My Invitation to Operation American Spring Must Have Got Lost in the Mail

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From last January in MoJo:

“1.8 Million Definite Militia Members” to March on DC, Install New Government

Harry Riley has a dream. On the morning of May 16, somewhere between 10 and 30 million (estimates vary) God-fearing patriots will assemble in Washington, DC, for what Riley, a retired Army colonel from the Florida panhandle, is calling “Operation American Spring.” They’ll protest outside the White House by day and set up in campgrounds and RV parks outside the city by night. They won’t leave until President Barack Obama, along with Attorney General Eric Holder and congressional leaders of both parties, resign and appear before a specially convened investigative tribunal for further disciplinary action—a polite version of a tea party coup. It’s not likely to happen—but two former Fox News personalities have endorsed the endeavor.

“We have 1.8 million definite militia members coming,” promises Operation American Spring spokeswoman Karen Smith. (The Anti-Defamation League pegs the number of American militia members at about 20,000.) “Other than that, we’re not keeping a list of concerned people or whatever because how are we gonna do that?”

According to Riley’s introductory note, which he posted on Facebook, about 1 million activists will stick around DC after the march in a nonviolent attempt to shut the city down. According to the the document, the real work will occur after the transfer of power: “Those with the principles of a West, Cruz, Lee, DeMint, Paul, Gov Walker, Sessions, Gowdy, Jordan, Issa, will comprise a tribunal and assume positions of authority to convene investigations, recommend appropriate charges against politicians and government employees to the new U.S. Attorney General appointed by the new President.”

Riley’s backers are an eclectic bunch. Erik Rush, a conservative columnist and occasional Fox News analyst who starred in Sean Hannity’s 2012 special The Real Barack Obama, has promoted the event on his website and his radio show. Jim Garrow, a conspiracy theorist who predicted that Obama would attempt to distract from the group’s message by revealing the existence of extraterrestrial life, is also on board. Retired Gen. Paul Vallely, who was Fox News’ senior military analyst during the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan—a period in which he closely coordinated with Pentagon officials—gave the event a thumb’s up in a radio interview.


Woo wee! That sounds like it was gonna be a really big shindig. But the 16th was last Friday. I wonder what all I missed.

‘Operation American Spring’ Comes to Washington, Was Only Millions Short of Projected Turnout

An event slated for Friday that promised to bring millions of Americans to Washington, D.C. to oust President Barack Obama and other key leaders from office failed incredibly.

Instead, “Operation American Spring” welcomed only a few dozen protesters — not the millions projected by event organizers — who braved the morning’s stormy weather to hit the streets of the nation’s capital and call for a change of leadership in key roles.

“It’s a very dismal turnout,” one participant from Texas, Jackie Milton, told the Washington Times.


Oops.

This kinda reminds me of the heady days of PUMA. Neither group had a hope in hell of achieving their lofty goals, but the participants didn’t seem to know it.

I never really expected PUMA to amount to much, but I didn’t say so at the time because I didn’t want to piss all over other peoples hopes. The whole thing was doomed when Hillary ended her campaign and endorsed Barack Obama. She literally sold out her supporters in exchange for the Secretary of State job.

PUMA had no clear leader or unity of purpose. Without Hillary, PUMA had no purpose other than to protest the way the Democratic party stole our votes. It had no institutional or media support.

PUMA was too small. Some claimed 18 million members, but that’s ridiculous. Let’s be generous and say that at it’s peak, PUMA had 10,000 members. That would be counting every regular visitor on every PUMA blog. But nobody ever compiled a list of members that was even a fraction of that number.

PUMA only existed in the blogosphere. Its members were scattered across the country. As we have seen time and again, internet activism never translates into the same level of real world support. But let’s say that PUMA was different and that all 10,000 members were dedicated activists.

10,000 people might win a local election, or swing a close congressional race, but a bunch of nobodies spread thin across 57 states simply could not have much influence. Nor did they.

It’s terribly unfair, but some people will always have more influence than others. Bazillionaires like the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Tom Steyer and George Soros can easily contribute millions of dollars to candidates and causes each year. Jon Stewart has an audience of millions. Media moguls like Rupert Murdoch and Arthur Sulzberger don’t make the news, but they control what is in it. If you believe that the wealthy owners of the major media outlets in the country don’t influence the flow of information, I gotta bridge to sell you.

