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    • Matthew Najmowicz

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    • December 5, 2013 in Columnists

    Jerk-off of the week: political discussions with ideological robots on Facebook

    Firstly, I invite half of the discussion and egg them on.  So, at any point if you wish to stop reading and tell me to fuck off, that is a perfectly legitimate feeling.  My reply to that would be for me to politely to tell you to go fuck yourself.

    The last few tidbits with the expletives is the current state of political discourse.  No longer are we a nation of gentleman farmers who plow fields in the morning and read Plutarch in the evening.  We are now a nation of FOX News zealots or weak replies from MSNBC enthusiasts. 

    To be a Republican is to be a screamer who calls people cowards or Marxists.  To be a Democrat is to concede to Republican talking points and cower in the corner. 

    Recently I have come to the realization that I absolutely cannot stand Republicans and I don’t apologize for it.  On the other hand, just because someone is a Republican doesn’t mean I have to hate them.

    Let’s take my father for example.  My father is a Republican and votes that way most of the time (he voted for Obama the first time around).  However, my Dad cares about working people.  He never screams about abortion or big government.  He never parrots FOX News, in fact, he dislikes FOX News personalities.  Dad is a Republican without being a Republican.

    In other words, my father isn’t blinded by ideology.  He can see corporations and Capitalism as problems, and would seek pragmatic solutions in dealing with them.  Dad can see a problem empirically and choose a solution.

    My new Facebook friend — for anonymity’s sake let’s call him Peter —  his problem is his ideological devotion.  He doesn’t understand what he’s doing, and he does it through rose colored glasses, namely, neo-liberal Republicanism.  There is not a government program he wouldn’t cut.  There is not a single article generated by Right Wingers that he disagrees with.  He is a card-carrying GOP dogmatist and cannot see other sides of the issue. 

    Why is he so intellectually impoverished?

    Peter is a Republican and LIVES Republican.  Every aspect of his life can be answered by Glen Beck, Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter and others of the same hive-mind.  

    The problem with all political ideology is that ideology itself is a reaction to a series of usually volatile social issues — economy, war, human rights and so on.  What happens is when someone choses a political ideology. They see the world in only that color.  Period.  Social and political problems thus become mystified and therefore harder to solve.

    The current two-party stalemate in politics is a perfect example.  No matter who is voted into office, the same poison is offered as the cure.  Neither Democrats, Republicans or Libertarians (Republicans in training) can actually empirically look at the issues destroying America. 

    Instead, Republicans talk about the free market dogmatically like programmed robots.  Democrats concede the point and offer no alternative.  Look at Corey Booker from New Jersey.  His solution to education was to get everyone an iPad.  Again, Capitalism and the free market can always save us.  By the way, Corey, poor people still have to pay to be on the internet.  What if those children don’t have broadband internet access?  What if those kids had to sell their iPads in order to eat something or help their parent(s) pay the rent?  Are we still going to have corporations offer only discounts to those who have absolutely nothing?

    It’s to a point when I talk to someone about politics: I hear the same regurgitated and repeated lines over and over.  No new ideas.  It’s sort of like we are all dying of thirst and all people offer you is sand for our dry mouths.  

    Political discussions with ideological robots on my Facebook, you are an unconscionable ball-breaker.  It’s hard to have fun political discussions with people who only memorize what Bill O’Reilly and Rachel Maddow said.  I like Rachel, but even she tires me out.   

    Can I get a conversation with someone who doesn’t put me to sleep?



    • Great column… I am glad that you touch upon Democratic ideologues as well, because (as a former Democratic ideologue) I have come to realize that they are just as sad and tired as the Republicans. When you’re an ideologue, you forfeit your ability to analyze a situation or issue logically and objectively. You have swallowed your party’s Kool-Aid, and only dig in to support your party’s position. This is one of the reasons I am no longer a Democrat. I am one of those “independent” voters – and we are a growing group.
      It took me a long time to realize that the Republicans are right on some issues (not the Fox News, Coulter-lapping Republicans, but real ones), and I’m not going to disagree with something that’s right because I belong to another party and can only parrot the party line.
      I am in a party of one – ME. I will support my own interests and beliefs.



    • There is dogma on both sides, however,the underlying principles that define the platforms of the parties are diametric and there are distinct and identifiable differences. Sadly, Democrats always seem to negotiate from a position of weakness even though they won an election that gave them control of 2/3 of the gov.



      • Glenn – You hit one of the main reasons I abandoned the Democratic Party: Negotiating from a place of weakness. The Democrats had a majority and squandered it because they were too terrified of the Republicans to use their power and position. Consequently, they lost that power and handed it back like frightened mice. I cannot have ANY respect for this. None. That was the last straw for me. They can’t even lead when they’re in charge I’m out.
        The Democrats’ folly is in believing that Republicans will play nice. They won’t. Democrats and Republicans are like Lucy and Charley Brown. Charley Brown falls for the old football trick EVERY TIME. Same for the Democrats. They don’t learn from their mistakes and yank the football out of Lucy’s hands and say, “It’s mine now. I’ll make the rules.” No. They just take another run at the football and land on their asses.



        • My biggest problem with Democrats is I can’t tell them apart from the Republicans. This is like 30 years of Reagan.


      • davidlacy

      • December 5, 2013 at 7:46 pm
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      Probably my favorite column of yours to date. Fantastic.



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