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  •  Maybe you've got it. (2+ / 0-)
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    Tom Rinaldo, srfRantz
    "Pointing and laughing at them and their ridiculousness is NOT going to do it. has the opposite effect, in fact. like hitting a hornet's nest with a stick."
    Except to the hornets and sticks part.

    -- The artificial paranoia is based on lies.

    -- There are only so many lies.

    -- There are only so many groups of lies, so many cross-reinforcing collections of lies.

    -- Pointing and nailing the facts could make sense.

    NRA has been instrumental in selling an extra $50-billion / 100,000,000 extra firearms in America over the last 20 years.

    That's from the crazy lies aobut 2,500,000 defensive gun uses a year. (DGUs.)  There's a whole pack of lies running around with that one.

    How hard can it be to hammer that one down as a lie ?

    "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army Attorney to Sen. McCarthy, 1954. "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012.

    by bontemps2012 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 07:14:13 AM PST

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    •  hard, very hard (0+ / 0-)

      you ever try to get one true believer to give up belief in even one little lie?

      damn near impossible. sadly.

      this is because the prime directive of the right wing belief system is to protect the belief system against all threats including any inconvenient truths, facts, reason, logic, etc. exposure to any conflicting information causes painful cognitive dissonance which in turn causes them to both lash out violently and to hold tighter to their "truth."

      there are, however, supposedly, those who are not true believers and can be "wised up"

      we need to figure out how to reach them with the truth.

      how? got me.

      IMHO Rachel Maddow and the like do an excellent job of breaking down a lot of the lies, but the ones who need to listen to her, don't. so then what?

      also too, Lakoff says negating the lies only reinforces them because they are repeated in the process which has greater success in reaffirming them than the actual negation. He says the only way to combat the RW noise machine is with our own Truth repeated as often as possible to as many as we can reach.

      as I understand him...

      no man is completely worthless, he can always be used as a bad example.

      by srfRantz on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 06:19:15 AM PST

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