at heart and they foolishly vote and side with them, still, there are vastly more folks who vote and side with the liberal element in this country.
problem is, so many in the liberal camp are apathetic and don't vote regularly.

that is the advantage the conservative minority have going for itself. and they do all they can to influence that liberal apathy.

certainly what i've to say is only a small part of a bigger picture, but the message that CONSERVATIVES ARE ACTUALLY A MINORITY IN THIS COUNTRY needs to shouted and repeated endlessly so that it sinks into brains.
 
 
+4 # HommeVieux2 2011-02-21 21:27
While this view is correct as it stands, it is simplistic. These "conservatives" simply believe they are better people and therefore ought to be in charge and any way to regain control and be in charge is justified. Because of this they are far from conservative: witness what their Supreme Court does. Liberals in contrast believe they must justify being in charge by doing things for the common good. It's an unequal contest but, in the long run, with superior imagination and perseverance, things finally somehow change for the better -- else we'd still be living in caves.
 
 
+10 # angelfish 2011-02-21 23:11
These regressive, repressive "Me First-ers" want to DESTROY this Country and take us back to the days of Masters and slaves. They want, not only to control us body and soul, but have us beholden to THEM for our basic human needs, food, water, housing, etc. We will once again "owe our souls to the Company Store" with no other option available UNLESS you are a member of the ELITE. America, like Wisconsin, will NOT stand for this! We are NOT sheep to be herded and prodded along by the likes of the idiot Governor of Wisconsin, who set up the false "deficit" by throwing money at all of those who supported him. If these egregious, greedy Imperialist/Fas cists get their way, It will be the beginning of the end. The Unions HAVE capitulated to ALL of his demands EXCEPT for their right to bargain collectively. He wants THAT as well and is about to SIC the National Guard on Law abiding citizens who have every RIGHT to peaceful protest. This is the United States of America, for God's sake, not some third World Gulag! Stand and up and FIGHT them or else we won't have ANY rights to stand up for! How soon they forget that it was WE, the People, that bailed out their sorry A$$ES again, and again and again! They take the money and keep on abusing us without respite! THIS is their game plan, destroy the Unions, and drive us all back to the "Plantation" where we have to beg for crumbs...No thanks!
 
 
+5 # fredboy 2011-02-22 10:11
Baruch's comment hit it right on the head. As I worked with and now try to negotiate with Republicans I realize I am not dealing with adults. Instead, they are the spoiled, vicious, demanding brats I encountered in childhood. They lie, steal, and even threaten to get their way. And yes, they are sociopathic--th ey don't care if we live or we die.

Also like children, they tend to believe that because I am nice I am weak, and that sets them up for the hell I can unleash if pushed too far. Chivalry must be mutual; if they want to fight then let's fight--no rules, no restraint, no quarter.

I applaud the Wisconsin Democratic legislator who ripped their ideas and insulting manner on national TV. We all need to rip. Counter every cut, every program, and every word and action these selfish bastards attempt. Quit rolling over. Scrap logic--we are not teaching (and they damned sure are not willing to learn). We are fighting for our nation, its people, and our planet.
 
 
+2 # Demfatale 2011-02-22 21:42
George Lakoff gives a great analysis of conservatives, but stops short of naming conservatism what it is: patriarchy! Maybe we need another word for it, one less associated with biblicana, but that's what we're drowning in, and it needs to be ridiculed into oblivion. Patriarchy wages war on enlightenment. From Muslim fanaticism to Christian fundamentalism, it's the same thing. Mr. Lakoff, please give us a history lesson! Show this ego-disease for what it is; depict the pathology in all its blood-sucking, shape-shifting demonic horror--from Caligula to Stalin to Phyllis Schlafly. Until patriarchy is demystified it will keep lying, stealing and tricking its way to control, like Rove on meth. There is no shame in the character disordered. They like the dark side, pride themselves on it. We'll never be rid of them, but must we endure their propaganda? With such media control, patriarchy can destroy the world faster than we can save it. Until human beings wake up and shake off the patriarchy, this species is not fit to inherit the earth; it should go extinct, and if we don't soon take a giant leap in consciousness, rest assured, it will.
 
