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I was watching CNN (I know, I have no one to blame but myself) and while I am constantly tempted to reach into the screen and attempt to strangle some ass hat trying to be balanced and actually being a moron, today in particular I wanted to lose my mind.  Even more than when Jack Cafferty suggested that Hillary challenge for the 2012 nomination.  They were surprised that 88% of Tea Baggers don't think they recieved a tax cut this year.  The one small hope I have is because of people like Jodine White in the NYT article:

“I don’t know what to say. Maybe I don’t want smaller government. I guess I want smaller government and my Social Security.” She added, “I didn’t look at it from the perspective of losing things I need. I think I’ve changed my mind.

Since we've all known this is the case for many of these people, just whipped into a frenzy by selective information, never mind the out right lies and the histrionics of Glen Beck, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman and co.   That said, for those others, and I mean the man boob sporting, gun owning, melanin deficient types, is it just racism or is there something more going on here?

To paraphrase Fritz Perls, refusal to communicate is the most toxic of human traits.  Not that they aren't willing to shout at the tops of their lungs while simultaneously misspelling things on signs.  Refusal to communicate really means refusal to listen and to enter into dialogue, especially when there is a disagreement. They are self-centered, they think that their way is the only way, with total disregard for others and they indulge in subterfuge, self-delusion and see themselves as persecuted. Their delusions of self-persecution cause them to become angry manipulators which is almost the text book definition of sociopathic behaviour.  Unfortunately for those who have honest reservations about policy, spending and the role of government, it is these hysterical fear mongers who are getting the air time.
 
“Action speaks louder than words” Everyone’s mother has probably said this during our childhood more than once. My father used to say “Talk is cheap, whiskey costs money.” The typical behaviors of those who refuse to communicate are labeled by psychologists as the “fight?flight” response. Those who refuse to communicate are usually adept at manipulation, they have toxic behavior in general and when confronted by circumstances that proves their position is faulty, they will attack or run away, or they will attack then run away. Toxic people are adept at pushing our buttons and provoking an over-reaction in others. But the up side of that is that they challenge us to remain centered and be a positive influence even if there is no reward to us directly. Our efforts to not add to the anger and chaos toxic people use to justify their emotional cruelty and brutal behavior is our best strategy. If they do not run they will not listen using a variety of tyrannical behaviors like bringing guns to town hall meetings.

These are all characteristics of Sociopathic Personalities.  The detachment, the narcissism, the refusal to acknowledge any point of view other than their own.  It is my belief that a substantial portion of the Tea Baggers are actually Functional Sociopaths. They work, they cut their grass, they pay their bills but at the end of the day, they are dangerous and unstable individuals who are really best left alone.    

A final thing that is helpful is to remember that “help is not always helpful.” Recently I tried to talk to a person who was complaining loudly about "Obamacare" at the local pub. I asked her what she thought the new healthcare package did and her remark to me was “I don’t need your help.  You'll just say some numbers and think that explains things.  He's a communist.” For a lot of these people it is probably wise to avoid unnecessary contact as they are not rational and may actually be suffering from a serious mental disorder.

I asked a friend of mine who is a behavioral psychologist to give me a list of the traits found commonly in sociopaths and here is what he gave me:

Glibness and Superficial Charm

Manipulative and Conning

Grandiose Sense of Self

Pathological Lying

Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt  

Callousness/Lack of Empathy

Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature

Sound familiar?   So here is my question: Is the Tea Bagger movement actually a sign of a severe mental disorder, because it sure looks that way to me?

Originally posted to celtic pride on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 06:00 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (25+ / 0-)

    There is a time to think and a time to act and this gentlemen, is no time to think! Bud Boomer

    by celtic pride on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 06:00:40 PM PDT

    •  you've just described Sarah Palin (25+ / 0-)

      Glibness and Superficial Charm

      Manipulative and Conning

      Grandiose Sense of Self

      Pathological Lying

      Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt  

      Callousness/Lack of Empathy

      Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature

      Gee, thanks again John McCain....NOT

      What if the hokeypokey is what it's all about?

      by Julie Gulden on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 06:09:14 PM PDT

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      •  You're right! That does describe Sarah Palin! (10+ / 0-)

        It also seems to describe Rush Limbaugh, Eric Cantor, Glenn Beck, Boehner, Orrin Hatch, David Drier, Jeb Bush, and more.