Take a close look at all the political movements in the country in recent history. The successful ones had more than just a cause. Take the Civil Rights movement. It was not spontaneous, it was organized by the NAACP and was centered in the black churches. The NAACP is an organization of black professionals. The movement also had financial and political support from white liberals.

With all of that it going for it it still took many years of sustained effort to succeed.

My point is that it takes a lot more than just a cause to make a successful movement. And that assumes that your cause will attract widespread support. If you’re gonna start a revolution you better have a plan and lots of friends to help you. I mean real life friends, not Facebook friends.


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88 Responses to My Invitation to Operation American Spring Must Have Got Lost in the Mail

  1. mothy67 says:

    There are a lot of really decent people out there.Classmate of my little girl is in jeopardy.She is 8 and runs the streets. Not a bad kid she just has no structure. Because of the laws today you are very limited in what you csn do and say for someone else’s kid. I attempted to speak with the maternal unit. Her response was to scream at the kid. Child came to me on the playground and said men are awful. Said my dad wasn’t there when I was born He is not there at Chtistmad. He is not there for anything ever. Ouch. Wanted to comfort the kid but you csnnot. Shayla has me my dad and my brothers who make an effort to make sure she knows how much she matters. Her last softball game had 27 of my peeps cheering her on. She comes out of school and I am often hanging upside down from a tree branch. So this little girl keeps breaking things in my home. Shattered a shower door. She took a magic marker and drew stars on the throw pillows. Guess she wants a reaction but there is little you can do. Yesterday we’re watching softball and cop came up . Child had entered one of the other player’s home and was in the living room crying. She had home security so it was an incident. Beauty is no one wants to write her off. NO one knows what to do. I called the school and they did listen but I don’t know if they can see how severe it is. The woman whose house she entered is on the school board so perhaps something will be done. Not one person is condemning this child. Limited in what you can do. People in power often paint Americans as cold cruel and selfish. I witnessed something very different.

    • votermom says:

      Sounds to me like the kid is acting out in hopes that someone will take her out of a bad situation. WIll CPS get involved now that she’s broken into someone’s house?

      So this little girl keeps breaking things in my home. Shattered a shower door. She took a magic marker and drew stars on the throw pillows. Guess she wants a reaction but there is little you can do.

      Broke a shower door? Wow – that kid would be banned from my house, regardless of extenuating circumstances. Maybe very supervised outdoor play only.

      • 1539days says:

        My parents took out the shower door when I was young. Very tough to give a bath to little kids with those in the way.

      • mothy67 says:

        She just reeks of desperation and I think if she is not completely crazy she has a first class ticket. She came to the door a week ago with my brother’s dog Piipa. She was aware that Shay has therapy that day so she knew she was not home claimed she found her rosming the streets and was just bringing her to me. I have a fenced in yard and Pippa is an old fat breeder. She would have been put down had my brother not taken her. No way she dug a hole bent the fence and ran off. Girl was lying. She took the dog then played hero. I know what that means. Not good. I fought a battle for 7 years to protect my kid. Not willing to throw another child away. $he is 8!!!! I am not ignoring the issue. I cled the school said I know this might be beyond your purview. Job is to educate not raise but I do not know what to do. Credit goes to my community as no one is throwing her away. I am sensitive to disposible children. Had I not picked up a little girl 7 years ago in the worst welfare daycare ever I would not have my baby girl and the promises of her future.
        People bad mouth Catholics all the time. I am gay and I am Catholic. Dogma is way to smart for me. Leave that to my betters. I learned what I do has an effect. And I am responsible. Catholics are so hated. To me my faith means being able to close my eyes and be silent and be with me. Hard to lie to yourself.

        • elliesmom says:

          Unfortunately, other than calling family services, there really isn’t anything a school can do about what happens outside of school. They can’t even set her up with the services of the school psychologist with parental approval. If you know a sympathetic person in the child welfare office, you can call. They should be discreet about who dropped the time on them. But the bottom line is watch out for your little one first. While your interest in the other little girl is to be commended, you don’t want your little one to get hurt.

