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Political Party Prejudice Is Bigger Than Racism

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Political Party Prejudice Is Bigger Than Racism

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Sept. 22 (Bloomberg View) — If you are a Democrat, would you marry a Republican? Would you be upset if your sister did?

Researchers have long asked such questions about race, and have found that along important dimensions, racial prejudice is decreasing. At the same time, party prejudice in the U.S. has jumped, infecting not only politics but also decisions about dating, marriage and hiring. By some measures, “partyism” now exceeds racial prejudice — which helps explain the intensity of some midterm election campaigns.

In 1960, 5 percent of Republicans and 4 percent of Democrats said that they would feel “displeased” if their son or daughter married outside their political party. By 2010, those numbers had reached 49 percent and 33 percent. Republicans have been found to like Democrats less than they like people on welfare or gays and lesbians. Democrats dislike Republicans more than they dislike big business.

Consider one of the most influential measures of prejudice: the implicit-association test, which is simple to take. You see words on the upper corners of a screen — for example, “white” paired with either “good” or “bad” in the upper left corner, and “black” paired with one of those same adjectives in the upper right. Then you see a picture or a word in the middle of the screen — for example, a white face, an African-American face, or the word “joy” or “terrible.” Your task is to click on the upper corner that matches either the picture or the word in the middle.

Many white people quickly associate “joy” with the upper left corner when it says “white” and “good” — but have a harder time associating “joy” with the left corner when the words there are “black” and “good.” So too, many white people quickly associate “terrible” with the left corner when it says “black” and “bad,” but go a lot more slowly when the left corner says “white” and “bad.”

To test for political prejudice, Shanto Iyengar and Sean Westwood, political scientists at Stanford University, conducted a large-scale implicit association test with 2,000 adults. They found people’s political bias to be much larger than their racial bias. When Democrats see “joy,” it’s much easier for them to click on a corner that says “Democratic” and “good” than on one that says “Republican” and “good.”

To find out whether such attitudes predict behavior, Iyengar and Westwood undertook a follow-up study. They asked more than 1,000 people to look at the résumés of several high-school seniors and say which ones should be awarded a scholarship. Some of these resumes contained racial cues (“president of the African-American Student Association”) while others had political ones (“president of the Young Republicans”).

Race mattered. African-American participants preferred the African-American candidates 73 percent to 27 percent. Whites showed a modest preference for African-American candidates, as well, though by a significantly smaller margin. But partisanship made a much bigger difference. Both Democrats and Republicans selected their in-party candidate about 80 percent of the time.

Even when a candidate from the opposing party had better credentials, most people chose the candidate from their own party. With respect to race, in contrast, merit prevailed.

In a further test of political prejudice, Iyengar and Westwood asked 800 people to play the trust game, well known among behavioral scientists: Player One is given some money (say, $10) and told that she can give some, all or none of it to Player Two. Player One is then told that the researcher will triple the amount she allocates to Player Two — and that Player Two can give some of that back to Player One. When Player One decides how much money to give Player Two, a central question is how well she trusts him to return an equivalent or greater amount.

Are people less willing to trust people of a different race or party affiliation? The researchers found that race didn’t matter — but party did. People are significantly more trusting of others who share their party affiliation.

What accounts for the explosive growth of political prejudice? Modern campaigns deserve some of the blame. Iyengar and his colleagues show that when people are exposed to messages that attack members of the opposing party, their biases increase. But the destructive power of partyism is extending well beyond politics into people’s behavior in daily life.

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  1. sigrid28 September 23, 2014

    You cannot choose your parents, as we all know, but nowadays (at least) in America you DO choose your mate. Nowadays, you might search for a mate on Match.com or eHarmony.com, where you identify characteristics you look for in a date. Political affiliation has everything to do with preferences and beliefs–if you do it right. For that matter, friendships and social contacts that are a choice always have to do with preferences and beliefs as well. I do not see the harm in it.

    We cannot choose our race, but we can choose to be tolerant. Racial animus is intolerance based on the idea that the person of another race is strange, with the context being, does not belong in our place. The definition of xenophobia is fear of the stranger. Put Republican or Democrat in the place of “stranger”–fear of Republican, for example–and it is harder to see how xenophobia would apply, perhaps because of the enormous melting pot into which all Americans merge. Maybe these researchers cooked up some false equivalencies just to get attention in an election year. I can turn on cable news to get my fill of that.

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  2. Michael Ross September 23, 2014

    It’s an understandable prejudice, however, for the simple reason that party affiliation is a choice. Republican is not an accident of birth — it’s a reflection of one person’s standards and expectations as a person.

    And let’s face it: If you’re still a Republican in the 21st century, you’re either really stupid or really evil.

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    1. kenndeb September 24, 2014

      You could more truthfully say it is liberals that are the impulsive, serial liars. I mean, just look at your deity, Emperor Obama. He lies about near anything, if he needs to or not. Anyone supporting this regime is either too stupid to know better or are truly evil. Liberalism is a mental disorder, and once obamacare is repealed, you may be able to find treatment.

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      1. joe schmo September 24, 2014

        Kenndeb, let me clue you in on this child….. He thinks he knows it all. He has been solely indoctrinated by our Liberal educational institutions. Specifically the colleges. He totally personifies the young ‘uber’ liberal ideology. He does not understand that time and opinion will change as you grow older. My ideology has only intensified my belief. But that comes from growing up in a very political family that has lived through communism and life experience.

        College also tried to indoctrinate me but they could not because I had the foresight to know better and I was an older student. Pretty soon even colleges will judge your political affiliation for admittance.

        Something is bound to happen when there is too much of a bridge between the two parties……only time will tell….

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        1. kenndeb September 24, 2014

          I’m starting to think that those that are regular posters here are brain dead. What has happened to these so called Americans that have them turning against their own country? I just can’t understand why so many are so stupid as to not see what is going on with this regime. I admit, it took me a little over 4 years to see what this tyrant was up to, but I did wake up. I’m sure that there are many like me, but why have these people given up on American values and freedoms? Don’t they realize that it is our rights and freedoms at risk?

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          1. darkagesbegin September 24, 2014

            You think we are brain dead because we don’t believe Obama is liar just because Fox news says so? Have you ever noticed that no matter what Democrat has been nominated for president in the last 30 years, the propaganda machine starts cranking out the pejorative adjectives from day one? Now with Obama he is simultaneously, and this is amazing, both a Nazi and a Communist, both an inept, ineffective administrator and an evil mastermind taking all your freedoms away? How is this even possible? And now that you have used up all the pejoratives on him, what are you going to say about the next democrat. If you keep shouting “wolf,” soon no one will pay attention to what you say.

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          2. kenndeb September 24, 2014

            If you will not even see the lies that are right in front of you, then you are truly lost.