        I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington...I'm asking you to believe in yours. - Barack Obama

        by Blogvirgin on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 06:41:23 PM PDT

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        •  It describes (2+ / 0-)
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          most Republicans, but I don't believe the baggers to be functional sociopaths. I believe they are very frightened that they will lose their positions to the scary brown people, and it is this fear that Beck and company has used to foment the rabid mobs we are seeing. Anyone can become a part of a mob. Witness the neo-Nazi who was roughed up by a group of counter-protesters today. The mob saw a weakness and attacked, but beforehand they were allowing their fear of the Other, in this case a bunch of neo-Nazis, to rule their logical minds. Fear makes people angry and that is a fact. Baggers come together because they are afraid, and fearful mammals seek other fearful mammals for safety in numbers. Their fears are legitimate to them, because they see nothing but a huge change to everything they hold dear. It was just as easy in the 50s to hang some posters or show some films in towns across the country and get people all frenzied about the Reds coming to get them. It took a little time to show that the McCarthyites were wrong and then people grumblingly went back home and resumed their lives. I truly believe this is what will eventually happen with these batshits in the bagger movement. They will finally be exposed to be a minority in the wrong by the facts. There may be more violence ahead, but I don't think it will be a pasty-white tea partier who will shoot first. It will be some soldier-wannabe, ROTC flunk-out with a militia patch and a beret.

          Mal: "...So then the Shepherd says to the Companion, "Well, a good goat can do that."

          by crose on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 11:07:57 PM PDT

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      •  Or (4+ / 0-)

        every millionaire/billionaire in the world.

        Circulate happiness, give hugs.

        by Maori on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 07:19:21 PM PDT

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      •  Oh, I thought it was Sean Mannity (0+ / 0-)

        I mean, is SP really that glib?

    •  No tip for jargon-laden rubbish. (3+ / 0-)
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      "Do your taxpayers a favor, and leave him alone." (My State Assembly Rep, Marc Pocan, to Denver's City Atty before 2008 DNC)

      by ben masel on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 07:00:48 PM PDT

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      •  I think this describes Republican values .... (3+ / 0-)

        very well:

        Glibness and Superficial Charm

        Manipulative and Conning

        Grandiose Sense of Self

        Pathological Lying

        Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt  

        Callousness/Lack of Empathy

        Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature

        We need to see the Republicans for what they are. Individual republicans may not be "mentally ill" but collective result of the power welded by the Republican party is sociopathic.

        This author has listed many many points of comparison that deserve talking about.

        "Upward, not Northward" - Flatland, by EA Abbott

        by linkage on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 09:25:51 PM PDT

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  •  I don't think it's a stretch... (13+ / 0-)

    to suggest that some of them are mentally ill. I have always firmly believed that Dubya, Cheney, and the bulk of their followers, were sociopathic or showed sociopathic tendencies.

    "Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear." ~ British Prime Minister Wm. Gladstone

    by AuroraDawn on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 06:08:47 PM PDT

    •  In fact, a well-regarded DC psychiatrist... (12+ / 0-)

      Dr. Justin Frank, actually published a book about Bush and his cohorts, stating flat-out that he had reached the conclusion that they were sociopaths. It was titled Bush on the Couch.

      Here is Frank in an interview discussing Bush, but he could just as easily be describing almost any diehard member of the American right-wing.

      Frank Interview

      My view is that he is a puppet who chose his puppeteers, so in that sense he is dependent on him, but in another sense I think he is dependent on him for supporting his decisions, but I think that Bush makes the decisions. I think that he is dependent on Cheney for thinking them through in public, and for articulating them. And for being the kind of public, outspoken person, and so he had to go with Cheney to the 9/11 Commission. And that's about dependency, I agree with you. But my sense is that he really knows what he wants to do once he hears stuff, and he is basically focussed on very few things. The main reason for depending on Cheney, and I can see that politically, the main reason is that he does not like to do the work of thinking, because it makes him too anxious. And most of the ideas in my book are about Bush's functioning to defend against anxiety. And that's really basically what he's about.