          • elliesmom says:

            Without parental approval

          • mothy67 says:

            No worries on my brat. Ran through all the outcomes in my tiny brain. A shiv made from a spork at lunch was there. I just wish I could do anything. She is in pain. Jealous.. Her heart is filled with it. She made a big deal about the fact that we have a three bedroom house with 5 full bathrooms. Previous owners housed kids with severe disabilities and they put bathrooms everywhere. Perhaps a building can have a sense. Shay and I are here and we had Maddy- a one eyed black lab who ate out one eye of every stuffed animal. Just one eye. Creepy. Now Bella who thinks furniture is a food group.

          • mothy67 says:

            The little girl came to me as I was watching my crud on the playground and went off on how awful men are. No man has ever been there. This of course takes place while all the other parents are caught up in chatting. My eye never leaves my kid. Obsessive. YEAH. She wants someone to care about her. A lot like the OWS kids. World is so whack. My instinct says hug her hold her tight til she cries but I could get arrested. I know you taught and I take my hat ff to you.

    • piper says:

      Mothy,
      I’m glad that you are willing to help this little girl but please be extremely careful in how you respond to her. You could end up in trouble and your little sweetie could be taken away from you. A casual hug or even a pat on the back can be misinterpreted putting you in jail and/or legal jeopardy. You have done all you can by alerting the school about her situation but sadly you need to step back given the climate today.
      I taught elem. special ed students for many years and have witnessed much in my tenure so I understand your concerns.

      • mothy67 says:

        My rat is first and foremost. I did sub stuff in Jersey in the eighties. I know the rules and I know how bad it is. I was actually warned about the stinky kids. You try to fix them then parents yell abuse school settles. Yep first day.
        How sad is all of that? On one hand I want the school to shut the fuck up and not trll my kidif I light up birds are going to fall from the sky but the I reach for them for help?

  2. Lulu says:

    PUMA was a disaffection of Democrats more than anything else. And you are right it didn’t jell and one of the main reasons is that Hillary went right into the Obama fold. 10,000 Democratic party activists, contributors, etc who were thrown out of the party sounds about right. This is the contingent who wouldn’t get in line. The rest had to eat shit to stay in good standing with the Obama Party and that included voting for and mouthing platitudes for Obamacare and then pretending they didn’t know what was in it and not supervising the delinquents in the White House. They also had to keep their mouths shut about little things like Benhazi, the IRS terrorizing people, and assorted other criminal behavior. When the target of abuse throws in with the abusers “What difference does it make?” What I think Hillary is going to find running in 2016, which I don’t think she ultimately will, is that her biggest supporters where thrown overboard by HER. So no mo’ PUMA and her strongest states have gone Republican. The difference it makes is quite a lot.

    • mothy67 says:

      I liked PUMA but it became from my perspective all woman. Cool with that but no place for me. I would never vote based on gender.

    • elliesmom says:

      I wasn’t a Democrat to begin with. I was a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton. I felt betrayed by her, but I had no allegiance to nor was I disillusioned by the Democrats. From working on her campaign I know there were a lot of others like me. I don’t know about her personally, but I know a lot of people higher up in her campaign were startled at our response. If Hillary decided to throw her lot in with Obama, and we supported her, our support should be fungible and transportable. They didn’t realize what she had done had lost our support for her. She no longer had any to take with her. She had spent it all, and it was gone. In my case it was gone forever.

      • mothy67 says:

        I was so far from you. I believed I was on the good guys team. I thought republicans were evil and I mean EVIL. I went door to doot for Hillary. I braced myself against elderly women(80 plus) down stairs to go to a van to vote. Then in a blink of an eye Donna Brazille was telling me I did not matter. Sit down shut up. Fat chance no one tells me to shut up. Be quiet, stop talking, god you are fucking annoying with your endless prattle I can take but shut up gets a big fucking NO.

  3. I still cling to the hope that someone from outside the political sphere will emerge. Everyone says it’s not possible but look, the media made a somebody out of the nobody of Obama so they could potentially give meteoric rise to anyone they wanted. Two big problems with that though…one, the msm will only support their own kind and, secondly, who outside of the political realm would stand up to lead?? If you follow that thinking, only Ben Carson has stood up. Sad leadership times.

  4. DeniseVB says:

    I had seen dribbles of this American Spring thing for several months and thought nothing of it as there was no clear organizing other than “be there”. I can’t imagine DC approving a permit for “20-30 million” protestors either. Then it became an Occupy event, come and sleep on the mall, crazy stuff, especially the mission seemed to be overthrowing the government, crazier.

