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  •  Would you be willing to co-opt them, then? (6+ / 0-)

    Because that is what this diary is really about.  Taking their misplaced anger and redirecting it to those who are the real perps.

    We accuse them of stereotyping while we do it ourselves. Gun events were a very small portion of total events and not everyone at those few events had a gun.  We're probably talking less than a few dozen individuals out of millions. Likewise, every single last tea party member can't be a bigot - that is statistically impossible.  Like every other group, there is a normal distribution with extremes at both ends of the spectrum and a large middle.  It's easy to demonize people if you're never in contact with them and everything you know about them has reached you through a filter with ulterior motives.

    And when people are angry they are easily manipulated and say things they don't really believe in order to lash out, that is true of all human beings except really enlightened ones who have worked on their own flaws.  

    So rather than react equivalently to their over the top fear-based reactions,  it's better to see everyone as individuals with whom we share commonalities, some people more than others.  Build on the commonalities, and later differences will start to disappear. Because we all breathe the same air, we all love our children, and we are all mortal.

    Polarizing hasn't worked out that well so far.

    Which side are you on?

    by wiseacre on Sun Oct 30, 2011 at 08:29:22 AM PDT

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    •  Dividing and conquering the peasantry: (0+ / 0-)

      it's not just for republicans any more. The southern strategy, "Democratic" style, promotes the idea of irreconcilable differences between progressives and would-be (but for their ignorance) populists in the right wing. Just like the original southern strategy, it is a distraction, meant to keep the people from holding their elected officials accountable. Or from noticing that the only "people" both parties are accountable to are Corporate Americans.  

      I applaud the diarist for not falling for it.

      "I'm all for pragmatism just as long as it's not just a slight pitstop on the road to hell." - TJ, 11.30.10

      by output on Sun Oct 30, 2011 at 05:05:10 PM PDT

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