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    Is mixing politics with emotion dangerous or at best unhealthy?

    Some of the most disturbing and tense atmospheres I've experienced is when people worked up about their politics (usually by others) are fearful their their sued is about to lose or has already lost an election. It's the closest thing I think I've seen to mental illness without the people involved actually being mentally ill. Over the top outrage over the supposed positions of the opposition ofter when their political camp did similar things first and they had little to no outrage. Paranoid about an impending doom. Accusations that the opposition is evil. Accusations that those who support the opposition WANT to see the destruction of society. Knowingly making false assertions of supposed moral character deficits of those who support the opposition. Vilification of anyone they do not personally view as wholeheartedly supporting their side including people still deciding which candidate to support. The use of violent metaphors in describing political discourse. In some countries real violence is sadly seen.

    I remember a while back having lunch with a group of friends around election time. One of the people in our group casually mentioned he wasn't sure how he was going to vote but didn't buy all the negative hype surrounding one of the candidate. Another guy in the group practically lost his mind and I was afraid he was going to start throwing plates at the restaurant.

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    Re: Is mixing politics with emotion dangerous or at best unhealthy?

    Mixing politics with emotion has happened since the very dawn of democracy. It is far more easier to vote with your heart than vote pragmatically for the very vast majority of people. And it's far easier for politicians to tug on heart strings than to use reasoning alone. If politics were not emotional, it wouldn't be politics. Hopefully there would come a day where there is absolute objectivity and reasoning in DC but I feel when that day comes we reach a utopia where there wouldn't be any real issues worth discussing.
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    Re: Is mixing politics with emotion dangerous or at best unhealthy?

    Emotions. The preying on such is more perfectly done with every election cycle. Voters would do themselves a huge favor if they weren't moved by what feels good but what actually is good for them, not now, not tomorrow, but from now on forward.
    Throwing plates, being a hot head, yelling and throwing a tantrum in real life and from the keyboard, that is just show of bad character and lack of self control.

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    Re: Is mixing politics with emotion dangerous or at best unhealthy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    Some of the most disturbing and tense atmospheres I've experienced is when people worked up about their politics (usually by others) are fearful their their sued is about to lose or has already lost an election. It's the closest thing I think I've seen to mental illness without the people involved actually being mentally ill. Over the top outrage over the supposed positions of the opposition ofter when their political camp did similar things first and they had little to no outrage. Paranoid about an impending doom. Accusations that the opposition is evil. Accusations that those who support the opposition WANT to see the destruction of society. Knowingly making false assertions of supposed moral character deficits of those who support the opposition. Vilification of anyone they do not personally view as wholeheartedly supporting their side including people still deciding which candidate to support. The use of violent metaphors in describing political discourse. In some countries real violence is sadly seen.

    I remember a while back having lunch with a group of friends around election time. One of the people in our group casually mentioned he wasn't sure how he was going to vote but didn't buy all the negative hype surrounding one of the candidate. Another guy in the group practically lost his mind and I was afraid he was going to start throwing plates at the restaurant.

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    Re: Is mixing politics with emotion dangerous or at best unhealthy?

    I would vote "no". If anything, I think more people need to have passion and care what's going on. How many people are actually interested in things they're emotionally indifferent about?

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    Re: Is mixing politics with emotion dangerous or at best unhealthy?

    First, let me start off congratulating the OP for a wonderful thread discussion. It's definitely different than a lot of the other nonsense posted up here. Platitudes aside, of course it is dangerous. I have absolutely no doubt that it's dangerous given what I've witnessed on this forum. I have no doubt that DP has current and former members so horribly bored with their own lives that they honestly believe more than 50% of the garbage that they post. To keep things neutral I won't give any specific examples.

