Saturday, August 17, 2013

Recommended Reading

In a week that saw a Tea Party org threatening to primary staunchly-doctrinaire Republican Senator Lamar Alexander because "can no longer afford compromise and bipartisanship," Salon's Alex Seitz-Wald lays out what left and right have come to represent in our current political discourse, and why the hoary notion that "both sides are the same" is starkly, demonstrably untrue. Says he:
Take immigration reform, where even some of the more radical pro-reform groups are willing to give their blessing to massive border spending, even though they detest it, in order to pass the larger package. Meanwhile, anti-reform conservatives refuse to give an inch. Or Obamacare, a massive compromise itself that the activist wing of the right is trying to kill through undemocratic and pain-inducing sabotage. Liberals were crestfallen by the demise of a public option in the healthcare debate, but ultimately came around on the law.
The mass insanity afflicting vast swaths of this nation's polity over the health care law is really something to behold. At once hilarious (for how it's being expressed) and terrifying (for what it could lead to). Read the rest of the piece here.

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