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This may be the most important election in our nation's history   The Serious You: How Current Events Affect You

Started Sep-13 by MerlinsDad; 4891 views.
MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad

Sep-18

Here's an essay you might find interesting.  https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/15/politics/2020-election-american-voter-worldviews/index.html

It discusses why there are those who deny facts, resist information, dismiss statistical evidence, and, in other words, are "tired of politics."  What they mean is that they are fatigued with the cognitive dissonance required to resist reality in order to hold onto preexisting political views.  Here's a good summation of the fault line which has entered the American political arena.

"Increasingly, campaign strategists and political scientists agree, voters are choosing between the parties more on their views about fundamental demographic and cultural change than on their immediate financial circumstances or even their views of economic policies, such as taxes, spending and regulation. 

In important research,[Brian F.] Schaffner and his colleagues found [https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/polq.12737] that the denial that racism or sexism exists in America was the best predictor in the 2016 election of support for Trump, far more than any measures of economic distress. On the other side, Schaffner found that the belief that racism and sexism are serious problems predicted support for Clinton more powerfully than economic attitudes, as well. "Now the parties are very clearly sorted on issues of identity politics. . . ."
 

The "town hall meeting" on September 17 versus the one on September 15 demarcate clearly that division.  Even Woodward's revelations and the allegations of The Atlantic article seemingly have not budged the needle.  "The blinds may be especially closed for conservatives, with Fox news often registering in polls as the only news source that a majority of Republicans say they trust."

It's a long article but does a good job of discussing the resistance to reality.

  • Edited September 18, 2020 11:14 am  by  MerlinsDad
kizmet1

From: kizmet1

Sep-18

Those racist people who voted for Obama twice must have voted for Trump?
There is a famous statement that pops up every now and then.
"It's the economy, stupid".
BWArtist

From: BWArtist

Sep-19

Watching masked mourners congregate in front of the Supreme Court tonight. Ruth Bader Ginsberg's final  wish that was spoken to her grand daughter, was for the next elected president to pick her replacement. Her death not even  yet 24 hrs, has the disrespect  of Mitch McConnell stating he's willing to bring a new nominee to the floor post haste.

Sigh, Hypocrisy doesn't even describe such arrogance and disrespect for the Justice.

When President Obama nominated Garland it was 10 months to wait for a new elected president which McConnell argued for that delay. Now all that is out the window. 

It can now be argued back that what McConnell is now wanting to do could authenticate that his actions in 2016  now can be seen as have been a Racist Act. Showing that in 2016 the choosing president was unqualified black to nominate a another nominee and we had 10 months  to  wait for a new president to make that decision. 

I say this knowing Obama would not want the argument to go there.Yet people on the right will deny racism still exists and still will have disdain for the BLM movement. Buckle Up and hold on. 

Oh and thank you for the link. Good article.

kizmet1

From: kizmet1

Sep-19

I think that the request Ginsburg made was a deathbed joke she was playing on Trump to stir things up a bit. No one knew the rules better than she did and how important a full court is. She also had a sense of humor. I think she will be turning over in her grave if her "wish" causes any abuse of property and/or violence.
  • Edited September 19, 2020 2:04 pm  by  kizmet1
BWArtist

From: BWArtist

Sep-19

So using your rationalization, RBG delayed retirement just for a good final opportunity to tell a joke.

Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk

Sep-19

I doubt she was inciting violence.

kizmet1

From: kizmet1

Sep-19

Not necessarily but anything can happen when someone has a good sense of humor. Her friends were conservatives Scalia and O'Connor. Explain it.
kizmet1

From: kizmet1

Sep-19

Is there anything in writing or a recording of her deathbed wish?
Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk

Sep-19

Just what her granddaughter reported.

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