      They like to have others "do the work" of both thinking for them, and publicly articulating the ideas they adopt as their own. I believe the notion of thinking for themselves is a frightening concept for many right-wingers.

      "Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear." ~ British Prime Minister Wm. Gladstone

      by AuroraDawn on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 06:17:10 PM PDT

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  •  Perls before swine. If only... nt (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Of Conserv LEADERSHIP I'll Consider Almost Any (6+ / 0-)

    extreme of hypothesis. But not of rank and file.

    Much of the movement are libertarians. They're very low on compassion, they have fundamentalist beliefs about our system that are absolutely false, and they are fine with the grossly unfair and undemocratic society and distribution of opportunity and success that libertarianism brings.

    That's probably sociopathic by some perspectives but I doubt we could get medical agreement on it.

    The fundamentalists have a realtime supernatural partership with God, and they and their world are the only source of truth and the only legitimate power in the world.

    That's clearly a cult. Rightwing generally uneducated Catholics would also qualify as a cult for the same reasons, though different in detail.

    These people are more deluded than sociopathic.

    Leadership, including the leadership of their information sources? For my money the floor's open.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 06:20:09 PM PDT

    •  Not necessarily low on compassion, either (6+ / 0-)

      I know a family who are by no means low on compassion, at least where it comes to individual people that they know.  But they have a generalized notion that the country is full of undeserving illegal immigrants and others who just want to take advantage of the system.  It's interesting that they can't actually identify any specific people.

      Actually, this family would be in really desperate shape without a lot of government programs, and they're actually aware of it.  They want to move one relative from Texas to Massachusetts because Medicaid here in Massachusetts is a lot less stingy -- but the person who was saying that gave me a bit of a "look" as she was saying it as though she knew what I was thinking -- which was probably quite accurate.  And at one point she was saying that the medical problems make her almost support universal health care.  They aren't uneducated, and they're very well aware that they are a layoff away from real disaster (not even primarily for healthcare).  And what's more, there were a couple of other Republican friends who were discussing all of this like it's perfectly routine.  They're at most moderately religious, and that's not where their political positions come from.  Nor do I believe that they're racist, at least not at any level they're aware of.

      A fellow liberal friend and I were discussing this cognitive dissonance shortly after this little discussion, and we were both completely mystified.

      The one thing this person always says is that she doesn't want to get into a debate with me because I'm the smartest person she knows (at least that's how she puts it -- my translation is that I cite facts and sources to back up my statements).  And she's certainly correct that I'm not willing to cut her any slack on the usual anti-liberal nonsense that she likes to post.

      I think she herself is aware of the cognitive dissonance but for some reason feels trapped by her world view.

  •  yes. (2+ / 0-)
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    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.~Voltaire

    by Randy Flagg on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 06:21:53 PM PDT

  •  Why is it (8+ / 0-)

    that teabaggers are usually insulted on Kos by being called "fat"? i.e. man boob sporting, etc.

    I'm fat, I'm not a teabagger. Should I be? I don't want to break the stereotype.

    We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. -- Jonathan Swift

    by raptavio on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 06:25:13 PM PDT

    •  I could stand to lose a few pounds too (0+ / 0-)

      The fact is that most white men over 45 (80% of the Tea Baggers) could stand to lose a few pounds and man boobs are funny.  

      There is a time to think and a time to act and this gentlemen, is no time to think! Bud Boomer

      by celtic pride on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 06:28:12 PM PDT

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      •  I guess since race, gender, sexual orientation, (1+ / 0-)
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        gender identity and religious affiliation are all out for making fun, fat's all that's left, eh?

        We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. -- Jonathan Swift

        by raptavio on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 07:25:47 PM PDT

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    •  Trees are green... (0+ / 0-)

      money isn't a tree.

    •  There are plenty of overweight liberals. (1+ / 0-)
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      It's just that they have a lot going for them with their beautiful minds and hearts.