    Though the vile progs had fun with their little hashtag trending just make bad jokes about stupid rednecks. I had to remind them of the many Bush hating rallies they held and he still stayed in office too.

    Tea Party got off to a good start with a massive DC turnout in Sept 2009, but then they got “organized” on all levels, with fights for control by too many chiefs and not enough indians, in-fighting, etc. Then the IRS pretty much squashed activity by denying people to raise the funds needed to pay for the permits to hold the rallies. While the blue cities were ignoring OWS lack of permits, they were charging tea party groups into bankruptcy. Remember, we always have OWS to laugh at and were they every audited for the hundreds of thousands they raised ?

    • 1539days says:

      The Tea Party didn’t have to be big, just big enough to shift the balance. The real problem came when the Tea Party had no money and the Republican donors with money told Boehner that they didn’t want any of that Tea Party stuff affecting the way they do business.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I always thought OWS and the PUMAs had more in common with the Tea Party than the major parties. Too bad all the disaffected couldn’t find that common ground, work together and actually make those changes they all whined about. The Dems treated the PUMAs much in the same way the GOP is treating the Tea Party wing. Still not sure about the OWS, but the media loved them despite not having a coherent message, which I’m still “waiting” for 😀

    • The Klown says:

      The Tea Party started as a GOP astroturf operation but then quickly went rogue. The GOP has been trying to kill it ever since.

      OWS started as a Democratic astroturf operation then went nowhere. One of the weirdest “movements” in history.

      • 1539days says:

        I would dispute that about the Tea Party. The Tea Party was a grass-roots collection of people pissed off that they didn’t vote for McCain because they believed Obama’s crap along with those who knew Obama sucked from the start.

        What Republican operatives did in 2010 was to “focus” the Tea Party on economic issues and not social ones to keep it more broad based. The number of Tea Party candidates who went rogue in primaries wasn’t all that huge considering there were about 470 House and Senate elections that year. At a certain point, the GOP gave up on channeling the anger and started ignoring them instead.

        • Somebody says:

          The economic focus of the Tea Party is what makes it so hated and feared by the left and the right establishment. That is where their strength is, economic issues, the debt, the deficit. It’s when candidates they support wade into social issues that causes them problems. I’m not now nor have I ever been a TP member, but I thought the whole purpose was to concentrate on economic issues and stay away from social issues. Despite claims that the TP is far right wing or what have you, the grassroots of the TP are actually disaffected dems and moderate republicans for the most part from what I’ve seen. That’s why concentrating on economic issues is important, because whenever they or their candidates venture into social issues they splinter.

          Like any group they have their fringes, they should try to contain their fringes if they wish to continue. I’m mostly moderate but lean a little to the right, my husband is the same but leans a little to the left. At times we think we could both agree with some of the TP positions, but then some of the TP people we’ve seen on tv or met in person do not appeal to either of us. We both agree the federal government is too large, but these people that advocate dismantling the entire federal government except for the military are loons in our opinion. So we both shrug and decide we’ll do our best to vet any and every candidate and vote on character not party affiliation……..which btw isn’t the answer at least not right now. You could vote for Jesus Christ himself, but if Jesus is to have any power in the DC cesspool then he has to play the game…….back at square one.

  5. helenk3 says:

    to me PUMA was a wake up call. the fact that there were other people like me who were hurt, disappointed and shocked that the party we believed in for all of our voting lives could have so little regard for the country we loved. That I was not alone. It was more than about Hillary. it was COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS. What was sad that when Hillary traded her voters for a SOS job, it was not as shocking as just hurtful.
    the more I learned about backtrack, the more I considered him an enemy of this country. He was raised to dislike this country and do what he could to hurt this country. So far in the years he has been in office he has lived up to that belief.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Amen Helen Vote the person not the party!! 😀

    • leslie says:

      This is how I felt as well – about PUMA and Hillary. . . Not shocked, just terribly sad and disappointed. And from the first time I ever met him, I smelled a rat and an enemy in Obama. I still do.

