View Poll Results: Is political name calling unwarranted or legitimate expression?

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  • It shows how much more clever and intelligent I am over everybody else.

    0 0%
  • Yes, it's a legitimate form of expression to convey how I feel.

    3 11.54%
  • Don't really care either way.

    3 11.54%
  • No, no matter how you spin it, it's still childish and immature.

    7 26.92%
  • Says more about the person doing it, and NOT in a positive way.

    13 50.00%
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    Re: Is political name calling unwarranted or legitimate expression?

    to OP:

    I voted "I don't care either way." Because I believe in freedom of speech in all forms. Even though it is done to be mean spirited, it really shows the person's "true self" by the words they use, and how they use them.
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    Re: Is political name calling unwarranted or legitimate expression?

    Makes the person who uses it look pretty stupid and usually signifies that they have no argument... or that their argument is weak. BIG pet peeve of mine. When I see it, I automatically lose respect for the individual using it.
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    Re: Is political name calling unwarranted or legitimate expression?

    Ridiculing one's opponent is considered by some to be an effective means of discrediting them in the public arena. The examples you gave in your OP are good ones. It can be effective initially, but overuse causes it all to reach a point of meaninglessness.
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    Re: Is political name calling unwarranted or legitimate expression?

    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyDan View Post
    Ridiculing one's opponent is considered by some to be an effective means of discrediting them in the public arena. The examples you gave in your OP are good ones. It can be effective initially, but overuse causes it all to reach a point of meaninglessness.
    One colorful metaphor can carry the weight of an entire paragraph. FauxNews is a perfect example. If Fox did not make their "fair and balanced" statement so boldly and as if to suggest it was unarguable, it would not make such perfect sense. Fox is a partisan Network making intimations that it is non-partisan and up pops FauxNews and encapsulates the hypocrisy of FoxNews. Fitting, appropos, deserved and in just one metaphor. What more can you ask of language skills.

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    Re: Is political name calling unwarranted or legitimate expression?

    I'm thinking about the political commercials I see. I see one side putting up smutt on the other, then the other side sorta has to comeback with something on that guy. There may have intentions of sticking to nice clean commercials, but then some PAC from the other side tips the teeter-toter. Could be worse, I understand in Brittain the political commercials are really something.
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    Re: Is political name calling unwarranted or legitimate expression?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Is political name calling unwarranted or legitimate expression?

    I'm not talking between two individuals having a discussion/argument and one calls the other a name. I mean directed towards political people on the other side in general. For example...

    - A liberal might call Fox News "Faux News". Or Republicans "Repukes". Or calling Rick Santorum "Frothy" (look in the Urban Dictionary under "santorum", it's not complimentary, but I've seen it a lot on Facebook), or Bush "Shrub".

    - A conservative might call OWS people "Occutards" or Democrats "Democrites". Or even more subtle as making a big deal over President Obama's middle name.

    I will admit that I called Tea Party people "Tea Baggers" for awhile. While it did express in a way my feeling of the movement, I stopped because I didn't feel right doing it. Is name calling a legitimate form of expression to properly convey how one feels, or does it really do nothing more than to cheapen the whole process and drain what little respectability there is from our system?
    If I ever heard those terms on Fox or anywhere else in a respected public domain, I would be floored. When I read them here, I think the users look like complete idiots. I don't know why our posters user them. They think it makes them look intelligent? No, it makes them look like fools.

    These fools think they're saying:

    I think the Occutards have finally over-stepped their bounds and are losing public support.
    But what they've really said is:

    I am a complete bumbling idiot with an opinion.
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