Friday, October 16, 2009

Who are those guys... Seditionists?

We call them tea-baggers, astro-turfers, right wing-nuts, whack-jobs, etc. As with most derisive, dismissive labels applied to our fellow human beings, we reduce our humanity by reducing theirs.

A new study by Democracy Corps gives us some experiential focus group data to better measure and understand our opposition. A good summary article was posted today on the Huffington Post. To beat our opposition it's best to seek to understand their motivation, and not regard them too lightly.
From Sun Tzu - Art of War:

So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.

If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose.

If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself.

Key Lessons Learned:

1. 20% of voters live on a extreme right island of the political spectrum, they are 66% of all self-id'd GOPers

"The report concludes that the extreme GOP voters are not simply at the far end of a standard political continuum that runs left-center-right, but rather they stand fully apart.

The basic belief is that Obama -- a former community organizer who seemingly came from nowhere -- must have been propelled by some secret forces. This is no small segment of the population and represents almost one-in-five voters and nearly two-of-three self identified Republicans."

2. Swing voter and independents want Obama to succeed

"The researchers also spoke with swing-voters and independents and found a crucial difference: The independents wanted Obama to succeed, while the GOP base wanted him to fail. That's a logical extension of their belief: If they really do think Obama has a secret agenda to destroy the nation, it's patently patriotic to want him to fail. One author referred to it as an "ethical imperative" given what they think the agenda is.

"While these voters are disdainful of a Republican Party they view to have failed in its mission, they overwhelmingly view a successful Obama presidency as the destruction of this country's founding principles and are committed to seeing the president fail," reads the report."

This is all about sedition, the dangers to our democracy from this extreme right faction are real, and a long term cultural war lies ahead. Tighten your helmet chin strap folks, these folks are game on for a lifetime of political battles ahead.

cross-posted from Blue Ridge Data


Anonymous said...

If you're SO dumb to not understand who we are, then a panel won't help unless it covers your body when you die.


Bubby said...

Listen to them talk, they parrot the words of their gilded idols; Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Bill O'Reilly...all of whom get paid handsomely to whip up the sheeple and glue their eyeballs to the boob tube where the soap flakes and thigh-masters can be peddled. They call themselves patriots! Patriots have courage, and faith not fear, fantasy, and sentimentality. God Save the United States of America! Give us Strength, not Fear.

John Doe said...

This may surprise but I thought it was an even-handed analysis. Obviously, the liberals doing the study treated the people as if they were creepy-crawly insects, but their findings were dead on. [Don't worry, the feeling is mutual, I feel the same way about pedophile boy and the ragin cajun].

Course, they used language to suggest that the subjects were unAmerican, and out of the mainstream, but I hate to break it to you pedophile boy: conservatives out-number liberals. YOU are out of the mainstream, too. LIEberals have to hide who they really are, pretend that they aren't really radical, lie and say that they don't support cap and trade, lie and say that they will cut taxes, in short, they have to lie about almost everything that they believe in order to appear to be mainstream enough to get elected. THEN they come out of the wood work and break all their promises.

And trust me, pedophile boy: We have courage, and we are well armed. You can only push us so far, then you will see sedition. But it might be the last thing that you see...

Anonymous said...

“Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength” I think this applies to you Mr. Doe.

Bubby said...

You are literally the rightwing version of a flag burning hippy: Stupid, Deluded, and a danger to the conservative movement. Stick it to the Man! Idiot.

My people waded ashore and took to fighting frenchmen and the Iroquois for respect. The word "war" is an english translation of my clan's name. So trust me little fellow, a weak-minded, foul-mouthed brown shirt like you is just another roach under my boot on the way to the American dream.

If that means cutting you out of the picture, well that's really up to you isn't it? Get in line, take a number.

John Doe said...

"Your people" would be ashamed of what you've become. A little weak pump who is a shill for Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and some little community organizer from Chicago's slums that nobody ever heard of.

Here's a clue, chump: you don't get any brownie points for what your ancesters did. You are scum. Get used to it. Let it sink in. Maybe change what you've become. Little boys everywhere pray that you do.

real anon said...

Hey Anon,
Do you know what being tea bagged means? It cracks all of us up that you are proud to identify yourself with this term. My guess is that you've been "tea bagged" many times, you just don't have the cajones to admit it.

seth said...

hey anon,
lets leave the derision of homosexuals to the whackos on my side.