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Sat Jan 7, 2012, 04:28 PM

Anyone else think the approach of linking everyone you dislike with devil de jour, Ron Paul

is a really weak-ass way to support Obama? Cuz I do.

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Reply Anyone else think the approach of linking everyone you dislike with devil de jour, Ron Paul (Original post)
whatchamacallit Jan 2012 OP
Trajan Jan 2012 #1
whatchamacallit Jan 2012 #3
ChadwickHenryWard Jan 2012 #6
whatchamacallit Jan 2012 #7
limpyhobbler Jan 2012 #2
quinnox Jan 2012 #4
Old and In the Way Jan 2012 #9
quinnox Jan 2012 #13
LeftishBrit Jan 2012 #15
Bluenorthwest Jan 2012 #5
whatchamacallit Jan 2012 #11
sabrina 1 Jan 2012 #16
Robb Jan 2012 #8
whatchamacallit Jan 2012 #10
LeftishBrit Jan 2012 #19
Romulox Jan 2012 #20
whatchamacallit Jan 2012 #25
Puregonzo1188 Jan 2012 #12
cthulu2016 Jan 2012 #14
whatchamacallit Jan 2012 #17
joshcryer Jan 2012 #18
whatchamacallit Jan 2012 #24
joshcryer Jan 2012 #26
whatchamacallit Jan 2012 #27
joshcryer Jan 2012 #28
whatchamacallit Jan 2012 #29
joshcryer Jan 2012 #30
whatchamacallit Jan 2012 #31
joshcryer Jan 2012 #33
cthulu2016 Jan 2012 #32
joshcryer Jan 2012 #34
cthulu2016 Jan 2012 #35
whatchamacallit Jan 2012 #36
SidDithers Jan 2012 #37
whatchamacallit Jan 2012 #38
SidDithers Jan 2012 #39
whatchamacallit Jan 2012 #40
great white snark Jan 2012 #21
whatchamacallit Jan 2012 #22
nadinbrzezinski Jan 2012 #23
lumberjack_jeff Jan 2012 #41
Ikonoklast Jan 2012 #42
whatchamacallit Jan 2012 #43
Ikonoklast Jan 2012 #44
whatchamacallit Jan 2012 #45
Ikonoklast Jan 2012 #46
whatchamacallit Jan 2012 #47
Rex Jan 2012 #48
bvar22 Jan 2012 #49

Response to whatchamacallit (Original post)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 04:32 PM

1. I haven't a single clue what this means ...

And PLEASE don't explain it ....

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Response to Trajan (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 04:35 PM

3. Lots of stuff like

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Response to whatchamacallit (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 04:44 PM

6. Thanks for reminding me that I had not yet put that poster on Ignore.

You have improved my DU experience.

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Response to whatchamacallit (Original post)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 04:32 PM

2. ya

Yes, it's intellectually lazy, but I'm learning to just ignore stuff like that.

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Response to whatchamacallit (Original post)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 04:35 PM

4. Yes, in terms of the McCarthy like attempts to do so

but the argument is a very weak one, and it really is not hard to refute. Its been done countless times already. But I do get a kick out of the over the top stuff being said. My favorite one so far is Ron Paul being compared to Charles Manson, lol. Next maybe Ted Bundy is on the agenda?

I don't get though why Hitler has not been used yet as a comparison to Ron Paul, maybe Hitler is considered old hat in terms of being a bit stale, but he was a political figure so it makes more sense to me anyway to bring that up than some of the other stuff.

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Response to quinnox (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 04:51 PM

9. Well, I hear Ron is quite popular over at Stormfront.

Maybe you can find posts there that make this comparison?

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Response to Old and In the Way (Reply #9)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 05:08 PM

13. there ya go

But I have not seen it used at DU. It just puzzles me this has not been used yet.

So far Ron Paul = racist and crazy, it seems to me the Hitler comparison fits in well to that narrative. Certainly better than Charles Manson does anyway, lol

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Response to quinnox (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 05:55 PM

15. I compare Ron Paul to Santorum, Gingrich, Romney, etc.

They are ALL devils incarnate.

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Response to whatchamacallit (Original post)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 04:42 PM

5. Also an approach that can apply to many good people. Paul sits elected in Congress

for many, many years and the list of Democrats who worked with him in one way or the other is long, long, long. It is there duty to work with those who are elected. So easy to associate Paul with many in Congress. Just as the President is associated with many nasty Senators, including Frist, Holy Joe, and all. He was in the Senate, doing his duty.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 04:55 PM

11. Yep.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 06:17 PM

16. True, regarding all the Democrats in Congress who have worked with him

Once you start comparing everyone whose policies you don't like to Hitler then you have to have start looking at anyone who ever associated with them. And here we find that Grayson and Kucinich and many other Dems have worked with and said nice things about Paul. This is why it is a losing strategy.

