Henry Giroux | A New American Revolution: Can We Break Out of Our Nation’s Culture of Cruelty?

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Fighting back against the right’s politics of exclusion can be a path toward rebuilding American democracy

This post originally appeared at Salon.

Video: The Denver Post 

The health care reform bills proposed by Republicans in the House and Senate have generated heated discussions across a vast ideological and political spectrum. On the right, senators such as Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have endorsed a new level of cruelty — one that has a long history among the radical right — by arguing that the current Senate bill does not cut enough social services and provisions for the poor, children, the elderly and other vulnerable groups and needs to be even more friendly to corporate interests by providing massive tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

Among right-wing pundits, the message is similar. For instance, Fox News commentator Lisa…

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