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We can't All Just get Along

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posted on Dec, 19 2014 @ 12:33 PM
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University of Michigan communications professor Susan Douglas wrote a piece for the nonprofit magazine "In These Times" that has landed her in hot water from GOP leaders.

The whole thing started when the nonprofit magazine altered the title to "I hate Republicans" without the Author's permission for that extra click battiness. You can read the article We Can't All Just Get Along, which is really quite interesting.



I hate Republicans. I can’t stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Darrell Issa or any of the legions of other blowhards denying climate change, thwarting immigration reform or championing fetal “personhood.”




According to a recent study 
by Stanford professor Shanto
 Iyengar and Princeton researcher 
Sean Westwood, such polarization has increased dramatically 
in recent years. What’s noteworthy 
is how entrenched this mutual animus is. It’s fine for me to use the word “hate” when referring to Republicans and for them to use the same word about me, but you would never use the word “hate” when referring to people of color, or women, or gays and lesbians.




A brief review of Republican rhetoric and strategies since the 1980s shows an escalation of determined vilification (which has been amplified relentlessly on Fox News since 1996). From Spiro Agnew’s attack on intellectuals as an “effete corps of impudent snobs”; to Rush Limbaugh’s hate speech; to the GOP’s endless campaign
to smear the Clintons over Whitewater, then bludgeon Bill over Monica Lewinsky; to the ceaseless denigration of President Obama (“socialist,” “Muslim”), the Republicans have crafted a political identity that rests on a complete repudiation of the idea that the opposing party and its followers have any legitimacy at all.


Then the outrage began! From the Washington Post University of Michigan professor says ‘It’s okay to hate Republicans’


Grant Strobl, the chairman of U-M’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom and a member on the National Board of Governors of Young Americans for Freedom, issued a statement urging the school to “take action” against Ms. Douglas

“This is blatant intolerance, and the university should take action on the behalf of intellectual diversity and all of the students who are intimidated into silence,” Mr. Strobl said.


Republican party members have begun issuing their statements. Inside Higher ED


Bobby Schostak, chairman of the Michigan Republican Party said in a statement that the essay was “ugly and full of hatred” and intimidating to students. He said the university and state Democrats should “join in condemning this disgraceful dialogue by calling for Professor Susan J. Douglas’ resignation.”


The Univeristy spokemans has sa id



“Faculty freedom of expression, including in the public sphere, is one of the core values of our institution,” university spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said, according to M-Live. ”At the same time, the university must and will work vigilantly to ensure students can express diverse ideas and perspectives in a respectful environment and without fear of reprisal. The university values viewpoint diversity and encourages a wide range of opinions.”


An article about Polarization and intolerance, which the Republican party IS guilty of, has sparked an ironic response from Republicans. She even got death threats.

This is some funny BS in my opinion. What do you think?




posted on Dec, 19 2014 @ 12:41 PM
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a reply to: theNLBS

I would say that I'm surprised that the GOP played so readily into her hand, but hey, the GOP invited Stephen Colbert to host the correspondents dinner, so I don't think they are in on the irony.

en.wikipedia.org...



posted on Dec, 19 2014 @ 12:44 PM
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I think you hit the nail right on the head! Terrific article. Give 'em a dose of their own medicine.



posted on Dec, 19 2014 @ 12:45 PM
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Right now a thousand term papers are being written about it. So they are learning. After the smoke settles and they graduate, they will at least know who the bad guys are. The ones making death threats.

Meanwhile, back at the store I have twenty different bags of chips to choose from.

What I must realize is all twenty "brands" are made by one company.

I think I have freedom of choice, but really its freedom from choice.



posted on Dec, 19 2014 @ 12:46 PM
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originally posted by: intrptr

Right now a thousand term papers are being written about it. So they are learning. After the smoke settles and they graduate, they will at least know who the bad guys are. The ones making death threats.

Meanwhile, back at the store I have twenty different bags of chips to choose from.

What I must realize is all twenty "brands" are made by one company.

I think I have freedom of choice, but really its freedom from choice.


You can choose not to buy the chips.

Try a salad.



posted on Dec, 19 2014 @ 12:48 PM
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It goes beyond just the parties now. I've lost long time friends because I would challenge their POV. How childish and disturbing is that?

10-1 this lady is going to get plenty of insults..... just in this thread.



posted on Dec, 19 2014 @ 01:03 PM
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You can choose not to buy the chips.

Try a salad.

The point being the "illusion" of choice we are presented with. Democrat … Republican, same difference.

By the way, among other things, that salad is laced with pesticides and heavy metals.



posted on Dec, 19 2014 @ 01:06 PM
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a reply to: theNLBS

Hate and intolerance is an issue today that goes both ways.

Look at the hate towards law enforcement by many, who yet refuse to address the lawyers and judges that are responsible for creating "some" of these criminal cops.

Look at the hate being created by the use of the term, "racist".

IMO, there is nothing but hate being thrown around and it is being orchestrated to do exactly what we see happening in this country and that my friends is "DIVISION"!

Just ask yourself a simple question, "Who benefits?".......

But I guess it is more fun to point a finger than take a long hard look in the mirror?

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.....



posted on Dec, 19 2014 @ 01:06 PM
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originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: AgentShillington


You can choose not to buy the chips.

Try a salad.

The point being the "illusion" of choice we are presented with. Democrat … Republican, same difference.

By the way, among other things, that salad is laced with pesticides and heavy metals.




I know what you meant.

Not if you buy from the hippies.



posted on Dec, 19 2014 @ 01:10 PM
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I think it's always great to tell the World who you Hate around the Festive Season...


It really epitomises the time of Year we are soon to celebrate.



posted on Dec, 19 2014 @ 01:41 PM
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Humans are stupid for starters. We make these commercials to save abandoned dogs and cats, but nothing for cows or pigs or any mass slaughtered animal. It's cruel, but we love Bacon and burgers. But that's just how stupid and hypocritical we are. Fortunately, the intelligent beings that take us seriously are.....well, only ourselves.



posted on Dec, 20 2014 @ 01:24 AM
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The dream is dead. Enough said.



posted on Dec, 20 2014 @ 10:13 AM
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Now... I can understand some of the people who are in fact part of the problem outlined in the article, being somewhat dismayed to have been called out on their inadequacy, but what I cannot understand is how anyone could misinterpret what the author of the article wrote, as being anything other than a call for a return to traditional Republican values, rather than the genetically modified, gamma ray infused insanity that currently dominates the American right.



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