For me, this is the most failed and despicable political tactic. I despised and railed against it when it was used against Kerry and so many other great Democrats. I have not changed my mind on this. Fight your political opponents on the issues, that's all most people want to hear. Leave these despicable tactics to Rove and the GOP and expose them when they do it.

But we lose the tool of being able to attack THEM for these political smear campaigns once we start emulating them. The last people I want to emulate since I find them to be without morals or ethics of any kind, are Republicans.

We have the upper hand on the issues. This kind of garbage only distracts from the important issues that need to be raised and focused on and sold by Democrats.

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Response to whatchamacallit (Original post)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 04:50 PM

8. It's hilarious.

I mean, you're right, it's a weak-ass way to support anyone. Guilt by association, all thinking people know it's a crock.

But I laugh anyhow, because the proportionally weak-ass response that "Ron Paul ain't that bad" is thrown up by half the anti-Obama folks, probably before they take the time to think it through. They feel compelled to react by defending Paul.

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Response to Robb (Reply #8)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 04:54 PM

10. Common Ground

is good.

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Response to whatchamacallit (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 07:20 PM

19. Depends what it's common ground with.

Common ground with far-right-wingers is never a good thing.

This doesn't make it right to use guilt by association, and accuse people of having common ground with Ron Paul, if they haven't (if that has been happening). But nothing can alter the fact that Ron Paul, just like all the other Republican candidates, is a poisonous snake.

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Response to LeftishBrit (Reply #19)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 07:29 PM

20. Our President has made "bi-partisanship" the centerpiece of his administration. By definition, he

seeks common ground with his enemies.

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Response to LeftishBrit (Reply #19)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 08:07 PM

25. Actually I meant common ground with Robb

I probably should have been more clear

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Response to whatchamacallit (Original post)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 05:01 PM

12. Well, the Ron Paul, Glenn Greenwald, Noam Chomsky, Pat Buchannon conspiracy makes sense to me.

Plus I hear they're all agents of Moscow anyway.

Fucking reds, undermining our President!

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Response to whatchamacallit (Original post)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 05:24 PM

14. It's an excellent method to drive some people away from the Democratic party

I am not suggesting that folks who want a 24/7 purge of people for the sake of purging people actually seek to harm the president and the party.

I think they believe they are helping. They are mistaken, of course.

There is an important statistical illusion that buttresses their view. If you drive everyone out of the room who disagress with you then you will feel that you have convinced everyone in the world of your position, because the room is all you see of the world.

In practice, the whole Ron Paul McCarthyite spasm becomes an ironic argument for Ron Paul. The guilt-by-association Paulopalooza bullshit is what George Orwell would have called "objectively pro Ron Paul."

I do not, however, take the additional step of accusing that group of being Ron Paul supporters.

And that is the difference.

They seem to want to force the question, though doing so can only drive people out of the party.

Eseentially, the argument they make (intentionally or not) is "If you don't want war and surveillance and a universal criminal mentality then you do not belong in the Democratic Party."

That is a poisonous message that is, in my view, pretty obviously not good for the party. A de facto Democratic Party loyalty oath demanding that one embrace authoritarianism is a very, very, very bad idea.

But they know best...

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Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #14)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 07:17 PM

17. +1

Well put.

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Response to whatchamacallit (Original post)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 07:19 PM

18. Anyone else think the approach of saying Ron Paul's ideas desperately need to be heard..

...is a really weak-ass way to disagree with Obama? Cuz I do.

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Response to joshcryer (Reply #18)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 08:05 PM

24. When did antiwar/pro civil liberties stances become Ron Paul's ideas?

He's just the only one talking about them, unfortunately. Thanks for illustrating my point about false linkage with your response.

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Response to whatchamacallit (Reply #24)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 08:30 PM

26. When liberals attributed those ideas to him.

FYI he doesn't represent liberal ideas in any way.

I merely turned your argument around, which is why this is so amusing.

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Response to joshcryer (Reply #26)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 08:45 PM

27. I know this is beyond your comprehension

but very few, if any, people posting on this board support Ron Paul. He's only getting play because our guy is dropping the ball on things that really matter to actual liberals.

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Response to whatchamacallit (Reply #27)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 08:53 PM

28. I have never contended that any progressives support Ron Paul.

Not once have I said that. Not once.

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Response to whatchamacallit (Reply #29)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 08:59 PM

30. Do you know what "implicit" means?

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Response to joshcryer (Reply #30)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 09:02 PM

31. Yes, do you?

"Implicit support" is still a form support is it not?

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Response to whatchamacallit (Reply #31)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 09:09 PM

33. In this context is basically renders the support non-existant on a web-forum.

1 a : capable of being understood from something else though unexpressed

2 a (1) : to promote the interests or cause of (2) : to uphold or defend as valid or right : advocate <supports fair play> (3) : to argue or vote for <supported the motion to lower taxes>

Is "unexpressed support" a form of support?

