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

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