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GRocky Donating Member (60 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-02-04 11:37 PM
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Why Republican Rhetoric Works
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I've been thinking about this one for a long time, and I think I've at least come up with a plausible explanation.

Republicans, as we know it, spew gallons of meaningless rhetoric and hurl double-sided promises at voters; the majority of whom will realize no (or possibly negative) gain from their politicking. At first, I thought that it was the Republican party's focus on the quick gain of a few dollars via tax cuts that won over the easily-swayed, under-informed voter. I also thought that their focus on "hot" religious issues had a magnetic effect, since so many Christians in this country are the Sunday-worship types that drop their polished, Godly ways the second they leave their shiny, fluorescent lit sanctuaries. But this, also, seems to be a bit far-reaching.

The answer was a lot more simple than that. Remember cavorting about on the playground as a kid? Remember how much fun it was to start rumors about your fellow students, and to join in on rumor spreading, teasing, and the general destruction of the unfortunate child's reputation? Now think, how often did you decide to extol the virtues of your friends? How much time was spent talking about why your friends were important to you and building this type of camraderie? Clearly the answer is not much, if any at all. The fast friendships of the playground were forged through crowding the stinking trough of trash talk and rumors. And that's why Republicans win over voters. Because they aren't afraid to talk trash, create harmful rumors and generally launch smear campaigns against their competition.

Allow me to generalize for a moment in saying that Republicans are much more guilty of stooping to these tactics than their liberal counterparts; one need only look to the guidance of Karl Rove to see the truth in this. The smear tactics of the neo-conservative faction make it easy for me to write them off as the worthless scum that I perceive them to be.

With this in mind, I like to practice the "keep you friends close, keep your enemies closer" philosophy. I try to read/listen/watch extreme neo-conservative news to keep my finger on the pulse. After weeks of doing that, it was easy for me to observe this pattern. Peruse, if you will, the web site of that fine conservative hero, Rush Limbaugh. At the moment, he's got no less than 15 "points of interest" that make vicious, far-reaching claims about liberals. Today, I can't see a single link that praises Bush's performance or offers a clear reason as to why he would be a finer choice. Rush instead employs the technique of bludgeoning liberals so far into the "evil" category that Lucifer himself would garner the vote as the "lesser of two evils" by an uninformed Dittohead.

You'll find much of the same garbage on Sean Hannity's web site. Or Ann Coulter's, or anybody elses.

So, the question remains. What is this all about? Is this just an ugly trait of human nature? A dog-eat-dog instinct that we're born with? Do we try to pick out the weak among us and do away with them in an attempt to make ourselves look stronger? If this is the case, do we need a liberal "champion" like Limbaugh to lunge for the jugular of conservatives? Al Franken certainly doesn't pull anything near Limbaugh's antics on Air America. But that's a difficult question, because I see a lot of Limbaugh's schtick as the distortion of reality and the tarting up of many unsensational leads. It lacks class to say the least. But if the Democrats can't find a way to counter the trash talk of the right, the trough will be crowded by even more hungry voters.

