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The Velveteen Ocelot

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2. It's a way of separating themselves from those "other" people.
Tue Jan 10, 2012, 10:47 AM
Jan 2012

Most of their leaders are in it just for the money, but they achieve and retain power by deliberately stirring up the fears and prejudices of conservative voters. Conservatism is at its core a fear-based ideology - GOPers are afraid of damn near everything. By demeaning and belittling the disadvantaged and approving policies that hurt them, they are separating themselves psychologically from the things that happened to those "other" people: "I'm not like those people so those bad things I'm afraid of can't possibly happen to me." They cheer the idea of someone dying because he was "irresponsible" and didn't buy insurance - "I'm a responsible person; I bought insurance; that can't happen to me." Union jobs? "I don't belong to a union and it's unfair that union people get paid more than me, so they should lose their jobs. But that won't happen to me." Welfare for the poor? "I'm not like those undeserving, lazy people; I won't ever need food stamps. There shouldn't be welfare for people like them."

And for many, "people like them" means black or Latino people. The racist element just doesn't want any tax money to go to help "those people."

I doubt there's any one answer... phantom power Jan 2012 #1
It's because a high percentage of those Repubs. in power are sociopaths. And these, Cal33 Jan 2012 #3
I'm with you on this. newspeak Jan 2012 #9
It's a way of separating themselves from those "other" people. The Velveteen Ocelot Jan 2012 #2
Torquemada would have been a rethuglican. lpbk2713 Jan 2012 #4
I did not even mention edhopper Jan 2012 #5
Because a fundamental aspect of the RW philosophy is that the strong in society should be allowed to LeftishBrit Jan 2012 #6
Good post! edhopper Jan 2012 #7
Spot on! PurityOfEssence Jan 2012 #12
Wrongly believing rank and file Republicans "delight in suffering" kctim Jan 2012 #8
I love your posts, they crack me up. Ikonoklast Jan 2012 #10
I agree Puzzledtraveller Jan 2012 #17
I think I was talking more about edhopper Jan 2012 #22
If you make $8 or $10 or even $12 an hour hfojvt Jan 2012 #11
Well, it basically comes to the same thing... LeftishBrit Jan 2012 #15
Whut? lonestarnot Jan 2012 #24
I don't minimize their evil - I think you might have been referring to another post. LeftishBrit Jan 2012 #26
Religion. FarLeftFist Jan 2012 #13
I don't know. I think you have to be born that way. raouldukelives Jan 2012 #14
Oh, they delight in suffering, all right . . . Brigid Jan 2012 #16
It Makes Them Feel "Superior"... KharmaTrain Jan 2012 #18
They don't call it the "R-complex" for nothing: IDemo Jan 2012 #19
To get in real good StarlightGold Jan 2012 #20
To have someone to look down on treestar Jan 2012 #21
Verminists! lonestarnot Jan 2012 #23
For all the reasons already mentioned, plus that... Crankie Avalon Jan 2012 #25
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