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- 11-07-2012, 10:18 AM #78
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- 11-07-2012, 11:29 AM #82
It's not a coincidence that the rural county's are red. They typically have the Jesus loving, evolution hating, gun toting types. Now, before you condemn me for saying that, know that I come from a small christian farming town (5k ppl) and have a hard working background. I wear cowboy boots, own guns, hunt, but I'm also a software developer and a nerd. (Weird eh? ). I know why they vote red and it's not because they value education and progress. They vote red because many are Christian literalists and this stems from a bigger education problem. Notice how the population areas of the US such as the ones I mentioned are generally democratic. Notice how those same areas have highly educated women, have high science research facilities and universities, and are furthest away from the bible belt, with exceptions of course.
- 11-07-2012, 11:34 AM #83
Rick Santorum himself stated that the intelligent will never be on their side.
His words, not mine.
And you know what, he's just stating what everyone else in the world thinks, only he's stupid enough to actually say it in public.
- 11-07-2012, 11:57 AM #85
Even if you could argue for/against her crap and whether or not Ryan said what he said or meant what he said, it doesn't change anything else I said. I could pull up with dozens of examples of nuttjobery by the Republicans that makes even the craziest of democrats appear sane.
- 11-07-2012, 12:05 PM #87
I grew up in a rough neighborhood in Southern California. Big gang problems. A LOT of ignorant and violent people. Should I paint with a broad brush? I could easily say that most people there are pretty racist themselves, and have a lot of other pretty ignorant beliefs.
The thing is, I think we need to realize that whether you're in California or Arkansas, there is ignorance in the general populace.
What you're trying to do is justify perpetuating a stereotype by giving generalities and geography. This technique used to be common to justify prejudice against people of color. Shouldn't we judge people as INDIVIDUALS?
- 11-07-2012, 12:25 PM #88
I'm Canadian btw. It's painfully obvious to the rest of the world that the US has an education problem. Just like Canada gets better as we kick the Catholics out of government (slowly but surely the provinces are removing special privileges for Catholics) the US would get better by getting those damn right wing Christians out of education and policy making.
- 11-07-2012, 12:27 PM #89
Whether I paint with a broad brush or not doesn't detract from my earlier points. Christian fundamentalism is not the answer, and as much as Republicans might have some policies correct, the massive anti-progressive god loving crap is a big negative.
- 11-07-2012, 12:34 PM #91
Does Santorum represent all Republicans?
He's a strong social conservative that got very little support in the primaries. Yet he's the one you'll use as an excuse to paint us all with a broad brush? Thanks a lot.
Also keep in mind, academia, as an institution, is very left leaning. Those are the people that are never going to be Republican. They definitely aren't going to be social conservatives the way that Santorum is.
However, that's not to say that there aren't "intelligent" people who are religious and social conservatives. There are. I don't disagree with them most of the time, but I don't dismiss their arguments and automatically assume that they are filled with hate.
- 11-07-2012, 12:44 PM #94
Reread my post.
I'm saying that there is ignorance everywhere, and seeing it where we grew up doesn't mean that it isn't in areas where we didn't grow up.
I don't really see why it's so difficult to get you to agree that we shouldn't be making broad judgements, and should just judge people as people. I thought that's what we all wanted. But for some reason, many (not just yourself) have a hard time with it when it comes to politics. They see everyone on the other side as evil villains.
At least when it's the right doing it to the left, it's called out as wrong. But when it's the left doing it to the right, well... that's okay.
- 11-07-2012, 01:08 PM #95
But seriously this is why I was all for Ron Paul from the get go! He wanted to get religion out of the government completely! He wanted to drastically cut spending and give people more rights. HE should have been president, he was the right man for the right job at the absolute best time!
- 11-07-2012, 01:21 PM #96
Plus, there is too much money grabbing and influence peddling going on for someone like him to have a chance.
- 11-07-2012, 01:26 PM #97
I cant say it enough, I feel like he is the perfect candidate for the US right now!
- 11-07-2012, 01:41 PM #98
Both sides painted him as a lunatic. It also hurt that certain segments that followed him believed in some pretty crazy conspiracies, which hurt him because those are the ones that political opponents focused on.