View Poll Results: What is you default motive is expressing your views?

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  • Venting; getting it off my chest.

    4 7.69%
  • Bashing those with oppositing points of view.

    5 9.62%
  • Pep-rallying those on my ideolgical team.

    1 1.92%
  • Reaching silent observers who are not pursuaded either way.

    8 15.38%
  • Winning over the hearts and minds of those with opposing views.

    5 9.62%
  • No real objective other than shpening my communications skills.

    12 23.08%
  • Other

    17 32.69%
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    Re: Your subconscious motive in expressing your views.

    I don't have a job.
    Either I'm right or you're wrong.

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    Re: Your subconscious motive in expressing your views.

    I post for the entertainment value of debating or, downstairs, the fun of ragging and squabbling. I also enjoy marshalling my ideas on a subject in writing. I always find it necessary to write something down in order to see whether my ideas are coherent. Some of my posts are therefore works in progress. It's also quite fun to play devil's advocate occasionally.

    Have my opinions been changed as a result of being here? Hell yes! On many subjects, including, but not exclusively, about gun control, religious topics, the EU, US foreign policy, the ME. The biggest change I think has come about over the almost 4 years I've been posting here has been my growing frustration with and opposition to the nanny state, not the welfare state so much, but the unnecessary intrusion of the state into private lives - prompted by initiatives from both left and right.
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    Re: Your subconscious motive in expressing your views.

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    I have a friend who asked me to read a chapter in a book he's authoring. He's self publishing at his own expense and he has a history of dumping his hard earned money into his soapbox issues. What I don't get is who is he trying to reach with his book and what impact is he trying to make. I'll add, it seems the only reason he asked me to read a chapter in he book was due to some comments I made to him on politics and that seemingly offended him and that chapter gave his views on the subject. Upon reading it, I'm just shaking me head and I'm not even finished yet. It's filled with polarizing positions, offensive statements and unsubstantiated generalizations one of which is not even close to being true presented as facts.

    I initially thought he was asking for my feedback but after thinking about it, he never asked for it, was motivated by not liking what I had to say on politics in race and only started to act interested in hearing what I had to say AFTER I offered feedback based on an assumption that he wanted to hear what I had to say. He's a good guy and means no offence. I wasn't offended at all but I know others will be if he publishes what he showed me. His problem is he's passionately driven by his political/social ideology, is letting the those with no clue define large demographic groups leaving him with jack squat understanding while making very emphatic statements based on very limited understanding.

    One thing I've learned and still get caught off guard having lapses in judgment in by my participation on discussion boards is how easy it is to unintentionally offend people. Once you've offended someone, it is highly unlikely you'll be able to win them over to seeing things your way. But do most people even care about winning hearts? Are people really just interested in venting? Do people get a sense of internal affirmation by parroting the positions of their ideological team while reaching no one outside of their group? Do people get a charge out of slamming those they consider the opposition whether members the opposition his in the audience or not?

    I'm not asking what makes the most sense now that I'm ranted a bit but what has been you default motive in expressing your views?
    I enjoy politics and have been interested in politics since I watched the Democratic and Republican Conventions on TV back in 1956. I enjoy expressing my views on things, it is good entertainment that at times lets me learn somethings from other I didn't know. I also get a kick on getting accused of being an Obama Hack on subject issues and being a Racist anti-Obama phobe on other issues. Then there are a lot of nice people on this site I would say I became DP friends with. It is always nice to talk to them and get their views on the subject of the day.
    This Reform Party member thinks it is high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first and their political party further down the line. But for way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.

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    Re: Your subconscious motive in expressing your views.

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    My motives for expressing my point of view vary depending on the subject under discussion.[/B]
    And the way I feel at the time, I might add.

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    Re: Your subconscious motive in expressing your views.

    I live to screw with people. Sometimes, however, I do enjoy looking at people who are laughably stupid and posting factual, statistical information to show them how laughably stupid they are. It's usually when leftists have the nerve to discuss finance or economics.

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    Re: Your subconscious motive in expressing your views.

    Actually, I don't really debate anymore, and when I do it's limited to just one thread.
    "Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough."
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    Re: Your subconscious motive in expressing your views.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    I live to screw with people. Sometimes, however, I do enjoy looking at people who are laughably stupid and posting factual, statistical information to show them how laughably stupid they are. It's usually when leftists have the nerve to discuss finance or economics.
    I don't always screw with people but when I do even Mr. Spock admires my Vulcan Mind ****



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    Re: Your subconscious motive in expressing your views.

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    I don't always screw with people but when I do even Mr. Spock admires my Vulcan Mind ****
    Would've been better on a "most interesting man" meme. Just sayin'.

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    Re: Your subconscious motive in expressing your views.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Would've been better on a "most interesting man" meme. Just sayin'.
    yeah but I am a technology challenged turtle. And I thought we banished MEME from this board



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    Re: Your subconscious motive in expressing your views.

    BTW Anonymous polls-in the words of my Amish friends

    SUCKETH!!



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