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  •  These nuts act like the apocalypse has arrived (3+ / 0-)

    simply because a moderate democrat has been re-elected.  If you have the stomach for it, go to #tcot on Twitter and see what the emotionally-stunted loonies are posting.  You'll see racism in full display, scads of people cheering the juvenile business owners who are getting their revenge by firing workers, "Obama stole the election" conspiracy theories, baseless ramblings about Obama shredding the Constitution, lots of accusations of Obama not being a Christian, unstable gun talk, plenty of makers/takers/"free stuff" bs, and of course, Benghazi.  

    It's sad and scary watching this republican meltdown.  They are literally shitting themselves and screaming for their right-wing masters to do anything to screw over their fellow Americans in revenge....over nothing.  If these people shut off the AM radio and Fox News and just went about their lives, they'd probably never even know that Obama was president.    Why?  Because all of the crazy shit they think he's going to do.....he isn't.  

    I've tried gently challenging some of these people--I'm not sure if that's the right approach.  Someone screamed about crushing taxes...I bet him that his federal income taxes actually decreased during Obama's first term.  I remind them that REPUBLICANS ran the elections in the swing states they claim were stolen and that Obama always led in the polls.  I note that if asshole business owners lay off employees and shut down production, the larger economy is recovering and those employees and that demand will happily be absorbed by sane business owners.  

    Will they be capable of adjusting to reality?  I suspect most of them will not.  And it's not funny, because there's a good chance a few of these people will attempt to act on their violent statements.  I saw someone on a forum recently seeming to support the people in red states he claimed were stockpiling weapons to take action.  

    I like your diary because reassuring these people who have been unbelievably manipulated by right-wing media that this election is not the beginning of the apocalypse is a lot more helpful than gloating at them and feeding into their post-election hatred.  

    (Note:  I'm not suggesting we don't strongly and derisively knock down their ideology, just that the "We Won and You'll Never Win Again!  HA HA!" stuff isn't helping in the long run.)

    •  That's the thing (1+ / 0-)
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      Free Jazz at High Noon

      I can't help but wonder just how much skin color is contributing to this apocalyptic lunacy.

      Granted, some would exist no matter what, simply because the president is a Democrat, but there's no doubt in my mind that there's more to it than that.

      Keep in mind, when you undertake the noble task of reassurance, three words I mentioned in the diary...

      End of discussion.
      They probably won't listen. But individual cases may prove receptive. How to pick those those out efficiently is a question I have yet to find the answer to.

      Thanks for reading, and good luck.

      Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
      ~ Jerry Garcia

      by DeadHead on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 06:24:17 PM PST

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