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In one of the best articles I have ever read Julie Driscoll of perfectly describes what these Tea Party Assholes are all about. The article is here. Here are the traits she describes in the article. I have thought this a long time but she does an excellent job of putting it all into focus.

Like abusers, Republicans must win at all costs.

Like abusers, Republicans will invalidate you.

Like abusers, Republicans will grind you down

Like an abuser, Republicans don’t care who they hurt.

On our side of the fence individuals for the most try to take a look at our motivations, seek to come to some sort of compromise with others and try to act with as much integrity as we can. To the Tea Party types these are weaknesses to be taken advantage of. Enough is enough. It is time to do what Julie advises.

Now, it’s time to call their bluff.

This is what the President and the Democrats did when these abusers threatened to blow up the economy of the country they supposedly love. We must always be aware of what we are dealing with.

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  •  I'm FB friends with her and have (2+ / 0-)
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    discussed a few things with her. She's awesome.

    liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

    by RockyMtnLib on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 07:05:16 AM PDT

  •  I have friends who fit this description, and yes, (8+ / 0-)

    they're don't-call-me-racist teabaggers.  They are free with their abuse, and when called on it, show amusement and offer elaborately condescending/insulting 'nopologies' with every show of real satisfaction.

    Respond to or speak to them in kind, and they can and will be quite brutal, as if trashing their friends and family is somehow their right, wholly appropriate, and entirely your fault (for which you out to apologize more believably than they did).

    It is indeed an abuser's double-standard;  I no longer have enough friends or family to be able to absorb the bullying from the ones I still have.

    trying to stay alive 'til I reach 65!

    by chmood on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 07:11:50 AM PDT

    •  I had quite a few of the people like this (11+ / 0-)

      in my life especially in my family. I finally learned that people have to behave if they want to have a relationship with me. I have two nephews who I cut off. They think it is about politics. It is not. It is about behavior. When I stopped putting up with this nonsense a great thing happen. Some changed their behavior others I let go. The end result is the same. I do not have this sort of shit in my life anymore.

      Join the War on Thinking. Watch Fox News- John Lucas

      by Jlukes on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 07:23:32 AM PDT

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    •  My rightwing sister has the right to free (5+ / 0-)

      speech, as do all her favorite hate radio and tv personalities, but god forbid someone on the left disagrees with her.  We don't have the same right to free speech.  They're almost childish in their behavior, as if they don't have the ability to progress beyond a certain age.  It's baffling, and I'm curious about the physiology, if any, behind it.  Perhaps a chemical lacking or overabundant that makes them behave in such an unacceptable way.

      The GOP will destroy anything they can't own.

      by AnnieR on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 08:20:28 AM PDT

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      •  It is like being locked in a room (5+ / 0-)
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        with a crazed person who wants to kill you. There is nothing you can do. I do not know if has a physical part or not but that should be investigated. The thing I alway try to remember is that it is not the content of what the person is saying but the behavior itself.

        Join the War on Thinking. Watch Fox News- John Lucas

        by Jlukes on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 08:27:21 AM PDT

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        •  Progessives want to explain things so... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...their opponent can understand why they're right.

          FOXNews "Conservatives" want to kill you.

          "Politeness is wasted on the dishonest, who will always take advantage of any well-intended concession." - Barrett Brown

          by 3rdOption on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 08:31:31 AM PDT

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  •  besides being correct, ... (3+ / 0-)
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    Ms. Driscoll is a gifted essayist.

    The notion of institutions that aggregate and select for a particular character disorder may have wider usefulness.

    •  I could not agree more (3+ / 0-)
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      I think it is vital that people on our side of the street understand what Ms Driscoll is saying . I would make the article required reading if I had the power. We knew it already but she gives a clear concise reality what the behavior of these people is about. These are not mentally healthy individuals.

      Join the War on Thinking. Watch Fox News- John Lucas

      by Jlukes on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 07:39:06 AM PDT

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  •  It's important to avoid adopting the identity of a (2+ / 0-)
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    victim in relation to tea party bullies.

    There is no existence without doubt.

    by Mark Lippman on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 07:41:00 AM PDT

  •  Well hey, those kids in school who bullied much (4+ / 0-)
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    younger kiddies all the time (but never anyone who had a tough rep) and always seemed to be lurking alone at the edges of the playground at weird hours had to do Something once they grew up.

  •  It's been a long time since I've read Game Theory (6+ / 0-)

    but there's tenet in this theory that states if a 'player' is loosing at a game, certain personality types, instead of loosing gracefully as you or I might, they will instead ruin or destroy the game rather than loose.

    I suspect this personality trait and the abusive trait have a similar origin.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities" Voltaire.

    by JWK on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 08:01:37 AM PDT

  •  People Who Feel Completely Insignificant (1+ / 0-)
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    parading around with assault rifles makes them feel like they matter, smashing stuff forces people to stop ignoring them.

    Here's a diary about the theory behind this

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 09:39:20 AM PDT

    •  I scanned your diary. Thanks for telling me (0+ / 0-)

      about it. I am going to have to read it more carefully. What is interesting is how people react to a purely intellectual debate. If it gets crazy there is something weird going on and the communication is not just the words or ideas but a different type of communication is going on.

      Join the War on Thinking. Watch Fox News- John Lucas

      by Jlukes on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 10:22:59 AM PDT

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      •  Tea Parties Similar To DKos HR Pile-On Cliques (1+ / 0-)
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        Lack of self esteem, on line all the time, antisocial personality types, mock the idea of finding recovery programs for their problems.

        Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

        by bernardpliers on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 10:57:31 AM PDT

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  •  I tolerated the behavior for a long (1+ / 0-)
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    time but notice when their heros are on the ass been whupped side of the coin, they get more aggressive, not assertive but aggressive.  I flipped off 41 FB people during the shutdown from just coming on my page and posting crap and comments...That included family.   I can't take their lectures anymore and don't intend to be talked to like a child.  Truth is, we know more about the system than they do or else they would know it is sedition behavior to hold a country hostage just because they want to be 5 year olds pitching a fit .  They barge in either digitally or irl and start lecturing about shit they know nothing about till you back them down with facts or reality.  ENOUGH.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 10:48:53 AM PDT

    •  I hear ya. they do not mess with (1+ / 0-)
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      me anymore. I will not tolerate bad behavior but will argue with them all they want. They are not into facts so that ends pretty quickly. If they get abusive I break off diplomatic relations. Usually they just stop wanting to argue.

      Join the War on Thinking. Watch Fox News- John Lucas

      by Jlukes on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 10:58:22 AM PDT

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