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  •  Sit back and watch the heads explode (4+ / 0-)
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    most of these people don't even know what a damned socialist is. They only know their Hate Guy (or Gal) on the Radio said he is. And they're not allowed to LIE, so it must be true. (<---snark)

    I had nothing better to do yesterday, so I was jerking one around on facebook. The more I pushed, the longer and more convoluted and senseless his word-salad-y responses got. The time he clearly spent trying to justify his incorrect definitions and beliefs around actual facts was unbelievable.

    There is probably an argument to be made that the propagandists  in our midst are starting to have a serious medical impact on some of our people. Some Americans today cannot--cannot--handle facing the fact that they're WRONG about this stuff and have been wrong all along because they have been lied to. That's surely some kind of semi-serious named issue on the mental health side of the human spectrum. I find it a tad scary.

    It is time to #Occupy Media.

    by lunachickie on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 07:31:02 AM PDT

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    •  Authoritarians (1+ / 0-)
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      There is probably an argument to be made that the propagandists in our midst are starting to have a serious medical impact on some of our people. Some Americans today cannot--cannot--handle facing the fact that they're WRONG about this stuff and have been wrong all along because they have been lied to. That's surely some kind of semi-serious named issue on the mental health side of the human spectrum.

      No, some conservative Americans can't face being wrong, or being lied to by their leaders, so they have raised denial to an art form. And they will not accept that they are being lied to by their own (self) chosen leaders. Fox NC knows this, why don't we?

      This does come up often here at DKos, so I wonder how many Kossacks have actually internalized the existence of, and operating reality of, authoritarians?

      Bob Altemeyer, in The Authoritarians, indicates that these traits can begin to form, through parental influence, at four years of age. I feel that anyone discussing conservative "base" politics is way over their head without this knowledge. (Alternative book: Conservatives Without Conscience by John Dean.

      Unfortunately, being conservative to the point of becoming reactionary doesn't find a niche as a "condition" in the psychiatric field. The paranoia isn't deep enough yet, apparently.

      Ranting about authoritarians and their intractability isn't going to change anything, and could be somewhat of a distraction from the issues at hand.

      You meet them halfway with love, peace and persuasion, and expect them to rise for the occasion ~ Van Morrison

      by paz3 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 09:56:58 AM PDT

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      •  This goes deeper than that (0+ / 0-)

        it's not even paranoia. It is denialism bred by our exceptionalism-based culture. Plenty of these people are NOT authoritarian.

        The sooner we realize that the propaganda they've been fed for the last several decades is dangerous,  the better off we'll all be.

        It is time to #Occupy Media.

        by lunachickie on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 11:04:43 AM PDT

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