Readers React to Bush '06 Push
November 5, 2006
Editor's Note: Below are readers' comments about our recent stories on George W. Bush's last-ditch campaign to save the Republican majorities in the House and Senate:
From your narrative of Bush's speeches, it's apparent he's putting his old cheerleading experience to especially good use (though it's a standard motivational practice by many speakers - - especially less intellectual ones - - to get crowds in the 'answering back' mode). It's reminiscent of high-school pep rallies or the religious revival meetings, and the high emotional component seems to be similar. At those functions too, it's considered bad manners and being a bit of an irrelevant spoil-sport to bring up 'facts'.
I believe that we've ALWAYS had a percentage of the population (I'd SWAG it at 10-15%, since it's usually not hard to find that many people who'll believe anything) that are politically like this, but when we get some 30-40% of the population not even participating in elections, that exaggerates the importance of this small 'emotionally driven' percentage.
Interestingly, John Dean was just on C-Span promoting his latest book on authoritarian personalities and their predominance in political conservatives. Some of the traits he mentioned (ie; almost irrational adherence-to/protection-of the decided up, simple world view) are very close to what your article described.
Anyway, we'll see what next week brings. (Here in Wisconsin the Republicans are predictably pushing the emotional issues of an anti-gay marriage amendment and a pro-death penalty amendment on the state referendum, while conveniently ignoring the 40+ local Iraq War referendum).
I think it is best for business if you keep your politics and religion to yourself at work. I also just assumed that it was a good way to get fired, or at the least upset your customer base and loose business. Yet, on a daily basis, I am literally bombarded with right wing talking points and in your face political and evangelical lectures. It comes from employees and the employers alike. None of them loose their jobs. None of them are reprimanded. It doesn't even appear to hurt their business financially. Somehow I know that I would be "Dixie Chicked" if my opinions entered the workplace.
So needless to say when I take pause to write something I release the teeth that have been knawing at my tongue on a daily basis and bitch out loud as I begin to write. Below I have pasted a few short pieces I have written lately. As I said I am an insurance agent. I am also a husband and a father trying to support my family in a small town in Missouri. My brother-in-law is currently in the Missouri Army National Guard, and both of my little brothers are active duty Marines. Only the youngest, Steven, is currently serving in Iraq. I am part of the working class in America and also a multiple victim of George W. Bush's fascist New Roman Empire. Below are the rants of this pissed off American.
John from Missouri
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