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  •  Bill O'Reilly's Talking Point Memos (2+ / 0-)
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    WheninRome, Youffraita

    are written at about a third grade level. If anyone spoke to me like that, Bill Maher, Obama, I'd be highly offended, by the right eats it up.

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 08:36:26 AM PDT

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    •  why do they eat it up? (0+ / 0-)

      Because no one makes them feel stupid for not knowing or not understanding things Lefty activists think they should. I've met a lot of dismissive assholes who treated me like absolute shit when I tried to get involved. But what I've finally realized is that I'm going to have to work very hard to get the information I need. And when I do, I will share it with people in my situation - they're not stupid, they just don't know, and they're not bad people for what they don't know. I have teenagers. I can talk to people who know less than I do without making it a moral issue. And this is what I think the Right is particularly skilled at. They will give people who don't know jack shit about anything the time of day the way fake liberals never will. Liberals who like to spout off about equality but only as long as they never have to be in the same room as icky poor people who didn't go to college. Or whatever. Le sigh.

      I wouldn't be offended if someone spoke to me like I was a third grader, because at least then I'd know what they were fucking talking about. Why would you be offended? What's the implication?

      •  It's condescending (1+ / 0-)
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        "I'm going to hold your hand and tell you what to think."

        You know, I don't even disagree with what you wrote. I think we might have different definitions of "talking down" or "explaining."

        I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

        by CFAmick on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 10:27:24 AM PDT

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        •  I might be wrong, too (0+ / 0-)

          and that's fine. What I'm trying to say, and may not be saying well, is that I think there is an assumption that everyone shares the same background and knowledge base. This site is one example of this. Most people here probably went to college, they consider themselves "informed." But when someone is working a shitty minimum wage job where they're herded around like criminals, and commuting two hours on a dangerous bus line where people get shot, and they're worried about how they're going to pay their rent...I could be wrong, but I'm guessing they don't spend much of their free time reading The Nation magazine.

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