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          3. darkagesbegin September 24, 2014

            I am not blind to lies, but most of the ones I see come from Darrell Issa, Rush Limbaugh, and their ilk.

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          4. kenndeb September 24, 2014

            Or maybe Obama, Reid, Biden, Pelosi?

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          5. darkagesbegin September 24, 2014

            what a fool believes, he sees…

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          6. kenndeb September 24, 2014

            “But we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.” – Nancy Pelosi quotes from BrainyQuote.com.
            This is honesty?

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          7. joe schmo September 25, 2014

            Don’t forget Holder and the behind the scene puppet masters, Jarret and Soros.

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          8. kenndeb September 25, 2014

            Holder should never be forgotten. He has to be the worst AG ever.

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          9. joe schmo September 25, 2014

            Thank God! That bigot is finally leaving. Maybe he got bombarded after that last racist comment he made. Slipping a little is an understatement……

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          10. bobnstuff September 25, 2014

            I wonder you could name three other AG’s. Bold statement with nothing behind it. Who was the best AG?

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          11. Marsha Matthews September 25, 2014

            You’re slipping, sport … you forgot Buffett …

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          12. joe schmo September 25, 2014

            Like Forbes, he’s small potatoes……

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          13. joe schmo September 25, 2014

            Why don’t you enlighten us with what you believe are lies? Of course, I dare say that you will most likely avoid my question. Your ilk always does…..

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          14. darkagesbegin September 25, 2014

            thank you for the opportunity, Joe. I would say at the top of the list are all the phony scandals your guys have tried to pin on someone since day one. Benghazi–nothing there IRS–nothing there etc. etc. etc. If there had been anything there you would have impeached him long ago.

            now you tell me what lies the president is guilty of. Or will you avoid my question or worse, repeat “benghazi” “benghazi” “benghazi”

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          15. joe schmo September 25, 2014

            Watch this you unpatriotic moron. That is if you dare. Then you tell me these men were a farce. How dare you! How very unAmerican have you become. These men were there, they are NOT lying.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK-oH6_nDpY

            As far as the IRS goes lets get rid of the son of a bitch and implement a flat tax or sales tax. Then we will no longer need the gestapo.

            Lies and more lies…..makes us wonder why all of Obama’s people are showing up on Fox lately…. They must be very worried to even show their faces on a Conservative think tank. Oh, that’s right the election is upon us.

            Too many blunders to even count……and the story continues.

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          16. darkagesbegin September 26, 2014

            joe, calm down and take your meds. You seem to be unhinged. Your head has exploded. Now, I am not unpatriotic or un-American…I just happen to believe in the old-fashioned America of our founders, those liberals who gave us separation of church and state, innocent until proven guilty, one man one vote, and a democracy founded on the idea that the government should protect the little guy and the vulnerable from the despotism of big business and big money. Where the individual was more important than the corporation. Yea, I know it is old-fashioned, but that is just me…

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          17. Marsha Matthews September 29, 2014

            LOLOLOLOLOLOL … FAUXSnooze’s “Benghazi special” that still doesn’t prove the “scandal” the rabid and ridiculous right have been whacking off to for over two years …

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          18. midway54 September 24, 2014

            “Now with Obama he is simultaneously, and this is amazing, both a Nazi and a Communist, both an inept, ineffective administrator and an evil mastermind taking all your freedoms away? How is this even possible?”

            That is the problem: Rational, perceptive and intelligent citizens can quickly discern the drivel. The large community of yahoo dupes bereft of critical thought (and other varieties, as well) just swallow it and work themselves into a frenzy. These characters are found everywhere notably in the Red states generally but particularly in the heavily concentrated States in Dupedom South, all dependably loyal to the plutocrats and the media and political stooges who peddle right wing bilge.

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          19. joe schmo September 25, 2014

            or….if we cry wolf long enough and things get bad enough, people will begin to see what is REALLY going on and finally WAKE UP.

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          20. Marsha Matthews September 25, 2014

            Keep crying … you’ll be doing it for a very, very, VERY long time …

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          21. joe schmo September 25, 2014

            Let’s just see what happens when that money being printed becomes worthless. Russia and China are already working on that one. Then let’s see who has the last laugh……

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          22. bobnstuff September 25, 2014

            The dollar hit a record high in value today. We are still the world currency.

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          23. joe schmo September 25, 2014

            For now….. Just can’t wait til shit hits the fan. Better make that 1% on your unstable stocks while you can and hold onto them for a while…..until the fall when you lose everything. What comes up….must come down…..

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          24. bobnstuff September 26, 2014

            You know you have a point, it the republicans win the Senate the market might crash.

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          25. Marsha Matthews September 29, 2014

            I’ve been waiting for the “shit to hit the fan” for six years … that’s all the teabaggers and conservatives have been clutching their pearls over but … still waiting …

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          26. Marsha Matthews September 29, 2014

            LOL …

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          27. tdm3624 September 24, 2014

            I’m not saying the ‘tyrant’ hasn’t been up to something (he probably has), but the somethings he has been up to are no less egregious than his presidential predecessors.

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          28. kenndeb September 24, 2014

            Bush was the worst, but then we got this thing in our White House. I’m not quite sure what he is. Communist, socialist, Marxist, but for sure he is not an American leader. You might want to be careful even agreeing with me if only in principle. It will get you lynched on this site.

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          29. Marsha Matthews September 24, 2014

            “…this thing in our White House.”
            Gee, your mom must be so proud of the ignorant, disrespectful, foul little turd you turned out to be, cracker.

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          30. idamag September 24, 2014

            Their hateful rhetoric is typical of bullies. I don’t know if it was caused by coming from an angry home, or their father hit their mother, or they were picked on in school, but they have been bullies for a long time.

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          31. joe schmo September 25, 2014

            No, it is now you Liberals who are the bullies with a hint of Arrogance to go with it. Isn’t this America anymore? Where we accept EVERYONE. Since when do you have a right to demean anyone? I have heard from many of you how you believe there will be:

            1) No more Republican Presidents
            2) Called us vile names that we would never call you.
            3) Literally threaten us.
            4) Admitted that the Illegals coming in would contribute to the Liberal voting pool.
            5) Forced laws on us that we didn’t vote for (Obamacare)
            6) Fade us out over time.
            7) Called us the party of angry, bigoted White supremacist Males. LOL

            Remember you are not the only inhabitants of this Country. This Country is not a party of one. Wasn’t set up that way. Where is that tolerance that you always preach about? I haven’t seen it here….

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          32. Marsha Matthews September 25, 2014

            LOL … Why so angry, boo?

