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Tue Mar 12, 2019, 04:23 PM

"Demented anger is a significant factor in modern American political life"


"My starting point is a weekend tweet from Representative Devin Nunes of California, who headed the House Intelligence Committee until the House changed hands after the midterms. In that role, he basically acted as Donald Trump’s stonewaller in chief, doing everything he could to prevent any real investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin."

"But his tweet wasn’t about that. It was about a waitress who, citing the “straw police,” asked his dining party if they wanted straws. “Welcome to Socialism in California!” Nunes thundered."

"If this seems like a weird aberration — he wasn’t even denied a straw, just asked if he wanted one — you need to realize that rage explosions over seemingly silly things are extremely common on the right. By all accounts, the biggest applause line at the Conservative Political Action Conference — eliciting chants of “U-S-A, U-S-A!” — was the claim that Democrats are coming for your hamburgers, just like Stalin. (They aren’t, and for the record, Stalin was a mass murderer, but objectively pro-burger.)"

"...The point is that demented anger is a significant factor in modern American political life — and overwhelmingly on one side. All that talk about liberal “snowflakes” is projection; if you really want to see people driven wild by tiny perceived slights and insults, you’ll generally find them on the right."

"...Not to put too fine a point on it, pathological pettiness almost surely put Donald Trump over the top in the 2016 election."

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/11/opinion/captain-marvel-republican-rage.html

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Reply "Demented anger is a significant factor in modern American political life" (Original post)
Micrometer Mar 12 OP
Trevor Mar 12 #1
Micrometer Mar 12 #4
Muddling Through Mar 12 #2
Micrometer Mar 12 #7
Muddling Through Mar 12 #8
Micrometer Mar 12 #9
Muddling Through Mar 12 #10
Micrometer Mar 12 #11
Banshee 3 Actual Mar 13 #22
Muddling Through Mar 13 #23
Banshee 3 Actual Mar 13 #21
oflguy Mar 15 #33
Micrometer Mar 17 #34
Feed-the-Bears Mar 12 #3
Trevor Mar 12 #5
Feed-the-Bears Mar 12 #15
Trevor Mar 12 #16
Charlie Mike Mar 13 #24
Muddling Through Mar 13 #27
Trevor Mar 13 #28
Charlie Mike Mar 15 #30
Trevor Mar 15 #31
Charlie Mike Mar 15 #32
Micrometer Mar 12 #6
CornFed Mar 12 #12
Micrometer Mar 12 #17
CornFed Mar 12 #13
Micrometer Mar 12 #18
CornFed Mar 12 #14
Micrometer Mar 12 #19
Charlie Mike Mar 13 #25
Banshee 3 Actual Mar 13 #20
Charlie Mike Mar 13 #26
Daves Not Here Man Mar 13 #29
oldenuff35 Mar 17 #35

Response to Micrometer (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 06:28 PM

1. Wonderful essay!

Thank you for posting it.

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Response to Trevor (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 08:06 PM

4. I found it to be helpful to see who is butthurt!

The other replies are illuminating.

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Response to Micrometer (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 06:40 PM

2. Thanks for pointing out that chasing people out of restaurants

and hitting them in the head with bicycle locks is demented behavior.

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Response to Muddling Through (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 08:38 PM

7. Confronting the Domestic Right-Wing Terrorist Threat

Within the United States, violent extremism driven by right-wing, racially
motivated ideologies is growing at an alarming pace, but neither public
understanding nor government action has kept pace to combat it. Jonathan
Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, correctly observed:

It’s time for our nation’s leaders to appropriately recognize the severity of
the threat and to devote the necessary resources to address the scourge of right-wing extremism.

Any effort to take up Greenblatt’s challenge requires a serious strategy. The
Trump administration must acknowledge the threat and reverse course from
a policy of ignoring all but Islamic extremism. It needs to understand how
overheated rhetoric—including the president’s own words—can lead to violence.
Fortunately, these threats have been defeated before; a wise administration would
seek to learn the lessons from previous efforts—in the United States and abroad—
to combat far-right extremist violence. Until it does so, the danger will only increase.

The murder of 11 Jewish worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh
more than four months ago was the most deadly U.S. domestic extremist attack
since the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, but it was far from an isolated incident.
The University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database showed that, from 2010 to
2016, right-wing inspired terrorist acts in the United States have grown from 6 percent
of total domestic terror attacks to 35 percent. The Anti-Defamation League’s report,
“A Dark and Constant Rage,” catalogued 150 right-wing attacks from 1993 to 2017,
noting that “right-wing extremists have been one of the largest and most consistent
sources of domestic terror incidents in the United States for many years.” The Center
for Strategic and International Studies also reported that, between 2016 and 2017 alone,
right-wing inspired violence had quadrupled in the United States.

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/security/reports/2019/03/07/467022/confronting-domestic-right-wing-terrorist-threat/

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Response to Micrometer (Reply #7)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 08:39 PM

8. That certainly justifies hitting people with bicycle locks

and chasing people out of restaurants.

