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Mon Feb 18, 2019, 07:02 PM

Why do repubs think they are rugged individualists?

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Look at all the welfare rural and Red States get ... Farm Bills are expensive for taxpayers and trump's recent bailouts to farmers. Federal jobs in Red States in excess of population. Nothing but Socialism. How about all the Corp. tax breaks so that they will create jobs? Each job costs 10X more than the job pays. Where is the money going? Now that is not only corp welfare but Fascism. It's no wonder that repubs can't get their political terms straight.

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Reply Why do repubs think they are rugged individualists? (Original post)
Miigwech Feb 18 OP
Kurt V. Feb 18 #1
vlyons Feb 18 #3
vlyons Feb 18 #2
guillaumeb Feb 18 #4
Blue_true Feb 18 #11
doc03 Feb 18 #5
loyalsister Feb 18 #6
Miigwech Feb 18 #7
loyalsister Feb 18 #8
rufus dog Feb 18 #9
muntrv Feb 18 #10

Response to Miigwech (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2019, 07:08 PM

1. blame horatio alger

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Response to Kurt V. (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 18, 2019, 07:11 PM

3. Thank you!

I couldn't remember his name. But his books came to mind.

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Response to Miigwech (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2019, 07:10 PM

2. American rugged individualism - the American dream

is a long time American myth and ideal. It's not supposed to be logical or make sense. So although red necks might have some sort of public assistance, they still adhere to the myth of the rugged individualist. Rags to riches is the myth of America. People with nothing can come here and carve out a better life through hard work and perseverance. It is the American dream.

Way back in the 1960s, I had a college professor, Dr. Gerry O'Grady, who frequently lectured on the death of the American dream as a new theme that was popping up in American literature and films.

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Response to Miigwech (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2019, 07:16 PM

4. Because they are mainly white racists.

With a poor grasp of reality, but a great appreciation for reality television.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 18, 2019, 10:10 PM

11. Some of them long for the days when African Americans were hired for only the deadliest, dirtiest

jobs. Union membership began to decline as soon as Unions where shamed into giving African Americans decent shots at good jobs.

They long for the days when there were no dark skinned immigrants gaining skills for the highest paying jobs. The long for the day when they could barely graduate high school, but get a job that lasted their working career, and even advance to jobs like foremen or a high paying white collar job.

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Response to Miigwech (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2019, 07:18 PM

5. Beats me they are affraid of everything! nt

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Response to Miigwech (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2019, 07:42 PM

6. The stereotype of US success

Teddy Roosevelt made a xenophobic distinction based on a mythology of "America" and the romantic myths surrounding white north American settlers.

It's romantic and self aggrandizing ideal that has been perpetuated by selective presentation of US recorded history, which conveniently glorifies and elevates white settlers and founders. It's a narrative that supposedly reflects our "heritage" and cultural values.

It's like a resume. Think of how all the padding stories and buzz words. An industrious self starter who overcame adversity, etc. Everyone wants to be a person who built the house they grew up in and survived a terrible illness or tragedy, so they scrub their history to find something to make it true.

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Response to loyalsister (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 18, 2019, 07:59 PM

7. Thinking ... "you didn't build that by yourself"

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Response to Miigwech (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 18, 2019, 09:26 PM

8. Exactly

Daring to suggest that people didn't pave the streets in their towns themselves spurs outrage. Given the fact that it's a narrative that elects our policy makers and average citizens repeat about themselves daily, it's actually how the US presents globally.

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Response to Miigwech (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2019, 09:46 PM

9. Republicans are fucking wussies

The join mega churches because they need strength in numbers.

Fraternities and Sororities, same case.

Think of every backstabbing fucking asshole you ever worked with, republicans. Never the guts to go straight at anyone, always the ones who manipulate and lie. They are just bad people.


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Response to Miigwech (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2019, 09:52 PM

10. Slavery is evidence that the US is not based on rugged individualism.

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