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  •  I don't mean to be discouraging. (3+ / 0-)
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    Because I believe in finding the right words for all terrible situations.

    But we can't even find the right words on this site for those of us who believe pressuring our politicians is part of our job and those who worry that we are helping the competition. In a way it's the same divide because it is just as difficult to bridge.

    The Republican Party: Our economic claims are not intended to be a factual statement.

    by Renee on Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 07:55:19 AM PDT

    •  That's exactly what led me (4+ / 0-)

      to post this diary.  The Quakers try to speak truth to power, but also, to address "that of God in everyone." I kind of like that -- it's a nice approach, in keeping with a belief in human dignity.

      I think we might work more deliberately toward a similar practice in this community. There's a lot of it already here.

      (Then again, that hate-mail light opera project is funny as hell. . . .)

      •  I hadn't seen the light opera project. (0+ / 0-)

        Thanks for mentioning it because now I'm amused. It makes me want to break down and go to NN next year.

        You did a great job of writing about the site without writing about it. I find myself wondering if the divide in the country in many different contexts isn't between those of us who could handle the conformity we are heavily socialized with in our first 12 years of school and those who can't. There are a lot of marginalized people in the camp who complain about President Obama's performance. I'm one of them.

        Often to me, it seems like the underlying message from my rightwing friends is "I followed the rules and good things came from those rules for me. Therefore, people with bad outcomes deserve them." That seems like another way of saying "I fit in! You should too!" But… you know… not all of us fit in. And I think it's a far leap for many people to really understand that is what has happened for them. That at some point they didn't swallow the koolaid… or that we are less part of than we want to be.

        The Republican Party: Our economic claims are not intended to be a factual statement.

        by Renee on Fri Aug 05, 2011 at 09:08:37 AM PDT

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