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Fri Jan 24, 2014, 12:27 AM

 

Debating Republicans is like playing chess with a pigeon...

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Reply Debating Republicans is like playing chess with a pigeon... (Original post)
MannyGoldstein Jan 2014 OP
Cleita Jan 2014 #1
Thinkingabout Jan 2014 #2
Bobbie Jo Jan 2014 #4
mercymechap Jan 2014 #3
Donald Ian Rankin Jan 2014 #5
MannyGoldstein Jan 2014 #6
Donald Ian Rankin Jan 2014 #7
godevil10 Jan 2014 #9
bvar22 Jan 2014 #8

Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 01:08 AM

1. Good one!

Happy to K&R

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 01:24 AM

2. K & R

If you told a Republican this then it would take you the rest of the day to explain it to them.

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Response to Thinkingabout (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 07:40 AM

4. lol

Right?

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 01:30 AM

3. Bwahahahaha......

that is so funny, I wish I had said it.......

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 08:09 AM

5. ...and people wonder why American politics is polarised.

I'm 100% certain that Republicans feel exactly the same way, mutatis mutandis. It wouldn't surprise me if this exact same slogan were doing the rounds with "Republican" replaced by "Democrat".

If you're not talking to people who disagree with you, you can't expect them to change their minds.

Conversely, if you don't talk to people who disagree with you, your ability to think critically decays. There's nothing more dangerous to your intellectual health than an echo chamber.

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Response to Donald Ian Rankin (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 08:18 AM

6. Is it possible that one side's right and the other is wrong?

 

Are there Democratic equivalents to these folks:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017171198

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 08:30 AM

7. Possible yes, relevant no.


To answer your second question, I know of no prominent Democrats who have said things which I consider as objectionable as some of the ones you list (although Andrew Cuomo was recently in the same league as some of them, and selection bias means I'm less likely to see a "Democrat says controversial thing" story than a "Republican says controversial thing" story). There are, however, prominent Democrats who have said things which many Republicans consider as objectionable as I consider some of those statements. So it depends what you mean by "equivalent".

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Response to Donald Ian Rankin (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 03:25 PM

9. And in these words lies a significant weakness of DU.

 

"Conversely, if you don't talk to people who disagree with you, your ability to think critically decays. There's nothing more dangerous to your intellectual health than an echo chamber."

Well said sir!

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 02:31 PM

8. I believe this could be generalized from just Republicans...

...to Conservatives of any stripe.

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