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the knockout game comes from an emotional and ideological place very similar to things such as the Tea Party, militias, prepping, and doom porn apocalypse fetishization.
Consider the burning, seething anger that the right feels for Obama (who while incompetent is by no stretch of the imagination any worse than either of the Bushes). Think of all the arm chair revolutionaries who talk on here about how bad-@ss they're going to be if the feds ever come knocking to take their guns away. These folks are itching for a fight and just waiting for the excuse. These are people who just want to punch someone (ideally, a "liberal") right in their smug face..
These random sucker punchers feel the same way. They know the game is rigged, but they've focused in on a different target and they feel like they've already been given the excuse
Think about it for a moment. If you're a hard conservative who truly believes that Obama's infractions are bad enough to, not only justify, but DEMAND impeachment and you saw one of these "knockout game" videos where instead of a scary black teenager punching some random white person, you saw a U.S. Marine knock out Obama, how stoked would you be? The video would be posted on here a dozen times 9 of which would include the words "American Hero" in the headline in reference to the sucker puncher.
I may point out that your EXTREME defensiveness backs up TDawgRex's point about division and tribalism sinking ever deeper into American culture. I wrote a post intended to highlight some common ground with regards to anger and frustration at the hands of a common enemy, and yet you choose to interpret this as a partisan attack against conservatism. My original post was intended as anything but.
As for where my estimate of seething Obama hatred comes from, I base this on the vitriol I see every single day on social media. Granted, it's only coming from maybe a 5% of the people I interact with, but the intensity of Obama Derangement Syndrome is pretty intense. And I say that as a full tilt recovering Bush Derangement Syndrome patient.
I would point out left wing equivalents of this behavior, but I can't
The closest I can come is conceding that the "urban youth" taking part in these sucker punches would most likely vote for Obama
Ethnocentric bigotry is as old as the hills. Indeed there is little new under the sun.
Perhaps only the post modern relative freedom of woman is something that is new.
This tribalism is particularly acute within the social paradigms of the southern American culture.
The civil war, in a lot of regard, is still raging on.
It turns out every state in the old confederacy finds it in their politics to not aid its people to decent health care and all of the old rebel states have rejected the ACA
Never mind the health and welfare of the people, the old ethnocentric tribe prevails
That is the crux of the problem, imo.
We are still separate, unequal, and non communicative, and many want to accept the ideas of their old timers even though these ideas of ethnocentrism is what tore this country apart and may or is doing it again!
edit on 10-12-2013 by Willtell because: (no reason given)