Dick Polman reminds me that Jack Abramoff was not President of his college's Republican club, but president of the College Republicans in the early '80s, where he was friends with ultra-rightists Grover Norquist and Ralph Reed. And while he was there, he summoned a demon with this utterance:
"It is not our job to seek peaceful coexistence with the left. Our job is to remove them from power permanently."
Still wondering why we liberals seem so angry these days? It's because folks like Abramoff aren't just crooks; they're crooks who want us permanently silenced. Last I looked, there was still only one way to permanently silence me.
Funny thing is, I do not seek to remove conservatives from power permanently. A society without conservatives would be disastrous. In fact, I seek harmony, not mere "peaceful coexistence," with conservatives. But I will not lie about myself in order to achieve harmony. And I certainly will not seek "peaceful coexistence" with right-wing demagogues like Santorum, Bozell, O'Reilly, Hannity, DeLay, etc. Any "harmony" I achieve with such folks would be a false harmony, like the harmony between President Clinton and the Gingrich House. That "harmony" gave us George W. Bush.