      At least with me, if I see someone has an ugly personality, I notice the physical more.

      Someone very close to me once worried that he was physically attractive, because he thought (based on seeing my exes) that I couldn't appreciate it. I can, but first things first ;).

  •  No. (11+ / 0-)

    Some may be sociopaths, but most are not.

    Do not use mental illness, or the particular kind of psychogical disturbances that are personality disorders, to characterize an entire group of people.  I'll give you that many of these people are deluded, feeling chronically left out, unable to fathom the change that's taken place with the election of President Obama. But those things do not make them mentally ill.  

    I agree with Gooserock. It's the deep, hidden leadership and manipulators at work who could be sociopaths.  But not the ordinary people who've been drawn into this.

    Take care that you aren't also showing prejudice against people who do have psychological disorders, by using their status to characterize people you do not like.  

    •  Thanks for the advice (2+ / 0-)
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      But I don't think I actually need advice about not being a bigot.  Thanks for insinuating that I am though.  That was very helpful.

      There is a time to think and a time to act and this gentlemen, is no time to think! Bud Boomer

      by celtic pride on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 06:32:41 PM PDT

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      •  Not calling you a bigot, imho (6+ / 0-)

        Just saying that painting with a broad brush and using the specter of insanity or mental illness is de facto stigmatizing people with real mental illness, a la saying someone is a retard. And that it is ignoring the manipulation of the leadership.

        In my opinion, which btw is not anything special, when we start to dehumanize groups by calling them mentally ill, we are admitting that we will no longer carry on a dialogue, and we are getting ready to do the things that people do to dehumanized groups. I'm old enough to have seen some of it, and the results aren't pleasant. I don't want to gear up for a violent fight, do you?

        Yes we did, yes we will. President Obama

        by marketgeek on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 07:16:00 PM PDT

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  •  I wouldn't turn my nose (1+ / 0-)
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    up at a Hillary challenge.

    Hey.  It's America.

    Catholic Church: Example of Religion thats TOO BIG TO FAIL

    by Detroit Mark on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 06:34:01 PM PDT

    •  I'm surprised that Cafferty said that. There (2+ / 0-)
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      was a video of him going viral on FB a couple of weeks ago in which he excoriates Obama and the dems and says he hopes the voters remember in November.

      It's quite a change in tune for him.  He was a vocal supporter of Obama during the primaries, and he wasted no opportunity to mock Palin during the general.

      It's disturbing that he's done a complete 180.  I always considered him to be genuine.

      •  Eh? (1+ / 0-)
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        You're either for Obama, or for Palin?

        What kind of dogmatic crap is that?

        Cafferty IS genuine.  Just because he called the president to task doesn't mean the next step is serving tea.

        WTF?

        Catholic Church: Example of Religion thats TOO BIG TO FAIL

        by Detroit Mark on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 07:00:44 PM PDT

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        •  Another cognitive dissonance (2+ / 0-)
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          I know someone else (not the family I referred to in another comment) who is very pro-Palin for yet more reasons I cannot fathom.  She's a union organizer who strongly supported Scott Brown (okayyyyyy...), and she stated

          I wonder, is it because she's a woman that there is such raw hatred and fear. It just seems to me that the few women who ran for President like Geraldine Ferraro, Hillary Clinton and now Sarah Palin, the hate and fear is so palatable and the men can get away lying, cheating, the most unscrupulous things and they are fine and we vote them in. I honestly don't think this country will ever let a woman in the office of President.

          and later said (in response to a rather long explanation from me why it's Palin who's the issue, not that she's female) that what's being said about Palin is the same kind of thing that was said about Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro.

          I really, really don't understand some of these thought processes...

          •  I kind of agree with you (1+ / 0-)
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            but I think I can see where she's coming from.  We may make fun of Palin for being an idiot, but some of the criticism of her sounds a lot like misogyny.  Which is what both Ferraro and Clinton got too:  mucho misogyny.

