Gayle in MD
04-12-2010, 10:34 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The Roots of Extremism In Georgia
By Mark Potok | NEWSWEEK
Published Mar 12, 2010
From the magazine issue dated Mar 22, 2010
The resurgent militia movement is tied to anger at illegal immigration, economic malaise, and the election of an African-American president. But its growth is also a matter of old-fashioned organizing. During the Clinton era, the anti-government furor that peaked with the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 began with a meeting of radical leaders in Estes Park, Colo., in 1992. At this gathering—now called the Rocky Mountain Rendezvous—a cross section of extremist groups put aside doctrinal differences to focus on a common enemy: the federal government, which, in their minds, overtaxed, wrongfully imprisoned, even murdered its citizens.
Today's militias have eerily similar roots, right down to a summit that helped midwife a shared ideology. <span style='font-size: 20pt'>In May 2009 about 30 self-described "freedom keepers" caucused on Georgia's Jekyll Island, where they mapped out "action plans" for a larger movement—one that would confront not only taxes but an array of issues that threaten to "collapse the Republic." What followed was their "Continental Congress" in Illinois—an 11-day assembly that aligned a broad section of the radical right. Next month, on the anniversary of Oklahoma City, thousands of the newly united will march in Washington, D.C., for gun rights.
The recent Pentagon shooter, IRS plane bomber, and others are examples of lone wolves who have picked up on the movement's rhetoric. More, it seems, will slide into violence. But perhaps most troubling of all, their ideas cannot be suppressed, or their actions curtailed, lest authorities fuel the very fire they'd like to extinguish.</span>
Potok directs the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center.
04-12-2010, 11:22 AM
A Liberal Guide to Debating Conservatives
Mar 31, 2010 Author Scot Cerullo
Liberals have long since learned that debating Conservatives can be a challenging endeavor, since Conservatives have a penchant for fortifying their arguments with facts, statistics, history and other elements that create convincing and thoughtful arguments.
Not to worry. The following are several tips Liberals can use right away to begin defeating Conservatives in every debate, every time.
Lib Tip # 1: Drop the Race Card: The moment your Conservative opponent begins crafting a cogent, air-tight argument buttressed in fact, drop the race card. This technique is designed to stifle further discussion, impugns your opponent and puts him on the defensive. Often, this is enough of a distraction to direct attention away from your lack of qualitative, quantitative evidence.
Lib Tip # 2: Impugn the Source: When debating a Conservative, content is less important than character. When your Conservative opponent states a compelling argument, do not address the argument and instead attack the Conservative personally. Since we are all sinners, it shouldn’t take long to find something wrong with your opponent. Use it.
Lib Tip # 3: Social Justice Trumps Logic: Argue every issue from a “Social Justice” or “Moral” high-ground. The Conservative will attempt to show that your ideas are unworkable, unsustainable or downright illogical. Don’t worry about any of that. Just stay on message by arguing from the moral, social justice perspective.
Lib Tip # 4: Exploit the Weakest Link: Define your opponent by his weakest link. If 10,000 Tea Partiers hold a rally, and one guy has a placard that is inappropriate, that is all you need to characterize the entire group as radical, racist militants. See how that works? It’s simple and fun and, most importantly, deflects all those awkward facts and articulate points away from the discussion and leaves the Conservative in a defensive mode.
Lib Tip # 5: Use “New Speak”: If health care is not a right according to the Constitution, and you want it to be a right, claim it is and then raise your voice. Raising your voice is always the best course of action in lieu of a good argument. Redefine words to suit your needs, and always be on guard for any stray, powerful fact or statistic the Conservative may use to support their position.
Lib Tip # 6: State the Opposite of what you believe: If you are in favor of taking money from producers and giving it to non-producers, that’s fine, but make sure your wording is a bit more obtuse than that. Try saying you are in favor of moral and social justice, and characterize everyone who earns a good living as somehow having won the lottery in life, and all those who want as being desperately hard-working folks who have an almost allergic reaction to hand-outs. Never imply or point out in any way that people can change their situation simply by making better decisions.
Lib Tip # 7: Define America by it’s Errors, not its Successes: Taking a cue from Lib Tip # 4, it is important to characterize America by it’s errors in judgement and misdeeds. It is critical that you completely overlook the good things America has done, and the manner in which it has beaten back one dictatorship after another. In fact, you must go to some lengths to divert people from the notion that without America, the world would be a far more dangerous, hostile, sad place. So talk about Indians and Slaves.
Lib Tip # 8: Blame talk radio and FOX news for fanning hate and racism: Avoid at all costs the fact that both talk radio and FOX news stand in defiant refutation of an otherwise fully agreeable media that presents only one template, a liberal template. Also, attempt to divert attention should someone ask why Conservative Talk Radio and FOX news is growing exponentially, while traditional, liberal media is closing offices, thinning their employees and running deficits like, you know, the government.
Lib Tip # 9: Government is Good: Insist that a massive expansion of government is a good thing. Assert that it is our patriotic duty to pay ever more in taxes so that a centralized government comprised of east and west coast Liberal elites can decide what is best for the unwashed masses, since it would be sheer lunacy to allow individuals the right to make decisions for themselves. If you run into problems, see Tips 1-8.
Lib Tip # 10: Assign Blame away from Yourself: Always assign blame to the other guy, preferably a Conservative. This may require rewriting history so that people may one day believe that Reagan did NOT usher in 25 years of prosperity, or it may require still more retooling of the content of public school text books. But over time we’ll get there.
Remember: The ends justify the means. No matter how cruel and violating the means may be, if it results in a mediocre society where all citizens ultimately suck off the the government for their most meager needs, it will all be worthwhile.
There is of course the small matter of where all the money for all these programs will come from. Right now, they come from spirited entrepreneurs, dreamers with drive and other people whose passion poses a direct threat to the new world we want to usher in.
But first things first. Learn the ten tips to squelch free speech, hurt your opponent with the intellectual equivelant of a kick to the groin and avoid facts, statistics and studies altogether, as those will get you in trouble.
Good luck Liberals! Battle on and remember what Dennis Prager said: The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen. Oh wait, no. You don’t want to remember that. My bad. Here, try this: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. Yeah, that’s the one. Whew!
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gayle in MD</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> The recent Pentagon shooter, IRS plane bomber, and others are examples of lone wolves </div></div>
And you know they were both leftists ... I sense desperation in your posting?
04-12-2010, 03:47 PM
There is no despiration. That would require actually forming an opinion. She simply repeats the things she is told to repeat.
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