"Crisis is the rallying cry of the tyrant."
James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
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(-; great grouping Eric, thanks ;-) Kill those Muslims, we know they are at the foundation of all the worlds problems. Wait, maybe it is the Christians, or ummm the veterans, or ahhh those that love freedom, liberty and inalienable rights, OR - never mind, we know there is a crisis, kill them all.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Crisis is generally contrived.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    "Crisis" is then followed by the "Big Lie"...
     -- Al, DC     
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    This is why government keeps us in a perpetual war.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    Except at Lexington and Concord, of course that was a crises. The guys who posted above cannot see a crises because they care nor respect anyone or anything but themselves.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    Waffler you are a complete idiot. Those examples you give were within a nation legitimately at war. We are no longer "legitimately at war".
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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     -- irene3n2, Virginia      
    J Carlton - You'll have to excuse Waffler, Smith because he seems to live in alternative universe that cannot define or recognize absolutes.
     -- Mary - MI     
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    Thanks Mary...my tolerance levels for "stupid" are pretty low these days. I'll work on it. :)
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    The Hegelian Principle:
    Step one: CREATE A "PROBLEM":
    Create it or take one that does exist and build it up out of all proportion to its real importance;

    Make sure a story about this problem appears in the news media each and every day, in newspapers, news magazines, radio, and television. Hit it again and again in a "steady drumbeat" that soon has people who don't pay real attention to politics (which is the majority of them) clamoring for a "solution" to the problem;

    Step Three: OFFER A "SOLUTION":
    A solution that takes away one or more of our rights and further undermines the constitutional protections we all are supposed to enjoy. One that involves higher taxes (to pay for this "solution," of course), and one we would not have allowed them to do without this previous conditioning of the public.

    Works like a charm

    They've been using this method for a long time now, and it's working for them. It has allowed them to "tighten the noose" on the American people to a point we wouldn't have believed even a few short years ago.
     -- Mary-MI     
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    Mary, said well, thanks
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    "Never let a crisis go to waste" -- today's real world equivalent, a popular tactic for waging war; internationally for the neo-cons and domestically for the progressive-libs.

    Right on, Mary!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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