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  •  I have a friend... (4+ / 0-)

    Who has always been a right-winger. During the entire Bush admin - always stayed silent about the civil rights abuses.  He is also a pilot and owns his own plan (which he inherited).  Now, he goes on and on about all of the 'unconstitutional' regulations and procedures for commercial aviation and general aviation.  When I point out that all of those rules were put in place during the Bush administration, he just continues to rail against Obama.  I don't know what to say.  The guy is a very intelligent person, but he can't get over his own cognitive dissonance.

    The 'Free Market' will decide. It will decide that the United States cannot consume 25% of the world's resources and the upper 1% cannot control 50% of the wealth.

    by RichM on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 08:20:47 AM PDT

    •  It's not about the regulations (1+ / 0-)
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      worldlotus

      This is one of those times it's useful to ask if it's about something other than what it seems to be about. I have a feeling it isn't about the specific regulations. It's about the way the rapidity with which the country is changing, and Obama is both a big change being a non-white president, and a symbol of what was happening anyway. People like your friend hate change, find it threatening, and that's what he's reacting to. It might seem like your friend is advocating radical change in deregulating, but they actually think they're rolling back to when things were they way they're supposed to be. Obviously I don't know your friend, but I suggest looking at what he's saying and seeing if that explanation makes it suddenly seem less like cognitive dissonance, and more like a gut level reaction to something unpleasant or threatening.

    •  It's a simple mathematical proof (2+ / 0-)
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      Neon Mama, worldlotus

      Black + Liberal + Democrat = Wrong on everything

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      by twigg on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 08:54:31 AM PDT

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