  6. mothy67 says:

    I hiiave something to say about bullying
    GROW UP. My charge was told her home life was wierd by another kid. I said to my baby girl that one threat we never have to worry about is someone calling me normal. I handled it. School made a production of it.
    I have lived through hell. 16 being beaten and pissed on while guys with erections call you faggot. You wallow in it but eventually you have to get up. I tried the therapy thing. Guess what you still have to get up.I have zero patience for the pity party. Kid does not yet know I am gay one day I will have to face that. Faith Hill has a song called the Way You Love Me- it’s not right it’s not fair what you’re missing over there. OUCH. Baby girl will never come home to June and Ward Cleaver. Wish I could make that her life. Those little fat chubby arms put themselves around my neck and held on. She was only months old. That shit changes you.
    Not sure where you guys live but being a steel town kid that has traveled a bit and then seeing my childhood world a new. There is an accepting underclass in America.

  7. piper says:

    BTW – Helen congratulations on selling your house and moving across country.
    Mothy – congratulations on winning your custody case.
    Votermom – How is your mother-in-law doing?

  8. lyn says:

    PUMA would have meant something if the 18 million Hillary primary voters would have refused to vote for Obama in 2008 and 2012.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Will he have time, given all the women beating he does.

      • Lulu says:

        I would assign one of the lady Republican prosecutor/Congresswomen to dog his ass and make him explode. He won’t do much harm if he is in a million pieces stuck to the wall. And because that is just what would happen he will not be allowed anywhere near the select committee.

    • Somebody says:

      The republicans should be so lucky! Grayson is an ass, even a lot of d’s can’t stand him. If the republicans were smart……and they’re not…..they’d raise a stink about Grayson. Don’t you dare put Grayson on that committee, don’t you dare through us in that briar patch Nancy Pelosi!

  9. mothy67 says:

    This is funny. After e custody hearing a woman called and said it is very important that we be aware. Whatever. He is angry he lost protect. . I go to leave today and of course I can not findmy keyd. Front door has never been locked but I know I have one somewherr. Nope. Then I see her purse hanging on the back of a chair. Bad invasion of privacy. That is her little space and I have no right to go in.
    Did it anyway. Little brat is a hoarder . Thing is stuffed with twenties and lots of them.
    She gets an allowance and I always ssy you want it you buy it but I cave and pay. Not sure if I am mad or impressed. Worst part I had no right to look in her purse.

  10. helenk3 says:

    http://americanthinker.com/blog/2014/05/president_obama_and_us_embassies_ignore_armed_forces_day_but_honored_international_day_against_homophobia_or_transphobia_yesterday.html

    this tells us all we need to know about the backtracks. the really sad thing is that it is not a surprise. It was always there to see it you took the time to look

  11. helenk3 says:

    judge jeanine

  12. The Klown says:

    This Army Colonel’s Epic Takedown of ‘White Privilege’ Leaves Tucker Carlson Speechless:

    • angienc says:

      Kurt is awesome on Twitter — he’s the one that started the #caring to mock the progs.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Epic. Very simple, the privilege thing is purpose is to shut down argument. Any effort like that should be laughed at as the pathetic baby thing it is.

  13. leslie says:

    I wanted to say thank you to everyone for your thoughts yesterday.
    My face is okay. The swelling and discoloration/bruising has stopped spreading, the doc in the ER couldn’t find anything broken beneath the skin. When the swelling disappears, I’ll go back to my PCP and see what she thinks. I was really concerned yesterday; it looked pretty bad and felt even worse..
    I read all your kind words when I finally got home yesterday.That was lovely of you all.

    • angienc says:

      Gosh leslie — I missed your post yesterday & sorry to hear about this now but am glad you are feeling better. (((hugs & healing thoughts)))

    • The Klown says:

      Glad to hear that you’re better. How is the door doing?

      • Somebody says:

        That’s not nice klown! Glad you’re OK Leslie and it wasn’t anything serious. I hope you heal up quickly. Some people swear by arnica to reduce swelling and bruises there may be other things that supposedly help too, it couldn’t hurt to try.

        • leslie says:

          Arnica ? I’m just leaving for the apothecary in Lincoln Square. I hope they have something for me. I’ll ask about arnica. THANKS!!!!!

          • Somebody says:

            Leslie you can buy arnica cream at Walmart and Target where I live.
            http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=94589&catid=183093&aid=338666&aparam=94589
            I think it runs about $7 or $8 in the store. Many plastic surgeons suggest it for their patients to speed healing and reduce bruising. Also, a lot of people that care for seniors use it because seniors have lots of bumps and bruises and are typically slow to heal.