I like to think that people enjoy peace more than conflict, but in this day and age, it's hard to tell. What does everybody else think about this?
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  -Why Republican Rhetoric Works GRocky  Aug-02-04 11:37 PM   #0 
  - personally I think it is because people have turned off  tigereye   Aug-02-04 11:43 PM   #1 
  - and have no clue what good journalism is about  tiedye   Aug-05-04 01:24 AM   #49 
  - Insecure people build themselves up by belittling others.  NightOwwl   Aug-02-04 11:48 PM   #2 
  - I've become skeptical of character assasinations  tiedye   Aug-05-04 01:31 AM   #50 
  - God, I hate being in a social enviroment with insecure people.  ParisFrance   Aug-05-04 10:29 PM   #55 
  - Yes, it is an us against them tactic  Robbien   Aug-02-04 11:51 PM   #3 
  - I agree and that was one reason Gore didn't quite make in in 2000  Democat   Aug-02-04 11:54 PM   #4 
  - Remember though, Gore  shraby   Aug-03-04 12:07 AM   #6 
     - Again, he was too "nice" to fight for what he won  Democat   Aug-03-04 12:23 AM   #9 
        - KICK!  calimary   Aug-03-04 09:59 AM   #19 
  - Rather than "dog eat dog" -  drfemoe   Aug-03-04 12:03 AM   #5 
  - How do you stop the bullies?  sandnsea   Aug-03-04 12:18 AM   #7 
  - fascist rhetoric works here for the same reason the salem witch...  JSJ   Aug-03-04 12:20 AM   #8 
  - How do you improve education when your party has no power?  Democat   Aug-03-04 12:28 AM   #10 
  - ugly trait of human nature n/t  shockingelk   Aug-03-04 12:28 AM   #11 
  - But would it work for the left?  GRocky   Aug-03-04 09:04 AM   #14 
  - Careful pre-planned choice of words and phrases  Bernardo de La Paz   Aug-03-04 12:35 AM   #12 
  - Seize the meme and make it your own. Great phrase.  Robbien   Aug-03-04 01:10 AM   #13 
  - They've gone further than Newt's buzz words, too.  July   Aug-03-04 09:13 AM   #15 
  - Great post - welcome to DU  NewJeffCT   Aug-03-04 09:20 AM   #17 
     - One of the ways we fell out of power  Blue Wally   Aug-04-04 04:59 AM   #42 
  - Bigger loudspeaker, repetition.  Mighty Undecided   Aug-03-04 09:19 AM   #16 
  - It is ESSENTIAL that we TAKE BACK the language.  calimary   Aug-03-04 09:56 AM   #18 
  - Another reason why it works: they are in charge  rman   Aug-03-04 10:41 AM   #20 
  - No, Another reason they are in charge: it works  sampsonblk   Aug-03-04 12:33 PM   #30 
     - it started as early as Nixon, stepped up with Reagan  rman   Aug-04-04 03:05 AM   #41 
  - An unhealthy level of "Woim Syndrome"  JHB   Aug-03-04 10:51 AM   #21 
  - A few other thoughts....  nctomatoman   Aug-03-04 11:10 AM   #22 
  - great discussion  Chili   Aug-03-04 11:11 AM   #23 
  - Interesting  Green Lantern   Aug-03-04 07:20 PM   #39 
  - IOW  drfemoe   Aug-05-04 12:49 AM   #43 
  - Roger that  Green Lantern   Aug-05-04 10:05 PM   #51 
  - Eh  Moonbeam_Starlight   Aug-05-04 10:28 PM   #54 
  - I should have read your post first  Moonbeam_Starlight   Aug-05-04 10:27 PM   #53 
  - now I see...  Chili   Aug-03-04 11:12 AM   #24 
  - "yes, but..." has to be replaced with "no way" or else  Mighty Undecided   Aug-03-04 11:14 AM   #25 
  - Another case: "ties with terrorists":  skip fox   Aug-03-04 11:17 AM   #26 
  - They appeal to man's  bushwentawol   Aug-03-04 11:24 AM   #27 
  - Democrats Must Fight Back  erpowers   Aug-03-04 12:20 PM   #28 
  - So, the Black/White view vs shades of grey  nctomatoman   Aug-03-04 12:33 PM   #29 
  - Not just fight back, that means we are on the defensive  Democat   Aug-03-04 03:37 PM   #33 
  - The Brutal Facsist ALWAYS lurks within us. There are those  tom_paine   Aug-03-04 12:35 PM   #31 
  - It is carefully crafted  skygazer   Aug-03-04 12:43 PM   #32 
  - Well - Organized Evil  AuntieM1957   Aug-03-04 05:40 PM   #34 
  - and never say War in Iraq  tiedye   Aug-05-04 01:17 AM   #47 
  - It is an organized effort on the CONS part...  Lone_Wolf   Aug-03-04 05:57 PM   #35 
  - It works because they just make up shit  Bush was AWOL   Aug-03-04 05:59 PM   #36 
  - and FOX sends internal memos  tiedye   Aug-05-04 01:07 AM   #45 
  - Republicans have an easier sell. They sell greed and hatred,  Cat Atomic   Aug-03-04 06:14 PM   #37 
  - Republicanism is marketed as McPolitics  greekspeak   Aug-03-04 06:23 PM   #38 
  - don't forget the news media  carnie_sf   Aug-04-04 02:42 AM   #40 
  - Hannity looks like  tiedye   Aug-05-04 12:58 AM   #44 
  - I heard that God speaks through Bush so you're WRONG!  Cronus   Aug-05-04 01:14 AM   #46 
  - Fortunately, God sees through him, rather  tiedye   Aug-05-04 01:21 AM   #48 
  - You want me to list the reasons  Moonbeam_Starlight   Aug-05-04 10:25 PM   #52 

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