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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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