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Writer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-02-10 09:55 PM
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Joe or Jane Politico in First Person (or why finding reasons for election results is useless)
If my candidate wins, it's because my politics are righteous and just.

If my candidate loses, it's because the election was rigged, or it was the fault of the media, or both.

I believe in an accessible, heterogeneous public sphere, except for opinions that conflict with mine - that's propaganda and should be outlawed.

Federal court decisions that conflict with my political beliefs are examples of judicial activism; decisions that coincide with my political beliefs are righteous, just, and undoubtedly constitutional.

The institutions of society work only one way - and that is against my interests. Examples where institutions actually do good are flukes; otherwise, I always expect the worst from the educated and wealthy.

Because I always expect the worst from the educated and wealthy, that's the only narrative through which I make sense of the world. I always expect to get the short end of the stick.

If a political analyst in the media validates my politics as moral and just, then that analyst deserves praise; if the same analyst fails to validate my politics, then that analyst is a sell-out and serves only the opposition.

If a bill fails to pass, it's not a political failure but a moral failure. Those fighting tooth and nail for the bill didn't want it, anyway.

I draw simplistic parallels to moments in history in order to justify political opinions I hold today.

I expect my representatives to treat political opponents in Congress undiplomatically, but I also demand that they pass difficult pieces of legislation.

My representative must support my interests in Congress, but I expect other representatives to support my interests, too - not the interests of their own constituents.

Fiduciary bills that serve me are humane; fiduciary bills that serve other parts of the country are pork and should be cut.

I can't tell the difference between supporting a party and supporting a political ideology; they are one and the same to me.

I complain about the viciousness of political talk in the media, but I refuse to respect others when posting on the Internet.

I expect the news media to represent my views, but I still demand objective journalism.

In a nutshell, I am confused, duplicitous, and hypocritical, but I won't admit it. Ever.
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Writer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-03-10 01:28 PM
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1. I'm kicking this.
Sue me!

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