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Playing Games

Original post made by Tom Cushing, another community, on Oct 7, 2013

We have a few days left before the end of the world as we know it, so why not play a game? It’ll be alMOST as much fun as being in the Congress. See if you can match the apocalyptic quotation with the speaker. Here we go:

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Posted by Oliver
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 7, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Interesting comment, Tom, though I think you may be soft-pedaling this most recent Republican temper tantrum. Dislike of big government? Resentment toward New Deal and Great Society? No doubt. But in stressing this, you appear to be constructing an edifice that is but one brick wide.

For, you see, I think there is much more at work. When Rand Paul nudges up to Mitch McConnell and talks about spinning Reid's so-called refusal to negotiate, he may be playing the game you suggest. But what is he doing when telling audiences back in Kentucky that restaurant and hotel owners should have the right to refuse patrons based on any criterion they want because, hey, people should be able to do whatever they want to with their own private property?

And what about Republican efforts to neuter the Voting Rights Act? And the kinds of loathsome fear Palin attempts to inject in Republican followers regarding city dwellers who 'aren't like us'?

And the fear and hatred of food stamp recipients, and their children. And immigrants. And gays. And 'loose women' (Limbaugh). And all those entitlement sponges.

And where does dislike of big government figure into the Republicans' efforts to have government exercising increased control over women's bodies? And support of American 'exceptionalism' as big boy, big govt America invades Afghanistan and Iraq?

No, I think you give the Republicans far too much credit. Dislike of big government wasn't behind the birther movement.

Your thesis neglects the xenophobia and racism that is at the core of the Republican Party, apparent since Reagan's campaign kick-off in Oxford, Mississippi, papa Bush's use of Willie Horton ads, McCain/Palin's use of Obama's former pastor.

I don't share your 'optimism' that moderate Republicans will step forward and exercise some moderating reason; for the racism and xenophobia is no less rampant amongst their own 'moderate' wing.

John Dryzek once said something like: 'Change is rarely instigated by governments; governments only act when they must in response to concerted action by the populace.' In this regard, perhaps the increasingly revealing polls that show support for Republicans' petulant theatrics slipping substantially will have some impact. I hope so. More likely, though, this charade, with fear and hatred masking itself as principle, won't end until the American public becomes more vocal than it has been thus far.

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Posted by Oliver
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 9, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Web Link

Congratulations, Tom. Your well written piece elicited exactly one response from the intellectual heavyweights that make up the PW readership. Had you simply written something like 'Obama is a big fat bozo', you no doubt would have gotten hundreds of hits and scores of responses.

I've enclosed a link by Robert Sheer, former opinion writer for the Los Angeles Times until they let him go a few years back.

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Danville
on Oct 10, 2013 at 9:17 am

Hi Oliver: thanks for your thoughtful comment and the link. In my view, there are factors in the current GOP apoplexy that are personal to the Prez (some of them status-related), there are others based on what he stands-for, and there are important policy disagreements. I try to focus on the latter, lest I be accused of playing various cards -- that's too easy-a-charge to make, and then stop reading. This one had some elements of what he stands-for, as well. I also certainly disagree with him on a variety of policy topics, but these blogs will tend to have a southpaw tilt.

I understand that I'm about to become a regular on this board, so I thought I'd try out the most recent blog (there are a hundred-or-so more on the Danville Express: Raucous Caucus). I hope I can count on you to contribute your perspectives on these topics, as the spirit moves.

Please stay tuned!

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Posted by Oliver
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 10, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Kind of an odd response, Tom, don't you think? You mean to say that race doesn't figure prominently into Republican policies? (Did you read the Sheer link I sent?) You mean to say that the charge of Republicans being racist only applies to whether or not they dislike Obama? Seems to me, with your rather narrow view of both policy and racism, that the question of racism doesn't figure in your analysis, at all. Why would that be?

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