The Republicans are the problem. You are the answer.

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Image below: Euler Diagram of the American Political Landscape” by Jeff Gates.
"Venn Diagram of the American Political Landscape" shows overlapping circles to show relationships between, for example, the GOP, Mitt Romney, the Democratic Party, and Newt Gingrich. Creative commons license illustration by outtacontext of flickr

Image above: Euler Diagram of the American Political Landscape” by Jeff Gates.

“The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.”

The authors of “Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem” [congressional scholars Ornstein and Mann] wrote 3 pages to thoughtfully explain why the Republican Party is “the problem”. What do they offer as a solution?:

“Our advice to the press: Don’t seek professional safety through the even-handed, unfiltered presentation of opposing views. Which politician is telling the truth? Who is taking hostages, at what risks and to what ends?”

I think we’ve been scolding the crumbling press already for decades. To be fair, the article by 2 congressional scholars is plucked from a book they say offers a “panoply” of solutions. Still, scolding the press is just like Scott Walker’s austerity agenda: it’s not working. My advice would be to forget begging to “the press”. YOU are the press or will have to infiltrate the press whether it be by becoming a writer, an editor, a distributor or a publisher. If you already share articles online, or blog, or host others’ blogs you’re already there.

You can’t leave it to the professional press to save yourself – us – from The Right’s lunacy.

If you wanted to hold sway over the “professional safety” of the formal press you’d have to start signing their professional paychecks. You’re on your way to that also by driving their net traffic. Very likely the reason why we’re seeing bills in Congress that hand control of the net to corporations and destroy your privacy [first SOPA and now CISPA].

Got a mimeograph machine? If the answer is “yes”, tweet me up and I’ll buy it. If we can keep beating back censorship bills, the mimeograph machine will be a dust collector. If we can’t, then keep an eye open for people selling “the blue cheddar broadsheet” on a street corner near you.

And now for one last bit of advice. Act now to halt CISPA.
Use the Electronic Freedom Foundation’s Action page to message legislators.

What is the internet-censorship bill CISPA?

Check out a fast and easy infographic here.

Video explanation here:

Use these twitter hashtags to search on Topsy
#CISPA
#StopCISPA
#OpDefense

And read more from CNET:
How CISPA would affect you (faq)

Diagram image at top of post: Euler Diagram of the American Political Landscape” by Jeff Gates.

The blog’s front page “Reich Wing” image is by EN2008 of flickr

Related reading:
Ornstein and Mann wrote It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism which is available as of Tuesday May 1st. Here’s an amazon link.

Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult from September 2011

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