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  •  Excellent summary (10+ / 0-)

    I think you got it exactly right.

    I think I know something a little more mind-boggling:
    I think that late in the civil war there were some black slaves who actually fought on the side of the Confederacy.  But back then there was no radio, TV or telephones, and they managed to keep almost all slaves illiterate; so those slaves had the 'excuse' that they were kept out of touch.  
    The people protesting health insurance reform just have to change the channel from Fox to MSNBC to start hearing the other side of the debate.  They're keeping themselves out of touch.  In a way, that's more mind-boggling.

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Sun Aug 09, 2009 at 12:45:35 PM PDT

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    •  That's what's called... (5+ / 0-)

      ..."Willful Ignorance"

      •  I call it belligerent, arrogant ignorance-- (3+ / 0-)
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        The are so intimidated by education, so fearful that someone will call them "stupid" that they figuratively knee themselves with baseball bats while claiming "I meant to do that!" It brings to mind Forrest Gump's mother's words of wisdom:

        Stupid is as stupid does.

        I'm not me minus anything; I'm me plus this experience. ...Michael J. Fox

        by Mlle Orignalmale on Sun Aug 09, 2009 at 06:44:01 PM PDT

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    •  Ironically... (1+ / 0-)
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      WRT to slaves fighting on the side of the Confederacy, as the South was running out of men, near the end, there was a plan to have some sort of 'open enrollment', where any slave could sign up for the Army and gain his freedom. (Sorta like we do for citizenship.) Even over the wishes of his owner.

      The irony was, of course, that such a plan would, of course, be a violation of the Confederacy's constitution, which explicitly kept the national government from freeing any slaves. However, it was, eventually implemented, but far too later.

      However, thousands of slaves served as servants and cooks and whatnot alongside the white soldiers in the south.

      Even more ironically, the South had free black soldiers from the start, whereas the North did not allow them for the first two years of the war.

      But it's a common misconception of history that Southern blacks were on the side of the North throughout the war. They weren't in any significant numbers. Heck, of the ones that were fighting for them were often drafted at gunpoint from occupied territories.

      Whereas there were a heck of Southern black soldiers on the side of the south.

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