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  •  One thing about explaining things (3+ / 0-)

    to children, is you take them at their word. Its not a stupid question, they really want to know the answer. Sometimes it is hard to do this with adults. Its hard not to think "that's a stupid question" or wonder at the motive for starting a discussion. We might get further, with the low information voters especially, if we could take a question or comment for what it is, and answer in a simple direct way. Thanks for the diary.

    •  You put that well. (1+ / 0-)
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      Night Train

      Maybe I'm speaking in code when I say that it's worse to be misled than to be wrong. After all, what it comes down to is that we have to show people how they were wronged through misdirection in order to get them to consider that the other side might be offering more truth.

      There will always be those who fall through the cracks, distrust everyone equally, and stick with the devil they know, though.

      You're in debt and completely fooled that you can look in the mirror and objectively rank your wounds --DCFC

      by Saska on Sun May 25, 2008 at 08:46:13 PM PDT

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      •  Exactly. (1+ / 0-)
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        Even with someone who expresses something racist or sexist, we may get further assuming they are repeating something they heard, and are actually a better person than their comment would lead you to believe. Obama does this. When speaking about McCain Obama said "he has lost his bearings". This implies he is a better person than his positions whould lead you to believe. I say the whole country has lost it's bearings.
        I have argued in several threads that we can't afford to write off the voters of appalachia for this same reason.
        Oh, I was in that crowd of 75000 also. What a day.

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