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Response to joshcryer (Reply #30)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 09:09 PM

32. That's easy!

1.Implied though not plainly expressed: "implicit criticism".
2.Essentially or very closely connected with; always to be found in: "the values implicit in the school ethos".

Example: The belief that non-white persons should be incarcerated at a high rate is implicit in a person's support for the drug war.

Im-pli-cit.

Implicit.

It does not mean, as you seem to be suggesting, verging on or nearly.

It is a thing that is REAL though not stated explicitly.

Algebra is implicit. x + 3 = 5. X is equal to 2 whether explicit (2 + 3 = 5) or implicit (x + 3 = 5)




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Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #32)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 09:12 PM

34. Meanwhile, I'm not convinced implicit supporters of Ron Paul are...

...necessarily progressives.

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Response to joshcryer (Reply #34)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 09:17 PM

35. Another definitional problem, and a much harder one.

Since progressive is not sharply defined I accepted your statement that you had never said any progressive to be a Paul supporter to be true, by your own definition of progressive.

I also do not think I have met any progressive Paul supporters.

I also have seen no advocacy for Paul's election on DU except from quickly TS'd trolls which is what makes the hobby of smearing DUers as implicit Paul supporters such an ugly business.

If a person does not advocate the election of someone running for office then it is hard to see them as supporters, implicit or otherwise.

Perhaps the term you are looking for is "sympathizers"... it has a rich history.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #35)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 09:25 PM

36. Thanks cthuman!

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn

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Response to joshcryer (Reply #18)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 09:57 PM

37. Well said...

A perfect rebuttal to this weak-ass OP.

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #37)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 10:22 PM

38. Well at least I post an occasional OP

Hey, don't I remember you telling the DU2 holdouts they should come over because you're "a different person on DU3"?

What happened?

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Response to whatchamacallit (Reply #38)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 10:28 PM

39. Just following your lead. When in Rome...nt

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #39)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 10:32 PM

40. Uh huh...

Happy New Year, Sid!

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Response to whatchamacallit (Original post)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 07:42 PM

21. Your concern is noted.

Your lack of understanding the hypocrisy is also noted.

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Response to great white snark (Reply #21)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 07:50 PM

22. Maybe you can explain it to me

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Response to whatchamacallit (Original post)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 07:54 PM

23. Yup



This five minute of hate shtick got old a while ago.

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Response to whatchamacallit (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 01:39 AM

41. It's Ron Paul tourettes

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Response to whatchamacallit (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 01:51 AM

42. "Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth and taste..."



Two of Ron Paul's bestest buds, Don Black, the owner of Stormfront and his son pose for a pic with their hero.


Fuck that grinning racist shitbag and anyone that supports him.

Fuck them with a cactus.

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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #42)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 02:30 AM

43. I don't care enough about Ron Paul to get all worked up

but you can fuck them with a cactus... if that's your thing.

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Response to whatchamacallit (Reply #43)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 02:38 AM

44. I didn't write the OP. I responded.

You seem to have some sort of need to obliquely defend his homophobic racist sorry ass.

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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #44)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 02:54 AM

45. You're quite simply

full of crap. The OP is about the dickless ploy of trying to smear liberals and DUers with bullshit accusations of Ron Paul support. A ploy you just demonstrated. Unless you can find a post where I actually defend Ron Paul, I suggest you STFU.

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Response to whatchamacallit (Reply #45)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 02:56 AM

46. Touched a nerve, I see.

My, my.

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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #46)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 02:59 AM

47. Lol. Work it!

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Response to whatchamacallit (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 02:59 AM

48. I don't think the two have much to do with eachother.

Now I know what you are thinking - but posters here seem to have a certain obsession with celebrities be they politicians, rock stars or reality TVEE people...and as such they post far too much about said person out of a need. I don't think of it so much as a want.

Some people love reading those threads and they can be entertaining sometimes, but it is like a Sarah Palin thread that I will pass up most of the time. I've seen that trainwreck and know how bad the damage is.

Oh..this was about Obama...what was the question again?

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Response to whatchamacallit (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2012, 12:44 PM

49. It IS counter productive.

Attacking loyal, active Liberal DEMOCRATS is NOT good for The Party.

---bvar22
a long term, loyal, Mainstream/Center FDR/LBJ Working Class DEMOCRAT,
recently labeled a Ron Paul Supporter, and Fringe Left Wing Wacko at DU.
I haven't changed my position on The ISSUES, and won't be changing my position on
Traditional Democratic Party Values.
If Traditional FDR/LBJ Working Class Values are no longer welcome in the New Democrat Centrist Party,
than neither am I.

SEE?
Counter Productive.



You will know them by their WORKS,
not by their excuses.
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