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Left & Right Agree…No Indefinite Detention

February 2, 2012

Congressman Jeff Landry (R-LA, 3rd district) joins Thom Hartmann. When I was 13 years old, in 1964 – I remember going door-to-door with my dad campaigning for Barry Goldwater. But that was when the Republican Party was different – A LOT different than it is today. That was when the idea of the United States as a war machine that should bring democracy to the farthest reaches of the planet to shove our way of life on others down the barrel of a gun was unthinkable. And most relevant to today – that was a time when the thought of indefinitely detaining Americans who might be suspected of terrorism would have been unthinkable to Conservatives.And besides, that wasn’t what Barry Goldwater – the Republican nominee for President in 1964 – believed in. He would have been outraged. This was a Republican Party that rallied behind Dwight Eisenhower – and elected him President of the United States twice in 1952 and 1956. Eisenhower ALSO did not believe in an all-powerful military-security complex – famously saying THIS in his “Cross of Iron” speech in 1953.

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  1. February 2, 2012 11:28 AM

    Reason is 98% Subconscious Metaphor in Frames and Cultural Narratives. But if you frame for the truth, people eventually see the truth.

    Indefinite “Detention” activates the frame: “A child is bad. An adult or teacher with moral authority over them is punishing them. It’s not painful. It’s for their own good. Everything will be fine.”

    Indefinite “Imprisonment” activates the frame: “Fascist dictators. Political prisoners. War. Oppression. RED FU**ING ALERT!!!”

    Why not change your headline to read “Indefinite Imprisonment?”

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