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  •  Yeah, I don't get it either (0+ / 0-)

    I don't know about your dad, but my best guess is that we're dealing with several generations of men (and their hapless go-along wives) who were brought up to respect and not question power and authority, which in their social and cultural world usually meant conservative white Christian men, you know, that whole god, guns and country nonsense that millions of Americans have been indoctrinated into. They deeply identity with this mentality and "culture", more than they do their health, income, well-being, even lives. Even if part of them suspects that it's all a crock--which of course it is--it's THEIR crock, and if you ask them to take it away, they have nothing left, as they see it. I think we fail to understand the power of cultural and social identity in society, and how it's more powerful than almost anything else, including their own lives. And once you get to a certain age, there's no going back even if deep down you KNOW it's bullshit. These people are done.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 08:24:34 PM PDT

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