    However, you can usually tell by the issues that they discuss and how they discuss them. There are some posters on both sides who can make articulate arguments for why they stand in some such way about an issue. There are others who will just scream that Obama, Bush, Clinton, Cheney - not Joe Biden, cause Biden is a crazy ****er and that's scary - orchestrated some scheme that is out to get them. These people are so emotionally involved in politics which don't affect them on the day to day that they will spend days on this forum posting every article they can find regardless of the website as long as it supports their contrived conspiracy theories.

    That's pretty scary to me. I use this place because my professional/personal life doesn't allow me to have a political opinion. It's not banned or anything, I just don't work with enough people to really have a meaningful discussion. I also try to avoid political discussions in my personal life because I rarely if ever raise my voice and don't react well to someone raising their voice over some bull**** like politics. However, I have no doubt that some people take this DP stuff with them to the dinner table. I have no doubt they cuss out their spouses/friends/acquaintances over politics and I just can't imagine that being anywhere near my life. So yeah, it's dangerous as hell if the attitudes on this forum are anything to go by.

    tl;dr: I've come to the conclusion that many of DP's politically emotional members fit the description of guys flying drones into the IRS buildings or trying to climb the fences at the WH or throwing shoes or sending out Unabomber gift cards. So yes, mixing emotions and politics is dangerous.
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    Re: Is mixing politics with emotion dangerous or at best unhealthy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    Some of the most disturbing and tense atmospheres I've experienced is when people worked up about their politics (usually by others) are fearful their their sued is about to lose or has already lost an election. It's the closest thing I think I've seen to mental illness without the people involved actually being mentally ill. Over the top outrage over the supposed positions of the opposition ofter when their political camp did similar things first and they had little to no outrage. Paranoid about an impending doom. Accusations that the opposition is evil. Accusations that those who support the opposition WANT to see the destruction of society. Knowingly making false assertions of supposed moral character deficits of those who support the opposition. Vilification of anyone they do not personally view as wholeheartedly supporting their side including people still deciding which candidate to support. The use of violent metaphors in describing political discourse. In some countries real violence is sadly seen.

    I remember a while back having lunch with a group of friends around election time. One of the people in our group casually mentioned he wasn't sure how he was going to vote but didn't buy all the negative hype surrounding one of the candidate. Another guy in the group practically lost his mind and I was afraid he was going to start throwing plates at the restaurant.

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    I don't think politics mixed with emotion is necessarily unhealthy or dangerous. One's political positions and affiliations are often a part of one's identity. Even further, the outcomes of political elections can often be quite serious for many people. They can determine whether someone will get affordable healthcare, whether racist police forces will be overhauled, whether schools for a voter's children will be adequate and so on. In some cases, political elections can be a life or death matter.

    In short, I would say that politics mixed with emotion is neither inherently nor necessarily unhealthy and dangerous. Sometimes it can be, but then again, sometimes a lack of emotion on political decisions can be unhealthy and dangerous.

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    Re: Is mixing politics with emotion dangerous or at best unhealthy?

    Depends
    Me, with anger management issues, Not really ..But I was booted from Go Comics, as I delight in attacking the conservatives there; I suspect that the moderator was also a conservative , so that's that. I guess the same could happen here .. but the members of DP are smart cookies .. greater intelligence leads to more tolerance ..
    Adolf Hitler, a psychopath , YES ..
    But, if a man loves his country or his people , then mixing the two is necessary

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    Re: Is mixing politics with emotion dangerous or at best unhealthy?

    I think politics that is not tempered by conscience and empathy is very dangerous.

    That said, mixing emotion and politics is usually not healthy. Politicians do it all the time, half of AM radio is devoted to doing just that, and various advocacy organizations do it all the time, so it certainly works. However, I don't think its healthy as many issues are very complex and when you get so emotional about them that its just black and white to you, most likely that is not healthy for good political discourse.

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    Re: Is mixing politics with emotion dangerous or at best unhealthy?

    IMO, a mix of complacency and compliancy is far more dangerous.
    We need to have a dialogue whether passionate or not.

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