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Divert and Conquer
Lost In The Shuffle
- Wisconsin Democrats Target GOP Recall--NPR
Wisconsin Democrats met this weekend in what the party's spokesman called "the recall convention." The state Senate recall elections, which all target Republicans, are at the top of the party's agenda.
- Florida's Unpopular Governor Could Hinder GOP In 2012--NPR
After six months in office, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a budget that cuts billions. The Republican's approval rating has dropped, which doesn't help Republicans in an important swing state as they prepare for 2012.
An old high school teacher of mine would often say that even a blind squirrel finds a nut now. What conservative a blogger managed to find out about now-former congressman Anthony Weiner was just such an example.
Of course, such a diversion may have been just what the 'Tea Party' and it's media allies; FOX News, Beck, Limbaugh, etc needed. As more and more Americans seeand feel the effects of the 'Tea Party' and it agenda of paying back its corporate backers with money taken from the pockets of working America. Recall and repeal efforts in Ohio and Wisconsin and sagging poll numbers for 'Tea Party' backed Governors in states like Florida and Pennsylvania and the defeat of backer of Paul Ryan's Medicare privatization in New York, are all signs that anyone who lives outside the right-wing echo-chamber should be able to read.
Of course, diverting the public has been a common tactic of right-wing movements. It's almost a necessity, somehow enough people need to be convinced to vote against their economic interests. How can one be convinced to hand more political power to the corporations and their CEO's? The most common tactic seems to be fear.
Most often, this fear, and anger, is directed at some sort of 'outgroup'. In Nazi Germany, it was a variety of groups; especially Jews. In South Africa and the American South, it was (and still may be) those of African descent.
Could 'Divert and Conquer' merely be an aspect of 'Divide and Conquer'. More and more Americans seems to be seeing it, but will they act in the right manner, or in the Right's manner?