 
+1 # PatriotPaul 2011-02-22 23:59
I strongly encourage anyone who has not read Lakoff's book "Don't Think of an Elephant" to do so. So much of this is about framing, the Father figure, and the adage that if you repeat a lie enough it becomes the truth.

Why are we not taking a clue from Ross Perot (the father of simple graphs) to demonstrate the huge inequities in pay and the huge amount of tax dollars that is spent invading other countries (often under false pretense)? The vast majority of middle America can see and understand these graphs whereas they may not understand academic verbiage.

Paul Harris
Author, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina"
 
 
-5 # MaryMcQuire 2011-02-23 09:04
I voted for Perot. I was so sick of politics as usual that I hoped his business knowledge would help us. That proved not to be the case.
The country should look to politicians like Bloomberg, mayor of NYC, to lead. Though I do not always agree with his decisions I always feel his decisions are reached using common sense and not idealogy.
 
 
+5 # Dan Meehan 2011-02-23 08:00
Conservative Republicanism is fascism pure and simple. Americans must oppose it relentlessly, especially at the polls. Voting Republican is an act of compliance with evil.
 
 
+1 # MaryMcQuire 2011-02-23 08:59
Lakoff's analysis is brilliant. When are the DEMS going to grow a set and stand up to them? I understand Obama is trying to promote civil discourse with the GOP but someone in the administration needs to take on the task of calling these ignorant people what they really are.
 
 
-15 # NCMike 2011-02-24 11:36
80% of talking heads are NOT conservative. This is untrue. In the last election cycle, the mainstream media contributed at a rate of 100:1 in favor of the Democratic Party. 100:1. If anything, the media is dominated by progressives and Democrat supporters and is espousing news titled in that direction. Look at the numbers. Also, colleges are dominated by progressives and Democrats. Here is one example; http://www.themaneater.com/stories/2010/10/1/professors-donations-trend-democratic/. Pick any 10 universities and look at the make-up of the staff politically. It isn't even close. My law school had three conservatives on a faculty staff nearing 100. It may seem enjoyable to talk about a "vast right wing conspiracy" but the facts don't substantiate the claim. The media is dominated by Democrats, so are Universities, and so are the teacher unions. There is much that can be discussed and debated about political philosophy in this country, but that can only occur when people stop screaming and repeating distortions and just get to an honest discussion of issues. All of this discussion on the federal level needs to start and end with a review of the text of the Constitution. The States have much more leeway and ability to experiment.
 
 
+4 # Demfatale 2011-02-25 17:02
Quoting NCMike:
It may seem enjoyable to talk about a "vast right wing conspiracy" but the facts don't substantiate the claim. The media is dominated by Democrats...


That's right, North Caroloina Mike, your post is utter nonsense. Not even worth disputing point-per-point . If it were more inflammatory, I would have suspected it was an agitprop piece planted by the vast right-wing conspiracy which you deny exists, but which has been admitted and recognized by people who participated in it (going back 30+ years) until their conscience got the better of them. Would that such a transformation of the heart/mind could occur for you!
 
 
-3 # NCMike 2011-03-08 10:12
Quoting Demfatale:
Quoting NCMike:
It may seem enjoyable to talk about a "vast right wing conspiracy" but the facts don't substantiate the claim. The media is dominated by Democrats...


That's right, North Caroloina Mike, your post is utter nonsense. Not even worth disputing point-per-point. If it were more inflammatory, I would have suspected it was an agitprop piece planted by the vast right-wing conspiracy which you deny exists, but which has been admitted and recognized by people who participated in it (going back 30+ years) until their conscience got the better of them. Would that such a transformation of the heart/mind could occur for you!


