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Wed Apr 7, 2021, 01:34 PM

Why are republicans afraid?

From local writer Mike McFreely Fargo ND

Republicans are afraid.


Afraid of Black people. Afraid of brown people. Afraid of red people. Afraid of yellow people. Afraid of women. Afraid of young people.

Afraid of young people voting. Afraid of people of color voting. Afraid of voting rights. Afraid of democracy.

Afraid of science. Afraid of medicine. Afraid of knowledge. Afraid of public education. Afraid of universities. Afraid of professors. Afraid of teachers.

Afraid of experts. Afraid of doctors. Afraid of Anthony Fauci. Afraid of masks. Afraid of vaccines. Afraid of vaccine passports. Afraid of vaccine chips. Afraid of things that don't exist.

Afraid of history. Afraid of the truth. Afraid of those who tell the truth.

Afraid of books. Afraid of newspapers. Afraid of objectivity. Afraid of facts.

Afraid of wind towers. Afraid of solar power. Afraid of environmentalists. Afraid of the Green New Deal. Afraid of Greta Thunberg. Afraid of change.

Afraid of the media. Afraid of the New York Times. Afraid of the Washington Post. Afraid of MSNBC. Afraid of CNN.

Afraid of Twitter. Afraid of Facebook. Afraid of Google. Afraid of big tech. Afraid of the government. Afraid of the establishment.


Afraid of Democrats. Afraid of Black Lives Matter. Afraid of antifa. Afraid of Democratic Socialists.

Afraid of Bernie Sanders. Afraid of AOC. Afraid of Elizabeth Warren. Afraid of Nancy Pelosi. Afraid of Barack Obama. Afraid of Kamala Harris. Afraid of Joe Biden. Afraid of Mitt Romney. Afraid of Liz Cheney. Afraid of RINOs.

Afraid of athletes. Afraid of kneeling. Afraid of the NFL. Afraid of Colin Kaepernick. Afraid of the NBA. Afraid of LeBron James. Afraid of Major League Baseball.

Afraid of Hollywood. Afraid of actors. Afraid of the Academy Awards. Afraid of musicians. Afraid of the Grammys. Afraid of Broadway shows. Afraid of late-night comics. Afraid of "Saturday Night Live."

Afraid of ABC. Afraid of CBS. Afraid of NBC. Afraid of NPR. Afraid of PBS.


Afraid of Starbucks. Afraid of Coke. Afraid of Nike. Afraid of Delta Airlines. Afraid of Citigroup. Afraid of what Trump tells them to be afraid of.

Afraid of a $15 minimum wage. Afraid of unions.

Afraid of Mexicans. Afraid of Asians. Afraid of Muslims. Afraid of Somalians.

Afraid of caravans. Afraid of refugees. Afraid of immigrants. Afraid of diversity.

Afraid of the FBI. Afraid of the CIA. Afraid of the Deep State.

Afraid of homosexuals. Afraid of bisexuals. Afraid of same-sex marriage. Afraid of transgenders. Afraid of transgender kids. Afraid of bathrooms.

Afraid of big cities. Afraid of coastal cities. Afraid of Chicago. Afraid of Portland. Afraid of Minneapolis.

Afraid of California. Afraid of New York. Afraid of blue states. Afraid of Washington, D.C. Afraid of Puerto Rico.

Afraid of the world.

Afraid of social justice. Afraid of equality. Afraid of fairness.

Afraid of elites. Afraid of academics. Afraid of intellectuals.

Afraid of Planned Parenthood. Afraid of Obamacare. Afraid of Medicare.

Afraid of the truthful past. Afraid of the truthful present. Afraid of the future.

So afraid of the future.

Why are Republican so afraid?

It must be exhausting.

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Greyhead Wednesday OP
abqtommy Wednesday #1
world wide wally Wednesday #2
calimary Wednesday #23
Kid Berwyn Wednesday #3
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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 01:54 PM

1. Thanks for making me realize just why I'm afraid of reTHUG fascists!

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 01:57 PM

2. Good one!

I'm afraid this will offend some Republicans

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Response to world wide wally (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 04:32 PM

23. Which is FINE with me!

All Iíve got for republi-CONS is a big fat loud ďFUCK YOU!!!!!Ē

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 02:04 PM

3. All of them are threats to a Republican.

Republicans especially fear threats they canít shoot dead.