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          33. joe schmo September 25, 2014

            Because you cannot predict what the future holds. If the shoe were on the other foot, there would be violence coming from your camp:)

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          34. Marsha Matthews September 29, 2014

            Gee, all those bohunks openly carrying their dicks – I mean guns – are Democrats??! All those people parading around, draped in confederate and Gadsden flags are Democrats?? All those “tough” guys who whine they’re going to use their 2nd Amendment rights to take back “their” country are all Democrats??!! Well, I’ll be damned!!

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          35. Marsha Matthews September 25, 2014

            Exactly. My guess is that mom and dad didn’t show them enough love as children. Unloved children grow into unloved, bitter, vile and petty adults.

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          36. idamag September 25, 2014

            Probably came from the area where you hear “Dueling Banjoes” in the background.

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          37. angelsinca September 25, 2014

            ‘Cracker’ is right up there with ‘nigger’. The ignorance of racial disrespect isn’t necessary, or acceptable.

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          38. joe schmo September 25, 2014

            ……and we have to take it? Not!

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          39. Marsha Matthews September 25, 2014

            LOL … only an ignorant dolt would make such a false equivalency. Kudos …

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          40. angelsinca September 26, 2014

            Sorry, not racist or a dolt or ignorant. Sadly, you remain a shining example of hateful, small mindedness. Most liberals try to avoid that image. But you carry it well.

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          41. Marsha Matthews September 29, 2014

            N****r has a history – an extremely oppressive history – used by white people who had political, social and economic power over black people. Cracker is used to define low class white people, trailer trash and you wear it well. Kudos …

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          42. angelsinca September 30, 2014

            Please get educated on the history of oppression, especially as it relates to fuedalism, without hiding behind racism or sexism or any other smug attribute you feel comfortable asserting yourself with. Please. We need a better version of humanity, not the un-evolved version of it.

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          43. angelsinca September 27, 2014

            In order to accurately and effectively deploy weighty terms like ‘false equivalency’ and ‘racist’, you need to first understand that using them the way you did is pretty stupid.

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          44. Marsha Matthews September 29, 2014

            See below oh-brilliant-one …

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          45. angelsinca September 27, 2014

            Care to explain how the two racist terms aren’t ‘equivalent’?

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          46. joe schmo September 25, 2014

            Of course Marshmallow, at this point he is that ‘thing’ in the White House because he is not looking out for the best interest of the people in this Country. Did you forget that he is working for us and not the other way around.

            Kenndeb not only does he incite Communism, he is an anti-colonialist. In other words, he does not believe that the United States should be above the rest of the world. He would rather see us come down a few notches. Meaning he would like to see America equal to Africa or South of the border.

            Here are some snippets of Obama Srs punishment to wealthy nations.

            “Obama Sr.’s solutions are clear. “We need to eliminate power structures that have been built through excessive accumulation so that not only a
            few individuals shall control a vast magnitude of resources as is the case now.” He proposed that the state seize private land and turn it
            over to collective cooperatives. He also demanded that the state raise taxes with no upper limit.

            Just in case the point is unclear, Obama Sr. insisted that “theoretically there is nothing that can stop the government from taxing 100 percent of income so long as the people get benefits from the
            government commensurate with their income which is taxed.” Absurd as it seems, the idea of 100 percent taxation has its peculiar logic. It is
            based on the anti-colonial assumption that the rich have become rich by exploiting and plundering the poor; therefore, whatever the rich have is
            undeserved and may be legitimately seized.”

            http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/07/AR2010100705485.html

            This ideology from Obama’s father (apparently his idle whom he met once) exudes Communism, but it is so much worse. Obama is living his Fathers pipe dream and succeeding at making it happen. He himself is hypocritical in his thinking because, let’s face it, the Man has a lot of money himself, yet he wants less for us?

            Seriously! Now the Feds want us to pay money to take pictures in our National Parks. When will this money grubbing stop. Greedy Democrats will do anything to get more and more money from the people. When will we wake up?

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          47. Marsha Matthews September 25, 2014

            I’ll not subject myself to yet another of your long-winded screeds. I’ll just repeat: You’re an ignorant, disrespectful, foul little turd.

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          48. joe schmo September 25, 2014

            You didn’t answer my question. You people never do. ‘Did you forget that Obama is working for us and not the other way around?

            The truth hurts, doesn’t it?

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          49. Marsha Matthews September 29, 2014

            Didn’t see the question in your psycho-babble because it’s not time for me to go to sleep.

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          50. bobnstuff September 25, 2014

            Kenndeb, no one lynches you here, you hang yourself

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      2. midway54 September 24, 2014

        Very infrequently, you will in your posts accuse both parties of being corrupt and that career politicians should be turned out of office. However, despite these offerings, the great majority of your commentary is spent on bashing liberals. One looks in vain among your contributions to find anything critical of the other party, the one that serves the plutocrats so well. By the way your phrase describing liberalism as a mental disorder was coined by Ann Coulter, who employed it in the title of one of her books. As usual, as one who parrots from crackpot sources,you withheld attribution, perhaps because you sought to use it as a cleverly original thought of your own. Those of us who read and endure your entries know better.

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        1. kenndeb September 24, 2014

          I’m so glad you have a brain to think with. Most posting here have had theirs turned to mush from drinking that communist koolade.

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        2. Michael Ross September 24, 2014

          Kenndeb, like so many other tea-baggers, hopes to justify having continued to whore himself out to politicians he knows damn well are liars and thieves by insisting that the other side is corrupt too.

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          1. midway54 September 25, 2014

            I would add that the great majority in his camp are mindless dupes who willingly accept with flag-waving enthusiasm the rightwing scoundrels’ outrageous nonsense as constituting the sublime elements of true patriotism. Dissenters are considered socialists or communists bent on bringing down America. The plutocrats and their servants love it

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      3. Michael Ross September 24, 2014

        Ponder the irony of a filthy reality-challenged whore who refuses to even get Obama’s title right calling me a liar.

        You say Obama lies about everything, yet you can’t even name one instance of such (and “you can keep your plan” doesn’t count since the only plans that got canceled were phony scam plans that didn’t cover shit). You just call him a liar and get mad whenever people question you.

        BTW, I had a lump in my throat for four years, and it was only thanks to the ACA that I was able to get to a doctor, get it diagnosed, and finally get treatment for it. Yet here you are pretending that Obamacare is somehow PREVENTING me from getting care, even though I, like so many hundreds of thousands of others, know from personal experience that this couldn’t be further from the truth.

        Reality still hasn’t disappeared at your convenience, whore. It still leans to the left, and you’re still the same worthless whore to liars and thieves you’ve always been.

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        1. idamag September 24, 2014

          Possibly kenneb is one of those seniors who open their hands wide for two of the most social programs, we have, Medicare and Social Security, but don’t give a fig about the family with a seriously ill child. They are from the “I got mine, to h with you” set.

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    2. Marsha Matthews September 24, 2014

      “And let’s face it: If you’re still a Republican in the 21st century, you’re either really stupid or really evil.”
      I’ll go with option C – Both.

