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  •  I support the call for no violence. (1+ / 0-)
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    I do wonder, though, when the hate that groups like WBC, Operation Rescue, Fox News and others actively foment will explode into violence. They certainly do not seem to have learned any lessons from history about the consequences of fomenting hate the way they do.

    Not in the Constitution: free markets. In the Constitution: promote the general welfare.

    by psnyder on Sat Dec 11, 2010 at 11:00:32 AM PST

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    •  I agree. (1+ / 0-)
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      I worry about the same thing. I think that Fox News and their ilk rationalizes violence by not taking responsibility when people act out as a result of the venom they spew 24/7. Rather, they don't think there is connection between what they say and what people do. (Clearly they wouldn't be trying so hard if they really thought this was true. Their entire existence is about manipulating how people think and act.)

      Please donate to HEAL Africa, and support HR4128.

      by rb137 on Sat Dec 11, 2010 at 11:09:20 AM PST

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      •  I don't agree with this part: (1+ / 0-)
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        "Clearly they wouldn't be trying so hard if they really thought this was true. " I don't give them that much credit. I think they are hateful authoritarians with violence in their hearts, who, indeed, see violence as a legitimate extension of the muscularity of their "tough love" policies. While they maintain "plausible deniability," a phrase introduced to the lexicon by the Reagan/Bush administration as it weaseled out of culpability for Iran-Contra, I believe they know enough of history to know where the rabid fomentation of intrasocietal hatred leads. And they're good with that.

        Not in the Constitution: free markets. In the Constitution: promote the general welfare.

        by psnyder on Sat Dec 11, 2010 at 11:29:45 AM PST

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        •  What I mean is (1+ / 0-)
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          they clearly do think their actions affect something about human behavior. That's why they're on television repeating themselves 24/7. I think a lot of those heads spend significant time lying to themselves as well as everyone else.

          But I agree with you about the ringleaders and conductors that set these nasty narratives in motionl. They are fully aware of what they're doing, and are hiding behind plausible deniability, no doubt.

          Please donate to HEAL Africa, and support HR4128.

          by rb137 on Sat Dec 11, 2010 at 12:36:27 PM PST

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