            If you have any scrapes I strongly suggest getting brave soldier antiseptic ointment.
            http://www.bravesoldier.com/antiseptic-healing-ointment/
            You can buy it from amazon or walmart. I only recently found this product when I was searching for something for my mother after she took a terrible tumble. This stuff is wonderful it does what it says, my mom was very thankful I found it she healed beautifully. I’ve used it on my grandchild too with amazing results, so much so when she got hurt again her parents rushed over here for some brave soldier…….they could just buy their own. Anyway both products are good to have on hand.

          • leslie says:

            Turns out the apothecary isn’t open on Sundays. I’m so happy that you have other recommendations for me.. = ) I’ll try the brave soldier ointment. I have to order vitamins from Amazon today, so this’ll be easy.
            thanks.

        • The Klown says:

          Doors have feelings too.

      • leslie says:

        Klown, Yesterday as I was walking out of the ER,
        I was singing, “I fought the door, and the door won.
        I fought the door and the door won.”
        Then I started laughing. Other people were around and they laughed as well.
        The door will live to fight another person. I’m staying away from it, however.

        • The Klown says:

          I got my ass kicked by a rake once. I stepped on it in the dark. Real 3 Stooges stuff.

          I had to go to court with a fat lip and a black eye.

        • The Klown says:

          Don’t be surprised if people assume it was domestic violence.

          When I was younger I cut myself being stupid and needed surgery to reattatch a couple tendons in my hand. After the surgery I had to wear a cast on my left hand for about 6 weeks.

          It hurt my feelings that people just assumed I broke my hand in a fight. A few didn’t believe me even when I told them the truth.

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    Don’t hold back, tell us what you REALLY think!

  16. helenk3 says:

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/oprahs-network-postpones-sam-documentary

    gee now that the public found out about the Sam – Oprah deal it has been posponed

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  19. mothy67 says:

    This goes again with bullying. My cousin Johnny showed up today out of the blue.. He is a plumber. We are 1 year apart. Shared cribs bathtubs and a huge chunk of our lives together. We fight and after not seeing one another for 20 years it took us all of 5 seconds to get in a yelling match.. Perfect.

  20. helenk3 says:

    for all those who complain about America and think we should be socialists, a little wake up call

    http://www.viralnova.com/dark-side-north-korea/

  21. The Klown says:

    JAY Z & Beyoncé Star in New Documentary:

  22. Somebody says:

    This is very interesting about Julian Castro. He appears to be the next Obama so maybe we should all be keeping tabs on him and taking screenshots before everything disappears.
    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/05/mayor-julian-castro-of-san-antonio-had-less-responsibility-than-mayor-sarah-palin-of-wasilla/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LegalInsurrection+%28Le%C2%B7gal+In%C2%B7sur%C2%B7rec%C2%B7tion%29

    • DeniseVB says:

      I lived in Ventura/LA/SanDiego County for 6 years in the 70’s, between the onion fields of Oxnard, the mudslides of Malibu, wildfires of Escondido, earthquakes of LA, tsunami Of Point Magu threats and stinkiy marine layers, was so happy to return to my East Coastie roots. And it was green. Lovely green. 😀

  23. Underwhelmed says:

    Best quote evah:

    Online liberalism, as I’ve said many times, is not actually a series of political beliefs and alliances but instead a set of social cues that are adopted to demonstrate one’s class background — economic class, certainly, but more cultural class, the various linguistic and consumptive signals that assure those around you that you’re the right kind of person and which appear to be the only thing that America’s 20-something progressives really care about anymore. The dominance of personal branding and cultural signaling over political theory means that liberal attitudes change very rapidly and then congeal into a consensus that is supposedly so obviously correct that it does not need defending.

    Fredrik deBoer

  24. DeniseVB says:

    OT: Or Not: Since 1992 my special needs child has had a city caseworker who got us. Either send us the SSI/Medicare or you can have him. We’ve saved the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars over the years. I think she retired (which would have been nice to know), now we have a new caseworker who’s crossing the i’s and dotting the t’s …..and threatening Welfare Fraud if we don’t start itemizing his every freaking expense. We’ve been allowed to charge him 1/3 our household expenses to cover his ‘expenses’ for 20+ years. It would have been more if I itemized, we never include the vacation expenses. Thanks for letting me rant guys.

    • leslie says:

      Too bad you’re not illegal. You’d get free stuff for life and not ever have to document it. /sarcasm

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