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  •  It might have been a turning point except... (13+ / 0-)

    the Right Wingers are already absolving themselves of any responsibility. They've convinced themselves that Jared is just deranged, or that he is a liberal. They've made peace with their conscience, and it's time to stoke more hate. My god, if the death of a nine year old girl will not break their dissonance, what on earth will?

    They hate because they've been convinced they're victims. I've been railing on this for two years now. This is exactly how Goebbels was able to make decent human beings do atrocious acts. Convince your audience that they're victims, that they've been victimized. Once you're able to do that, the victim feels justified in taking more and more severe action to defend themselves.

    They are heading down that path, and I don't see anyone stopping them.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities" Voltaire.

    by JWK on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 12:43:37 AM PST

    •  Nothing, in my opinion. (0+ / 0-)

      My god, if the death of a nine year old girl will not break their dissonance, what on earth will?

      EVERYTHING is them against the world, EVERYTHING feeds into their persecution complex.  And when something happens to one of "the other, not us, THOSE PEOPLE", well ... they "reason" that that person probably had it coming.  After all, if that girl hadn't been brainwashed into being a lefty, she wouldn't have been there, right?  See?  These people can rationalize ANYTHING.

      If you want to fight and die for my right to sit here and bitch, sleep with whomever you want.

      by talismanlangley on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 11:44:24 AM PST

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    •  It doesn't matter (2+ / 0-)
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      that the right absolves themselves.  Scoundrels and sociopaths always do.  What matters is how the larger public views them.  A lot of this reminds me of what happened to the KKK.  For a long time their numbers swelled and they were viewed as a legetimate political group defending family values, nation, and Christianity.  As news of their violence and brutality leaked out their membership numbers plummeted.  What matters is the AUDIENCE (average Americans), not the interlocutors (rabid right wingers).  Keep the pressure on and we'll see them gradually slink away into the shadows.

      •  Thanks for this bit of historical... (2+ / 0-)
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        perspective, and the wisdom in it. At times I'm overcome with despair in these events.

        "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities" Voltaire.

        by JWK on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 12:39:34 PM PST

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