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  •  Their brain cells are probably OK (1+ / 0-)
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    Corporate Dog

    but they are not curious about the world around them and they are motivated (I think) by their own needs.  Literally all they wanted to learn they learned in kindergarten and have no need to expand their horizons.  Learning, thinking, growing, strategy, altruism, competence is a matter of attitude rather than simply the number of brain cells that once existed.  AND they try to make us like littler, stupider versions of themselves.

    •  I compare them to my father. (2+ / 0-)
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      LivingOxymoron, ETF

      My father is also a staunch Republican, and I would say that he posesses above-average intelligence. He managed to put himself through college, and then pharmacy school, all while working night-shifts.

      He also designs and builds houses.

      But my father has no hobbies or interests. Leisure time is utterly foreign to him. Books? Only if they have O'Reilly or Hannity on the cover, and even then, I doubt he's ever finished one of their screeds.

      Work is his life, and if he has no work to do (as he nears retirement) he'll MAKE work for himself. It's not uncommon for me to come home from work, and find him mowing MY lawn.

      When it comes right down to it, my father is as incurious as they come. He has no interest in foreign cultures, food, or arts, and I'd say that this is also a key component of his Republicanism: with no imagination (apart from that which applies to the very focused realm of his work) and no curiosity, you simply CANNOT get inside the mind of your fellow human beings, and empathize with them.

      Corporate Dog

      Still pissed about FISA, but disgusted by the RNC 9/11 video.

      by Corporate Dog on Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 07:19:55 AM PDT

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