            Over the last 30 years, the Democrats have moved to the right, and the Republicans have moved into a mental hospital. -- Bill Maher

            by Youffraita on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 11:02:51 PM PDT

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  •  Absolutely. (3+ / 0-)
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       Glibness and Superficial Charm

       Manipulative and Conning

       Grandiose Sense of Self

       Pathological Lying

       Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt  

       Callousness/Lack of Empathy

       Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature

    This list describes the tea baggers I know too.  "A lack of ability to consider opposing points of view" also.  You see a lot more meaningful debate on progressive websites than on the wingnut ones.

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 06:41:04 PM PDT

  •  Sorry, can't get with your proposition (7+ / 0-)

    Too many years in professions involving mental health issues, I guess. Fristian style arm-chair "diagnoses" really piss me off. Also, from a citizen and political perspective we can't really write off 20% or 30% or more of our fellow Americans as "mentally ill".

    Legalism: strict conformity to the letter of the law rather than its spirit

    by Catte Nappe on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 06:47:58 PM PDT

  •  Another in a long line of attempts to define (5+ / 0-)

    political opponents as mental defectives. The Soviets made this an art form, and many here admire it, apparently.

    •  Except for the part where I don't do that. (2+ / 0-)
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      And clearly state that the problem with the movement is that its been hijacked by the crazies and it eclipses the reasonable ones.  It's tremendous of you to compare your fellow posters to Stalinists though.  Well done.

      There is a time to think and a time to act and this gentlemen, is no time to think! Bud Boomer

      by celtic pride on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 08:04:28 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, you did: (0+ / 0-)

        It is my belief that a substantial portion of the Tea Baggers are actually Functional Sociopaths. They work, they cut their grass, they pay their bills but at the end of the day, they are dangerous and unstable individuals who are really best left alone.

        Is the Tea Bagger movement actually a sign of a severe mental disorder, because it sure looks that way to me? [my emp]

        The comparison is apt because the goals are the same. There are non-Soviet examples (but alas, no more flattering), if it makes you feel better.

  •  "Functional sociopath" = the ruling class (3+ / 0-)
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    Functional sociopaths aren't just the mindless thugs on the ground, they're also the ones at the top keeping everyone angry and confused in order to manipulate them into working for them and fighting their wars.

    These people have ruled us forever.

    Liquidate the Empire

    by Visceral on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 07:08:13 PM PDT

    •  A 'ruling class' is what they believe it ... (5+ / 0-)

      many of those teabagging dopes believe in that idea  ... and at some point a large number of them have convinced themselves they'll be among that ruling class.

      In addition, what the right has done a great job at is selling these fools that they have power ... and people will not surrender power even if its just perceived power. I suspect part of the reason why they're so upset the 'Black Guy' won is the one tangible thing that gave reality to that perceived power (their White skin) has been canceled out.

      Yeah, Democratic policies (the ones seen here, not the DLC kind) would greatly improve their lives, but they would have to accept that - gulp - they aren't better than anyone else.

      Also, they are obsessed that somewhere someone is getting something they aren't (which is why you always hear the words 'deserving' and 'undeserving' from them.)

      And some are just flat-out spiteful ... take a teabagger on unemployment or lay-off and hand them a magic wand that would impoverish their most of their neighbors with it having no effect on their on their incomes and most of the bastards would wave it.

  •  Beck, Palin, et.al, certainly, but the (1+ / 0-)
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    ordinary teabaggers we see on TV aren't sociopaths, just isolated and ill-informed.  They watch Faux because it confirms and reinforces their prejudices.  I don't know how to help them, we just have to be on our toes and be there ready to present the other side i.e. the truth.  Eventually some of them will catch on.  For the rest, we'd better show up on Election Day and outvote them.

  •  The thing that is ''wrong'' with them (2+ / 0-)
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    is that they believe that they are fighting a just war. In this scenario, any means possible to defeat their enemy is moral. The idea that they might be lying and the the behaviors implied in pathologic diagnosis are not a consideration for them in this context.
         I am not in a war, I am engaged in a struggle for human rights and social justice. Whatever they do that I allow myself to get angry about, I will use my anger as motivation  to achieve those ends.
       The tactics that they use and are described here generically as pathological behavior, all require anger content to fuel further reciprocal attacks. Yes, be angry but deny them the content that supports them and they will turn on each other, that is what conservatism, in essence, is. i.e. a quest for dominance and power.
           

