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Thread #104395   Message #2138696
Posted By: Riginslinger
01-Sep-07 - 11:31 PM
Thread Name: BS: history of USA Presidential elections...
Subject: RE: BS: history of USA Presidential elections...
I agree that Veitnam and Iraq were lost on Day One, but the south could have done better in the Civil War if they would have sued for some kind of political settlement early on, I think.

               Getting back to the political shift of power in the American Northeast, I think the scenario goes like this. (1) There were some political and economic interests in taking America to a market driven economy backed up by a powerful military that began to flex its muscles immediatley after the Korean War. These forces manifested themselves in the form of the John Birch Society and the nomination of Barry Goldwater to run for president. (2) Goldwater lost badly in the general election, but the forces for huge corporate profits did not go away. (3) Following the concept attributed to Vladimir Lenin--though I think there is some revisioinist history here too--the corporate powers hit upon the idea to the "useful idiot." (4) By incorporating the useful idiots of America into their constituency (i.e. folks hopelessly addicted to the ancient superstition of Christianity), the approached sleaze-balls like Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and Dr. James Dobson, and with their television broadcasts, these slimy power brokers did the rest. (5) That brought us Ronald Reagan, a man who was so incredibly stupid he didn't know which ancient superstition he was addicted to, but he was sure he must be addicted to one of them. He was a movie actor and acurately read script that showed up on his tele-prompter, and was subsequently elected.
             At the end of the day, the people in the Northeast were too well educated and too sophisticated to fall for such insulting buffoonery, and started voting Democrat.
                And there you have it.