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  •  People trying to make sense of the World .... (3+ / 0-)
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    Old Lefty, Wednesday Bizzare, Louise

    A lot of this thinking is based on reconciling how these baggers FEEL about the world and the facts that govern it.

    And something like this isn't just seen on the right wingers, I've heard a few people of color say 'AIDs is a conspiracy to all Blacks & minorities' and that the disease was whipped up in some lab.

    If you feel persecuted - rightly or wrongly - and you don't completely understand the mechanisms of what's keeping you down, I can see how people would create them.

    It's tough to have a hate level as high as the baggers have over Obama wanting to rise the taxes of the highest 4%, so they have to create something that justifies their irrational feelings.

    What I've found is on some level they know these wild claims are crap which is why they don't like being questioned over it. What I've found is the pull a 'Tim Russett'; play dumb; I don't care how Olbermann felt about him, Russett was a worthless GE shill, but he was great at asking the 'blank slate' question: "What do you mean by ...?" or "Are you really saying that (insert stupid talking point)? ... Russett would act like Washington politics was something completely new to him.

    Rather than confront them with facts and statement, just ask simple questions to provide details to back up their claims ... if they answer back with "you know", say "I don't know". They may not say it, but they'll feel stupid when the echo chamber isn't there.

    Smart people are getting more information than ever before, but so are stupid people and some people can't handle it, so they have to keep it simple in their minds.

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