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The Counterrevolutionary Delusion

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There is a reason the counterrevolutionaries are short on solutions and long on slogans. It's not about positions, it's about emotions. You can hear it in the rhetoric--the fired up base, the mad as hell people, the anti-intellectual rants against the machine. The tea party and the "regular people" are telling the elites how they really feel.

Feel. Not think. This big-money-funded movement fumes against the power of big money, big government, big everything. And everything is what they're against. The counterrevolution doesn't have rational positions; everything they claim to want is contradicted by everything they claim to want.

No more deficits and no more taxes? No way. No more bailouts and no more regulation? Impossible, the second guarantees the first. Get the government off our backs and get the government into our reproductive organs? Self-contradiction.

This counterrevolution will be short-lived. It's all emotions and emotions are fleeting; I doubt it will last until 2012. And when it passes, it will have achieved approximately nothing. They may slow legislative progress for a session or two, they may cause a bunch of trouble, but they can't stop history moving farther and farther away from them.

But they are dangerous. The counterrevolution is a delusion. And like all emotional disturbances, capable of doing great harm.

We don't have to let it happen. I strongly suggest you get up off your smartphone and go vote November 2nd.

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This counterrevolution will have no more luck than... by Allan Goldstein on Friday, Oct 22, 2010 at 9:18:57 AM
But they can harm us a lot, in particular by preve... by BFalcon on Friday, Oct 22, 2010 at 12:31:53 PM
your article, "You Blame Obama, I blame you", are ... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Oct 22, 2010 at 2:12:26 PM
I love that line, Laura! It makes me sound like t... by Allan Goldstein on Friday, Oct 22, 2010 at 8:48:00 PM
And the route I'm chosing is to start taking more ... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Oct 22, 2010 at 11:44:33 PM
Laura, you first comment was great, as was the sec... by Arthur Avalon on Saturday, Oct 23, 2010 at 7:49:35 PM
You are right! This totally explains the sense I ... by JGStakeholder on Friday, Oct 22, 2010 at 2:55:49 PM
I think it's true that the days of the Reaganite N... by Arthur Avalon on Friday, Oct 22, 2010 at 7:33:59 PM
... and it was the New Deal. Did the 60s really ... by j dial on Friday, Oct 22, 2010 at 8:33:55 PM
about the New Deal, jdialo, but it wasn't a revolu... by Allan Goldstein on Friday, Oct 22, 2010 at 9:07:44 PM
not too much vitriol toward the Tea Party. You hav... by sommers on Saturday, Oct 23, 2010 at 3:22:46 AM
The point is, well, there isn't any point.That sum... by Perry Logan on Saturday, Oct 23, 2010 at 5:24:26 AM
But maybe it's my bad writing, Perry. I wasn't ca... by Allan Goldstein on Saturday, Oct 23, 2010 at 12:59:01 PM
in tone and idea: you take a simple, readily under... by Robert S. Becker on Saturday, Oct 23, 2010 at 1:15:00 PM
Goldstein makes an excellent point. Putting the Re... by Daniel Noel on Saturday, Oct 23, 2010 at 9:52:37 PM
A huge delusion is believing that the Founding Fat... by Arthur Avalon on Sunday, Oct 24, 2010 at 2:23:39 PM
The biggest problem is not the demagogues who appe... by Guy Dwyer on Sunday, Oct 24, 2010 at 2:39:24 PM
First time I have seen this phenomena thought of l... by Daniel Penisten on Sunday, Oct 24, 2010 at 2:28:55 PM