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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 05:22 PM

Rationalizations of the Right Wing American

The conservative Republican and Teapartier specializes in the simultaneous holding of incompatible beliefs and attitudes. Normally this would cause psychological conflict -- cognitive dissonance -- yet rightwingers frequently explain away or avoid new information or convince themselves that no conflict really exists. What are some examples that you can summarize in a brief statement? Let's try to identify actual commonly-spouted beliefs or talking points or rightwing "universal truths" -- not candidate flip-flops. Maybe we can develop a comprehensive list!

I'll start off with a couple...


- "Liberals are unemployed." vs. "Unionized workers are liberals."

- Republican donors: A bunch of people who HAVE EVERYTHING complaining about the supposed 47% of Americans who are just TAKERS.


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Beartracks Nov 2012 OP
narnian60 Nov 2012 #1
zbdent Nov 2012 #2
zbdent Nov 2012 #3
silverweb Nov 2012 #4
Beartracks Nov 2012 #6
silverweb Nov 2012 #10
rock Nov 2012 #5
Beartracks Nov 2012 #7
thucythucy Nov 2012 #8
Beartracks Nov 2012 #9

Response to Beartracks (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 05:39 PM

1. "I love Jesus." vs. "I hate Obama, liberals. the poor, minorities, the truth, etc."

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Response to Beartracks (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 05:42 PM

2. Pro-lifers who think that there should be an equal number of bullets as there are rifles

in a firing squad ...

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Response to Beartracks (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 05:43 PM

3. They respect teachers so much

they think the teachers should do their job for no pay, just the satisfaction of doing a job well ...

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Response to Beartracks (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 05:52 PM

4. Perfectly embodied in one person I know:

Loves spouting platitudes around the right audience, especially, "I am my brother's keeper." Simultaneously opposes food stamps and all forms of public assistance, saying, "If you don't work (never mind why), you don't eat."

Accepts Social Security and Medicare, but favors eliminating them for the next generation. ("That's different.")

Says, "All are equal in the sight of God," while most often used phrase is, "I resent."

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Response to silverweb (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:17 PM

6. Oh, yeah -- the "that's different" approach.

"Blacks are lazy and and just want free stuff!"

"What about the Higdons next door? Didn't you just tell me he got employee-of-the-month at your work?"

"Oh. Well -- they're different. They're like us."




Or...

"Poor people just need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. If they can't be bothered to work hard and earn a living, then they shouldn't be getting any of my money."

"What about the Mayers at church? You helped run the bake sale to raise money for little Timmy's operation."

"Oh. Well -- they're different! They belong to our church!"

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Response to Beartracks (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 01:00 AM

10. You nailed it.

That's the situation exactly.

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Response to Beartracks (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:18 PM

5. A similar thought that I have had:

RepubliCONs are congenital hypocrites and this one trait allows them to avoid cognitive dissonance.

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Response to Beartracks (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:21 PM

7. The Poor you know vs. The Poor you don't.

"Little Timmy at church needs an operation. Let's try to raise money for the family."

vs. ...

"Poor people bring it on themselves. Let's stop giving them money to help with health issues."


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Response to Beartracks (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:30 PM

8. George Orwell called this "doublethink"--

the ability to hold two completely contradictory beliefs at the same time. As in:

"True democracy is impossible" and "The Party is the guardian of true democracy."

And so, for instance, Republicans consider themselves proponants of a "meritocracy" yet support inherited wealth and have as leaders aristocrats like the Bushes, Romney, the Kochs, etc.

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Response to Beartracks (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:25 PM

9. The bootstrap fallacy

"Pull yourself up by your bootstraps! Too bad you can't afford bootstraps."

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