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Response to phylny (Original post)

Thu Jun 23, 2016, 05:02 PM

20. I've pondered this question for some years.

I've observed "my" side, and I've seen many of the same knee-jerk reactions, the same repeating of slogans about issues, and, often, the same rationalizing process when a Democrat doesn't do what would be expected in support of an issue.

Part of my observation has been to note the constant mantra of media, and the dangers of right-wing radio and tv, while "my" side is just as dependent, and just as needy when it comes to needing someone on the airwaves to justify a position.

I note this from the outside, because I've never really tuned in to political talk radio/tv. I have, though, seen, here at DU from the very beginning, daily multiple threads about what talking heads on tv or radio say.

I have noted that, at DU, it's perfectly acceptable to use epithets and name calling to put down Republicans, as long as we don't do the same to Democrats.

I've long thought that many Democrats and Republicans often mirror each other.

I don't hate anybody. I find hate to be counterproductive and self-destructive. I don't hate. I disagree, and I oppose, and sometimes I do so vehemently. That's not the same thing as hate. I find that so many people don't understand that; they automatically assume that opposing something or someone requires hate. I sometimes wonder if there isn't an addiction to hate, like adrenaline.

I also think that making sure that people are all caught up in fear and hate makes it easier to manipulate them, makes it easier to ensure that they won't question, won't dissent, will be "loyal."

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