Thatís why they so fear ideas, especially good ones.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 02:50 PM

49. Agree! Ideas are living things and can't be shot dead, only made stronger.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 03:03 PM

4. Simple answer?

Fox News.

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Response to DEbluedude (Reply #4)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 04:32 PM

22. Don't forget hate radio

Portable, ubiquitous, no cable fees required.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 03:14 PM

5. There are two ways of living in the world

The two tribes among USa (sic) reflect the duality of divergent lives informed by faith or by fear, whether in politics, civics, or personal tics.
The world can be accepted as dangerous and inimical to one or as neutral or welcoming by another.

Personalities reflect beliefs in different operational models of self in relation to world. For some all the world is subjectively perceived as foreign and dangerous.
For others all the world is objectively taken as familiar and benign.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 03:19 PM

6. Great post.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 03:28 PM

7. I'm afraid

I don't know.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 03:28 PM

8. They ain't afraid of no virus!

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #8)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 04:03 PM

14. And they ain't afraid of guns!

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 03:29 PM

9. But, these pseudo christians are not afraid of going to Hell.

And, I'm certain they believe in Hell.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 03:31 PM

10. I think it a dominance-control issue fueled by paranoia

Paranoia and fear go hand-in-glove. They believe they are the chosen ones, the privileged, the best and brightest. But many things are greater than they. No that's not right. All things are greater than they.

So their defense mechanism against their inconsequential selves who aren't all they're cracked up to be, is fear of the unknown and the paranoia it generates.

This is a cult response to life itself. It drives all cults.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 03:45 PM

11. Great post! Thank you for sharing with us.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 04:01 PM

12. That's exactly what I ask republicans, why are you such scary cats?

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 04:03 PM

13. "Fear is the path to the dark side...fear leads to anger...anger leads to hate...hate leads to Qanon."

Stupid these Republicans are.

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Response to PurgedVoter (Reply #13)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 09:19 AM

35. You should create a bumper sticker...

And market it. I'd buy it.

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Response to PurgedVoter (Reply #13)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 09:46 AM

37. Indeed.



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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 04:05 PM

15. It's a brain thing. They'll find something to be afraid of. Boogeyman, Great Pumpkin

Whatever. Some brains are just afraid, and they join together to reinforce it in each other.

Lots of research pointing to it in the last 20 years. Read Anderson Thomas: Why We Believe In Gods

I heard his live lecture a month ago. Incredible.

https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Believe-God-Concise-ebook/dp/B00LKBT04U/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=andy+anderson+why+we+believe&qid=1617825982&sr=8-1

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #15)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 10:44 AM

41. They're told what to be afraid of

... it's the eternal outrage machine.


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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 04:10 PM

16. They're afraid of those things...

because all of them are not white, religious males.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 04:12 PM

17. 👍

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 04:13 PM

18. Well, when you put it like that I almost feel sorry for them....Nah

Besides I figure all those fears feed something inside their fearful little brains. Great list and it's soooo long. Poor babies. When do they have time for anything fun?

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 04:20 PM

19. The brainwashed are always afraid of everything - EXCEPT that for which they were brainwashed

All part of the process.
This is the DU member formerly known as sandensea.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 04:25 PM

20. This is a powerful idea.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 04:26 PM

21. Political arrested development

They are spoiled children in the political sphere because they have failed to accept the role of hero in their politics, thinking that in this one facet of their lives, at least, they need infinite protection and everything should belong to them. The classic hero faces challenges and accepts the losses incurred in meeting them because in return they win a level of self-sufficiency and self-understanding that gives them not only personal freedom but the opportunity to transform the world into a safer place for the innocent. The corrupt reject this role, instead continuing the self-centered worldview of the infant, despite being afforded the powers and privileges of a grown-ass adult, and demand their needs be met and their persons protected from an ever-widening class of fearful things.

