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summer_in_TX

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13. If I had my wishes, we'd lose the word "stupid." It's not fully accurate and it demeans people.
Wed Apr 24, 2024, 12:06 AM
Apr 24

They are certainly gullible and ignorant. But those are not synonymous with stupid. There are folks with higher ed degrees who have fallen for the con. They have had their emotions played like a fiddle. Their critical reasoning has been undermined in many cases by a diet of disinformation, by being in echo chambers, and by deliberate enflaming feelings of tribalism now for more than a single generation in many cases.

Fox News began in the mid-1990s but conservative talk radio across more than 1200 radio stations predated that by nearly a decade.

By demeaning those who are fully under the MAGA spell, we disrespect those who are adjacent to them. Maybe they believe some of it but not all, maybe they don't. But they do not like us putting down their family or friends. It makes it all too easy for the right wing to assure them that those of us on the Left despise them and be believed. Unhelpful. Those who are adjacent to MAGA are quite possibly persuadable. All votes we can peel away help us re-elect not just Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, but hopefully the Congress they need to accomplish safeguarding abortion rights into our laws and accomplishing our agenda.

But I get the anger and frustration that fuels our reaction. I have my moments, but in private.

BTW, stupid is not the only word I'd wish into oblivion. "Racist" is high on that list too.

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