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GOP and Oppositional Defiant Disorder

  • Posted on: 30 August 2009
  • By: Black Max

Posted at the Examiner. Crossposted at the Daily Kos. Posted here because GreyHawk asked, and cuz I like you guys. :)

I wrote an article over the weekend entitled "Republicans' ODD Behavior Part 1" for the Raleigh Examiner, using examples from the health care debates. It's quite long, so I'll just excerpt it below. If nothing else, it's fun snark for a Sunday afternoon (though the conservatives responding to it in the Examiner comments facility don't seem to get the humor...).

“Spontaneous popular uprisings”??

  • Posted on: 9 August 2009
  • By: Hello Dolly Llama
Promoted, with thanks and a special welcome to Hello Dolly Llama. -- GH

“Spontaneous popular uprisings”??

Yet another myth the Republicans are peddling, is the myth of the spontaneous popular uprising. As Robert Heinlein observed decades ago, the notion of a handful of revolutionaries gathering in an attic or a coffeehouse around a candle, plotting to change the world, virtually never leads to anything. Anything that is really worth accomplishing takes time, money, organization, a good sense of timing, communication, logistics, intelligence, usually some security, and a fair amount of luck.

Arguably the first uprising against a government occurred in Rome, when Tarquinius Superbus, the king whose son raped a nobleman’s daughter, was removed from power by the Senate, not the people. This established the Roman Republic which was in turn overthrown by the killing of Caesar, which was a murder conspiracy by Senators, not a popular uprising.

Most of the violent upheavals in the Middle Ages came in the form of full-scale civil wars between armies led by noblemen; the only role of the common people was to be slaughtered. Even Magna Carta: people believe it was a popular uprising to secure the rights of the common man, but it was in fact a conspiracy of noblemen to secure rights for…noblemen.

Corporate Tantrums - Can We Trust these Companies with Our Health?

  • Posted on: 5 August 2009
  • By: MichaelCollins

 

Some major health insurers and other health interests are behind some of the highly emotional and disruptive scenes at town hall meetings around the country.

What does this say about their level of desperation concerning the health care debate?

Anyone who has raised a high spirited teen knows that when the facts are obvious about some misbehavior, there's always the chance that the facts will recede into a background of a highly emotional argument.  Raise you voice after you see easy $3,000 damage to the car and you might hear, "Why are you yelling at me!" and so forth.  Once the discussion heads in that direction, you've lost, at least for the moment.