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  •  It's different everywhere. (5+ / 0-)

    I live in CT in Fairfield county.  I know lots of republicans.  Most of them are primarily fiscal conservatives and generally socially liberal in a typical New England way.  I wouldn't believe for a second that any of them I know want me or any liberal to die because we disagree about politics.  In fact, we debate the issues all the time.

    From my own experience, the most hateful comments come from people who listen to the most hateful influencers, primarily talk radio and FoxNews or from the least educated or ideologically driven.

    The worst case nutjob GOPer I know of was fond of writing LTE's every single week in our local paper repeating Fox nonsense in the lead up to the 2008 election.  He was also the head of the Republican Town Committee.   His letters sounded like a grumpy old man who was angry about how things were changing.  When i found out he was in his mid-thirties I was shocked.  I mentioned what my first impression was to someone who knew him.  She decided to tell him what i said (without telling him it was me).  He was embarrassed to the point that he wrote a LTE to apologize to the community.

    He's also on our town board of finance and our teen center (of which I am on the board) relies on their good will for part of our funding.  So when our new executive director started, the first thing he did was reach out to this guy to find common ground and figure out what made him tick.  It was simple, he wanted to feel that we listened to him and took him seriously.  So we did.  Now he's one of our biggest allies.   He doesn't always agree, but we always find a way to move forward without hurting the teen center and last budget season, when we needed a bump in funding, he stood by us.

    I don't know if that happens in other parts of the country, but I find it hard to believe that it doesn't somewhere.

    The priest said, "Today's sermon is called 'Liars', but first I have a question. How many of you have read Chapter 66 in Matthew?" Nearly every hand went up. "You're just the group I need to speak to," the priest said. "There's no such chapter."

    by Back In Blue on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 03:54:59 PM PST

    •  You've never been to (2+ / 0-)
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      [fill in the blank of a deeply red state here] have you?

      "If you tell the truth, you'll eventually be found out." Mark Twain

      by Steven D on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 05:45:25 PM PST

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      •  Sure I have. (4+ / 0-)

        I was once a touring musician and I've played, stayed or traveled through every state in the country except MT, ID, AK, HI.   I've run into all kinds of people, the vast majority were decent, kind people.  I've also run into complete assholes and some who put my life in danger. I've run into just about every stereotype that exists in this country:

        - I was threatened and pursued by a band of "rednecks" in North Carolina because we were from NY.  
        - I had a checkout clerk at a Piggly Wiggly in Alabama literally say "ya'll not from around here are ye." That's not a question.  I was naive enough to tell her we were from NY to which she replied, "you best be movin' on, now."
        - I met some kids out behind the club we played on Beale St. in Memphis who really liked our music, which had a fairly obvious progressive sensibility, especially lyrically, turn around a complain about the fucking "black people" up the road playing what sounded likes some killer r&b I wanted to check out.  That one floored me particularly because I couldn't understand how someone who liked our music could be such a racist asshole, especially because we had a Colombian singer who was very dark in complexion and most people thought he was black.
        - I had some "progressive" folks in Madison Wisconsin attempt to "keep us around for a while" in their guest room in the basement.  We didn't get out until our bandmates came looking for us.
        - I was sexually assaulted in the middle of the night by a drunk,  homophobic asshole in Jackson Mississippi who had been insisting I was gay (I had long hair) and though I looked pretty.  Let's just say we left before he sobered up.
        - There was the cop outside the club in Little Rock who when I asked where the nearest ATM was, he said it's about three blocks that way. Then, after realizing I wasn't from around there ask, "where you from, boy?" to which I replied, New York and he then said "oh heck, you can head that way (the complete opposite direction) about a block.  It's a little dicey but I'm sure it's nothing to a big city boy like you."  Still don't know if he meant it as a compliment or was hoping I'd run into trouble.  There was nothing I could tell that was any different from where we were at the club.
        - I met a college friend of a bandmate in Houston who started in on the racist shit 30 seconds after we met him. That was fun.
        - There were the nazi's in the hotel room next to us in Arizona (swastika flags and german helmets).

        I could go on for a long time, but I would venture that none of these assholes ever voted once in their life or were aligned with either dems or republicans. They're just racist assholes.  Sure, we met plenty of other folks who do vote and are probably conservative, but I met far more people of all stripes, some who expressed their views on certain things but rarely did it become hostile.

        Of course, that was 15 years ago or more.  Things have changed quite a bit since then...

        The priest said, "Today's sermon is called 'Liars', but first I have a question. How many of you have read Chapter 66 in Matthew?" Nearly every hand went up. "You're just the group I need to speak to," the priest said. "There's no such chapter."

        by Back In Blue on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 08:32:45 PM PST

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        •  Well, O.K. ......... (3+ / 0-)
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          "Of course, that was 15 years ago or more.  Things have changed quite a bit since then..."

          They went out and bought a dozen guns each.

          And 7,000 rounds of ammo.

          Paranoia has been elevated to the #1 mental state for hard-core race-hate "conservatives."

        •  I'm in Tampa and at least around here... (0+ / 0-)

          ... the racist assholes are Republicans. I can't think of a single racist who is a Dem.

          And btw I'm not a Dem, I'm IND. Former Republican, but that's because I'm from up north, where many Republicans are ideologically equivalent to what is considered a mainline Dem in the south. lol

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