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      1. Allan Richardson September 24, 2014

        There are two types of Republicans: millionaires and suckers.

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        1. joe schmo September 25, 2014

          There are two types of Liberals: millionaires (remember that new 1% article I have been uploading on this site forever) and crooks.

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  3. adler56 September 24, 2014

    I’d sooner have a child marry someone from another race than a republican.

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    1. marriea September 24, 2014

      But what about what the child would want. I’m sure that you would have raised your child to represent themselves regardless of the person they fell in love with.

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      1. joe schmo September 24, 2014

        Thank you:) Your tolerance is showing……

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        1. Marsha Matthews September 24, 2014

          And, once again, yours isn’t. Kudos …

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          1. joe schmo September 25, 2014

            As long as you mind set is close to the Communist ideal, I will never be tolerant of you people again.

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          2. Marsha Matthews September 29, 2014

            Socialist, commie, blah, blah, blah. Old, stale and boring.

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    2. joe schmo September 24, 2014

      That goes both ways. I shudder to think if my kid would bring home a Liberal! You see, it is that kind of attitude that is widening the gap.

      I live in one of the most Liberal states in the Union. I have heard some very nasty things coming out of the mouths of Liberals about Conservatives. We have also been verbally attacked by them. I can honestly say that the Conservatives have been more tolerant. That is until lately. We now have the same attitude as the Liberals. Liberalism rules this state and it ‘ain’t’ pretty……

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  4. Dominick Vila September 24, 2014

    A picture is worth a thousands words…

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    1. midway54 September 24, 2014

      Yes, another squad of pathetic dupes all of whom are admired and targeted by the rightwinger scoundrel propagandists who regularly send them into a frenzy of ranting against ‘them libruls.” Come election day, they reliably show up to become, along with the rest of us, victims of our Gilded Age II Plutocracy’s Operation Phornicate when they dependably and mindlessly vote against their own interests. The picture also serves to illustrate the types of characters with whom the dupes who post here on NM associate and join in misguided,cheering support of the plutocrats.

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      1. Marsha Matthews September 24, 2014

        “dupes” … I love that word …

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  5. FireBaron September 24, 2014

    This all started back in the late 70s. Whenever Ronald Reagan made a speech mentioning “liberals”, he always said it with a sneer.

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    1. joe schmo September 24, 2014

      Dude, RONALD REAGAN was not the cause. If anyone is really to blame it is the guy in office at the moment. He has made the gap between us even wider.

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      1. Marsha Matthews September 24, 2014

        Gee, didn’t realize it was Obama and Democrats screaming about taking “their” country back, calling POTUS a Muslim, Kenyan, Marxist, Socialist, Commie, blah, blah, blah and proclaiming that the “tyrant” on the WH should be put down by excercising their 2nd Amendment rights. Where have I BEEN all this time, Schmuck??

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        1. idamag September 24, 2014

          Schmuck is not worthy of your response. He has been programmed, like a zombie, to say the same things over and over, no matter what the topic.

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          1. kenndeb September 24, 2014

            Sounds like a liberal to me.

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          2. Marsha Matthews September 24, 2014

            I know but, he is an entertaining, ignorant little fellow to a degree …

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          3. joe schmo September 25, 2014

            HaHaHa Marshmallow. So glad I am an entertaining pain. Whether you like it or not, it means you are paying attention:)

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          4. Marsha Matthews September 29, 2014

            In order for one to get the joke, one must pay attention. And you certainly are one phunny phuck!

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          5. joe schmo September 25, 2014

            Programmed me? No way! If anyone is a binary code it is you sheeple. Repetitive thinking….. I think for myself and live through the eyes of what my family and I have experienced. That is enough for me to make up my OWN mind. I am everywhere and anywhere there is news. At home and abroad. I know more about what is going on in the world than you ever will.

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        2. Dominick Vila September 24, 2014

          …and an elected official calling him a liar during a SOTU address being broadcast to the entire world…

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          1. Marsha Matthews September 24, 2014

            Yeah, Joe Wilson – like the rest of the teabaggers – are such respectful little turds …

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          2. Mikey7a September 24, 2014

            Had this happened to Reagan, or either Bush, the hazer would have been dragged out, and locked up! The total disrespect The Right has shown for The POTUS, makes me ashamed to be a middle aged White man!

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          3. Marsha Matthews September 24, 2014

            No need to feel ashamed – Good white people are pretty easily distinguishable from the knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing cretins 🙂

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          4. angelsinca September 25, 2014

            At least the GOP isn’t hogging all of the “bitterness, condescension, malice, ignorance and sheer anger.”

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          5. Marsha Matthews September 25, 2014

            Sorry, sport but, the GOP has 100% of the market on bitterness, condescension, malice, ignorance and sheer anger. You’ll get no anger from me, no bitterness, no ignorance or malice however, you will get condescension for the simple fact that I don’t suffer fools so I certainly won’t suffer you.

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          6. joe schmo September 25, 2014

            Huh! In your Democratic history your side has been the most violent of them all. Give me a break!

            Now it’s our turn to be pissed and rightly so. We feel that Obama is forcing his ‘executive orders down our throats,’ creating a divide between races and political affiliations, and enacting laws against the Constitution and the Amendments….

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          7. Marsha Matthews September 29, 2014

            Sure, Shmuck … sure … again – only in the deluded, small mind of a conservative is Obama the reason for the divisions in this country.

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          8. angelsinca September 26, 2014

            You didn’t gain much from the article. Except to reinforce its premise of political prejudice.

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          9. Marsha Matthews September 29, 2014

            Says you … turn the dial to any conservative radio “personality” or watch any FAUXNoise program … they’re all the same: Bitterness, condescension, malice, ignorance and sheer anger.

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          10. angelsinca September 30, 2014

            That’s why I don’t listen to or watch them much. Same reason I limit my visits here to a few times a month.

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          11. angelsinca September 24, 2014

            Kind of like the total display of respect toward Bush by the left? Got it.

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          12. LotusJoan September 25, 2014

            While I agree that President Bush was not treated with a great deal of respect, even by myself, yours is still a false equivalency.
            No democratic governer waved their finger under President Bush’s noise. No member of Congree interrupted his State of the Union Address to call him a liar (though Bush did lie to us).
            I could go on but if you are capable of getting my point you should have gotten it already.

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          13. angelsinca September 25, 2014

            Thanks, but you might want to hang onto the false equivalency card for a better use. As a president, each have endured disrepect.

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          14. LotusJoan September 25, 2014

            Why is it when there is no effective response the claim is a “card” has been played? Race card, gender card what you mean is you have been trumped

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          15. angelsinca September 25, 2014

            Trumped by you? No. A ‘card’ is simply an expected response, often drawn by liberals, to feebly conclude a weak position.

