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Rachel Maddow suggests that the right gets real

This is from her Wednesday evening broadcast

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Rachel is

…much more concise and articulate than I. Nothing to add but “Amen, sister.”

Let me add

Hallelujah

Seperate realities

What's funny is I frequently run into Republicans who will deploy high school debate tactics rather than engage with intellectual integrity. One of those tactics is to abduct or usurp your opponents rhetoric. In the last year or so you've probably seen republican or conservative talking heads use the phrase: "your entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts". This was a perfect illustration of intellectual dishonesty as if the litany of manufactured issues and crises upon which the entire Republican agenda rests is evidence based.

I do think however that the Democrats could take a concrete step to clean up our discourse. I really do think that the Fox noise machine echo chamber has created this deadlock of fantasy pretending to be alternative media. We should re-implement equal access rules that Reagan obliterated and apply them to all media. This would be a simple procedure at this point and it would re-impose some minimal standards of accountability in media that we're sorely lacking.

Our "Conservative" Friends Will Need Our Help

Many of them have been raised in families, communities and churches which have effectively extracted from their personalities their normal ability to experience or express compassion and empathy.

Their psyches have responded by creating for them a very limited perspective on reality; a perspective which believes that there is NO ONE who legitimately deserves empathy and compassion,...

(and that those who experience empathy with those in need and seek to respond compassionately are weak-minded "liberal" fools).

That alternate reality leaves them unable to take into their awareness any and all information which would violate their sense that what they believe to be reality is truly real.

The results of this election are a deep and existential threat to their ability to maintain that alternate reality. If those suffering from this form of "conservatism" are to change in response, however, they will have to go through an emotionally-shattering, grief-inducing experience.

Some will harden their hearts and refuse to open themselves to the fact that they were the authors of their own losses. They will (as such "conservatives" so often do) blame anything and anyone else for what they, themselves, have wrought.

Others, however, will find themselves grieving very deeply over the realization that many of those who raised them; people whom they loved and trusted, were mistaken, misguided, even dishonest.

If those of us who won these elections react with the empathy and compassion of which we are so abundantly capable, we can help those who are grieving to grow into healthier, more empathetic, more compassionate perspectives.

If we, on the other hand, gloat and seek to rub their noses in their defeat, we will drive far too many of them into the arms of those who will harden their hearts even further, telling them it's not their fault and turning the revenge fantasies so normal as part of the grieving process into concrete, perhaps even dangerously violent, plans to get even with those they believe cheated them out of running this country.

Prediction

The Republicans will drive off the fiscal cliff. Why? They deny hat their policies were rejected and they will punish the country to show them their votes were wrong. No lose for them till 2014, and they can change the story again.