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Charge of the Right Brigade

February 28th, 2014 - 7:22 am

Observing from Arizona that state’s recent journey through comical political malpractice, Jon Gabriel writes:

I agreed with the bill’s modest intentions, but, like many, was concerned about abuses and unintended consequences. With or without a new law, this matter will be fought in the courts and superseded by federal law anyway. Not to mention that Gov. Brewer vetoed it the previous year and was almost guaranteed to veto it again. After the expensive PR mess of SB 1070, the last thing her “Arizona Comeback” needed was another year of headlines decrying us as intolerant rubes.

But the legislature pushed it through anyway. And, despite a famously media-savvy opposition, the lawmakers had no P.R. plan, a negligible online presence and woefully unprepared spokesmen. As most who voted for it hid from the press, the most prominent supporter looked like the cardboard God-bothering hick in every Aaron Sorkin dramedy. Each interview further demonized the bill in the public’s eye.

Predictably, GOP officials across Arizona and the nation fled the unforced error, urging a quick veto. After further damaging the state’s image by dragging out her obvious decision, Gov. Brewer finally nixed the measure last night.

Final score: The Right 0, The Left 1,062.

But it sure felt good.

When did the Right start acting so much like the Left?

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If they're really worried about the slippery slope leading to forcing ministers to marry gay couples, they should write a law: "No religious clergy may be forced to perform any marriage they don't want to."

The right needs to learn a trick from the libs. Start with a totally unassailable position. *Then* stretch it.

Pikers.
38 weeks ago
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Why would any successful businessman care about the bedtime habits of his customers?
38 weeks ago
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"When did the Right start acting so much like the Left?"

I think it was January 20th, 2001.
39 weeks ago
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My suggestion is to let any business refuse to deal with any customer - as long as the exclusions are posted where their other customers can see them and decide - if they want to - to take their business elsewhere.
39 weeks ago
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Into the Valley of Death we go!
39 weeks ago
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The far right and far left have a lot more in common than most people think.

I feel betrayed by the Democrats because they will sell out people like me at a moment's notice.

Do any Tea Partiers ever feel like that?
39 weeks ago
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If you are as your name says then you tied yourself to a party fundamentally concerned with centralization and power. I'll start feeling sorry for you right as soon as I'm done laughing my a** off at how blind you are.

Tea Partiers don't really enter into it. Tea Partiers are not far right, in my experience. Although there's a strong libertarian contingent in the tea party, the Tea Partiers I know mainly agree that they want smaller government. And given that the US government is onto a supermassive black hole relative to the small satellite it was supposed to act as, the Tea Party is far right only in a world so crazy that a Red-Diaper Baby like Obama could get sold as a centrist. Organized, capital-L-Libertarians, many of whom would like to take a crack at running the country without government, might fairly be classified as far right, but they're too individualistic to agree on why or how they're being betrayed.

But what has the left done that you didn't have ample warning of, hm? Corporate welfare surprised you, perhaps, because you think that Warren Buffet and his ilk cozied up to government with genuine disinterest in the bottom line? Or was it the soft cash to cronies that betrayed the little people, since the powerful and connected members of unions and clubs are still the powerful and connected? Was it the failure of policies that are extremely hostile to all non-crony employers to create jobs at an appreciable rate that did you in? The monetary system that gives Wall Street free money to gamble with while quietly inflating the value of "little people's" paychecks into nothingness? Or at the end of it all was it that they told you you could have something for nothing... be it healthcare, growth, welfare or stability... only to walk, weasel, and lie when the paycheck came nonetheless?

The policies supported by the DNC *ARE* feudalism, but what was once the divine right of kings is now superior credentials and "compassion". They knighted their leaders among the unions, and among a million little identity groups, and on campuses, and they let them have a little of their plenty so long as the serfs in their fiefdoms stayed aligned. But that dream has ALWAYS been a nightmare for everyone who is not a member of their exclusive clique.

And comrade, that will never be you.
39 weeks ago
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For me it was a healthcare plan that gave piles of money to the leeches known as the insurance industry. It is a bonanza for the people who have been squeezing the American people dry.

In 2012 I was told to support Obama because the ACA was the best that he could do. I couldn't support it.
39 weeks ago
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Daily. The where excoriated to vote for these yahoos anyway.
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