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From The Conservative, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

December 9, 1841

“The two parties which divide the state, the party of Conservatism and that of Innovation, are very old, and have disputed the possession of the world ever since it was made. This quarrel is the subject of civil history. The conservative party established the reverend hierarchies and monarchies of the most ancient world. The battle of patrician and plebeian, of parent state and colony, of old usage and accommodation to new facts, of the rich and the poor, reappears in all countries and times. The war rages not only in battle-fields, in national councils, and ecclesiastical synods, but agitates every man's bosom with opposing advantages every hour. On rolls the old world meantime, and now one, now the other gets the day, and still the fight renews itself as if for the first time, under new names and hot personalities.”


From Fight The Right, an essay by J P Crisan

“Washington is a circus tent, with its shrill showmen, provocateurs, and money-fisted lobbyists, all buzzing around like flies under the bright lights of an info-tainment media that flocks to show only the most freakish, disfigured, and frightful characters. It would be lively comedy, a garish vaudeville act to be enjoyed with many glasses of beer if this spectacle were not the wheelhouse of our ship of state, as it navigates through the foggy and murky waters of our World, through storms and between reefs, and across deep, dark waters that are filled with hungry predators who wait patiently, like history, to eagerly tear us asunder and devour us if our folly delivers us to ruin.”

“This is not the ages-old debate or distinction between conservatives and liberals, or between Republicans and Democrats, which is healthy and necessary in free society. The Republican Party has been hijacked by ideological and religious extremism, and by congressmen who are no more than lobbyists for narrow interests, and who often do not have the education, qualifications, or intellect to function at the world-class level that should be expected in Washington. The Republican party seems to be trying as hard as it can to live up to its stereotype of being the party of angry, intolerant, cold-hearted, white Anglo-Saxon Protestants who don’t care about people.”

“Polite doesn't work with Republicans; they take it as a sign of weakness, and are emboldened, like predators by the smell of blood, to attack even more viciously.”

“Right Wingers lie. They lie constantly. They lie about everything.”

“Lies can come in the form of propaganda, hypocrisy, half truths, seeds of truth, omission, silence, denial, reversal, tactical arguments, revision of history, dehumanizing name-calling, telling different things to different people, changing the subject, and lastly: flat-out lying.”

“When Right Wingers decry ‘Obamacare’ as costing trillions, remind them that it is the opposite that is true; that planned changes to our healthcare system will save over a trillion dollars by reducing waste, fraud, and duplication, and by modernizing the system with such things as electronic data transfer and records keeping. Incalculable additional savings will come through expanded preventive care, and by reducing the millions of uninsured that now show up at emergency rooms at taxpayers expense.”

“After Obama had won the election, and put forth his health plan, I attended several Anti-Healthcare Rallies —I just had to see what kind of people… They were actually hate-Obama rallies attended by people wearing poorly fitting back-yard clothes, with hateful slogans scrawled, misspelled, on their signs. I endured vulgar and hateful epithets as I carried a placard that read, simply: ‘Health Insurance Reform Now!’ These were some of the meanest people I had ever seen.”

“The crowds at the Palin rally chanted: “Kill him! Kill him!”

“The progressive movement is weak in this country. Democrats, 18-to 20 somethings, and poor people do not vote. Progressives are often lazy, self-centered, and apathetic, and they know more about the latest pop sensations and fashions than our history, constitution, and system of government. They are willing to let the whole thing go to hell because it’s too emotionally upsetting to get involved —after all, someone might be mean to them. They are passive and think that it’s someone else’s job to take out the garbage and to repair things when they break. They live in a world of noble dreams and bright intellect, and think that if you read good books, listen to classical music, do art, meditate, eat healthy food, get eight hours of sleep, think good thoughts, and tell the people who you love every day that you love them. —That if you do all these things, the world will be ok.”

“Perhaps the meek will inherit the Earth, but only after they have been crushed, and when there is nothing left of our World, and when God has given up and gone home. We must stand up and defend what is right and fight what is wrong. We do not have the luxury of thinking that it will blow over, or that things will set themselves right, or that someone else will make it all work out. It is up to each of us to do what we can. It is time for progressives to get attitude —to get up, get out, and get active.”

“The bottom line is that progressives need to get out and vote!”


“There is a glow of change just over the horizon, and our world will be a very different place in a decade, even in a year from now. Some see a burning apocalypse, some see an epiphany, and some see a fractured landscape that will force us to retreat into nationalism and sectarianism. What is certain is that with this wave of change, we are stepping into the yet-to-be created, where what you and I do today is as important in our lives and history as ever.”

“I'm not saying that every Republican is a racist bigot, but I guarun-damn-tee ya that every racist bigot, every KKK member, and every right-wing nutcase votes Republican.”

“You have to wonder, with Republicans, what kind of childhood they had, and what kind of upbringing they had that would leave them so filled with hate and disregard for other people?”

“The stark contrast can be seen against the backdrop of Obama's hope and optimism, and his reaching out with goodwill, cooperation, and compromise. Republicans have no good ideas, no hope, no grace, no humanity, no vision. They have nothing...”

“Republicans have done more damage to our nation than any foreign power or terrorist group. Republicans are like suicide bombers who don't care what they have to destroy to get their way.”

What is Fascism? Patriotic, Nationalistic, Conservative, Religious orthodoxy. -H.G Wells 1927


 

“The Bush years: Never forget. Never forgive!”

All content is by Jean-Pierre Crisan unless otherwise attributed.

 
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