It is good to see that you didn't bother citing any evidence for your assertions, totally discounted facts offered to support my position, and then saw those pieces of support as inflammatory. This is typical of the blindly partisan responses that prevent our country from having reasoned and rational discussions about problems and how to solve them. If you want to talk about emotions and conspiracies that is your prerogative, but please don't assume that anything that is outside of your worldview is "utter nonsense," as this mindset does nothing to further the discussion and acutally poisons the well for those interested in a legitimate debate.
 
 
+1 # Bert Love 2011-02-24 14:18
The strict father is a very valid analogy. Like wooden soldiers the conservatives obediently march behind the likes of Rush Limbaugh. All arguments against them, no matter how compelling, are lost. The Democrats being thoughtful lack this solidarity. So there is the question -- how do the Democrats effectively oppose this march of the living dead? Perhaps Wisconsin hints at the answer.
 
 
-5 # DrWJK 2011-02-24 22:30
His “strict father family” metaphor is sheer pop psychology. It has no place at all in political science. His Rx: – “shouting out loud, over and over.” This is what a spoiled teenager might do to get what she wants. He says, “democracy is about citizens uniting to take care of each other.” That sounds way too paternalistic, and morally mushy-gushy, or goody two shoes, to me.

Democracy is first of all for “self-governmen t.” It’s about the complete rejection of paternalism and goody two shoes. It’s first of all about power, and power sharing to preserve one's liberty. “Taking care of each other” is appropriate for the elderly, the ill, and the lame. But politics is a hard hitting contact sport. People who want to be taken care of are nothing but fresh meat for political predators. IMHO Lakoff doesn’t understand step one in politics – listening to him is useless, if not dangerous. In my view, he is a case of a gifted self-promoter who casts reason aside, so as to garner popular appeal.

I say more about Lafoff at, http://bit.ly/hfZlqo
 
 
+1 # Bruce Gruber 2011-02-27 08:05
Good to see "Dr" as part of your self-promotion. It contrasts wonderfully with the simplicity of your high school coaching philosophy.
Democracy is first of all for “self-governmen t”, say you. The Greeks named the process of governing 'by the people' (as they defined people) in opposition to the dictatorship of a monarchy, theocracy, timocracy oligarchy or plutocracy. Governing was/is the method of setting societal priorities and addressing them through a consensus structure which allows for universal participation and majority decision making.
In the USA, we floundered through the processes of 'universal' participation, ultimately allowing 18 year olds, women and people with dark colored skin to take part in this process of "self" rather than "them" governance. Not without some resistance, it is VERY IMPORTANT to add. Murders, hangings, Jim Crow laws, burials in earthen dams, assassinations, a 'Civil' War, congressional filibusters, defiance in State capitols, "comminist" fear-mongering, gods' condemnations and many other techniques have been offered by outraged minorities against the "self" government priorities of the nation's "morally mushy-gushy, or goody two shoes" humanitarians.
 
 
0 # Bruce Gruber 2011-02-27 08:08
Good to see "Dr" as part of your self-promotion. It contrasts wonderfully with the simplicity of your high school coaching philosophy.
Democracy is first of all for “self-governmen t”, say you. The Greeks named the process of governing 'by the people' (as they defined people) in

opposition to the dictatorship of a monarchy, theocracy, timocracy oligarchy or plutocracy. Governing was/is the method of setting societal

priorities and addressing them through a consensus structure which allows for universal participation and majority decision making.
In the USA, we floundered through the processes of 'universal' participation, ultimately allowing 18 year olds, women and people with dark

colored skin to take part in this process of "self" rather than "them" governance. Not without some resistance, it is VERY IMPORTANT to add.

Murders, hangings, Jim Crow laws, burials in earthen dams, assassinations, a 'Civil' War, congressional filibusters, defiance in State capitols,

"comminist" fear-mongering, gods' condemnations and many other techniques have been offered by outraged minorities against the "self" government

priorities of the nation's "morally mushy-gushy, or goody two shoes" humanitarians.
 
 
0 # angryspittle 2012-02-19 17:37
Could that have been over 800 bases in 174 countries?
 

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