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          16. idamag September 25, 2014

            If you notice, there rhetoric is canned and memorized.

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          17. Marsha Matthews September 25, 2014

            Please point out which prior president was heckled on the floor of the House during his SOTU. I await with bated breath …

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          18. angelsinca September 26, 2014

            That would be the same one that heckled and mocked the Supreme Court Justices at his earlier State of the Union cry-fest.

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          19. Marsha Matthews September 29, 2014

            Only in the mind of an imbecile did POTUS “heckle and mock” SCOTUS. Dolt.

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          20. angelsinca September 30, 2014

            I’m sorry, I should have said ‘ridiculed and humiliated’ by the same one.

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          21. angelsinca September 27, 2014

            It turns out Rep Joe Wilson was more accurate with the ‘you lie’ spurt than the one he heckled. Please point out which president humiliated the entire Supreme Court with open criticism during his SOTU. BTW, it is ‘baited breath’. Looks like ‘wait’.

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          22. Marsha Matthews September 29, 2014

            Perhaps in your deluded, little mind but out here in reality … not so much, sport.
            Considering that the conservatives of SCOTUS ruled that “corporations are people”, they deserved to be called out, and POTUS was right to include campaign finance reform in the SOTU as it affects ALL citizens, not just those with delicate sensitivities and whose healthcare plan is don’t get sick and, if you do, just die. Further, he didn’t exactly scream, ‘YOU LIE”, either.

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          23. angelsinca September 30, 2014

            True. He just didn’t scream “YOU SUCK!”. But the intent was the same.

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          24. angelsinca September 27, 2014

            What is your point, really, Joan? It seems you are trying to validate the disrespect toward Obama as somehow more significant, and therefore not equivalent to (the now 14 year campaign of) continuing disrespect toward Bush, because BHO is …..a president? You are right, it doesn’t make much sense.

            BTW the SOTU was interrupted more often by laughs at the president’s claims of no health insurance for illegals than by Rep Wilson’s claims of lying about it. He wasn’t that far off.

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          25. Mikey7a September 25, 2014

            You mean the man who LIED to get us into TWO wars we could not pay for? The same man that nearly put us into our 2nd Great Depression? The man that hid out with 2nd Graders, until he knew he was safe on 9/11? That man? Sorry, but even someone as ignorant, and despicable as he, never had a member of Congress screech out like a girl at a Justin Bieber concert during his SOTU address. You RWNJ’s really should never play The Bush card!

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          26. idamag September 25, 2014

            What we fault Bush for is what he did, not his party nor his race. He is a convicted war criminal, along with Cheney and Rove. Switzerland, Norway and Malaysia have convicted them in absentia and will arrest them if they go there. Three other countries have warrants for their arrest; Germany, France and Sweden. How proud we should be of that administration.

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          27. angelsinca September 26, 2014

            You didn’t read the article either. Sad, but typical.

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          28. Marsha Matthews September 25, 2014

            No, Dumbya just had his peons create “free speech” zones miles from any given event he was attending while ensuring that his worshippers crowded the venue. His peons cherry-picked citizens for town hall events – only those who would suck up, kiss his ass and speak glowingly of him were allowed. Dissenters were shuttled far, far away. Like a monarch, he ensured his gilded carriage traveled around the unpleasantness, the “filth and low life’s”, the common citizen. Dumbya mustn’t hurt is sensitive eyes by looking at those whose head wasn’t suck up his ass.

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          29. bobnstuff September 25, 2014

            You had to have to have a ticket to see Bush when he was running for election. Vented party member

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      2. Lynda Groom September 24, 2014

        In case you did not notice the article concerns the process of ‘prejudice’ that has taken place over the last 50 years. Not everything started the day Obama was sworn into office. I know that the conservative like to believe so, but it just isn’t so.

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        1. Marsha Matthews September 24, 2014

          Exactly … It was, after all, St. Ronny who started the myth of the Cadillac driving, perpetually-spitting-out-kids “Welfare Queen” … and if that doesn’t scream racist, I don’t know what does.

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          1. joe schmo September 25, 2014

            Come on Marshmallow, get off the racist kick. This article was about the dislike between political parties not racism…..

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        2. angelsinca September 24, 2014

          The practice by this president to voice his political prejudices from the podium toward the right has assured and enabled his supporters that this political bigotry is acceptable. It isn’t, not by the left or the right.

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          1. charleo1 September 25, 2014

            “The practice by this president to voice his political prejudices from the podium toward the right has assured and enabled his supporters that this political bigotry is acceptable. It isn’t, not by the left or the right.” I can’t believe you just said that! Isn’t that asserting the same kind of. “political correctness,” BS, the Right Wing is constantly accusing the Left of using? Claiming they are trying to silence their opposition to Gay Rights, minority Rights, or the Rights of religious organizations, not Christian, or Jewish? They are forever calling out the Left wing for insisting the border jumping immigrants be called, “undocumented.” Instead of the law breaking, illegal aliens, the Right insists they should be referred to. Or speaking of jumping. Jumping to the defense of celebrities, like Hank Williams Jr. who called President Obama, Hitler. Or Phil Robinson, who opined that Blacks, “They,” were happier, “and sang, all the time!” Before the Civil Rights Bill. Just to have the uproar roundly dismissed, as just more liberal, PC. run amuck. Attempting to deny these obvious bigots, their Right to freedom of speech! Out there in the public arena, for the World to hear. Never appreciating what an embarrassment these jokers are to most Americans. I could go on about the supposed, “War on Christmas,’ and the Left’s, “Godless, and unrelenting determination to PC. the greeting, “Merry Christmas,” from the public lexicon. And replace it with their, “Communistic PC.”Happy Holidays!. And now you say, political bigotry is unacceptable. Since when?

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          2. angelsinca September 26, 2014

            Maybe you didn’t read the article. Way to fan the flames of politically prejudice.

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          3. charleo1 September 26, 2014

            All politics are not created equal. And one’s opinion is by definition prejudiced to all other opinions arriving at a different conclusion. It is a false equivalency to assert, racial prejudice is the same as political prejudice. As people may change their politics. No one is born a Republican, or Democrat. A Theocrat, or Monarchist. The Revolutionists who founded our Country, were very prejudiced people.

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          4. angelsinca September 30, 2014

            No one is born a racist either.

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        3. joe schmo September 25, 2014

          Read my point several comments up. I know exactly what this article is about. I’m not the one who degraded Ronald Reagan….

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  6. Melda Page September 24, 2014

    My prejudice is against fundamentalists of any religious type. And I have made that plain for the last 30 years.

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  7. joe schmo September 24, 2014

    This is one of the most common sense articles I have ever read on the Memo. I find it to be very true and concise.

