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  •  This is the sort of thing that the "pragmatists" (8+ / 0-)

    don't get.

    They present their eminently logical and reasoned arguments of what should be, and what you must believe and deride and condescend to and excoriate all those who dare to point out that......

    ....hey, THIS world doesn't run on logic.

    It runs on emotion. Or at best some odd version of emotionally shaped logic.

    They condemn emotion. Even though all logic and evidence points to the immense influence emotion and "irrationality" plays in the political arena.  Even as it shapes our world, much to their everlasting frustration, they deny that emotion in politics can and does exist.

    The irony of course being....that they are VERY emotional about the fact that emotion shouldn't influence politics.

    •  Gut feeling is way more important than facts....nt (3+ / 0-)
    •  Perhaps this phenomenon has something to do with (5+ / 0-)

      the rise of electronic media and the way that we get our information these days.  When people got their information through print media, even though the writing was inflammatory and things were partisan, a written argument required a certain logic to make its case.  With the rise of electronic media, the image is primary and images play directly to emotion.  People sitting around watching Fox News all day are having all of their emotional buttons pushed by the images they are seeing.  Logic is gone as emotion is now the primary decision maker.  Sadly, I think that this situation will lead to the demise of the Republic.  

      And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

      by MrJersey on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 08:21:14 PM PDT

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