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....possible and more likely. President Clinton said it best after the Oklahoma City Bombing. Right-Wingers like Rush Limbaugh have a right to advocate ideas. But not to express those ideas with the kind of vitriol that is both intimidating and violent. It will only activate some supporters to actions beyond the law. But there are similarities between the mentally deranged and the Right-Wing political movement. They both are paranoid. They both believe someone, ‘they,’ is out to get them. ‘They,’ the socialists, are coming for their freedoms, money, and property. Therefore, resistance in any form is justified. Like the McCarthyites, the Right-Wingers are constantly looking for ‘domestic enemies’ to demonize. As President Clinton pointed...
Projection Vs Mirror: It is difficult to ascribe political motive to any act of violence. There is a fine line between an violent outburst of madness and a calculated act of political violence. It is even harder to distinguish between someone extremely committed to an ideology and someone with just a distorted psychosis of reality. Even someone who is calculating and took months to prepare his act can still be mad. The more important question is not the mental status of the perpetrator but the political climate that has motivated and driven him/her to act out their fantasies. The Left merely claims the Right-Wingers have created a political climate whose intimidating tactics and violent rhetoric make events like Aurora or Tucson .....
...affected. In times of economic crisis we should be helping people out in order to minimize the stress and emotional trauma of job losses, foreclosures, evictions, bankruptcies. To cut back on social safety nets like food stamps is to increase the numbers of disturbed, stressed, suicidal, homicidal people society has to deal with. Add to this mix the ability of young men to easily obtain guns and assault rifles, you then get the dystopia world of the Right-Wingers. What happened in Colorado is the future. Either we change it, or live with it by adopting the Right-Wing agenda. –Zen
....expect more such violence. Young men, especially, are at risk. For young men who live in macho, patriarchal society, much is expected of them to live up to male cultural norms. These norms require a future with a good paying job, marriage, a family to support. But the reality of having a college degree but still living in the basement of their parents’ home, flipping hamburgers for a living, and driving the family car for transportation may be too mentally disturbing for some who flip out completely. But as these mass killers, ‘losers,’ demonstrate, they will not leave the world without leaving their mark on it in ways that are horrific. As a society, we cannot toss away the social safety net and not expect repercussions from those....
The Future is Us: While Right-Wingers talk the hokum of ‘individual responsibility,’ and praise the self-made individual, social and economic forces are at work that push many, the sane and the insane, over the cliff into acts of unspeakable horror against fellow human beings. These are individuals who do not think of themselves as part of a larger community, a village. They see themselves as loners and ‘losers’ who cannot meet the standards of the social Darwinian world of unfettered capitalism. In the surreal Ayn Rand dystopia of the Right only the strong survive. The weak, sick, injured, hungry, and homeless are allowed to die off as nature intends. In the ‘you’re on your own’ economy (yoyo) the Right-Wingers are planning, we can ....
Did you forget the CCC. FDR put our youths to work fighting forest fires, building roads, school houses. They lived in camps under military discipline. They had no time to go 'postal' or get into other trouble. -Zen
....or exasperate people with disturbed minds is irresponsible. Young men, especially, are at risk. For young men who live in macho, patriarchal society, much is expected of them to live up to male cultural norms. These norms require a future with a good paying job, marriage, a family to support. But the reality of having a college degree but still living in the basement of their parents’ home, flipping hamburgers for a living, and driving the family car for transportation may be too mentally disturbing for some who flip out completely. Add to this mix the ability of young men to easily obtain guns and assault rifles, you then get the dystopia world of the Right-Wingers. ¬ Expect even more violence this dystopia of the Right –Zen
...or exasperate people with disturbed minds is irresponsible. Young men, especially, are at risk. For young men who live in macho, patriarchal society, much is expected of them to live up to male cultural norms. These norms require a future with a good paying job, marriage, a family to support. But the reality of having a college degree but still living in the basement of their parents’ home, flipping hamburgers for a living, and driving the family car for transportation may be too mentally disturbing for some who flip out completely. Add to this mix the ability of young men to easily obtain guns and assault rifles, you then get the dystopia world of the Right-Wingers. ¬ Expect even more violence has we build the dystopia of the Right –Zen
....from getting any credit. Right-Wingers cannot do that much shredding, cutting, and denying of the social safety net and not have an effect on people’s mental and physical health. Think of the extreme acts of violence and property damage caused by people who have lost their jobs or homes. Uncounted numbers have committed suicide because they could not pay back a student loan, or burned down their homes to prevent giving it to the bank in foreclosures. Others, like the Colorado shooter James E. Holmes, go ‘postal’ and take out as many people as they can as revenge for their economic and financial problems. We can recognize individual responsible, but to ignore or deny, as Right-Wingers do, other economic and social factors that create...
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Zen. Wrote: Jul 22, 2012 11:05 AM
....the Wealthy, and so protective of those, like Governor Romney, who have outsourced American jobs; they will vote Right-Wing rather than progressive. The Mitt Romney moment is truly the stuff of wet dreams. On the other hand, there is nothing ambiguous about what Romney stands for. He stands for raw, unmitigated, unregulated corporate power that is unhealthy for workers, consumers, women and children, the environment, and the economy in general. --Zen
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Mitt Romney's Moment

Zen. Wrote: Jul 22, 2012 11:04 AM
....psychopathology than about the real political positions of President Obama who has received more criticism from the Left, many of whom doubt he is a true progressive. Looking for those magic words that reveal what a politician believes comes easy with President Obama. The people who voted against and for him projected their own fears and hopes about what he stood for. Delusional Right-Wingers make two mistaken assumptions about that mangled quote. First, most business owners will be offended and are too stupid to realize it is a twisted Right-Wing version they are asked to believe. Second, the average American will be so protective of so-called Jobs Creators who have not created jack in the last nine years of the Bush Tax Cut for ...
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