    For all you race baiters on this site, the below content finally states what Conservatives have been telling you all along…..another ‘I told you so moment.’

    “Researchers have long asked such questions about race, and have found that along important dimensions, racial prejudice is decreasing. At the same time, party prejudice in the U.S. has jumped, infecting not only politics but also decisions about dating, marriage and hiring. By some measures, “partyism” now exceeds racial prejudice — which helps explain the intensity of some midterm election campaigns.”

    Largely to blame for this incident……Our media. Subliminal brainwashing. That is why it is important to get different perspectives from all political groups in this country as well as media outlets here and abroad. Then you can come to your own conclusions.

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    1. 1standlastword September 25, 2014

      If you care to examine it, you will find that there are NO progressive of liberal equivalents as purveyors of party acrimony greater and more prolific than Newt Gingrich and Karl Rove.

      Newt Gingrich made an academic subject out of “tearing the face off your opponent” and dirty politics.

      Bush called Rove Turd Blossom didn’t for the shit that grew out of his head

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      1. joe schmo September 25, 2014

        I agree….both RINOs

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    2. 788eddie September 25, 2014

      Hey, Joe, That’s a very liberal suggestion from you.

      I agree!

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  8. Marsha Matthews September 24, 2014

    “What accounts for the explosive growth of political prejudice? ”

    The GOP and its cohorts of the rabid religious right and FOXNews, et al. ‘Nuff said. Whenever any one of these “entities” speak of those on the other side of the aisle, it is often said with bitterness, condescension, malice, ignorance and sheer anger. You’d be hard pressed to find any quote concerning anyone not within their tent that is reasonable, logical and calm.

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  9. howa4x September 24, 2014

    I agree with the results of the study. When I was seperaed from my wife for a period I would not date a woman that described herself as either conservative or especially a tea party member. This has more to do with values than anything else. If I think that conservatives are simple minded people which I do why would I want to spend time dating them? If a woman said she got her news from FOX that would be the end of the discussion. Could you imagine spending an evening with Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman or Ann Coulter? They are all attractive but what would you talk about?

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    1. kenndeb September 24, 2014

      Perhaps they might help you recover from your chronic case of liberalism.

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      1. howa4x September 24, 2014

        How by shouting slogans a me or calling me a communist?

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        1. kenndeb September 24, 2014

          Nah. No need. You already know you have a problem. That’s the first step to recovery. Seek help. You know you want to get back to being an American. Don’t let liberal peer pressure stop you from seeking help.

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          1. howa4x September 24, 2014

            Oh so you want some company in the dark hole of bigotry and hatred that you live in do ya?

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          2. kenndeb September 24, 2014

            I don’t live in such a place. If you will notice, it is the liberals that preach hate and intolerance.

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          3. Marsha Matthews September 24, 2014

            Is that why teabaggers and repuke’s are always so angry? Because liberals teach hate and intolerance? Uh, okay …

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          4. howa4x September 24, 2014

            I didn’t know that Limbaugh, Coulter, Hannity, O’Reiley, Huckabee, Palin, Bachman, Beck, Red state, all joined the Democratic party. Thank for telling me

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          5. Dominick Vila September 24, 2014

            Are you saying that the person who wished President Obama would travel to the Middle East so that ISIS terrorists could deal with him were Liberals?
            How often do you change party affiliation and ideology?

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          6. highpckts September 24, 2014

            ROFL!! Boy I don’t know where you get your news but you sure have it ass backwards! God I can’t imagine living with no empathy, conscience or moral values! Sorry for you!!

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          7. angelsinca September 24, 2014

            God I can’t imagine living with no empathy, conscience or moral values!

            Clear example of political bigotry aimed at all conservatives. Thanks for the shade (from both you and the horse).

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          8. highpckts September 25, 2014

            Until I hear fron a Conservarive that isn’t insufferably bigoted, all for the rich guy, empty headed I will not change my mind!

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          9. joe schmo September 25, 2014

            That goes both ways…….

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          10. highpckts September 26, 2014

            Except the “libs” are not all for the rich guy, use facts when speaking and are trying to end racism. And you are doing what???

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          11. joe schmo September 25, 2014

            Well, you all have definitely failed at the ‘moral values’ part of the statement……

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          12. angelsinca September 26, 2014

            ‘You all’? Really. The bigotry is showing again.

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          13. Jo Clark September 28, 2014

            “You all” is a collective term for the Republican party. Yes, the Republican party has failed at moral values. They have none. They abandoned them ages ago, probably around the same time they abandoned all sense of integrity and decided that if they had to, cheating, lying and stealing was okay too, if that was the price of winning. Your party can’t win on a platform, so they just cheat. Your party’s platform is the laughingstock of the world. It is ridiculed worldwide for it’s “back to the ’50s, the 1850s,” flavor.

            So yes, anyone that votes Republican is part of the “you all” collective.

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          14. idamag September 25, 2014

            There is some data that points to sociopaths being born that way. It just might be some people are born with empathy and some are closer to being a sociopath.

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          15. Sand_Cat September 24, 2014

            Liberals do not preach hate or intolerance, though of course it is to the advantage of those who do preach these things to smear those who oppose them.
            Many liberals are just a bit sick of being demonized for decades by nasty, right-wingers, and many of us have short fuses when someone comes here spouting the same lies. No one here would likely support laws to discriminate against conservatives or restrict their right to vote or
            speak or write; the same cannot be said of the modern GOP and “conservatives,” who seem to have become en masse what used to be the more obnoxious and delusional fringe of their party: it seems every day we hear of a new voter suppression attempt or an attempt to legalize discrimination on the basis of supposed Christian religious belief – certainly never by other religions – or to protect racist, sexist or other laws and policies which harm real people who have done nothing to deserve it.

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          16. kenndeb September 24, 2014

            Come on. Do you really not see how anyone with a differing opinion is treated on this site? This isn’t love and tolerance. I have not seen anything good coming from the liberals. Far too controlling and most think that they are smarter than everyone else. They know what is best and will do whatever they can to promote their agenda. Take a good. I did.

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          17. Marsha Matthews September 24, 2014

            Well, perhaps if you posted legitimate points in order to debate, you wouldn’t be treated as the pompous and arrogant asshat you show yourself to be. That said, starting out with such brilliant posts as,”More than likely you have attended some ;liberal event where your brain was sucked out of you and replaced with an apes brain.” you wouldn’t be incur such wrath … you reap what you sow, sport, so take some of that personal responsibility you crow about and practice it yourself.

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          18. kenndeb September 24, 2014

            As I just stated to sand cat, if someone is courteous to me, I usually am to them. Name calling has never done too much for my reasonability. Once you start, it’s no holds barred.