Why do we liberals give a damn about immigrant children we may never see, while right-wingers view them as a threat, or at least the disposable victims of their own parents' ambition? Because liberals can't be content while the innocent suffer, and right-wingers can't be content unless even the tiniest threat to their complacency is destroyed.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 04:33 PM

24. Brilliant. Nt

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 04:36 PM

25. It is hormonal.

Their fear levels are elevated all the time.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 04:36 PM

26. K&G. Greyhead FTW.

On of the best post ever.
Needs to be spread far and wide across all media.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 05:02 PM

27. Because at their core they are cowards.

Great post.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 11:57 PM

28. Republican brains are different from democratic

Brains literally.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3572122/

Mother Jones article


https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/02/brain-difference-democrats-republicans/



Maybe rethugs are devolving into a different species of human.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 12:12 AM

29. Rank and file; they've been conditioned by decades of heavy propaganda by RW media,

as well as their religious leadership.

Republican leadership? They're not afraid. They've got their hands around the neck of America, and on the verge of squeezing the life out of it. Exactly where they want to be.

It's all just a big, cynical game.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 12:49 AM

30. And Democrats have nothing to fear but fear itself.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 01:15 AM

31. Tons of guns will protect them!

Fear is probably the biggest factor driving insane U.S. gun sales and ownership.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 01:27 AM

32. They don't seem to be afraid of Covid-19

so that's one less worry for them. 🤔

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 01:34 AM

33. It's because they believe all these things are...

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 09:16 AM

34. Fundy churches that preach hellfire

Fux News

Ignorance, fear of the unknown, and limited exposure to others. Since they know and experience so little, anything outside their limited sphere scares them.

Hate radio.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 09:29 AM

36. Fear is the "go too" emotion for half of the population at any given time.

You can scare some people all the time.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 09:56 AM

38. They feel threatened. And they are, so their fear is justified.

But a wise man once said: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 10:02 AM

39. Many of them cling to old MYTHS that they...

... were taught or programmed to believe long ago, to the point that they don't believe their own eyes and ears when they encounter contradictions. Those are just tricks by more-clever "elites" or whatever.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 10:37 AM

40. Weak & Mediocre

They know they are weak and mediocre, so they are scared of competition.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 11:15 AM

42. People are generally motivated by either Love or Fear

Conservatives are motivated by fear. It's in their brain development. (or lack of it)

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 12:33 PM

43. Never saw so much fear on a single page, must be a painful experience.

Humans overwhelmed by fear are a dangerously unpredictable lot. Somewhere I read that the best antidote for fear is gratitude/hope.
Emotions I find sorely lacking in some folks.

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Response to MoriaeEncomium (Reply #43)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 01:39 PM

48. Well said. Welcome to DU.

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Response to MoriaeEncomium (Reply #43)

Fri Apr 9, 2021, 08:38 AM

51. The Bible: Be grateful in all things.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 12:45 PM

44. They're pols.

They're afraid of anything that might come between them and winning.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 12:47 PM

45. In a post a minute ago. . .

I commented that the only thing "those people" have left anymore is hate.

Maybe the other "only" thing they have is fear.

The why is almost easy to discern. For 40 years that's all they've been told - fear and hate. We - that's a collective we the people, the nation - is reaping what republicans beginning with Reagan (at least in recent history) have sown. The government is not here to help. The government is bad. "The other" is bad, evil. Black, Brown, Muslim, Jew, Gay, Trans, Immigrant. They are to be feared, not embraced. Hated, not welcomed.

And since no one on the right has the courage to say enough is enough, the feedback loop for the fearful and the haters is louder and louder. They will hear nothing else and will be open to no other perspective.



This is the DU member formerly known as matt819.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 12:49 PM

46. If you haven't seen it, I strongly suggest you watch the opening clip of The Newsroom.

It's on YT, and "McAvoy rant" is a search input that will find it for you. Best opening scene in the history of television, IMO.

Whenever I read something like this OP, I'm reminded of Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) using the phrase in said rant "...and we didn't scare so easily."

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 01:13 PM

47. I totally agree they are afraid of all of these things. We should BLAME republicans and FOX NEWS.

They both want noneducated minds to manipulate. All they want is to stay in power to enrich themselves.

Ask yourself how can a congress member earning say $180,000 per year become a multi-millionaire.

The numbers do not add up in my mind.

We need public financing and term limits.

Serving in Congress should not be seen as the gateway to becoming a millionaire it should be serving the NEEDS of ALL their constituents not just the ones who can make them rich.

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Response to Greyhead (Original post)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 03:03 PM

50. Exceptional post, thanks. White Rage

is a helluva drug.

Many also hate/fear Bill Gates too.

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