    Liberty Valence Keep your eyes on the prize.

    by libertyvalence on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 07:48:44 PM PDT

  •  2nd post; vids on the teabagger mentality (2+ / 0-)
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    I posted these a while ago (I have to start uploading again) ... bits from a documentary from Sam Keen's Faces Of The Enemy and David Rice's mentality describes what the teabaggers mentality is all about (though most wouldn't do what Rice did - they would want others to do it.)

    Christmas Eve 1985, David Rice forced his way into the Seattle home of civil rights attorney Charles Goldmark because he was told they were communists ... during the course of the night Rice tied the family up, chloroformed them into unconsciousness, stuck them over the heads with a metal iron, and stabbed them in the hearts: Sam Keen interview with convicted murderer David Rice: Part One (1986)

    Not too much focus on Rice in this segment, but his influences (such as the Committee of Christan Patriots) ... I believe the writer recounting his Vietnam experiences is Frederick Downs Jr. who wrote the book "Aftermath" on his return to Vietnam after the war: Sam Keen interview with convicted murderer David Rice: Part Two (1986)

    Last segment involving Sam Keen's interview with David Rice. Despite murdering 4 innocent people, Rice still believes he's a good person who "fights to keep people alive": Sam Keen interview with convicted murderer David Rice: Part Three (1986)

    Original teabaggers ... Members of the NJ John Birch Society discuss recruitment and the impeachment of then Chief Justice Earl Warren: John Birch Society meeting circa 1964

  •  Well, the "good people" of Germany (1+ / 0-)
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    supported Hitler and tea-baggers are no different. Unfortunately the big lie is still alive and well.

    Let the pastors, rabbis and mullahs mutter their mumbo-jumbo in private and leave the rest of us alone.

    by detler on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 08:31:14 PM PDT

  •  Your Tax Dollars Paid for this Study: (2+ / 0-)
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    http://www.awitness.org/...

    Authoritarian attitudes, which may be elicited by situational threats, combine an anxious veneration of authority and convention with a vindictiveness toward subordinates and deviants

    (There are) two main directions in which extremely conservative and authoritarian attitudes may lead. First, they may lead to an actively hostile or dominant approach to dealing with socially sanctioned scapegoats and devalued out-groups, which is also the primary focus of social dominance theory (Sidanius & Pratto, 1999; Whitley,1999). Second, RWA may lead to a more passively submissive or deferential posture toward authorities, which would make its subscribers ideal candidates to follow the next Hitler or Mussolini(Altemeyer, 1998; Fromm, 1941; Reich, 1946/1970). Thus, extreme right-wing attitudes "lock" people into a "dominance submissive authoritarian embrace".

    "the tendency to perceive ambiguous situations as sources of threat" (p. 29).Intolerance of ambiguity, by increasing cognitive and motivational tendencies to seek certainty, is hypothesized to lead people to cling to the familiar, to arrive at premature conclusions, and to impose simplistic cliche´s and stereotypes.

    the common basis for all the various components of the conservative attitude syndrome is a generalized susceptibility to experiencing threat or anxiety in the face of uncertainty.
    (There are) different sources of threat or uncertainty, including death, anarchy, foreigners, dissent,complexity, novelty, ambiguity, and social change. Conservative attitudinal responses to these sources of uncertainty include superstition,religious dogmatism, ethnocentrism, militarism, authoritarianism,punitiveness, conventionality, and rigid morality.

    High RWA's are scared. They see the world as a dangerous  place, as society teeters on the brink of self-destruction from evil andviolence. This fear appears to instigate aggression in them. Second,right-wing authoritarians tend to be highly self-righteous. They think themselves much more moral and upstanding than others—a self perception considerably aided by self-deception, their religious training,and some very efficient guilt evaporators (such as going to confession). This self-righteousness disinhibits their aggressiveness.

    and much much more.

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