Thursday, April 21, 2005

Right Turn, Exit Here

Some predicted that when the Right had all three power blocks, the white house, and both houses of congress, and there would be no one else to fight, namely the opposition party, they'd start fighting themselves. Now we're watching Republicans calling for DeLay's exit. It was also predicted by some that as the leaders of the Right have surged to power on the backs of the Extreme Right, they have made that deal with the devil, as it were, and are now beholden to that constituency. And here we are, first with DeLay calling Bush back from Texas to sign the Schiavo bill, now with Frist blasting Dems as anti-Christian. Can't think of a better way to galvanize that tiny 49.5 percent of voters on the other side. Hang on, polls show Republicans are pissed off too. Some polls show as many as 80% disagreed with the moral value meddling in the Schiavo affair, and a majority are now disenchanted with the dumping on any people's faith, even if they're the opposition. Play with fire, you get burned. The party of the Righteous Republicans may experience a righteous backlash sooner than they think. Watch, they will be blindsided by it.

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Anonymous Balloon Pirate said...

Interesting piece on Morning Edition today on Freud's (probably unintended) contribution to PR. Freud's nephew was one of the first PR giants in America, and he applied his uncle's analysis to the world of marketing. In a nutshell, it's this: If you try to convince someone to do action "A" with rational, thoughtful reasoning (appealing to the ego and superego), and someone else tries to convince someone NOT to do "A" through a series of visceral presentations (appealing to the id), the person will most likely not do "A" --in other words, even if there are sound, rational reasons to do something, you can get someone not to do it by properly appealing to their baser instincts.

Superego is described as the part of the subconcious that applies moral standards.

The id is the part that responds to instinctual impulses and demands for immediate satisfaction of primitive needs.

How ironic is it that the party that wears its morality on its sleeve and tries to characterize anyone who disagrees with them as sinners, is in power because it's been appealing to our baser instincts?

You can hear the story on line at the link below.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4612464

Yeharr.

7:48 AM, April 22, 2005  
Anonymous Boni said...

I think this country is at a definite crossroads here.
I'm amazed at the religious right's frenzied righteousness and how they're going after judges and anyone else for that matter that doesn't believe exactly as they do. James Dobson from Focus on the Family compared black-robed judges to the white-robed KKK.
Check out the link http://mediamatters.org/items/200504110005. He of course would never dream of saying that on his syndicated radio program that's so warm and fuzzy and cuddly.
I don't know about you, but I'm sick to death of this two-faced faction that claims to be children of God and yet, can be very un-Christian in their behavior.
I think as burned out paranoid democrats we've got to make our distate for this kind of vitriol apparent.
I suggest calling your local radio stations and asking them to drop James Dobson's syndicated program.
We need to cut off their bully pulpit. If they want to spread that kind nonsense to their own believers, fine, but I don't need to hear his syruppy voice telling me how to take care of my kids when what he's really trying to do is take over this country through the pandering Republican party.

12:00 PM, April 22, 2005  
Anonymous Balloon Pirate said...

Well said, boni! For a laugh sometime, go to Keith Olbermann's "Bloggerman" column on MSNBC, and scroll down til you find his stuff regarding his run-ins with the Dobsonites.

Yeharr.

2:46 PM, April 22, 2005  

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