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Response to whathehell (Reply #98)

Tue Nov 12, 2019, 07:39 AM

99. :) Well, Whatthehell, you introduced the word sanctimonious.

You know, we have a bunch of conservative friends here in Georgia, and in other states, and in my view you're blowing off as "seeing things differently" what should never be excused. At least in this conversation.

Over two decades ago now what I didn't understand about how conservatives around me thought made me start reading about personality, and particularly political personality. Understanding differences in thinking and moral orientations in no way requires excusing what is harmful and wrong. I do my best to always keep our neighbors' good sides in mind, and they usually make that extremely easy. I actually love and admire some old friends we never discuss politics with. I know that under good, moral leadership, they and a lot of others, not all by any means, would strongly disapprove, and even be horrified, at the very idea of much the politicians they will vote to keep in power are doing.

But not being in denial on this subject, I don't fool myself that many people can be very good and likable, moral beings, in their personal lives and yet be capable of supporting leaders who promise, and do, great harm to others (and would inevitably to them as well).

"The banality of evil" is in the air these days. It really could happen here, and a lot of people believe what's happening on the right, visible in an increasingly fascistic Republican Party, is likely to get much, much worse if we don't manage to stop it. Resistance can't be in denial and doesn't normalize.

See ya round.

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