a reply to: carewemust
I respect these posters points of views, cwm. Do you or any poster care to respond? I am genuinely eager to read them. Thanks!
Well, since you asked....
First of all, I am not a Democrat; I consider myself an independent. Sometimes I vote for Republicans, sometimes I vote for Democrats, sometimes I
vote for none of the above. I hold some views that would be considered liberal and some views that would be considered conservative.
Second, my first University degree was in Psychology; my areas of interest were cognitive and social development theory and psychotherapy. At one
point I thought I was going to be a professional psychotherapist, but then I changed course entirely and went in to Physics and Engineering.
Your question contains the premise that some Democrats are ALWAYS angry, negative, fearful or uncaring. That premise is, for all practical purposes,
false. Nobody is ALWAYS those things, but everybody exhibits those characteristics at some times in their lives, because they are normal human
emotions. Republicans exhibit exactly those same emotions, but they usually show them for different issues and in different directions. Take the issue
of immigration, for example. Trump supporters seem to exhibit a lot of fear of Mexican murderers and rapists. (Those were pretty much the first words
out of Trump's mouth when he descended his golden escalator in 2015 and announced he was running for President. He was clearly trying to connect with
that fear and harness it for his political ambitions. The fact that it worked is pretty good evidence for the widespread existence of the fear in his
target audience.) They appear to perceive certain immigrants (particularly ones from sh##hole countries) as a threat to their way of life. The natural
reaction of fear is anger at the object that causes the fear, which basically represents a desire to get rid of the source of the fear, one way or
another. Once an individual is in a state of fear and anger with regard to some object, it is pretty much axiomatic that that individual will not be
seen as "caring" with regard to the welfare of that object (even if that object is another human). Quite the contrary; the motivation will be to
exclude, destroy, or otherwise eliminate the perceived threat.
Many Democrats, on the other hand, view diversity within their community as a positive element and enjoy being around people with different languages,
foods, dress, and religions. When an individual campaigns on a platform of aggressively reducing or eliminating that diversity, and then gets into
power and begins implementing that policy, the individuals who value that diversity perceive a threat to their desired way of life. So naturally, they
get angry at the perceived source of that threat and become "uncaring" with regard to that source.
The fact that you see the issue as one sided seems to me to be a pretty clear case of cognitive bias. In particular, it looks to me like you seem to
be displaying both confirmation bias and affinity bias. Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for or interpret information in a way that
confirms your preconceptions and to discredit information that does not support your views. Affinity bias is the tendency to be biased toward people
like yourself. These biases are everywhere you look on this site.
You believe that some Democrats are ALWAYS angry probably because you never look for any evidence that would contradict that belief.
Game over man a reply to: carewemust
Bravo for your courage posting this thread in a Democratic/Liberal forum. Political Mud-Pit on Abovetopsecret.com has always had a long standing
consistency of being evenly balance between both political parties ideas and opinions. Good work.
So the title of the thread, "WHY are Democrats Always Negative or Angry or Fearful or Simply UnCaring?"
According to Google Americans are the following democrats 31%, republicans 24%, and the rest are independents. The US population is 327 million,
granted people can have political opinions before voting age so you just described over 100 million people as negative, angry, fearful, and/or
uncaring. So who cares about anyone on Abovetopsecret.com suffering from depression because you just described many forum visitors and forum members
as negative, angry, fearful and uncaring, and they are ALWAYS like that, and you've never met them. Do you know any of the people you just described
besides people you see on TV or the internet?
Do you think forum visitors and forum members are talking heads on CNN, MSNBC, etc?
Speaking of mainstream left wing media, your thread title implying you will talk about Democrats, not anyone specific, just Democrats as a whole, when
you open up the thread, it's simply about "CNN said this about Trump."
This thread is another "CNN vs Trump" thread in the Political Mud-Pit. Why did you not name your thread "CNN said this about Trump" ? Anyone with a TV
or WIFI knows CNN talks about Trump all the time. Who cares.
Back to describing over 100 million people who all have what kind of jobs? Jobs where people are negative people, angry people, fearful people, and
uncaring people? So 1/3rd of all working people are all those things you said? Where is your proof? I'd like to see some proof 1/3 of all professional
people are what you said. But the catch is, you didn't even talk about over 100 million Americans, you ONLY talked about "CNN and Trump." Who cares
about "CNN and Trump?"
If over 100 million Americans are negative, angry, fearful, and uncaring, then what are the other 78 million (I'm assuming Republicans are the
opposite, whom you didn't even describe their qualities) doing to be positive, happy, brave, and caring to the country or specifically their states
and counties they reside in?
Let's just pick caring, and let's just focus on red states because I want to read specifics provided by you and other forum members. What are
Republicans doing in their red states to care for the people in regards to homelessness, poverty, mental health, and physical health in their red
states? Blame shifting is not an answer, linking to a right wing news site is not an answer, but linking to an actual website is an answer. What are
the Republican politicians doing to help people in their states to care for them in 2020, 2021, 2022 etc? What are they actually doing? Is it working?
How are things currently? If you don't know thats fine too. After all this website is just for fun.
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