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  •  Here's why it's important. My dad lived in Ohio (15+ / 0-)

    for about ten years after my mom died; he moved back to his hometown and reconnected with old friends and family there.  But he finally ended up moving to Madison, WI - mostly to be near my youngest brother and his family, but also because he just couldn't stand all of his old friends' conservative, intolerant attitudes.  They were racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-environmental, GOP-voting, Fox-listening morons.

    He said that the thing that drove him nuts was that they always assumed that everyone thought just like they did.  They felt free to spread their nastiness and hate and "humor" because it never crossed their minds that anyone could think otherwise.  Posting your FB message says:  We don't all think that way.    

    We need to make sure that message is understood.

    •  Bingo. This is the issue that bothers me most. (2+ / 0-)
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      He said that the thing that drove him nuts was that they always assumed that everyone thought just like they did.  They felt free to spread their nastiness and hate and "humor" because it never crossed their minds that anyone could think otherwise.
      I just encountered it in another group I belong to last night.  I was probably the only Obama supporter in the room when the group collectively started on their "didn't watch the inauguration, can't stand to look at Obama, talk.  

      Talk about feeling like an outsider, I was one.  I thought I was among friends, but it sure didn't feel like it.  I felt very much ganged up on, though I didn't really respond.  I felt a sense of being disrespected like I never had before.

      People didn't used to feel free to share their political views so vehemently and freely assuming everyone thinks the same.  It was considered a private matter.  What happened?  

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