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          19. Marsha Matthews September 25, 2014

            What’s the FIRST post of yours on this thread when it opened yesterday? Here, I’ll even point it out to you:

            “More than likely you have attended some ;liberal event where your brain was sucked out of you and replaced with an apes brain.”
            This was in response to another’s post. So, instead of being “courteous”, you ran out of the gate with the above gem. No one said a damned thing to you but you sure as sh*t did. So take your “courteous to me first” bullshit and stick it where the sun doesn’t shine, imbecile.

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          20. idamag September 25, 2014

            Oh, I don’t know, I think you aren’t being fair to the apes.

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          21. Jo Clark September 28, 2014

            Well said, Marsha!! And if you look at Kenndeb’s posts, one can see precisely why most of us would NEVER date or marry a conservative, republican, or bagger.

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          22. dpaano November 11, 2014

            Are you living in a hole somewhere because you certainly don’t know what you’re talking about….unbelievable!

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          23. kenndeb November 11, 2014

            Really? I love how you liberals still seem to think lying is always the right thing to do. I guess with your messiah elevating lying and deceit to an art form gives you a role model to follow. It is sad to see how far you have strayed from knowing right from wrong. Welcome to the new liberal world, where everything bad is good, and everything good is bad. If the liberals continue fulfilling their agenda, we won’t have a country, and that hole you speak of may be a necessity just to survive. You really should wake up and take a good look around.

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          24. Allan Richardson September 24, 2014

            And a network owned and controlled by a former smut peddler from Australia and a prince from Saudi Arabia tells you how to be an American?

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    2. idamag September 24, 2014

      Oh, my goodness, that would be punishment, for sure.

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      1. Marsha Matthews September 24, 2014

        LOL – I’d rather stick pins in my eyes, bamboo shoots under my nails all while going through childbirth again than tolerate a tea party-like dating my daughter.

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  10. charleo1 September 24, 2014

    I would be very concerned if my sister married a hard core Tea Party idiot. First of all, it would say so many negative things about him, I would worry my sister had been taken off somewhere, and brainwashed by some of these, pseudo-christian fundamentalists cults, that are running rampant nowadays. Now, don’t get me wrong. One is not necessarily a racist, if they are Tea Party. But, if one is a racist, it’s good bet they are sympathetic, and supportive, of a good bit of what the Tea Party has come to represent. Especially since they didn’t exist before the Country’s first African American looking President. Yes, they claim they did. But they lie like a rug. Which brings me to my second concern about my sister’s choice in a mate. The more they pretend they’re all about freedom, and liberty, the more Authoritarian they get. And the less respect they show for the Civic Rights of others, who don’t agree with them. Or is not like them in their religious beliefs, or their choice of partners. And since the movement is 98% White, we’re supposed to believe there’s nothing going on that creates that, but just random circumstance. Oh, and the fact they believe, and say, quite often, that the Blacks are only Democrats, or support the Democratic Party, because it gives them, “lots of free stuff,” paid for by the hard working, industrious Republicans. So no racism there! That’s right! They’ll all tell you racism is so not a part of the White population’s psychic today, that the only racism that exists in America, is by the African Americans, who are now systematically victimizing White folks! And it’s here, where I would have the most concern. Because, the Republican Party is no longer the Conservative Party. But is, and has become the Party of radicalism, lead by extremists. Who view all those who inhabit the vast territory to Left of themselves, as illegitimate. The equal of Infidels, to extreme Islamists. Not worthy of respect. Or, heck, maybe one day, not worthy to vote, hold office, or be confined for the, “protection of Liberty, or the Constitution, they constantly accuse my Party, the leaders I elect, of violating. Would they put me in jail one day?Yes, I’m afraid they might. So where is all this animosity coming from? All this rancor, and bitter partisanship? I have my opinions. And now, I have some who are suddenly calling my Americanism into question.

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    1. kenndeb September 24, 2014

      More than likely you have attended some ;liberal event where your brain was sucked out of you and replaced with an apes brain.

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      1. Marsha Matthews September 24, 2014

        Such a profound, intelligent response. Kudos, Cletus!

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        1. Dominick Vila September 24, 2014

          In a close midterm election year, people like Kenndeb are the best thing that could happen to us. We need more right wingers like them around…

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          1. Marsha Matthews September 24, 2014

            I know 🙂 Isn’t it great?

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      2. Dominick Vila September 24, 2014

        The only thing a person has to do after reading Charle’s post is read yours to realize how accurate his opinions are.

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      3. highpckts September 24, 2014

        Well you just proved Charle’s point!! Well done!!

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      4. charleo1 September 24, 2014

        Apes, yet another minority group that will never vote for the T-Party.

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        1. kenndeb September 24, 2014

          The democrats already have them registered as voters, along with several million illegals.

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          1. melloncollie September 25, 2014

            Reading these my party is superior rants makes me thankful I am independent and can think for myself.

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          2. Jo Clark September 28, 2014

            Guess that just proves, apes are smarter than your average bagger. Not that we ever had any doubts =)

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          3. kenndeb September 28, 2014

            It seems to be liberals that follow blindly behind a tyrsant.

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      5. dpaano November 11, 2014

        Yeah, probably a GOP fundraiser…..

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    2. Marsha Matthews September 24, 2014

      Well said – Couldn’t have said it better myself 🙂

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    3. angelsinca September 24, 2014

      If there ever becomes a race to jail political opponents, I’m afraid there would be a lot more conservatives behind bars. Due entirely to political prejudice.

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    4. Bill Quigley September 25, 2014

      Right on! One added observation is the total perversion of the word “conservative” as used by the far right. The word conservative means to preserve or conserve as it applies to both resources and social contracts. Todays so called conservatives (TPREPS) would exploit our resources for financial gain without any concern of preserving some for future generations. They would also turn our societal contracts (the constitution etc.) on their heads in order to gain control over the political system and use it for their personal gain.

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      1. charleo1 September 25, 2014

        Well said. As the label on the box, no longer describes the contents within. The very word “conservatism,” the root operative meaning literally to preserve, or protect, or to restore. In no way reflects their policies toward restoring, or protecting the Middle Class. Or their arbitrary decision to reject out of hand, the science explaining the phenomena of Global Warming. Or to be a, “Conservative,” used to imply, that one was not given to the often manic calls for rushing headlong into a situation, and quickly adopting extreme, or reckless, solutions. Such as launching a preemptive war, on false, or faulty information. As Conservatism itself once mandated, as one to be a Conservative, meant that one looked before they leaped. And, aimed before they fired. And agreed that gov, had a responsibility to enact, and enforce the rules of the road. So as the interests of both business, and the public at large, were served and enhanced. And although I’ve been a Democrat as long as my adulthood has meant retaining a keen interest in such matters. Never can I recall a more ends justifies the means mentality. So extreme, as to include the tactic of intentionally working against the best interests of the entire Country. In the hopes of scoring political points, by making the opposition Party, in the majority look bad. Again, that is not sober, deliberative, first do no harm, Conservative behavior. But, I believe reflects the radical, and subversive ideology of a few far-right billionaires, and corporate groups, that are forking over these huge amounts of money, in order to fundamentally change who, or by what class, the government ultimately acquires it’s power. So one could call the Right Wing, Revolutionaries, insurgents, or insurrectionists, or what you will. But what they are not, is Conservative!

