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The Lunatic Fringe

Discussion in 'U.S. Politics' started by Alana, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. Alana

    Alana New Member

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    The phrase Lunatic Fringe was coined by President Teddy Roosevelt to describe the wingnuts of his day including the one who assassinated his predecessor President William McKinley. They are the unhinged and unpatriotic citizens who don't appreciate the American way of settling political differences through elections and personal differences through he courts.

    They are anarchists who appoint themselves as the law and judge instead of the people's duly elected lawmakers and judges. They flip out, go berserk, look under their bed, and wet their pants at the mention of the word socialism, even though socialism is the political system of choice for the majority of advanced nations in the world and Christianity is their religion of choice.

    America itself has always operated on a blend of socialism and capitalism. Those things we create by pooling our tax dollars and then let the end user use them free of charge like public schools, libraries, parks, roads, bridges, fire and police protecton, etc. are socialistic. Bad things have been done in the name of Christianity and Socialism both. We need to eliminate the bad and educate ourselves about the good.
     
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    The lunatic fringe has always been with us. It is made up of individuals who have the same rights as you or I until they do something illegal (which usually results in either their death or capture). How do you propose we eliminate the threat? Education doesn't work in my mind because "lunatics" self-educate in whatever brand of wingnut extremism they embrace.
     
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    The threat can never be eliminated but it should be recognized as a threat.
    For the first time in our history, the lunatic fringe now has its own media network..Fox News ....which poses as a legitimate news organization but is really the media arm of the lunatic fringe/GOP....which have merged into one.
     
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    Most recent examples hail from a different side of the aisle my friend. The guy who flew into the IRS building--left-wing lunatic. Same with the guy who attacked the Pentagon, a 9/11 conspiracy nut (still haven't seen anything out of Rationalist since 2 days before that attack....). Guy that shot up the guards at the holocaust museum? Yup, another left wing whack job.

    So, perhaps Fox News is providing an outlet for those on the right? There's only been a couple right wing wackos lately, but the lefties have MSNBC, all the networks except Fox, CNN, etc., so obviously cathartic news sources isn't a solution either.
     
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    I never said to get rid of Fox News....Simply to recognize it for what it is....a threat to our democracy because it tries to deceive the public as to its real agenda.
     
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    Can't you lie any better than that? The Holocaust Museum shooter was a white supremacist..

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/06/10/museum.shooting/index.html
     
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    The Rightists have an interesting way of redefining leftist and/or extermist to mean whatever they want it to mean. So they have redefined the Pentagon Shooter to be a Leftist. 'Words means whatever I want them to meran', said the Mad Hatter.
     
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    What does left wing have to do with hatred of blacks and Jews? Might we remind you, one more time, that Hitler's regime was considered Right Wing, in its time? It truly is amazing how you guys re-write history to suit your purposes. You are a very unconvincing liar.
     
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    Judge for yourself. 9/11 conspiracy nut, weed toker, sounds like a lib to me, but I'm open to other interpretations if you have evidence.
     
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    Sure...sounds left wing all right:

    http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/news/2009/06/writings_of_james_von_brunn.php

    Btw, Brunn was a regular poster at the Free Republic....

    http://irregulartimes.com/freerepublicjameswvonbrunn.htm
     
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    I was simply pointing out that as a NAZI (which in my opinion was a more left wing ideology than right wing) Von Brunn was simply acting on the racist ideology associated with that movement. The Jews were the scape goats for all the supposed ills of capitalism.
     
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    its nice that you think that, your wrong of course.
     
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    Helicitor, It must be nice to redefine history and reality whenever it suits your purposes to do so. Do you expect the rest of the world to follow suit?
     
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    No doubt....with a couple significant-instances!!!

    The other was Sister Sarah's resurfacing (in her best bondage-gear), in Arizona; as spastic as EVER!!!

    She must have taken a side-trip, to a DEA-warehouse (down in Nogales), and gotten a couple complimentary-O'ZEEs o' snow!!!

    The last time I saw someone, that jumpy, was in the early-'80s....when cocaine was $65/gram, down in the Sun Belt states!!! :eek:
     
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