"I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance." William Faulkner
poll is up.
Victim politics is, sadly, the pandering weapon of choice for far too many politicians, officials, and activists.
Anymore, all the panderer has to do is state that some group of people is being victimized and subtly allude to things that get the listener to connect the nature of the alleged victimization to the unresolved family-of-origin mistreatment suffered by the listener and the listener can become thereby seduced into the panderer's "cause".
It's classic manipulation employing a cult-like method, that plays upon the repressed/suppressed feelings of the listener and the listener's unresolved idealization or contempt/resentment toward those they think mistreated them when they were a child.
Everyone, to some extent and degree, has experienced what they believe was unfair treatment when they were a child, treatment that may have indeed also been abusive.
Those harboring contempt and resentment for a parent or someone from their family-of-origin often become the most zealous lieutenants as adults for their cause in this manner, projecting themselves as victims onto the subjects of the issue in the public political arena where they transfer and displace those that hurt them onto "evil" politicians and parties and factions and what have you "who are hurting the poor victims".
Lost in all the acting out is weather there are really any victims at all in the referenced political issue here and now .. and sometimes those alleged by the manipulated to be suffering geopolitical-socioeconomic victimization are actually trying to take unfair advantage themselves, which the so-manipulated are simply thereby emotionally blinded to seeing!
So, I vote "YES" in the poll in response to the OP thread-titled question.
Such victim politics pandering and manipulating is dangerous to the country because it can create an emotional appeal-to-unresolved-hurts mob-rule attitude that doesn't respect justice for all, due process and the rule of law.
And, it's extremely unhealthy for those so manipulated and sucked into the victim politics mentality, as once sucked in, it's impossible for them to effect recovery from the lingering hurts of the mistreatment they suffered as children while they're in the process of acting out their victimization revenge in the public political arena.
Those who haven't healed from childhood hurts end up succumbing to acting them out in their romantic relationships and other relationships as adults, thereby causing often fatal harm to the relationship .. and, they then pass the unresolved hurt onto their children by either behaving in the same idealize-the-mistreating-parent manner toward their children or swinging in-contempt-of-the-mistreating-parent manner to an opposite extreme where they inflict the opposite type of harm upon their children.
When people truly face the mistreatment they suffered as children, often with the help of a therapist and/or support group, and work their program of recovery, all their subsequent relationships are thereby greatly improved over what they otherwise would have been without recovery .. and, they're then considerably less likely to be manipulated by victim politics as well.
Those politicians, factions and activists that play the victim politics card are really hurting everyone, obviously, merely for an easy vote. Manipulating people in this manner is additionally unhealthy for those so manipulated because the authority-validation of the political leader so pandering creates a substantiation to the manipulated person that "I''m doing the right thing by this victimized group of people". Such appeal to authority by the manipulated person serves to keep the so manipulated-into-acting-out person from entering psychological recovery from the childhood mistreatment they suffered because, like an alcoholic must first stop drinking to begin recovery from alcoholism, to begin recovering from childhood damage they'd have to first let go of the acting out in the political arena, acting out which now they're cult-like sucked into compulsively continuing .. some, sadly, for the rest of their lives.
Victim politics is truly very sad for all.
Such victim politics appeal to un-recovered childhood hurts is despicable.
Officials, politicians, activists, all who commit victim politics pandering need to be identified, exposed, and severely reprimanded.
When the election is over and we open our eyes, it will sadly be too late to wonder what the hell just happened.
The trick is to then turn off the emotion and turn on the brain when working out how the new law will read and be implemented.
For this reason, I have come to cringe whenever a tragedy occurs. In part because of the tragedy itself, but in part because we almost always rush to try and fix something based on our emotion at the moment... and it almost always goes too far because our emotion was running high and our brains weren't yet engaged.
If I could have my way there would be a mandatory waiting period of 6 months or one year before legislation could even be introduced. This would give us time to calm down and start thinking about what we want to do... or if anything even can be done.
Last edited by radcen; 05-09-15 at 12:37 PM.
If, when defending your support for Donald Trump, and your response is,
"But but but... HILLARY!!!", then you lost the argument before you even began.
Mixing any important decision with unbridled emotion is dangerous. We have to understand where emotion is valuable and where it is not and stop having people drift through life on a sea of emotion and start thinking critically and rationally. There is a place for everything and everything has a place.
Nothing wrong with emotion alone, the problem is some people don't have the ability to be emotional and logical at the same time.
Last edited by LaylaWindu; 05-09-15 at 07:12 PM.
"We are never done with lessons, not while we live"