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  11. KDJ54 September 24, 2014

    I’ll throw another bromide into the mix. Before I left the Mormon church, (I’m sure that the same litmus test is still followed by members, though not official doctrine, supposedly, but many members believe it should be) that one could not be a “good Mormon” and be a Democrat. One of the many absurdities without any basis in fact that helped me make up my mind to abandon the church specifically and religion in general,

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  12. idamag September 24, 2014

    I have Republicans and Democrats in my family. They aren’t hateful. The Republicans are ashamed of the tea party and I consider them subversive, hate and fear mongering people.

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  13. ExRadioGuy15 September 24, 2014

    This article is “False Equivalency-lite”….
    The GOP’s politicians have shown themselves to be Fascist, corrupt, arrogant, bigoted, hypercritical and insane, among other things. When a Republican says that they “dislike” or “hate” a Democrat or Democrats, it shows that the Fascist “gaslighting” propaganda campaign begun in 1920 by the party is still working….
    Meanwhile, the Democrats are basing their statements on those truthful statements about the GOP I’ve written above….
    This Non-Affiliated voter cautions The National Memo to refrain from straying into False Equivalency…you’re one of the few actual “Liberal” media sites around. I expect False Equivalency from the Progressives, Moderates and Libertarians of the GOP, not The National Memo…ssmdh 🙁

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  14. charles king September 24, 2014

    The re-election of President Obama should have prove to the general public that Critical thinking works and I think if the voter uses their common sense everything will be correct . Thank You and stop hampering my output. I know Who? you are and I will get you, Whoever You are. Mr. C. E. King

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    1. angelsinca September 25, 2014

      As a voting member of the general public, this re-election proved to me Romney was disliked more.

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  15. Dylan Robnett September 24, 2014

    It must be Bush’s fault.

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    1. kenndeb September 24, 2014

      Isn’t it always?

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  16. Allan Richardson September 24, 2014

    “Even when a candidate from the opposing party had better credentials,
    most people chose the candidate from their own party. With respect to
    race, in contrast, merit prevailed.”

    Unlike one’s political affiliation (including one’s entire network of donors, spokespersons, “connections” etc), one’s racial heritage cannot FORCE a person to vote or govern in a certain way, politically. Given a race between an obvious crook of one’s own race and an obvious saint of the race one might be expected to despise, a rational person would vote for the saint.

    But given a race between a member of a political party which has a record of governing along party lines in a way that one would not approve, but who seems to have little enthusiasm for the party line, and in fact hints at being willing to vote the other way; and a member of a political party with little party discipline, with which one agrees, but the candidate does not always agree with the party, or one’s own opinion, most of us would vote for the latter, in order to avoid allowing the party we do NOT like to use the former candidate as part of their “body count” against his/her will.

    As a Democrat, I disapprove of almost all the positions the GOP takes on controversial issues, and I see Republicans who DID vote “my way” rather than the “party way” on even one issue have been “primaried out” by even more extreme candidates; while I see Democrats who may not agree with me on ALL the issues, and who are NOT being pressured to toe the party line on everything, still oppose the majority of Republican policies, that is how I would vote. Even if the Democratic candidate “picks up” a bit of money while making the government work for the people, that is much less serious than a Republican who KEEPS the promises he makes TO HIS BASE AND DONORS, even if he is scrupulously honest in his personal behavior.

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    1. idamag September 25, 2014

      We had a good example of that, here. A real nut was elected as a state representative. His forte was to say absolutely evil things about people. This included our governor, who was a Republican. So was the mean person, Sali. Someone asked Governor Batt if he was going to vote for Sali’s opponent. He said he couldn’t vote for a Democrat so he just wouldn’t vote.

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      1. Allan Richardson September 26, 2014

        I don’t recognize the names you cited, so I don’t know which state you live in. If you are afraid to reveal your state, I will understand (but of course I or anyone else can look up the name of the governor, unless you changed it to protect yourself).

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        1. idamag September 26, 2014

          Northwest

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  17. 1standlastword September 25, 2014

    This phenomenon should be called the “Rove Gingrich Effect”. No two people in modern times have made a greater contribution to this current trend than those guys. Gingrich made it an academic subject!

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  18. David Giles September 25, 2014

    Wow, I had to stop after the first couple of paragraphs. I mean really, how ridiculous. Of course people associate black with bad. It is cultural and spans virtually every culture. The good guy always wears white and the bad guy always wears black. Night time is dark (black) and is feared by most beginning in childhood. Light, at its brightest is white and considered pure. Satan is the dark force, danger lurks in the shadows, saints in white gowns, angels are typically portrayed as white/ light.
    All this study did is confirm cultural bias that exists in large part because of night and day and blame the bias on race.
    I hope these mor~ons didn’t get tax money to perform this study.

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  19. rustacus21 September 26, 2014

    …compared to what conservatives have offered for their last choices for executive administration & then, taking into account that the conservative majority currently in Congress has the lowest performance ranking of ANY Congress EVER in the history of the U.S., what is it that these people want? Perfection? If that’s what they thought electing T-baggers, Bush (in ’00), etc., they really are as demented as they actually seem! Meanwhile, we have Carter, who brought peace to the Middle East & put the reigns BACK ON corporations (after being removed by Nixon), Clinton who, tho signing NAFTA, offered fantastic educational & re-training opportunities to workers prospectively impacted by the agreement, the equitization of our Public Education system, so that all states & every district received equitable funding, criminalized violence against Women, of whom are disproportionately impacted both at home & on the job (thru over-work, under-pay & lack of consideration for promotions, tho as or more qualified than their White-male counterparts), big investments in R&D resulting in the tech boom & MORE JOBS of course, but most critically, keeping OUR family members from the menacing violence of war & now, Obama, who has slowly, methodically done his best to bring the nation back to normalcy, after the 8 year crime spree, gaining a semblance of a ‘recovery’ impacting many disparately impacted conservatives, even while conservative law makers tried preventing the restoration process, proves the point this ‘faction’ is more interested in HARMING THEMSELVES, than be helped by a Liberal Black man in the White House…

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  20. dpaano November 11, 2014

    Interesting……but understandable. It shows when conservatives constantly vote for their own despite the outright idiocy of some of their candidates. For example, in Kansas, Brownbeck is re-elected despite the fact that he has bankrupted the state! Why do these people keep electing these idiots, and this explains it in a nutshell!

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