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    Stop politicizing EVERYTHING!!

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    Re: Stop politicizing EVERYTHING!!

    What a thought provoking OP. Surely this opinion piece was critically important enough that you couldn't wait a few hours to write something about it.
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    Re: Stop politicizing EVERYTHING!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bullseye View Post
    Thanks, and to show I read the citation, here is a quote worth noting from it:

    Not everything should be politicized. That’s not to say that there are no political ramifications for events. There definitely are, and we should explore all of them – civilly, without trying to inflame one another against our fellow Americans.

    The distinction is important. That’s why I appreciated what Sonny Bunch wrote in The Washington Free Beacon. "Politics is important; political decisions have consequences; and passionately arguing for your preferred political outcomes is nothing to be ashamed of," he wrote. "A politicized life is a different beast, however. It treats politics as a zero-sum game or a form of total warfare in which the other side must be obliterated. It alters every aspect of your being: where you shop; what you watch on TV; what sort of music you listen to; who you associate with. If you're not with the politicized being, you're against him -- and if you're against him, he is well within his rights to ruin you personally and economically. You, the political other, are a leper to be shunned."
    I've been arguing about this problem every time I mention the demonizing tactics of moral panic, or the propaganda efforts (repeat a few things over and over to create belief) of most media outlets.

    This very Forum has become so divided that members who once agreed to disagree in a friendly way, now spend much of their time using ad hominin's and other fallacies to scapegoat and dismiss.

    There is absolutely no room for compromise in this cycle of extremism. No respect, just agree or be labeled and damned.

    Little wonder that we have a small number of outliers, the very fringes of society, being emboldened to act out their biases like those examples in Dayton and El Paso.

    The question becomes, how to rein this in while still holding to ones principles?

    It takes effort, and IMO the first step is one step back to self-evaluate, followed by a re-evaluation of ones foundational beliefs and the evidence used to support them. The next step is to come back to the discourse as dispassionately as one is able, and treat one's opponents with the same respect one demands for oneself.

    Otherwise, we end up creating a society so divided by extremes we lose the drive to reach consensus and compromise, and when that option is gone only bad ones remain.
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    Re: Stop politicizing EVERYTHING!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bullseye View Post
    And you give us Townhall.com ..... a well known conservative rag.

    Doc have this Sunday off?


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    Re: Stop politicizing EVERYTHING!!

    Politics, mass media, social media, a bevy of “news” harvesting apps and widely available media creation tools allow us to see the world the way we want to see it. We can also broadcast our view FAR beyond the confines of our neighborhood, our church and our town. We can validate our opinions in a million different ways and we can invalidate the opinions of others with equal ease. The result is that politics has become a function of personal entertainment. Politics is now all about us and we, if we choose, can be all about politics.

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    Re: Stop politicizing EVERYTHING!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Valley View Post
    And you give us Townhall.com ..... a well known conservative rag.

    Doc have this Sunday off?
    I do believe you made the O/P's point.


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    Re: Stop politicizing EVERYTHING!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Valley View Post
    And you give us Townhall.com ..... a well known conservative rag.

    Doc have this Sunday off?



    and you are such a blind partisan that you cant even be bothered to read and understand what you are posting on-kinda making the point of the article.

    Wait...you do this **** constantly...so it might not JUST be because you are a blind partisan and are the embodiment of what is written in the article.

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    Re: Stop politicizing EVERYTHING!!

    Quote Originally Posted by trixare4kids View Post
    I do believe you made the O/P's point.

    Yep...and though I understand the intent of your image you probably should delete it before someone claims you are making a personal threat and not just demonstrating the "kill the messenger" theme.

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    Re: Stop politicizing EVERYTHING!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bullseye View Post
    Good piece.
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    Re: Stop politicizing EVERYTHING!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Adverse View Post
    Thanks, and to show I read the citation, here is a quote worth noting from it:



    I've been arguing about this problem every time I mention the demonizing tactics of moral panic, or the propaganda efforts (repeat a few things over and over to create belief) of most media outlets.

    This very Forum has become so divided that members who once agreed to disagree in a friendly way, now spend much of their time using ad hominin's and other fallacies to scapegoat and dismiss.

    There is absolutely no room for compromise in this cycle of extremism. No respect, just agree or be labeled and damned.

    Little wonder that we have a small number of outliers, the very fringes of society, being emboldened to act out their biases like those examples in Dayton and El Paso.

    The question becomes, how to rein this in while still holding to ones principles?

    It takes effort, and IMO the first step is one step back to self-evaluate, followed by a re-evaluation of ones foundational beliefs and the evidence used to support them. The next step is to come back to the discourse as dispassionately as one is able, and treat one's opponents with the same respect one demands for oneself.

    Otherwise, we end up creating a society so divided by extremes we lose the drive to reach consensus and compromise, and when that option is gone only bad ones remain.
    Killjoy.

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