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Response to Muddling Through (Reply #8)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 08:43 PM

9. I see it is too nuanced for you.

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Response to Micrometer (Reply #9)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 08:45 PM

10. I see you believe hitting people with bicycle locks

and chasing them out of restaurants is completely justified.

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Response to Muddling Through (Reply #10)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 08:47 PM

11. I never advocated nor supported those actions.

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Response to Micrometer (Reply #11)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 12:37 AM

22. Yet you think the right all support your Synagogue shooter? troll on garth

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Response to Micrometer (Reply #11)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 05:21 AM

23. REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!@

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Response to Micrometer (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 12:36 AM

21. James Hodgkinson shot cops and congressman for the lefts war on America

Micah Xavier Johnson (BLM Leftard) murdered five dallas cops

so the threat is about even troll

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Response to Micrometer (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 10:12 PM

33. Can you give us an example of Trump's "overheated rhetoric?"

(I didn't think so)

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Response to oflguy (Reply #33)

Sun Mar 17, 2019, 11:03 AM

34. OK

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Response to Micrometer (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 07:10 PM

3. So who is more demented?

One man grandstanding about a percieved straw sleight, or most of the leftorium losing it’s ever loving mind over a high school kid smirking in the face of rampant anti white racism?

Death threats against a kid vs damn it why do i have to ask for a straw with my soda?

Which is “demented anger” again?

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Response to Feed-the-Bears (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 08:30 PM

5. The straw

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Response to Trevor (Reply #5)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 09:10 PM

15. Im pretty sure it was the MAGA hat!

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Response to Feed-the-Bears (Reply #15)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 09:35 PM

16. MAGA hats are more significant than straws.

Demented anger is anger at things that are too trivial to be rationally angry about. Since straws are the smaller thing, that anger is more demented.

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Response to Trevor (Reply #16)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 10:18 AM

24. So you support people assaulting kids who wear MAGA hats, got it.

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Response to Charlie Mike (Reply #24)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 10:59 AM

27. Yup.

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Response to Charlie Mike (Reply #24)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 10:46 PM

28. I don't support anybody assaulting anybody.

And people have a right to wear a MAGA hat. I don't know where you got your observation from.

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Response to Trevor (Reply #28)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 05:12 AM

30. "MAGA hats are more significant than straws."

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Response to Charlie Mike (Reply #30)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 09:24 PM

31. That doesn't mean I support assaulting people who wear MAGA hats.


Look at it in context.

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Response to Trevor (Reply #31)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 09:31 PM

32. In context

Lefty is willing to use violence by the state to enforce a ban on straws.

Lefty is willing to use violence by individuals to suppress Trump supporters.

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Response to Feed-the-Bears (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 08:34 PM

6. US terror attacks are increasingly motivated by right-wing views

Suspicious devices have been found in packages mailed to Barack Obama,
Hillary Clinton, and CNN’s New York City offices, the Secret Service said today.
Suspicious packages were also found near the offices of Democratic lawmakers
Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Florida, and Kamala Harris in California, prompting
evacuations. The FBI said the packages appeared to contain pipe bombs.

These alarming discoveries follow reports on Oct. 22 of an explosive device found
in the mail addressed to philanthropist George Soros. No one has been reported
hurt by the intercepted packages.

Terrorism has been rising in the US, driven by a surge of attacks motivated by right-wing
ideologies. However, authorities have yet to identity who’s behind the suspicious devices found this week.

https://qz.com/1435885/data-shows-more-us-terror-attacks-by-right-wing-and-religious-extremists/

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Response to CornFed (Reply #12)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 10:28 PM

17. REEEE!1

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Response to CornFed (Reply #13)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 10:29 PM

18. REEE!

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Response to Micrometer (Reply #6)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 09:03 PM

14. More gawddamn vicious right wingers!

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Response to CornFed (Reply #14)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 10:29 PM

19. REEEEEEEEE!

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Response to Micrometer (Reply #19)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 10:19 AM

25. Your concession is duly noted, lefty.

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Response to Micrometer (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 12:30 AM

20. The posterboy of Demented anger, Paul Krugman

Obsessed that Trump won the election

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Response to Micrometer (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 10:20 AM

26. Why does lefty post articles by Enron's bukkake boy?

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Response to Micrometer (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 11:19 PM

29. awww, man..

i was enjoying it until:

“if you really want to see people driven wild by tiny perceived slights and insults, you’ll generally find them on the right."

i will generally find them scattered all the fuk over. but right now, there is a metric shit-ton on the left.

it is honestly annoying.

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Response to Micrometer (Original post)

Sun Mar 17, 2019, 11:35 PM

35. The anger is coming from the LEFT. I got threatened a few days ago because I own guns.

I told the lady who threatened me with death or great harm that I did not hate her,I was not angry at her, and would be very sorry if I was forced to take her life defending myself but be very grateful to survive the experience.

She looked shocked...

Oh well, reality visits us all in different ways.


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